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    I'm wondering how many of you fine people have your sewing machines (especially the computerized ones) plugged into surge protectors. If so, what is the rating for your surge protector? When I went to Walmart to look at them, there were different varieties for different applications ie. small appliances, home entertainment, etc. The ones rated for larger electronics were of course more expensive. I don't really understand the need for different kinds...isn't a power surge going to trip the breaker regardless of what is plugged into it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. :?:

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    Honestly I didn't know there was a difference in them. I all watch for answers.

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    This is a good topic!!!I use one on my computer, one that was recommended by my tech. I do have a computerized sewing machine and your right we should have one on these for power outages plus power surges. I do unplug mine when not in use.but to be one the safe side I should use a power surger. I too shall be looking forward to the answers here.
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    I do know if you have a computerized machine, we are supposed to have a surge protector. I thought it was 1200 jewels (the rating) but have heard it is more since then. I will double check but for some reason I'm thinking 3600 jewels.......

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    We are REMC so I use surge protectors on just about everything (computers are on UPS)

    I usually buy the highest rated strip protector - why chinch on a $20 surge protector if you are using a $4000 sewing machine?

    During storms everything is unplugged - even stuff on surge protectors/UPS - they can't handle a surge from a lightning strike.

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    Surge protectors don't neccessarily prevent ALL the current from getting to your equipment. The different sizes allow for the 'draw' of power each item demands. ( If you only have your sewing machine & perhaps a table lamp plugged into an outlet - then you only need buy a lower rated - small appliance - protector. )
    Electrical surges don't always originate from the power line to your home. Think about lightening strikes - they'll hit the outlets before they get to the circuit breaker box.
    Hope this helps Ladies!

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    My modern and LA machines are connected to a UPS that provides voltage regulation as well. On my other machines, I just use a standard high quality surge strip.

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    I am using the UPS (uninterruptible power source) that I had for my desktop system. Now I use a laptop so thought I would keep it for my Ellisimo. Where I live, the power is supplied by some little hamsters on exercise wheels and when they take a break, usually once or twice a day, our power flickers or goes out just long enough to have to reset all the clocks!

    Also did you know that the surge protectors typically bought (cheaper ones like from Wal-Mart) are usually no good after they have been hit by one surge? That is what I was told by an electrician.

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    Some of the better surge protectors also have "insurance" for your electronics, appliances, etc.

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    It makes me nervous to hear one surge can render your strip useless against future surges. Now I'm wondering how many strips around my house are "blown" and giving me a false sense of security. By the way, it is a common misconception that all power strips are surge protectors. This topic came up among my friends lately and about half of them were under that impression.

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    I don't unplug my machine when I'm done. Are you telling me I should wheather there is a storm or not?

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    Surge protectors protects the items plugged into it by absorbing the electrical surge, especially when your power goes out and then comes right back on. They are rated by the amount of surge they can absorb that is why you have various "joles" (pronounced jewels) The USUALLY have some type of insurance with them. This will be printed on the box. Not all power surges will trip your electric breakers. They also help protect from LOW AMP DRAWS.

    A low amp draw is when your power "dims" down when something comes on and then returns to normal. Your surge protector will "store" some energy so when the power goes down your items will remain the same. Electronic items are damaged more from a low amp draw than a power surge.

    When using a surge protector, the items that require more power should be plugged in nearest the power source, where the power cord comes into the protector. Be watchful of WHAT is plugged into the protector. If you have a sewing machine plugged into the protector, don't plug your iron into the same strip. Irons are power hungry items just look at the wattage of the iron. Irons are usually 1000 watts and up. Usually when the iron kicks on to heat, power to the other items is compromised. This can cause damage to circuit boards in other items. Also, because of the wattage of an iron, it is better to be plugged directly into the wall and preferably into another socket than the protector.

    It is also a good idea to replace the surge protector every 12 to 18 months. They do wear down. There are constant surge and low amp draws in electricity. These may not be enough to trip your breakers but can be enough to damage other things not protected. Good example of this fact is a light bulb.

    Since we are on this subject, please review your home owners or content insurance. The insurance with the protector is not much so don't depend on that. Talk to your insurance agent. Most insurance policies put a "cap" on the amount to be paid for certain items. Today sewing machines go into several thousand dollars but your insurance policy may only pay $150 because of the "cap". You may be thinking you don't want to pay out more money for insurance but believe me when I say it is money well spent. You may say you have "replacement insurance" which is great but they still have a "cap" on payout! Whenever you buy additional equipment be sure to talk to your insurance carrier to make sure it will be covered as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingle
    I don't unplug my machine when I'm done. Are you telling me I should wheather there is a storm or not?
    I unplug mine for peace of mind.

    sass

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    As far as surge protectors becoming useless after one trip, I can only offer my anecdote. Whenever we run our toaster and microwave at the same time, it overloads the circuit (we have an old house.), then we have to go into the garage to reset the switch. The best solution is to not run them at the same time, but sometimes we forget. Now that we have a surge protector, we can just flip the little switch, instead of having to go all the way out to the garage. My guess is that it's happened at least half-a-dozen times in the last year, and it still works. I don't know how common this is.

    I just looked at it, and I can't find the rating, although I can say it's more of a middle of the line. Clear as mud, right?

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    Crashnquilt, you are a wealth of valuable information. Thank you.

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    I have my machines plugged into a surge protector. I'm not sure what they're rated; my husband picked them out to make sure they were high enough quality to suit him! :) But my 6600 and 11000 are unplugged every night anyway.

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    I always unplug my electronic sewing machines when not in use. I also have a commerical type surge protector which ran over 200.00. Well worth it if you live in the country or where you have thunder storms.

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    this board is so great....this has been my electrical class for the day. thank you great info

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    Abso-flippin-lutely my machine is on a surge protector. After losing a computer, phone, tv and a few other misc appliances when lightening struck just up the street, I found out the hard way. Also - make sure if your computer is connected to the phone - for fax or dial up, that you have a surge protector that also protects the phone line.

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    I have my machine plugged into one. Don't remember the rating but I picked it up at a computer store and told them that it was for a computerized sewing machine.

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    Just one thing: it's "joules."

    I always unplug mine. It cost too much to risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    .......... Where I live, the power is supplied by some little hamsters on exercise wheels and when they take a break, usually once or twice a day, our power flickers or goes out just long enough to have to reset all the clocks!

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    ME TOO!!!!! its horrible. and yes I have mine on the same type hubby has on his computers.. Why would my sewing machines deserve any less than his computers?? Id rather bite the bullet then take the hit..

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    I guess I had best be off to get me a surge protector. I also have a 6600 & 11000 and never thought about unplugging them when not in use. My computer is protected and it's cost was less than my 11000 - oh my what was I thinking! Thanks so much for sharing, and all the awesome information. Love this board.

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    My surge protector on the computer took a hit from a surge last year and a newone for the computer cost about $100. Well worth the money. I also got another one that wasn't with backup for the sewing machines. Figured if it fried the one, it probably did something to the other. BTW, my sewing machines were not plugged in at the time.

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    I always unplug! And like some if the rest of you, my machines are worth way more than my computers. I really appreciate this topic. Someone wanna make it even easier and just tell me exactly which one I should buy? I went to look and it was mind boggling-like the detergent aisle. Remember when it was just Cheer, All, and Tide? Crest, Colgate, and Aquafresh was new!? Sometimes too much choice is overwhelming.

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