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Static electricity
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Date: 11/22/13 11:47 AM

What the heck is this...I have never had this issue before and have been sewing for over...well over...50 years. It seems the threads have static or the sm does... When I pull the threads to snip...they cling to sm, my hand, empty tissue box I use for disposal of threads and what nots. I use hand lotion and that doesn't help either. How do I eliminate it???
Thanks...Cheryl

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Date: 11/22/13 12:50 PM

Hi Cheryl,

I agree, it's not good for the machines. A little bit, enough to slightly poof a thread, has never hurt one of my machines, though, and I just touch the needle plate before anything else if it's mild. But it can build up and zap a part inside the machine on occasion.

I mostly sew wearing cotton (not fleece or nylon) and keep a static pad or strap handy to brush against when I notice threads lofting.

For certain, I heartily recommend you get an uninterruptable power supply with battery backup and plug your machine into it. Also, your computer, if it's connected via usb.

I've got several of these around the house for sewing, tv, the nice microwave, etc.

got one of these

3 of these

They all work good and I got them on a bit more sale, but would buy again full street price if I needed too. It's also easy to clip a static strap to the signal jacks if you don't want to clip it to your machine. I've also got a smaller one to toss in the trunk when I sew out & about, but haven't done that much lately

some straps

I can't find the little square antistatic touch pads, anymore, so if I expect to be swiveling my seat a lot or sliding around, I'll just slip my wrist strap onto the machine, somewhere, and touch that every so often.

I seem to get plenty of static even with higher humidity. I'm thinking it might be my leather shoes against the synthetic carpet, not sure.

Have you changed what you wear when sewing, or maybe have new carpet? Also, fleece and polyester flannel against a plastic table or highly polished wood table can generate quite a bit of 'fun!'

Gene

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Date: 11/22/13 1:07 PM

Coupla ideas--may or may not be useful.

The (discharge of) static electricity is worse in drier air, so it's more noticeable as fall shades into winter. (Colder air can hold less moisture; this gets into relative humidity, dew point, the altitude at which clouds form; etc.) So, increasing the humidity of your environment can help.

Perhaps less practical, but it should work: set up a miniature lightning rod in the vicinity of, say, the sm's needle assembly. Mount a knitting or large craft needle in a table-top clamp, e.g., pointed at the sm.

You can demonstrate for yourself how this would work--on a day when your hand gets a shock when you touch a metal door handle, hold a key in your bare hand--the static electricity will dissipate easily thru the metal key, so no shock. A pointed metal object will work even better. (You'll recall that housetop/barntop lightning rods were pointed.)

HTH

ETA: Or, ground your sm--just like lightning rods were connected by a high-conductivity cable to the earth (ground).

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Date: 11/22/13 5:44 PM

Thanks guys for this great information... I have a feeling that the culprit is the new desk floor mat... I sprayed it with Static Guard...both sides...also the carpet and I sprayed SG on a cloth and wiped the sm... Hope this helps...and I will definitely look into all that you both have suggested.
Many thanks...Cheryl

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Date: 11/23/13 1:47 PM

I was also going to suggest a humidifier in the room and to wipe your sewing area and sm down with a Bounce dryer sheet. Sewing should be relaxing and not a "shocking" experience - LOL. Good luck!

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Date: 11/23/13 11:15 PM

Thanks...I will give dryer sheet a try. It's the thread that has the fly aways. I will wipe the spool of thread and the bobbin with the dryer sheet...

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