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    Question re a noisy sewing machine

    Hi QB helpers: I've been sitting here getting refreshed on all kinds of things regarding everyday life for a quilter/sewer. I have not been able to find one mention of how one goes about dealing with a noisy sewing machine. "Roar" noisy, not "needing to be oiled" noisy. I bought a Janome Sewist 6 or 8 months ago, and it has been sitting unused, for the most part, until one day last week. I decided to make myself use it for a piecing project--got it all set up with pads under it, etc.--and set to piecing. The roar drove me nuts.

    So, I pulled my FW back out, set it back up, and pieced the quilt top. The Janome is banished to the "not using this one for awhile" table until I get some kind of resolution. I've given some thought to going back to the store where I bought the machine, brand new, and asking them this question. But, in my experience, no one hears the noise but me. This machine probably has not sewn one whole seam in it's entire life on my $350 expenditure. I remember specifically asking for a "quiet" machine when I went into the store for a demonstration, and I now don't know if it was quiet in that store atmosphere or not. I think I was really impressed with it, but after bringing it home, checking it out for all the things explained in the book, then leaving it sitting until I finally had a use for it, I don't know why (or if it is just me) it is so noisy. Help me help me......
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    Some machines are noisier than others. When I bought my Bernina 1230 many (many!) years ago, one of my first priorities was a quiet machine. My Bernina just hums and purrs. At the time, I worked in a dealership and most of the machines were what I would consider noisy.

    Noise varies for individuals. There are some sound frequencies that bother me that my husband cannot even hear.

    Given the information you have provided, about the only options you have are (1) take the machine back to the shop where you bought it and see if they think it is noisy. If at all possible, I would ask to sew on the same model they have in the shop and compare it to yours -- sewing on it in the shop. It may be that the shop has some ambient noise that masks the sound that bothers you. Option (2) is to sell your machine and purchase a different brand. Most dealerships will not take returns on machines, but you may be able to "trade up".

    For a machine in this price range, my first choice is always to check on Amazon to see if there is one that Amazon both sells and fulfills. When dealing with Amazon exclusively (instead of a 3rd party seller fulfilled by Amazon), I know I can return something I don't like easily, paying only return shipping (if there's nothing wrong with it and I simply changed my mind. If there's something wrong with the item, I don't even have to pay for return shipping).

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    love my Singers (2662 and 401). Purrs like a sleepy cat. Sorry. I did oil and lube my 401. Check out YouTube on it. See if there is a video and if so maybe you can hear how it sounds.

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    Don't know what model you have but there are videos on Janome Sewist.

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    I just listened to some of the videos and didn't hear any roar. Sure it's a roar and not a loud hum? My 2662 Singer has a loud hum almost like a low roar. My 401 purrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtnquiltinglady View Post
    Hi QB helpers: I've been sitting here getting refreshed on all kinds of things regarding everyday life for a quilter/sewer. I have not been able to find one mention of how one goes about dealing with a noisy sewing machine. "Roar" noisy, not "needing to be oiled" noisy. I bought a Janome Sewist 6 or 8 months ago, and it has been sitting unused, for the most part, until one day last week. I decided to make myself use it for a piecing project--got it all set up with pads under it, etc.--and set to piecing. The roar drove me nuts.

    So, I pulled my FW back out, set it back up, and pieced the quilt top. The Janome is banished to the "not using this one for awhile" table until I get some kind of resolution. I've given some thought to going back to the store where I bought the machine, brand new, and asking them this question. But, in my experience, no one hears the noise but me. This machine probably has not sewn one whole seam in it's entire life on my $350 expenditure. I remember specifically asking for a "quiet" machine when I went into the store for a demonstration, and I now don't know if it was quiet in that store atmosphere or not. I think I was really impressed with it, but after bringing it home, checking it out for all the things explained in the book, then leaving it sitting until I finally had a use for it, I don't know why (or if it is just me) it is so noisy. Help me help me......
    I looked at one of the videos for this machine, and it looks like a really good machine. Not too bad as far as noise (at least to me).
    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...09EC6B88839EF2

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtnquiltinglady View Post
    Hi QB helpers: I've been sitting here getting refreshed on all kinds of things regarding everyday life for a quilter/sewer. I have not been able to find one mention of how one goes about dealing with a noisy sewing machine. "Roar" noisy, not "needing to be oiled" noisy. I bought a Janome Sewist 6 or 8 months ago, and it has been sitting unused, for the most part, until one day last week. I decided to make myself use it for a piecing project--got it all set up with pads under it, etc.--and set to piecing. The roar drove me nuts.

