Sewing Machine Research
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International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society

Elna 1

Elna Grasshopper Sewing Machine from 1950

Circa 1950 Central Bobbin."The quality Swiss sewing machine that greatly influenced competitors' products."

Elna 1
1940 - 1952
Colour of the machine


Accessory box

green, installed behind the free arm, rectangular

Carrying case

black or dark green

Stitch Length

lever on free arm


on front plate at the left hand

Speed control

knee lever

Machine drive

with belt on the right hand side, gear speed reducer (accessory)

Elna Grashopper Sewing Machine Attachment Box

Close-up of the Attachment box for the"Grasshopper" showing how it tucks under the arm of the machine.

Elna Grasshopper Sewing Machine Postcard

Elna Postcard showing the "Grasshopper" in use.

Front View of the Elna Grasshopper Sewing Machine

The front view of the "Grasshopper

(Pictures provided to ISMACS Courtesy of Sylvia Lanza)