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Have read the electrical list ofwhat works in us but does anyone know if sewing machines work from uk to usa ?is it worth bringing it ? thanx
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Have read the electrical list ofwhat works in us but does anyone know if sewing machines work from uk to usa ?is it worth bringing it ? thanx
Small electrical items are as cheap as chips over here. Unless you have a top of the range, super, duper model that you can't bare to part with...sell it. Take a look at the Sears website...it will give you an idea of prices.

It will work but you will need a transformer as the voltage is different.
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Small electrical items are as cheap as chips over here. Unless you have a top of the range, super, duper model that you can't bare to part with...sell it. Take a look at the Sears website...it will give you an idea of prices.

It will work but you will need a transformer as the voltage is different.


Thanx for that ! would sell it if it couldnt work .but its brand new so tempted to put it with stuff to ship
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Have read the electrical list ofwhat works in us but does anyone know if sewing machines work from uk to usa ?is it worth bringing it ? thanx
Check with the manufacturer of your particular model. In this interconnected world, many items are built to operate anywhere with minimal change.

That said, there is a general rule that items that heat or have heavy duty motors do not travel well. Same for motors that use the cycle to time things [e.g. 50 hz v 60 hz].
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If it's a brand that is not sold in the US you may have difficulty finding service providers and parts.
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Since sewing machines use detachable power adapter cords (like computers) you may be able to get a US adapter from the manufacturer (if it is a brand sold here). For example, a certain Singer cord is only $18.95 at amazon.com.

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If the power supply is duel voltage, it'll work fine, if the model isn't sold here, finding parts might be tough/expensive.

If it ain't duel voltage, sell it. They are still cheaper here.
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If the power supply is duel voltage, it'll work fine, if the model isn't sold here, finding parts might be tough/expensive.

If it ain't duel voltage, sell it. They are still cheaper here.

Thanx for all the comments ! will get the machine out of its box to look at voltage and whether its dual etc !Never been out of its box in 8 yrs lol! but just one of those "things" that I might miss
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If it's eight years old you'll be better off getting a new one, they're pretty inexpensive and after eight years in a box yours might need a lot of maintenance and/or parts replaced.
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Thanx for all the comments ! will get the machine out of its box to look at voltage and whether its dual etc !Never been out of its box in 8 yrs lol! but just one of those "things" that I might miss
So why would you bring it to the US...if it's not been out of the box for 8 years? I doubt very much if a sewing machine would be dual voltage...it's not exactly the sort of thing you take with you when travelling.

I left mine in the UK and bought one for less than $100 in Sears.
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I doubt very much if a sewing machine would be dual voltage...it's not exactly the sort of thing you take with you when travelling.
Makes it easier on the manufacturer to have a single model that they can sell worldwide. Dual voltage isn't as hard as it sounds so it isn't as big a deal as it used to be with components that can handle the differences these days.
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Makes it easier on the manufacturer to have a single model that they can sell worldwide. Dual voltage isn't as hard as it sounds so it isn't as big a deal as it used to be with components that can handle the differences these days.
That may be the case...but I bet the OP's machine is not dual voltage.
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Makes it easier on the manufacturer to have a single model that they can sell worldwide. Dual voltage isn't as hard as it sounds so it isn't as big a deal as it used to be with components that can handle the differences these days.
True, these days...back then though?

Even Dyson's aren't duel voltage, they licensed a Mitsubishi motor for the US vacuums to save money on bothering.

Stuff that travel, usually are, stuff that don't, they usually don't bother.
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Google can be your friend: see this link.

It seems that Singer does manufacture dual voltage machines.

Also, I seem to remember that the best discussions on using european electrics can be found in the Canada forums of BE.
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Makes it easier on the manufacturer to have a single model that they can sell worldwide. Dual voltage isn't as hard as it sounds so it isn't as big a deal as it used to be with components that can handle the differences these days.
It doesn't make it easier if the cost of motor(s) is higher if they have to run on dual voltages and dual frequencies. For appliances that very rarely will operate on more than one system, the cost of parts may not make it worth it; for something that's moved around (e.g. a laptop) it makes sense. Having said that, pretty sure I've seen dual voltage sewing machines here.

I wouldn't bring anything over that didn't have a dual voltage power supply. Just not worth the cost and inconvenience of a step-up transformer.
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