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« on: August 31, 2006 01:33:41 PM »

I hope I put this into the right place... first post  Smiley

For Christmas last year, my mother-in-law bought me a wonderful new sewing machine. I didn't have one before and had been using her's or my mom's.

Well, I just moved into an apartment with paper-thin walls, and I'm afraid to use it. It's so loud, it rattles the walls! But I looove sewing so much. I just don't want to piss the neighbors off. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2006 09:39:14 AM »

I have a machine that runs loud when it needs to be oiled.  It also helps to place a thick rubbery type of placemat under the machine when sewing.  Hope that helps. Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2006 04:20:44 PM »

You can ask your neighbours if they actually hear it or not. I had the same problem with my surround sound, and it turned out they couldn't even hear it.  And if they CAN hear it, maybe ask what time would be the best for you to use the machine (ie. when they are at work).

OR you could just not care and do it despite the noise.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2006 08:37:37 PM »

Hi Kiwi, I'm a newbie too Cheesy and this is my first post.

I've noticed that if your needle is bent or dull your machine will be noisy. The instructions on my machine say that the needle should be changed after every 10 hours of sewing. That seems a little exteme to me but when I do change my needle I always wonder why I waited so long.

I love to sew, too. I recently made a skirt from a pillow case. Turned out so cute and was inexpensive and easy.

Good luck with your machine and neigbors  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2006 09:01:51 PM »

i would totally just go ask your neighbors, i'm sure you will be suprised  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2006 10:52:36 PM »

try sewing on a table that is more stable and solid. and the folks that suggesting changing the needle are right on. it really does make a difference.

of course, it could also be your machine. some are just more naturally loud than others. in general, the cheaper the machine, the louder it is. i tested this with a jamone vs a singer and a brother.

« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2006 03:31:30 AM »

One thing my mom always did when we lived in apartments growing up was putting a folded up towel underneath her machine to cut the vibration noise. I only do it now if I'm sewing at night, the rest of the time I figure if I get to listen to their music, they can handle my sewing machine. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2006 06:40:39 AM »

Thanks so much! I finally got up the courage to get my machine out last night and it wasn't near as loud as I thought it was. I guess I was just having memories of my mom's old machine that she used on the wobbly kitchen table.

I put a folded towel under it and it worked great.

It's a Kenmore and I love it. It's very lightweight and perfect for an amateur sewer like myself!

Thanks again!!! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2006 05:45:22 AM »

machines will get loud when they need oiling, I had to take mine to a sewing machine repair guy and he said that sewing machines need oiling weekly if you use them a lot!!


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