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is there one or is it a fantasy?
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Date: 3/3/12 0:25 AM

I woul really love some suggestions about which machines are really quiet running
I want to sew in the family room and still hear TV and not distract others

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Date: 3/3/12 1:36 AM

The absolute quietest machine I have is a 201k treadle in a parlor cabinet:) It doesn't wake up anybody, it's my midnight machine:)

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Date: 3/3/12 5:52 AM

201k treadle FTW! That's what I was going to say, too

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Date: 3/3/12 8:00 AM

Try what your dealers sell to see what you like.

I have a bl Elegante that is whisper quiet for sewing. Only thing - it is a combo, and expensive.

Have not tried out any other model because I am satisfied with what I have.


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Date: 3/3/12 8:23 AM

I don't think there's any that are literally like silent ninjas, but in general the more expensive, the quieter they are.

I've heard a lot about the Juki F series and seen some videos comparing their noise level to various machines: a Brother, a Viking Sapphire, and it was quieter on every one. I don't have much experience with the mid-and-lower-range Janomes, but the 7700 and 12000 are like a whisper. I have the 12k and embroider on it in my open-floor-plan downstairs and have yet to hear a complaint about noise. The embroidery is louder than the sewing.

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Date: 3/3/12 8:26 AM

Based on the machines I've had, computer controlled motors or cams result in more noise. The vintage straight stitch-only Singers I have are much quieter than my computerized Viking. I'm going to make a sweeping generalization here - the more parts it takes to run the machine (cams or step motors), the more noise. I do have a treadle, but based on that, I can't say it's quiet - the machine is very quiet, it's my swearing when it's stitching goes wacky every few inches . She needs a bit of adjustment.

My Viking is about 15 years old, so the newer computerized models (or other brands) may be much quieter by now.

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Date: 3/3/12 10:48 AM

My 20+ y/o Bernina 1130 is whisper quiet, as is my Janome 6500.

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Date: 3/3/12 11:11 AM

My daughter mechanical Bernina 930. My old Elna SU Carina,
Both very quiet,
The Janome 6600 is slightly quieter then the 7700, which are both quieter then my Bernian 635.

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Date: 3/3/12 11:13 AM

By whisper-quiet, do you mean "virtually silent", or "akin to a stage whisper"? This recent PR thread links to a video of dead silent Brother Innov-is NX2000, though the quilter likes stitching at a snail's pace.

Videos can be deceptive-- there is an art to microphone placement.

(I don't like noise when watching a movie. I frequently turn of the heating before sitting down on the couch, and laptops, with their whirring hard drives and fans are definitely not welcome. Your family may consider this to be an absurd intolerance.)

My own Bernina makes enough of a noise that closed captions come in handy.

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Date: 3/3/12 12:46 PM

I have a vintage Bernina 830. As long as it has been recently oiled, it is very quiet for a sewing machine. I started cleaning and oiling the shuttle area more often and at one additional point than shown in the manual. I saw this online somewhere-- maybe here several years ago. The removable part of the shuttle has a flat side. I rub a drop of machine oil over this area in addition to the screw that is illustrated in the manual. This seems to quiet the clicking sound down in the bobbin area.

Also, I added a rubberized shelf liner mat underneath my machine to keep it from sliding out of position for the flat bed part of the table. I found that it cuts down on the vibrations.

I like to sew on weekend or holidays when DH and DD are sleeping. I wish I could find a way for my serger to run quieter.

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