Elna eXplore 240 Sewing Machine

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The Elna eXplore 240 is a great all-round machine suited to beginners and those with some sewing experience.

With 24 built-in stitches, the 240EX offers many stitch options for all kinds of sewing. The automatic 1-step buttonhole takes the worry out of creating perfect buttonholes, while threading's a breeze with the built-in automatic needle threader. It’s also easy to adjust the length and width of stitches to suit your sewing project.

Other features include: a presser foot, which has a double lift for those thicker fabrics; and a side cutter to trim off threads after sewing.

Hints & Tips: To produce the best results from your sewing machine please be aware that the needle should be replaced after approximately 8 hours of continuous use. We have a plenty of needle packs to pick from when the occasion calls.

Alphabet styles Information Easy way to sew letters
Auto thread tension Information Ensures stable stitch quality
Buttonholes Information The fewer steps, the easier and faster the process
Buttonhole styles Information Gives flexibility when sewing different garments
Buttonhole type Information The fewer steps, the easier and faster the process
H28 x W39 x D15cm
Electronic foot speed control Information Gives greater control, even at slow speeds
Eligible for International Delivery
Embroidery options
Satin Stitches
Hook movement Information Oscillating is a half-circle movement of the bobbin; rotary moves full-circle, reducing thread jams
Integrated drop feed Information Feed teeth drop down so fabric has free movement. Useful when quilting or embroidering
Integrated dual feed Information Provides equal feeding of top and bottom layers of fabric. Useful when quilting
Integrated needle threader Information Makes it easy to thread the needle
Knee lifter Information Lets you lift the presser foot when using both hands to control the fabric
Lock stitch facility Information Ensures all stitches and patterns are securely locked off at the end of the sewing sequence
Manufacturer's Guarantee
2 years
Max speed limiter Information Controls maximum speed of machine, irrespective of how hard the foot control is depressed
Model name / number
Needle up/down function Information Lets you to programme the needle so it always finishes in the down or up position. Useful when pivoting on corners
Reverse button Information Sews in reverse to reinforce the stitch
Sewing Machine Type
Stitch memory Information Memorises characters, letters and numbers: useful for name tapes
Stitch options Information The more stitch options, the more designs you can use
Stop/Start button Information Lets machine be used without the foot control
Suitable for fabrics
Light to medium
Suitable for user
Thread cutter Information Neatly cuts the thread after sewing
Tutorial DVD
Twin needle Information Produces parallel rows of decorative stitching in one easy step
View-through bobbin cover Information Shows you when your bobbin is low on thread
Weight Information Unpackaged weight
Width adjustment Information Lets you adjust the stitch setting manually

Editors Notes

The Elna trademark has earned a significant place in the sewing industry as a result of numerous groundbreaking innovations. Elna sewing machines have been around since 1940 with the launch of the Elna # 1, the first compact, portable, electric sewing machine with a free arm (when unfolded, its metal carrying case formed a sewing table). The Elna # 1 was green in color, breaking away from the traditional black, an innovation in itself for the time. The machine was a resounding success and so began Elna's commitment to the home sewing industry.


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We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.


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Q & As

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great sewing machine This is a great sewing machine, especially at that price. Having used it for over three years, I have two gripes with it: - it's very fast so if you're learning or sewing very fiddly fabric and tight corners, it's difficult. - You need to keep holding the back button down to go back so you only have one hand to hold the fabric. 21 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Really Great Machine for a Starter I was a complete novice when I purchased this machine. On opening it, I left it untouched before a few days later going to a Sewing for Beginners class. The teacher advised that the best machines to buy are Janome, but that actually my Elna is made by Janome, so I'm onto a good one with my new machine. It's really easy to use!! Although the stitch dials were somewhat confusing to start with, to both me and the teacher and perhaps a regular Janome would have been better, just for this reason. I've only made a few simple items so far, but I'm thrilled with it! 04 October 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light and easy! The Elna eXplore 240 sewing machine is light and very easy to use. It has all you need to make a garment, zipper foot, buttonhole attachment and plenty of embroidery stitches for decoration. 02 December 2011
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