This is an Elna Grasshopper ---classic 1950s styling!
I’ve always admired them ----and they DO look a lot like a grasshopper or praying mantis the way that the knee control folds up and out of the way!
Maybe, since this is the year of the CICADA…I could call it one of those as well…but Nnnnnnaaahhhh – it’s a Grasshopper!
When Barb Vleck of EQ fame sent me a message saying she had two of these, and would I like to see one….I said YES!
After seeing it….I was hopelessly in love. ((Yes, I know, I am SUCH a fickle girl!))
Did I want to buy it? SOLD!
The coolest thing is that the carrying case folds out to become the extension table!
The bobbins on these are bigger than the featherweight bobbin, so they hold more thread..and oh, it just reminds me of M*A*S*H* growing up! This machine was made around the same time that the Korean war was going on in the 1950s.
The hard part? How to get her home!
#1: Pack socks and other little stuff all around it to cushion it from the inside of the case!
I thought of padding it with my ummm..slightly less than clean undies, but thought better about it -- just in case TSA needed to do an inspection! LOL!
#2: Pad it with a couple of t-shirts on top and close the lid!
#3: Pack it in the bottom of the roll-aboard – rolling clothes into as small a wad as you can around it!
#4 Pad the top of the load with a very special quilt gifted to me the other night!!
((More to come on this quilt when I can get it home and get good photos!))
Carry ons can weigh up to 40llbs in the USA. I think I am pushing the limit here, but as far as I know my plane is a smaller commuter jet where roll aboards are checked plane side --- I won’t have to carry it ON to the plane!
What didn’t fit into the suitcase is stuffed into my backpack….
TSA bells and whistles went off like crazy going through security because they couldn’t see through the metal carrying case….but we unpacked it, showed them ((to many ooohs and ahhhs!)) and ran the suitcase back through again ….all systems go!
I’m waiting for my flight to board and I will finish this saga after all is home to tell the story.
As for a name? The jury is still out! I’m thinking of calling her Margaret after Margaret Hoolihan on M*A*S*H* ! She always was shown, still looking sexy….in army green!
Thank you for the wonderful trip, Illinois! I’ll long remember the great time we had!