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Thread: The Quietest Sewing Machine

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    The Quietest Sewing Machine

    Good Morning,
    I am often awake much later in the evening than my hubby. However, the three sewing machines I have are noisy enough that the noise keeps hubby awake.

    I'm thinking of purchasing a new "Quiet" sewing machine, but have no idea where to begin. Could you please give me your "quiet" rating on your sewing machines? I don't want to spend a fortune - leaving my fortune for the Local Quilt Shops.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    I have several machines and the quietest one is my vintage Singer 301. I think my Janome 6600 is awfully loud but my aunt that uses a much smaller Janome thinks mine is very quiet. I think the smaller, cheaper machines are louder. But, my vintage machines are definitely quieter. If you want really quiet get a treadle!

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    I have found that the Singer Featherweights are really quiet, they just purr along! I love mine and hardly use the noisy modern plastic machines now.

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    When I was looking for a new machine several years ago, hubby and I tested several. He liked the Janome 9000 best because we could watch TV together while I sewed and we could hear the movie over the machine. I think Janome in general makes a quiet machine, but maybe not all of them. I had other reasons for choosing this one, but we were in agreement.

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    My vintage singer 201 is my quietest machine, purrs along nicely.
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    My 1973 Elna is super quiet. I think the Universal from the 50s will be, too. The Singer 301 has some noise, but it's not irritating.

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    Definitely my '48 singer featherweight. My computerized brother innova NX400 is quiet, but not as quiet as my featherweight!
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    My 1941 Singer 15 is so quiet, hubby can sleep all morning. Oh well, everything has its disadvantage.
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    All of my vintage machines tend to be actually louder than my newer plastic machines. The most quiet machine I own is either my Janome 9000 or my vintage Elna 62C. The Elna 62C can be bought for less than $100 if you look around and is a great, lightweight machine and very quiet.

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    First of all, have you checked that your machines are well oiled? My sister's was much, much quieter when I got her to oil it. Second, instead of buying a new machine, consider getting a 'white noise' generator for your husband. Until I moved my sewing room downstairs, I sewed in the room next to my parents since I had to be upstairs during the day to look after my Dad. My mom is a very light sleeper and the machine never bothered her once I got her a nature sounds generator. Here's a cheap one. This is the one I bought, but I don't recommend it because a lot of people apparently are unable to figure out how to use it (I bought it for parents 8 years ago).

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    If you are using a portable, give consideration to the table/surface you are using. Even a piece of batting or old placemat under the machine can help reduce noise.

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    Yes if it is a tabletop version, they more solid the surface , the quieter it is. Try a piece of that foam non-slip shelf liner underneath yours first. If it is treadle, there is a reason mine is nicknamed "old clunky" It is definately a machine for daytime use only. My Bernina doesn't bother my husband when I'm sewing but it is 2 rooms away. I do keep it well oiled as others have mentioned.

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    My now-vintage Bernina 1230 is the quietest machine I have ever used. I have a lot of vintage Singers, but none "purrs" the way my Bernina does!

    I agree with keeping vintage machines well-oiled. Usually a noisy machine means that things are rubbing against each other (which is not a good thing!). The finer the machine tolerances, the quieter the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    My vintage singer 201 is my quietest machine, purrs along nicely.
    Me, too. This is an amazing machine with a beautiful straight stitch - it's quieter than any other machine in the "herd." (includes a 66, 15's, a 27 treadle, a 128 treadle, a 28 hand-crank, a 316G treadle, a 221, a 301, a couple of 401's, 403's, 501, 503, 750 and a few Kenmores from the 60's and 70's, a modern Singer and a modern Brother)

    The serger is the noisiest thing in the world, but I can put up with the noise for something that's so useful.

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    My Baby Lock humms. After I got rid of the Pfaff that ran like a tractor DH came up and told me how much he loved my new machine. The sewing room is above his office and he claims that he cannot hear the Baby Lock.
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    My Janome 6600 - while I love it - is NOT quiet. To those that suggested foam or batting under the machine, this would not help the Janome. I had thought it was quiet but when I tried to get away with sewing while also on a conference call (boring board meeting) THEY heard the machine. In addition, the Janome is constantly beeping at you for something or other and the thread cutter is very noisy.

    My Huskvarna Viking Lily 535 is quieter than the Janome ... how much quieter I don't remember. But it still beeps.

    I agree with some of the others. If a foam mat under your current machines doesn't do the trick, try one of the older machines like a featherweight. If it's the beeping that is concerning you, perhaps a dealer/repair shop can turn that feature off.
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    I agree on the Baby Lock. Mine, a Quilter's Choice is very quiet. I go to a quilting bee and people comment on how quiet my machine is.

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    I think my Viking Platinum is very quiet - provided the bobbin is pretty full. You would think I'd learn by now that when the machine gets louder, the bobbin is getting lower and I wouldn't sew 10 HTS's with no bobbin thread! It's quieter than my FW but I think that's the foot - the FW does purr. The Viking will beep at me if I'm being stupid or changing settings but that's about it.

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    Earplugs for hubby?
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    I agree. My Featherweight is by far my quietest machine.
    Quote Originally Posted by heljoy50 View Post
    I have found that the Singer Featherweights are really quiet, they just purr along! I love mine and hardly use the noisy modern plastic machines now.

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    My featherweight is very quiet. Also a great machine for piecing, a real straight stitch that the newer machines just can't do.

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    My treadle is the quietest (of course, no electric noise).....my 1919Singer 128 (in the picture) is also very quite..........I also found that if I put the speed lever at about 50% on my Bernina, it is much quieter than it is when I am sewing full speed.I have nights when I dont sleep, and I sew............what a fun way to spend a night awake........

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    Babylock espire is really quiet, not very loud compared to my others

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    A 301 or 301A or a Featherweight - they are all a pleasure to sew with. You can find them for 100-200 dollars on ebay or at goodwill sometimes.
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    My Singer 301 is quieter then my Bernina 1260 and it purrs. A quild member has an old Singer newer then the 301 but still vintage, kinda green color, and it runs so quiet you have to go check if it is actually running. It's the quietest machine I have ever heard. I would certainly check out older Singers for sleep sewing.
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