Wednesday 17 February 2016

Love your Machines, Unplug Them

My Swoon mini is on hold for a little bit.  You see unfortunately due to a medical emergency I left mine plugged in and on, when I left the house in a hurry.

swoon progress or not

Do yourself and your sewing machine a favour, unplug them when not in use. While I was gone we had a power surge. You know it's happened when all the electronic clocks keep flashing at you and seem to be saying fix me. My motherboard is done on mine and can not be repaired. I do have an older Singer 1934 to be exact, my hubby's grandmother's machine. I don't have it set up to sew a quarter inch seam, something I plan on doing in the near future. I am now shopping for a new machine. One would think that would be easy, but it comes with all kinds of decisions. What options? What do I plan on using the machine for? The questions go on. My none working machine was a Pfaff 7570, I really liked that machine.

One thing I have done already is to go and buy myself a battery backup with surge protector. We never know if the power will go out when we are using the machine this one gives me 15 minutes to turn off my machine after the power goes out. I will still continue to unplug my sewing machine and iron as I usually do.

battery backup 

Be kind to your machines and get a battery backup and make sure to unplug them.


  1. This made me realize I need to start unplugging my machine. We have power surges all the time. I will stop tempting fate.

  2. Loved my 7570. My bit the dust a couple of years ago. As a replacement bought a featherweight, didn't like it. Bought a Singer, didn't like it. Went back to a Pfaff, love it. Couldn't afford to get the one I wanted with all the bells and whistles, but the scale down version is better than my other choices. I still miss my 7570.

  3. I have a power cord with a surge protector. I wonder if that is enough?

  4. I was just going to write the same thing Lisa did! I just assume that is enough. I unplug my iron all the time even though it has an automatic shut-off. As for machine, my good friend loved her Pfaff, but when, 30 years later, she replaced it, she went with Bernina after hearing how much I love my girl. She loves hers. love the metal parts.

  5. Oh no!!! I do have a UPC for my machine, but this is my worst nightmare. I am so sorry that you had both a medical emergency and a sewing machine mother board issue. :(

  6. Oh dear Cindy, that was the last thing you needed! It baffles me that these new and expensive sewing machines do not have some sort of surge protection built right in to keep their motherboards safe. Best wishes in finding the sewing machine of your dreams. I do love the old vintage ones and it is good that you have one for back up.

  7. What great advice! I would have never thought about that. I leave mine on all day while I am sewing, but I have been trying to get into the habit of turning it off if I am going to be away from it more than 15 minutes or so.


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