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How Long Do You Leave Your Sewing Machine "Idle" Before Turning Off?

Old 05-25-2012, 08:17 AM
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I leave mine on for as long as I plan on sewing. I don't get a whole lot of time anyway PLUS, if I keep turning it off, then I lose any programming I did for the particular project I am working on, such as stitch length or whatever.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:36 AM
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I have two 301's and a featherweight that I use all the time - they are all older than 50 years and have the original light bulbs in them and when I start to sew, they are one anywhere from 2-5 hours. They are still going strong.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:49 AM
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I only turn my machine off if I am leaving the studio for the day. I always turn off my iron and unplug it as well when I leave the room if only for a short break ... our kitty likes to get close to the iron if she can...
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:03 AM
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Keep in mind the machines are not usually computerized; but when teaching classes especially children and teens, I had them turn off the machines whenever they got up from them to go iron, cut etc. It was a safety issue. I also reminded them to At home, sewing without students my iron and machines are on until I quit. However, if I have to go upstairs for any reason; I turn everything off on my way out because I have a tendency to get side tracked as well. hehehe Teresa
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:19 AM
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Turning any electrical equipment on causes the most wear. It's better to leave the machine on and turn off the light if you have a separate light switch, when using the machine every day.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:21 AM
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It depends on the time frame, usually I sew everything I can sew at the same time, then get up and press everything. If I think it's going to be a fast press I'll leave it on, but usually it's 15-30 minutes at least so I'll turn my machine off. but I also have shoulder and back issues so I can't sew for the amount of time I used to-sadly.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:04 PM
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If I am sewing something with a specialty or combination stitch I will leave it on all day if I need to get the project done so I don't have to re-program the stitch.
I would imagine that turning it off and on constantly can't be good for the light bulb.

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Old 05-26-2012, 04:10 AM
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I leave my industrial machines on, powering their big motors up and down is a big waste of electricity. The lights are separate and halogen, so they are turned off and on as needed. Been working for 30+ years for me.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:11 AM
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I have a 37 year old White with the original bulb...this machine was used on a regular basis for years ...then set for almost 14 years/// i cleaned it and oiled it up and am using it on a more than regular basis again for the last 6 months...i leave the light on for hours at a time.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:28 AM
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No help from here, either. I have a Janome and it "goes to sleep" if I don't get back to it quickly enough.
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