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Using 110V 60Hz sewing machine in France - Threads
I'm glad to hear from NY2NZ that I can use my machine with a step-up transformer. I was concerned that there might be a problem with the different frequency because transformers do not convert the frequency of the electricity. US electricity is 60Hz and France's electricity is 50Hz. I was also concerned that the initial power surge required when you first start sewing an item might be a problem for the transformer. This is great news. For people looking for transformers and adapters, there are quite a few businesses on the web that sell these. Their prices can be better than what you might find locally.
ATMs in Germany: Chips versus Magstripes - The German Way & More
ATMs in Germany: TAN: For added security, a TAN (transaction number) is required for any online banking transaction in Germany. A unique TAN is generated for each transaction and sent to the user either via mobile phone or a handheld electronic “TAN generator.” It is an added level of security that does not exist in the US.