For those with an interest in vintage sewing machines, the clear fore-runner of collectible sewing machines is the Elna: the pioneer of modern sewing machines. The Tavaro company of Switzerland began to manufacture Elna sewing machines in 1940, and the company has been going strong since that time.
Elna machines are renowned for the innovative features, their reliability, their quality, and their ease of use by even the most unskilled operator. Older Elna machines function by means of a cam system which allows the quick addition of new stitches by simply dropping in a cam with the key for that stitch. This makes the stitch capacity of Elna machines easy to expand.