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Date: 2/24/14 8:12 AM

My sil gave me a magnetic seam guide that attaches to the stitch plate. I have a BabyLock Symphony. My current method is using blue painters tape. I am perfectly happy with that method by the way.

My question is - will the magnet damage the computer innards? I am from the old days when we meticulously kept all magnets away from computers. Am I safe to use it?

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Date: 2/24/14 8:15 AM

I do not have an answer for this but it poses a good question; looking forward to answers. I have a magnetic pin holder that I worry about being near my machines also.

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Date: 2/24/14 8:29 AM

If in doubt,stick with what you know won't damage your machinea pad of sticky notes is handy also

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Date: 2/24/14 8:34 AM

I don't have a clear answer for you, but this same worry has kept me from buying one of these guides. I've been tempted....but I can't get over the unknown risk.

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Date: 2/24/14 8:39 AM

I think the newer machines are shielded well enough that something like a seam guide won't harm them. I remember a lot of folks had worries about the magnetic frames for embroidery machines (which contain a lot more magnets), but I used one with no problems, and never heard of anyone else having any trouble.

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Date: 2/24/14 2:30 PM

I recently read that these can be used as the BabyLock machines have nothing in this area that would be negatively affected by a small magnetic sewing accessory.

Each brand may have there own cautions.

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Date: 2/24/14 3:18 PM

I have the first computerized Janome (when it was New Home), it's now over 30 and always used the magnetic seam guide. About 10 years ago I stopped using it for a while when I heard there might be an issue but then read somewhere that it wasn't really an issue so started using it again. Never had any kind of problem with my machine and I'm guessing less likely with newer machines.

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Date: 2/24/14 3:18 PM

sorry, duplicate post
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Date: 2/24/14 4:02 PM

The general rule of not mixing magnets and computers goes back to the days when magnetic tape and floppy disks (basically a circular piece of magnetic "tape") were used to store data. (It was the 70s and 80s; I was there, dinosaurs roamed the earth, etc. and I used some of the first personal computers that ever existed.) To get data onto the magnetic media (tape or disk), the magnetizable material on the tape or disk is "written" into a pattern with a magnetic read/write head. The patterns form the data.

A relatively weak magnet placed on or near tape or floppy disk causes the magnetizable material to all be realigned in one direction, thus erasing the data patterns on the tape or floppy disk. So, if you've got any floppy disks, the seam guide magnet could be harmful to them.

PC Myths re: magnets.

In theory, the hard drive on your computer can be erased by a magnet, but it takes a very strong magnetic field to do that, however, the video on this web page indicates that you can cause enough damage to hard drive to make your computer non-functional. If you watch the video, you'll see that they really worked hard to do so, and it took something much stronger than your basic fridge magnet to do anything, and it was placed right over the hard drive.

My understanding is that the magnetic seam guides are perfectly safe to use on your sewing machine, even a computerized machine. There are no floppy disks under the stitch plate, so there should not be a problem.

IF, however, you have any embroidery designs on floppy disks, then you'll want to keep the magnetic seam guide away from those floppy disks. Otherwise, I think you're safe.

CMC

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Date: 2/24/14 5:45 PM

This question comes up periodically.
The consensus seems to be that there is no threat from the magnet.
I have one that I bought eons ago and have used it without any ill effects.

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