I needed a new overlocker.
I bought my Elna on sale about six years ago and soon found out why it had been so cheap. It never worked that well, was impossible to re thread by following the instructions and refused to overlock using four threads for a couple of months. Recently it’s been prone to thread snarl-ups and broken needles. Aside from my day job I have a side gig doing repairs and alterations, so a fully functioning overlocker is a need, not just a want. I decided not to just get another cheap machine and regret it but to spend a bit more to a reliable machine that would be easy (or at least easier) to thread and that would last. So I called a local sewing store, told them about my situation and they recommended a Bernina, for $695. This is a lot of money for me, a lot more than I make in a week. After some thinking I decided to take the money out of my savings and pay myself back using the money I make from doing repairs.
So I got on my bike and brought home my new toy - I've had it for a few weeks now and I'm really happy, it's easy to use, the threading is much easier (I had a broken thread which gave me a chance to test it), it's really solidly constructed and it doesn't shake the whole table while I'm using it! My only complaint is that didn't come with a tray to catch off cuts, but I kept my old one, so not really a big deal. That aside, I love it - I can see a us having a happy and productive relationship for years to come.