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xangomommy
« on: September 29, 2008 01:41:08 PM »

Is there a way to minimize the vibration of a clean, properly functioning machine?

My sewing machine vibrates more than I'd like. I thought maybe this might have something to do with the motor - 1.3 amps. Of course, it only bothers me when I'm going fast so I suppose stitching slower would work.

Any other ideas? Here's a picture so that you know the kind of machine I'm working on.

Thanks.
 
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008 01:45:53 PM »

You can try using a mat below it (or a well pressed folded towel)  I know a few people that do this to minimize vibration in their machines. 

You could also try big flat suction cups below it to help absorb the vibration of the machine at the fastest speeds. 

Some older machines also have a spot in the bottom for a bolt to attach through a table or cabinet.  you might check for that as well as stabalizing it will help with the vibrational issues as well.

If these don't work for you I'm sure someone else will have an idea that may help.
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008 02:24:15 PM »

I was told to put my serger on a gardening knee pad to help absorb the vibrations.  I'm not sure if your machine can sit on top of anything, but they seem to be fairly cheap and stable. . .although, it's not quite gardening season anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008 04:56:24 AM »

Also make sure you are working on a good solid surface.  I once had a "table" made from an old hollow-core door, and it would nearly bounce up and down if I went full-speed.  Once I changed over to a more solid surface (i.e., repurposed office desk), that problem went away.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2008 05:05:13 AM »

You might try taking it out of the case and setting it on a table or into a sewing machine cabinet.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2008 12:42:31 PM »

I used to put a folded up towel under mine when I wanted to minimize the noise. It made it a little wonky...but it was quiter. (If you are worried about the noise of the vibration.)
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008 01:13:23 PM »

Thanks for all the suggestions Smiley I'll work my way through them and see how they work.
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008 06:35:49 PM »

You guys are all great! I placed a folder fleece throw under my machine and it worked! The vibration is not so noticeable and it's so much quieter:)

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2008 02:44:30 AM »

What a great machine xangomommy. I use a felt pad under machines that need it. It's a good idea to check whether a machine has air holes underneath to cool the motor as these need to be kept clear.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2008 09:32:40 PM »

What a great machine xangomommy. I use a felt pad under machines that need it. It's a good idea to check whether a machine has air holes underneath to cool the motor as these need to be kept clear.

Thanks for the heads-up on this. I actually put "her" to rest for a bit and am using another machine. I'll have to make sure to keep those air holes unblocked.
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