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Old 10-31-2011, 07:55 AM
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When I had my machine serviced, the engineer told me how many stitches it had done, and how many hours it had been on, and how many of those hours I wasn't actually stitching!

I was horrified to find out that the hours not stitching were greater than those not stitching! I am more conscience of it now, and turn it off more often.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:56 AM
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I find mine gets hot (from the light) if I leave it on too long - about an hour is my limit for walking away with it on. I do that if I'm in the middle of FMQ - I hate to turn off while that's in progress, mid stream, because the intialization means the needle comes up, and things tend to get unaligned. I just leave the needle down and the machine on, if I just need a quick break.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:57 AM
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If I might not get back to it, I turn it off and unplug. I'm afraid I'll forget and it'll end up plugged in during a storm or surge. I do use surge protectors. If it's just for a bathroom break, etc, I don't shut it off, but I put the 820 in "Eco" mode with that button to the right of the line at the bottom of the screen. Supposed to conserve the light, I guess.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:59 AM
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I turn it off when I am done sewing for the time frame.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:01 AM
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a guilty party here...I've left mine on overnight. sometimes, simply due to CRAFT disease, others because I've made lots of stitching adjustments and it's easier to leave on. I will be bringing it in for a maintenance visit in January and will ask the mechanic about this.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:01 AM
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My 10 year old Bernina has showed no signs of my inattention. It is plugged into a serge protector but I just turn off the machine switch when I am finished for the day or project. The only time I unplug is when we are away. Sometimes it has been left on for a couple of hours? I don't really know because if I leave it on (when another task comes up) I usually get back to it later or go by the room and seeing the light is on, I will shut it off. I don't worry about it being on for the machine, it's more of a waste of energy concern.
My main concern is....opps I think I left the iron on? I never have but I forget. Mine doesn't have the automatic shut-off but after reading about a fire with that kind, I will be more careful!
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:04 AM
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Always turn off the 539 and the Bicor. Only can unplug the featherweights and if I go to do that, usually end up sewing on them some more and walk away leaving it plugged in again. Never have unplugged the treadle sewing machine or turned it off.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:07 AM
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if you are going to be gone from your machine longer than a few minutes (over 1/2 an hour you should probably go ahead and shut it off- if less than that leave it on-
if you just leave it on for long periods of time if nothing else that light bulb is going to burn out alot sooner than it would otherwise- and other electrical components-
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:08 AM
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My EE husband says it does not hurt the machine to leave it on, if you don't mind wasting power... and it does not hurt it to turn on and off...
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:23 AM
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I turn mine off when I leave my sewing room or if I am pressing or cutting for any length of time.
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