When moving to London became a sure deal, I thought I might have to buy a new sewing machine for a couple of reasons. My US sewing machine plug wouldn’t fit a UK outlet. And the voltage in a UK outlet is about twice that of a US outlet, meaning my sewing machine would fry if I tried to use it.
After looking around I realized buying a sewing machine would cost more than I could get out of it for the couple of years I will be in London. So this is what I came up with. Still cost some dough, but far less than buying a new sewing machine I can only use for a couple of years.
I bought a Step-Up & Step-Down Voltage Converter (transformer) from East West International. I plug the sewing machine directly into the transformer.
The transformer plug doesn't match UK outlets so I have to plug it into a UK adapter. Then the UK adapter plugs into the outlet. Overall, I spent about $120. The converter can also be used for other household items like curling irons, glue guns, printer, etc.
Do you have any experiences adapting your sewing machine to another country?
We took a drive out to Oxford in hopes of getting to tour Oxford Castle. I was telling my son we were going to go visit Oxford, which he began referring to as ‘fox’. I kept trying to correct him, but I opted to lose this battle. He was asking what the ‘fox’ is. I told him it’s the location of a prestigious university in England. I asked him if he could say ‘prestigious.’ He replied with ‘fat jesus’. Knowing I had just lost to the ‘fox’ I knew my chances of correcting him here was slim. After a few attempts, I digressed. To my son, ‘prestigious Oxford’ is now known as ‘fat jesus fox’.
When we found parking in Oxford I only had to leave my left arm behind to pay. No big deal, right? Once we made our way to the entrance we were told that strollers were not allowed and children were not allowed in the tower.
So… we settled on a kid-friendly travelling act just outside the castle. Illusions, music, magic tricks and the like.
For the most part, my kids were more interested in playing with their dump trucks in the puddles. I don’t think they really cared about the fat jesus fox anyway.
If you are just joining Craft Snob, my family recently moved to London. You can follow some of our adventures in Living in London and Speak English.