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Do you unplug your machines when not in use?
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Date: 4/12/13 12:58 PM

Last year I had a board go on my sewing machine, and since then, I have been unplugging it between uses. But, I am wondering if that is really necessary, or if I can just turn off the surge protector. I worry about wearing out the connections on either the outlet end or the machine ends.

How do you do it? Or do you do it?

We just moved and the utility room where I have my machines need new/more outlets (actually the whole house needs more outlets) so I'm going to put a wall outlet or strip above the desk--it will be convenient at least if that the best way to care for them.

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Date: 4/12/13 1:25 PM

I always turn off at the surge protector. We have lots of outages where I live and I've never had any problems.

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Date: 4/12/13 3:08 PM

Same as 61sew4fun, I have my machine plugged into a surge protector that I turn off when I'm done sewing for the night. I do make sure and cover my machine when I'm not using it because my house is DUSTY.

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Date: 4/12/13 3:33 PM

I have a an expensive industrial (well to me the bright orange color screams work) and two lesser quality models. I have the iron and iron task lights on one cheaper and the cutting light and tv on another one, then the sewing machine and all task lights on a third. If I leave the room and there's a light on cause it daylight, my DH walks through the basement at night to doublecheck. If a light is, on he investigates and turns them off.... I am a lucky woman.

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Date: 4/12/13 4:31 PM

Mine is on a surge protector. Honestly, I am probably being overly protective of my sm. But, I do both unplug my sm and turn off my surge protector. I don't do that to my other stuff that is plugged into the protector. Just my sm.

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Date: 4/12/13 4:46 PM

I have my machines plugged into a surge protector. I unplug the surge protector when I'm not sewing. Heaven forbid if a lightning strike ran down the cable and through the board to my machine (we get a lot of summer storms here). Maybe I'm over cautious but I feel happier doing that :)

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Date: 4/12/13 4:51 PM

I unplug and this is why, if there is an electrical storm and the machine is plugged into the power point whether or not you have a surge unit on it your machine will still fry if the house is hit by a bolt of lightening.
It also eliminates the possibility of repeated spikes damaging the machine, if there is a spike strong enough to kill the surge board and then another after that your machine is not protected.
Not to mention cuts down on any potential electrical fire risk just by having less plugged in should there be a fault develop.
I would not worry about wearing out the connections, these can be replaced if ever they need to be by a repairer. I can't see plugs wearing out if you are careful when using them, after al there are vintage electrical goods still around workiing just fine decades after they were made.

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Date: 4/12/13 5:13 PM

I have evrything plugged into a surge protector and I unplug the surge protector. I have always thought that ligtning could affect a unit even if it is off and plugged into the surge unit.

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Date: 4/12/13 5:19 PM

No, but I'm going to start unplugging it, now that I've read the posts. Thanks for bringing this up.

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Date: 4/12/13 5:45 PM

I have mine plugged into a surge protector and I just flip the switch when done sewing. BUT - no electronics in my machines and very, very rare electrical storms here. I use the surge protector because the outlets are hard to get to with my sewing room setup.

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