Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Review – Is it as good as the original?

Many sewists know Elna‘s original flagship model that debuted in 1968, the Lotus. It was a complete breakthrough in the sewing community and over night became a huge success and selling in large numbers. Elna relaunched this renowned sewing machine with a wider selection of stitches with the new Elna Lotus 2, to commemorate the 50th birthday of the original Lotus. With the new launch of the Lotus 2 Elna tries to carry over the main ideas from the original Lotus and create an improved model for the modern sewist.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Overview

The new version of the Elna Lotus, the Lotus 2 was introduced in 2018. It is a further improvement new version of the Lotus sewing machine that was first released in 2014. The original Lotus has gained a cult following and there are many Facebook groups dedicated to the buying and selling of vintage machines. One of the reasons why the first Lotus gained such a huge popularity was the innovative design and great quality. The quality can be seen on the many Lotus sewing machines that are still being used today, 50 years later.

Elna Lotus 2 Features

The Lotus 2 is a computerised sewing machine that controls different components of the sewing process with advanced digital technology. This signifies that the machine has a variety of advanced functions, including as automated stitching and customised stitch settings. However, the first feature that you will notice is that the sewing machine comes with a built in carrying case and once you open the case it will fold out to a sewing table. It also has a centralised needle bar which gives more flexibility and maneuverability when working on bulky projects or or delicate, slippery material. The location of the needle allows you to hold the cloth in place with both hands making for more controlled sewing outcome.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Unpacked

Sewing Functions

Any sewing enthusiast’s wants will be met by the Lotus 2 sewing machine’s assortment of stitch-related capabilities. Users can quickly choose between the most popular stitch styles thanks to the stitch selection of 4. A generous 100 stitches are also offered by the machine, and there are 7 different buttonhole options. A range of stitch sizes can be produced thanks to the maximum stitch width and length of 7 mm and 5 mm, respectively. Users can quickly complete their projects with a maximum stitching speed of 820 stitches per minute. Moreover, the machine has 15 adjustable needle positions that enable precise stitch placement and maximum stitch control.

The Lotus 2 has a centred needle bar that ensures your stitches are always straight and even, regardless of the fabric you’re working with. Even if you’re a beginner, this tool makes it easy to generate professional-looking results.

The Elna Lotus 2 Brochure from Elna can be found here and if you are looking for the full instruction manual, check this link: Instruction Manual.

Carrying Case

The Lotus 2 folds up to a convenient hard case for when you are done sewing. The case has a built in handle, making it very portable and easy to travel with. This makes the Lotus 2 ideal for sewists that are looking for a versatile but portable machine to take to sewing classes.

Size and Weight

When not in use, the Lotus 2 measures W 426 x H 298 x D 155 mm, making it small and easy to store. Because of its tiny size, the machine will not take up much space in your sewing area. At only 8.2 kg, the Lotus 2 is lightweight and portable, making it ideal for sewers who need to operate in multiple locations or have limited storage space.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Carrying Case

Built in Sewing-table and Free Arm

The hard case on the Lotus 2 folds out when sewing, and the sides of the case becomes a small sewing table. This is a very unique design that provides a larger sewing space and ease of use compare to most other portable sewing machines. The total sewing space W 162.5 x H 110 mm. If you remove the flaps it will reveal a free arm for for sewing small, curved, or cylindrical parts like cuffs, collars, and hems. Because you can move the fabric more easily, this feature makes it easier to stitch difficult or detailed components.

