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    Machine off?

    Who actually turns their sewing machine off and unplugs it to clean and oil? I donít because then I canít see what I am doing. There is not electrical danger because I am only cleaning the feed dogs and bobbin area. So which side of the fence are you on? Machine off or on?

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    I never turn it off to clean and oil. My cleaning/oiling schedule is by bobbin load. So once I have gone through 3 bobbins I clean and oil and I am usually in the middle of a project. So I am on your side of the fence. (and the grass is greener over here )

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    to do a normal cleaning, No I do not turn it off.

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    No, I do not turn off for normal cleaning--like you, I need the light .

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    Most of my machines are vintage and don't have an on/off switch. I only unplug them when doing something to the motor.

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    Machine is on for the light.

    There is a needle lock button for changing needles. Bobbin area is cleaned out after every project.

    Machine is turned off and unplugged when done sewing for the day or leaving the room for a while.

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    Don't turn it off to oil but unplug after sewing in order to avoid a power surge.

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    It depends. If I'm changing a bobbin and just going to clean out the bobbin area and use a drop of oil, I don't turn it off and unplug. If I"m going to be doing a more thorough cleaning and oiling like on my vintage and mechanical machines, then I do turn it off and unplug.
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    For safety reasons, I turn mine off. I use a lamp turned on to see what I am doing.

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    I don't turn off either, need to see what I am doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    Machine is on for the light.

    Bobbin area is cleaned out after every project.

    Machine is turned off and unplugged when done sewing for the day or leaving the room for a while.
    I do the same. I oil the bobbin race before starting sewing and with every bobbin change it gets cleaned and a drop of oil again.

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    I don't turn mine off either. The only time I unplug my Bernina is when I go away. I just feel better knowing that it's not plugged in.

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    Never turn it off to clean and oil.
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    I do turn off to clean and oil, as well as change a needle. It's something instilled in me from many years of working on electrical equipment. Kind of a "lock out, tag out" for safety.

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    Me either...I don’t turn it off to do routine cleaning and a drop of oil. I do unplug my machine when I go on vacation even though it is in a surge protector.
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    No, I never turn it off or unplug it to clean and oil.
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    My quilt machine I clean and oil the bobbin area after every bobbin change and I don't turn it off for the same reason you stated. My sewing machine I don't turn off either when cleaning the bobbin area. Wouldn't be able to see well without using a small flashlight.
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    Mine would not have been turned on yet when I clean it. I have a goose neck desk light to see into the corners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    For safety reasons, I turn mine off. I use a lamp turned on to see what I am doing.

    This is my procedure, too.

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    Mine has the "lock" feature so the needle can't move while it's on. I use a surge protector and never think to unplug it. Is this something I should be doing? I don't turn mine off to clean, but I do use the lock.
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    Nope I do not turn my machine off, like you Tartan and most others I need the light on! Glad to hear that I'm not the only one.
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    My newer BERNINA machine has a stitch counter. At 3,600 stitches the display shows an icon to service the machine. I take it out and lay it over on its side to service it. I like to put the oil on in a horizontal position. I do not unplug because of the light. Also, my machine will not run if the presser foot is not down. I do think frequent cleaning saves a lot a problems.

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    If I'm just cleaning out the bobbin area, I don't turn the machine off. But if I were going to do something more in depth (like pulling off the top to oil deeper in the machine), I turn it off.

    But it is very interesting to read what different people do!
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    I don’t unplug mine. I am careful not to touch my foot pedal.

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    I don't turn it off but make sure the foot pedal is disconnected. Learn the hard way to do that. LOL
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