European Sewing Machine Plug

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Old 06-24-08, 04:28 PM
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European Sewing Machine Plug

Hi, I bought a sewing machine second hand only to find it has a European plug. It's from Denmark. I was getting ready to buy an adapter for it when I got to wondering will it hurt the machine to run on American voltage?
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I have a Rowenta iron made in Germany, with a european plug, and it hasn't hurt anything, and I never got an adapter.
 
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Old 06-24-08, 05:46 PM
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I have a Rowenta iron made in Germany, with a european plug, and it hasn't hurt anything, and I never got an adapter.
Thanks, mine won't fit the outlet as they are
straight round prongs that are too far apart for the outlet.
 
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Old 06-24-08, 06:07 PM
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Oh I see. I guess my plug is different than yours Hopefully, one of the electricians can help you.
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European Sewing Machine Plug

There are couple of very similar outs in europe, depending where you are.

I bought a set of adapters (5 or 10) that have served me well in 30+ countries. I though I got them at Radio Shack, but you may find the on line (E-Bay, etc.).

European electricity is 50 cycle instaed of our 60 cycle, but it should work O.K. Beware - some equipment you find in europe could be for a substantial different voltage.

Look at any pltes on the motor of your machine. The power in Denmark can be determined on the internet, but there is no guarantee that it was not made for another country.

You could also swap out the motor with one made for the U.S., if it is worth the conversion.

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Not an electrician here, but can you find the information plate on the machine that states the voltage, hertz, etc. A model # would help as well.
 
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Old 06-24-08, 07:15 PM
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Most European voltages are 220 volts, 50 cycles.
Look at the specs on the iron and see if it operates at our 115 volts or the European 220.

If it is 115 volts and has no electronics in the speed control it should work with an adapter.
If 220 volts it will not work.
 
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I am glad someone mention to me to come here and give ya a helping hand so.,,

I am oringally from France so I will give you a quick run down here.,

Normally most european equiment are wired 220~240 volt range [ line to netural ]

And most european motor are designed to run on 50 HZ so run on 60 HZ will result running somehow more faster unless it got a universal motor then it will not affect it.

I will show you the current Demark recpectale look like






let me know if this is the correct one then from there we will go from this part and on.

Merci,Marc
 
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Old 06-24-08, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by french277V View Post
I am glad someone mention to me to come here and give ya a helping hand so.,,

I am oringally from France so I will give you a quick run down here.,

Normally most european equiment are wired 220~240 volt range [ line to netural ]

And most european motor are designed to run on 50 HZ so run on 60 HZ will result running somehow more faster unless it got a universal motor then it will not affect it.

I will show you the current Demark recpectale look like






let me know if this is the correct one then from there we will go from this part and on.

Merci,Marc
Hi, thanks for your reply.
It looks like the picture minus the bottom part. The sewing machine is from the 70's
 
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Old 06-24-08, 10:51 PM
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Thank You!

I am overwhelmed with the response. You have all been very helpful. I will look for the information on the machine. It's at my sister's right now. I think I have enough information to work it out.
Thank you all again so much for your time and attention to my problem
 
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Ok let us know how it come out with the info then we can go from there.

Merci,Marc
 
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