- Front Loading Bobbin
- Feed Dog Control
- Reverse Stitch Control
- Double Needle Stitching
- Adjustable Stitch Length Dial
- Decorative Stitch Dial
- Uses Standard Class 15 Bobbins and Standard Needles
- Low Shank Foot
- Uses Snap-on Feet
- Convenient Built-in Hidden Accessory Box
- Built-in Anti-Glare Light
- Built-in Carrying Handle
Elna is a Swiss brand that is apparently now Asian-made. The Elna Elnitas with the pastel colors on the front came out in the early 1990’s and this machine was made in Taiwan. I do not know the exact date though. Supposedly these models (Elnitas) were an entry-level affordable good quality machine but further research is required to verify this.
My research revealed that this machine, as well as even the older, much-loved vintage Elna sewing machines with the exception of a couple of models, have nylon gears. The combination of nylon gears and metal parts the 255i has makes this mechanical sewing machine a bit lighter than some of my vintage all metal machines. My machine did not come with a carrying case but it has a carrying handle attached to it as I believe most other 1990’s Elnitas did also.
This is a full-sized machine, see photos below to get an idea of the dimensions.
The sewing table can be removed from the machine to make it a free-arm which is very useful when sewing sleeves, pant legs or tubular fabrics.
Here is a top view
The feed dogs on this machine can be dropped for free-motion sewing or drawing, and darning. It has the very useful Quick Reverse Lever great for securing seams. It uses regular Class 15 Bobbins and Standard 15×1 needles (sizes 10 – 16). The 255i can do twin needle stitching as well.
This machine also has a Presser Foot Regulator Lever that you access by opening the Front Lamp Cover.
This lever allows you to control the foot pressure you need for specific fabrics. When it is at zero as it is above on the photo, this is the setting one should use for darning or sewing freehand.
AS per the manual, set the lever to:
- 1 – for light fabrics – nylon, tricot, silk, wool silk
- 2 – for medium fabrics – ginham, thin jersey, gabardine
- 3 – for heavy fabrics – denim, jersey, tweed
The 255i front controls are pretty easy to use and provide the minimum utility and decorative stitches anyone would want in a basic sewing machine.
The 255i can do the following stitches:
- Blind Hem
- Reverse Blind Hem
- 3 Step Zig Zag
- Slant Overage
- Pullover Stitch
- Smocking Stitch
- Straight Stretch Stitch
- 4 Step Buttonhole
- Twin Needle
- Freehand Embroidery
- Automatic Embroidery (as the manual I have calls it) which includes Satin, Scallop, etc.
The 255i has a hidden accessory box in the sewing table, you have to remove the sewing table to get access to it.
Below are the accessories that came with my machine.
If one had purchased this machine back in the 1990’s, the original accessories included with the machine would have been the following: a set of needles, 2 felt washers, 3 bobbins, cleaning brush, seam ripper, 2 screwdrivers, zigzag foot, zipper foot, rolled hem foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, seam guide, satin stitch foot , blind hem foot, quilting guide, and an oiling tube.
Did I mention it uses snap-on feet? I have many snap-on feet for a Sears Kenmore that fit perfectly on this machine!
Below is the label attached to the back of the machine.
The replacement bulb required for the 255i is a 15W bulb max.
The Elna Elnita 255i
Although I prefer the older all metal sewing machines, I bought this machine because it was extremely cheap and in really good condition. I think the owner may have dumped it if I had not picked it up. I am glad that it has turned out to be a really good and reliable sewing machine and that I did not waste my money. Wish I had the original case and manual for it though.
If you have this machine or are able to purchase one cheap, I think you will be pleased with it. The Elnita 255i is a decent sewing machine.
If you are a beginner sewist this sewing machine will do just fine; I believe that an experienced sewist would probably pass this one up. ♥
* Did I miss something, or have a question about this review, please leave a comment.
OILING THE BOTTOM OF THE ELNA ELNITA 255i
Hopefully you have already read my post “How to Oil a Vintage Sewing Machine”; it will tell you what oil to use and oiling instructions, read it here.
The following information simply shows the oiling points on the bottom of this machine.
Remove the extension/accessory box off of the machine.
The bottom covers will need to be removed by removing the screws.
In the next photo, you may or may not have to remove the screws with the black arrows. The entire plate must come off.
Right side of the bottom of the machine houses the motor. Be careful to not get any oil on/in the motor, the electrical plug, or on the wires.
Here is a view of the bottom without the covers. On the far left side under the hook race / bobbin area, there is a gear that may need grease.
The next photo shows oiling points located just below the sewing machine motor.
This photo shows oiling points on the bottom left of the sewing machine.
If you decide to grease the gear, a small gob of grease will do.
Once you apply it, rotate the hand wheel (fly wheel) to distribute the grease on the piece. You can also just apply it with your finger or a chop stick.