Automatic Lock (Knot) Stitch

This feature of the machine forms a secure knot at the end of each seam, keeping the stitches from unravelling or breaking apart over time. This function is especially useful when it comes to creating long-lasting seams.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Unfolded

Stitch Pattern

The Lotus 2 also has a handy sewing reference chart located on the top of the machine by folding up the top cover. The diagram also shows how to thread the Lotus 2. The stitch reference chart on the machine’s top cover serves as a quick and easy reference guide to all of the possible stitches. This function is very useful when you need to discover a specific stitch quickly or when you’re experimenting with different stitch styles.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Stitch Reference Chart

LCD Screen

The screen on the Lotus 2 is an LCD screen that is H 62 x W 27 mm, which is quite small but it provides the most essential information you need while sewing. It will show you the current stitch selection, width, length and what type of presser foot is currently attached. Even in low-light circumstances, the screen is clear and easy to see. Even if you’re new to sewing, you’ll find it simple to use the machine’s various capabilities and settings.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Lcd Screen

Built-In Needle Threader

The Lotus 2 has an integrated needle threader that allows you to thread your needle quickly and correctly. This feature is especially useful if you have problems manually threading needles or seeing minor details.

Up/Down Needle Position

The Lotus 2 allows you to easily adjust the position of your needle using the up/down needle position button. This feature is particularly helpful when you need to pivot your fabric, change direction, or create decorative stitching.

Thread Tension Control

You can vary the tension of your thread with the machine’s manual thread tension control to create excellent stitching on any fabric. This ability is especially useful when dealing with different types of textiles or when making alterations to achieve a certain appearance.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Front

Thread Cutter

The Lotus 2 sewing machine’s automatic and programmed thread cutter makes it simple to cut thread without using scissors. This feature is very useful when switching between different thread colours or when changing threads often.

Start/Stop Button

The Lotus 2 has a start/stop button so you may stitch without using the foot pedal. This function is especially useful if you have limited mobility or need to sew for extended periods of time without experiencing foot fatigue.

Reverse Button

The reverse button on the machine allows you to effortlessly backstitch to secure your threads and keep them from unravelling. This capability comes in handy when you need to reinforce the beginning or end of a seam.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Thread Cutter

Accessories & Storage

The machine comes with two accessory storage drawers that make it easy to keep all of your sewing tools organised and within reach. This feature is especially useful if you have a large number of sewing supplies or need to move between different equipment regularly.

  • Standard foot A
  • Rolled hem foot D
  • Zipper foot E
  • Satin stitch foot F
  • Multi-cord foot H
  • Blind hem foot G
  • Automatic buttonhole foot R
  • 5 bobbins
  • Seam ripper, needle set, lint brush
  • Spool holders: 1 small, 1 large, screwdriver, foot controller with pouch
Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Essentials Storage

Slide Speed Control

The Lotus 2 has a sliding speed control that allows you to alter the sewing speed. This function comes in handy when you need to slow down for detailed details or speed up for speedier stitching.

Extra-High Presser Foot Position

The manual extra-high presser foot setting of the machine allows you to stitch numerous layers of thick cloth or bulky seams with ease. This ability is very useful when working with thick fabrics such as denim or leather.

Clip-On Presser Foot

The Lotus 2 comes with a clip-on presser foot that allows you to easily convert between different types of feet depending on the project at hand. This capability is especially useful when switching between fabric kinds or when using a different foot for a specific stitching method.

Retractable Feed Dog

The machine’s 7-piece retractable feed dog gives you precise control over your fabric while stitching, ensuring that it stays in place and doesn’t shift. This feature comes in handy when working with delicate textiles or elaborate designs.

Elna Lotus 2 Sewing Machine Buttons


The Lotus 2 has two built-in white LED bulbs at different places, providing ample illumination for sewing in low-light conditions.
The bright LED lights make it easy to view your stitching and avoid missing any details.


The Lotus 2 sewing machine is a computerised machine with numerous technical qualities, including a free arm and a built-in needle threader. It also provides a number of stitching options, including four stitch options, 100 distinct stitches, and seven buttonholes. The machine offers 15 changeable needle positions for precision sewing and a maximum sewing speed of 820 stitches per minute. Its small size and low weight make it simple to use and store. Overall, the Lotus 2 sewing machine is a versatile and effective instrument for all skill levels of sewing lovers.

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