    So, I pulled my FW back out, set it back up, and pieced the quilt top. The Janome is banished to the "not using this one for awhile" table until I get some kind of resolution. I've given some thought to going back to the store where I bought the machine, brand new, and asking them this question. But, in my experience, no one hears the noise but me. This machine probably has not sewn one whole seam in it's entire life on my $350 expenditure. I remember specifically asking for a "quiet" machine when I went into the store for a demonstration, and I now don't know if it was quiet in that store atmosphere or not. I think I was really impressed with it, but after bringing it home, checking it out for all the things explained in the book, then leaving it sitting until I finally had a use for it, I don't know why (or if it is just me) it is so noisy. Help me help me......
    My singer model 110 is noisy also, Never had 1 hour worth of sewing on it so it is a new one in that way I have had it bout 3 years. I bought it brand new and never liked it because of the noise. I just do not use it, I have several older quiet machines they do the job I want so that is all that matters to me, Price and model is nothing comparing the quietness for me.
    Singer 110 , Singer 7422,Singer AH458923, Singer AD075758, Singer 5528 Singer AE234907, Universal H300795 Kenmore 158.16540, Necchi 3354, Dressmaker S2402, Signature 103-303340, BICOR VX1005 Singer 242

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    I think you need to do some detective work...find out what part of the machine the noise is coming from. A thud, or popping when the needle goes down can just be a dull needle..a racket under the bed can be a dirty bobbin area, or even just a stray thread caught in there. A whining up by the top can be threads caught somewhere..anywhere!
    Listen to it when it's running, then just turn the handwheel and see if you can duplicate the same sound.
    I had a very quiet squeak on my machine every time the needle went down..drove me insane! I was sure I was wearing out some part that couldn't be replaced...finally found the offending area and oiled it, and now it's great.
    Don't give up on your machine...just spend some time looking for the issue..eventually you will find it!

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    what is your machine sitting on? maybe try putting a cushioned mat under it and see if it helps. maybe you can contact janome? maybe something is loose or wrong with the machine?

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    If your dealer is nearby, why not try bringing the machine in and running it there? You can see if maybe that building just deadens sound and it's the same loudness as their floor model; OR you might discover that yours is unusually noisy, in which case there might be something they can do to fix it.

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    If it's been sitting, I'd definitely get out the manual and "clean and oil" it. Perhaps some of the oil or lubricant has hardened a bit and not doing the job it was intended to do.

    Also check to see if something (attachment or bobbin winder contraption or belt or screw) isn't rubbing or loose. Not familiar with that brand/model, so maybe it has to go back to the store? Let them check it out and see, when you're there, if other models also make that 'roar'.

    Good luck.

    PS: When maintained, those little FW's do hum so softly and lovingly. Love mine!
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    Well, ladies, thanks for your input. I have just about decided to go back to Bowling Green with machine in hand, and see if indeed, I do have a bad machine. I paid too much for that machine to not be happy with it. If it does turn out to be me, my next problem will be deciding which grandkid gets it for Christmas or an up coming birthday......
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    I would definitely take it back to the store and let them know it is not quiet and that is specifically what you were looking for. You can probably get a refund or store credit and get a quiet machine. I understand how annoying a noisy machine is! Especially since it is new!
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    Some here were suggesting she oil/ grease the machine. I was under the impression that new models do not require lube jobs...something to do with the electronics.....I have Viking over 10 yrs old...take in periodically for routine check up.....I don't lube it...maybe they do...she hums.......younger model BL...same thing......

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    I would still take it back and have them listen to it. shouldn't make any noise if in good shape. Not even to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Some here were suggesting she oil/ grease the machine. I was under the impression that new models do not require lube jobs...something to do with the electronics.....I have Viking over 10 yrs old...take in periodically for routine check up.....I don't lube it...maybe they do...she hums.......younger model BL...same thing......
    When a newer machine goes in for service, the tech does oil it.

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    try complete clean and re thread with different threads. Use a different bobbin. My brother makes a right din if the wrong bobbin used, it only works quietly with a specific brother bobbin.
    stand the machine on a small quilt, that should deaden noise.
    If all that fails take it back.
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