In 1933, a young Spanish engineer Ramon Casas designed the world’s first household free arm sewing machine with a narrow tubular arm, a miniature electric motor, light bulb to illuminate the work area and folding the knee lever with which it was possible to adjust the sewing speed. Casas thought through even the design of a miniature suitcase for the sewing machine, which also serves as a table platform. After successful experiments, Ramon Casas patented his invention and in 1935, produced a small pilot series of machines. All went well in the beginning of the serial production, but in July 1936 the Spanish civil war broke out, so Ramon Casas had to emigrate. Together with several partners, he founded the holding company in Monaco "Electrina". The first and last syllables of the name of this company give the name of his future sewing machine - "ELNA". However, the first attempts to organize mass production of a sewing machine showed that it requires completely different tools than the partners could contribute. Casas began negotiations with the Geneva Company "Tovaro SA", which was engaged in manufacturing watch movements. Yielding all rights to their inventions company "Tovaro" clearly list their commitments to Elna, and Casas finally got started on the initial production of sewing machines.
The first series of sewing machines was released in 1940, and was an immediate success. The machine was simply called "ELNA 1" or “the Grasshopper” and in addition to the above features, it was painted in an unusual green color of those years.
The next generation of machines - "ELNA 2" or "Supermatic" was first shown in April 1952 in the Swiss industrial factory.
It was the world's first household sewing machine with reversing stitches. The Elna was also appreciated for being the first to use, light weight metal, with a great simplified portable design in comparison with the large heavy machines of other developers.
The next step in the area of household appliances is the appearance of the series ELNA Star, “Supermatic,” which was produced from 1964 to 1971. In it there are six different operations that can be selected by simply turning the drive on the machine arm. In addition these machines provided needle positioning, automatic execution of stitches and high quality variable 2 speed control sewing pedal.
In the years 1968-1978, the company produces a miniature sewing machine "ELNA Lotus", which was designed by the designer Marcel Frezard. It was the world's first ultra-compact household machine without a special suitcase. On the top of the machine was a fold away handle, the three sided hinged lids opened like a Lotus flower. When transporting the protective lids raised. Light weight, compact size and unusual design led to this machine being selected as a permanent exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In 1985 the company released the first computerized sewing machine ELNA 5000. Since 1986, the company began to produce overlocks with the latest developments. In the mid-1990s, a company lies in wait for the crisis, which affected many European manufacturers of sewing machines. The increasing complexity of software design required more and more investments in the development and production, meanwhile global demand for European made sewing machines weaken.
In 2004, Elna commissioned the Japanese company Janome to begin production of innovative machines 6600 Quilter's Dream 2 and 7200 PRO Quilter's Dream.
Elna 7200's Dream PRO Quilter - computer sewing machine, in which the universal set beehive industrial top tension, professional tailoring design, and a presser foot knee lifter have all been combined with high-speed sewing and large work surface.
In addition to sewing machines and overlocks, in 1973 "Tovaro" brings to market a compact household ironing press for wet-heat processing of garments, including steaming. For a long time the press successfully sold worldwide.
In 2001, Elna introduced the trouser press Opal with LED temperature display panel. Among the distinctive features of this press is that the effect of the ironing is achieved by the pressure of the upper platform and the lower platform consists of 11 layers of Finnish birch, so it does not heat up and absorbs excess moisture and exclusive humidification system. Steamer Vap-O-Jet is filled with normal household drinking tap water and does not require filters. Steamer evenly disperses water and moisturizes to iron the product without leaving traces of scale.
In August 2006, the Company JANOME acquires controlling shares in ELNA and becomes the owner of the world famous and prestigious brand "ELNA". Elna - a dynamic well established company, with impeccable customer service and international distribution network.
ELNA has always been a symbol of quality, innovation and excellent service. The ELNA design company is located in Switzerland. Machines are manufactured by JANOME factories, located in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.