This is tragic! Did your machine just lose the will to carry on?I mourn a dear little Elna Top SP Lotus - when I moved to the states I bought a Pfaff and sold my Lotus and my Elna Carina (and an industrial Singer). Maybe they were overkill, but they were also colleagues.I hope you find a new helper, soon. I was told to go for older modesl made in Germany and Switzerland rather than Taiwan, and I have never regretted it. The difference in the engineering is very noticeable.
Thanks for taking a moment...x