They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I have been reading a lot about protecting the USB port on your embroidery machine lately. If you plug a USB directly into your machine to transfer embroidery files, the USB port can become damaged over time.
Repeatedly plugging in and taking out a USB can wear on the port. You also run the risk of bumping the USB which can break the port. Even if the replacement part and labor is affordable, how long will it take for the machine to be repaired? For me, the closest dealer with on-site repairs is four hours away.
Many embroiderers are starting to use USB male to female extension cables. Think of them as an extension cord for your USB port. They plug into your machine, and stay there, with an end that accepts your USB. That saves wear and tear on your port.
I purchased this cable from Amazon (no affiliation) and received two for less than $10. What I liked most is that it has a right-angle connector where it plugs into the machine and most of the models that I saw did not. That configuration offers even less of a chance of bumping into it.
At eight inches long, the cord does not get in the way and rests on the surface of your work area which also avoids pulling on the port.
Here are some other beneficial attributes:
- 3.0 speed is fast.
- Different lengths are available, which may be necessary if your USB is on the back of your machine.
- Just plug and play, no formatting necessary.
- The cable is shielded and has a lifetime warranty.
These cables can also be used on your desktop computers and laptops to save wear and tear on their ports. It is an inexpensive way to avoid costly problems.
Sew Inspired by Bonnie