Looking for a mobile machine with same work features,,, A vintage machine anyday, u need the sturdy Elna. Switzerland machine with wonderful moves...Folded up, the Lotus looks like a little lunch box. Weighing lbs fully loaded, this is the lightest of all the non-toy portables that I've worked with. And unlike toy-sewing machines, the Lotus SP is loaded with features.
The Lotus line comes in four different flavors: Lotus EC, Lotus ZZ, Lotus SP and Lotus TSP. SP stands for special and comes equipped with 4 useful stitches: straight stitch, zigzag, multi-step zigzag, and blind stitch. It is capable of left and right needle positioning as well as making a 4 step buttonhole. Stitch length and width can vary from 0 to 4 and the machine is reverse ready. In case you're wondering, the tube shaped apparatus just behind the presser foot is a bobbin extractor. The Elna Supermatics and SUs have this feature as well.
Built in accessory tray
3 needle positions
4 step buttonhole
4 practical stitches
4 grippy feed dogs
It saddens me to say this, but the biggest draw of the Lotus is also it's largest drawback. The foldable Lotus petals were marketed as 'extension trays' but in practice, only serve to get in the way of sewing. This machine, despite its diminutive storage profile, takes an exceedingly large amount of space to sew with!
My mother gave me her lotus when I was a sophomore in college and that thing is my jam. I have used many machines (including my mom's olive drab Bernina record that is a real workhorse and a close second in my mind. That thing can sew leather) but the lotus is my hands-down absolute favorite. I have made everything from professional costumes to an entire set of drapes to repairs on upholstery on that little thing. The only thing it's bad at? Inset sleeves due to the fact that it doesn't have a free arm...but that's not a dealbreaker and a good sewist can work around that easily. Also, its so lightweight that heavy projects tend to move it around. Still, it's a small price to pay for lightweight portability and ease of storage. This machine fits on a small shelf in my dining room. I've put it in a small canvas tote bag to bring to jobs (I work as a costumer). It's the handy-dandiest cutest little workhorse in the world and EVERYONE oohs and ahhs over it when I produce it Mary-Poppins style from my handbag or backpack. It's 2017 and they still haven't made a better or more compact sewing machine than the Elna Lotus. There's a reason they're impossible to find; nobody wants to sell!