This is a pretty unassuming looking case, don't you think? In fact the flat military looking paint job is what attracted my husband to it while he was rummaging through the local antique mall - he though it might hold some kind of cool military stuff.
It wasn't quite what he expected, but lucky me, he brought it home and I found this box wrapped up under the tree Christmas morning. I couldn't believe it when I opened the box and it was...
A vintage 1950 Elna 1 Grasshopper! Oh my God, are you kidding me? I've seen tons of pictures of the Elna 1 online, but oh man, I never, ever thought I'd even see one of these in person - let alone have one in my collection!
It is very clean, but has some wear and tear from use. Sadly, although it was in the original case, the accessory box is missing. Thankfully, I had some spare bobbins in my "extra's" box that fit this model, and since it uses standard 15 X 1 sized needles, I was able to sew with it ASAP.
The metal bar that folds up in front of the machine is actually a knee operated speed control, and the stitch length/reverse knob is located on the right of the machine bed. A little different than the old Singers that I'm used to sewing with, but she sews incredibly smoothly, and this machine is amazingly quiet. And did I mention that this machine is a TRANSFORMER? The carrying case opens up and transforms into...
...a slide on sewing table. Right, that IS freaking awesome!
It is a pretty large sewing area, and the smooth finish makes it easy to sew on. But the best part of all is that if you need it, you also have easy access to the free-arm of the machine.
When you're finished sewing, the knee control folds right up, the cord pops off, and the sewing table transforms back into a case.
The sewing bed flips closed and is held in place by two small clips.
The bottom of the case flips back down, and the machine sits right in the bottom.
Close the case and you're ready to roll.
Hell yeah! I can't wait to take this baby out and sew on the go!
And, if you're looking for more information about the Elna 1 Grasshopper, I did find a few links to share - so check these sites out:
The ISMACS ELNA page.
The Needlebar ELNA page.
SewMuse's ELNA page.
A thorough review of the Elna 1 from SewingInsight.com.