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Old 06-23-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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3-wire 220 plug

I have an industrial sewing machine with only three wires but the motor is 220. Is this unusal. do I need to put in an outlet to match the plug?

an electrican told me the wire was for 110 and I need to know if there is a 3/wire electrical 220 ? the cord has 1-green,
1-white, and 1-black wire in it.


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Old 06-23-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
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I don't know how you would run the machine without a proper receptacle for it.


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Old 06-23-2011, 04:57 PM   #3
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It is not unusual for a professional sewing machine as in a factory setting to be 220-volts. The plug and the receptacle will need to match. If you bought this machine used or it is from another country it may not have a standard plug on its cord so you may have to change it and get a matching receptacle.

You don't sound as if you are sure what you have so I would recommend you hire an electrician to do the work.
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