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Subject: High pitched noise on computerized machines? UPDATE in new post Date: 3/4/14 7:59 AM

I recently bought my first electronic/computerized machines after many years of sewing on mechanicals and am still getting used to the ins and outs of computerized sewing. I first bought a Brother that I returned, then a Janome Magnolia 7330, which I upgraded to a 4120QDC. The Magnolia made a high pitched noise that sounded like little cicadas (just not as loud!), but my dealer (who is also machine mechanic) said that is just "new machine sound" and when I took it in he said he could not hear it (it had lessened by that time too). The 4120 does not make the same sound, but it does make a low-volume high pitched noise when the setting is on some stitches - e.g. straight stitch. When you switch to overcast stitch, the noise goes away. It is not very loud, more like a background noise, and not unlike the noise my laptop makes when I turn it on. I can't remember if the Brother ever made a similar noise. My dealer said this is just new machine noise as well. Am I too sensitive to noise? Is this normal? Does anyone know why it would be there on some stitches and not on others? I've only had my machine for a week, and I absolutely love it - it stitches very well and the stitching is not noisy. I just need to know if this background noise is something to worry about.
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Date: 3/4/14 8:08 AM

None of my Bernina machines make a continuous noise that I'm aware of, but I've read where owners of the new 7 Series Berninas have complained about a high pitched hum.

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Date: 3/4/14 8:59 AM

I think its the nature of computerized machines. On some of the big-boys, you can hear a very low "on" sound when sitting idle and not being powered. I don't recall hearing a sound on the 4120...i'll check and let you know but its stowed away for the moment bc i'm using a vintage machine for some raw-edge applique with lots of curvy-durvishness.

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Date: 3/4/14 9:01 AM

My old Janome MC3000 used to make a high-pitched noise. It really bothered me at first, but then I got used to it. It was very much like the high-pitched sound of alarm systems in jewelry stores. I think the older one gets, the less noticeable the high-pitched noise. When I was 18 or 19 and looking at wedding bands, the high-pitched noise would drive me insane. Now it doesn't bother me. Over time, I got used to the machine noise, too, but my kids were fairly sensitive to it.

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Date: 3/4/14 9:47 AM

Ask for a demo of another model, or same if in stock to compare.

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Date: 3/4/14 10:00 AM

I had a Bernina 1530 that I sold, problems...didn't like the track ball and it made the high pitch sound that made me not even want to turn on the machine! I have other computerized machines, Pfaff 7570 and two brothers, none of these make a noise. The Bernina was really a disappointment. It does scare you away from computerized machines, hopefully they are all improving.

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Date: 3/4/14 10:34 AM

I had a Bernina 550QE I sold for this reason. It was like a little gnat was near the machine the whole time it was on. My Viking Sapphire 875Q had a lower constant sound. It was tolerable but I was happy to be able to trade it in for the Sapphire 960Q, which has NO sound. I am very sound sensitive and those other machines, especially the Bernina, really bothered me. Before these machines, I had a Brother QC-1000, which was very quiet.
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Date: 3/4/14 11:17 AM

It sounds like this is a common issue and not a sign of troubles, then? I love the machine and I think I'll just take it in to the dealer's at some point for him to have a listen, but I'll give it another week or three - it might indeed be "new machine" sound and maybe it will go away. It is not very loud at all, and does not bother me that much - I just noticed it because when I switched from straight to overlock stitch, or to some other stitches, it would go away or start up. If it was there consistently (like with my laptop) I might not even have noticed it.

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Date: 3/4/14 11:21 AM

NONE of my computerized machines make any noise when they are not sewing. On, but not sewing=total quiet. No buzzing, no high pitches whine, nothing. I very much doubt they should. And that's across brands from my Viking to my Janomes.

While sewing they each make a unique sound that is theirs. None of those sounds are anything I worry about.
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Date: 3/4/14 11:56 AM

My 20+ y/o Bernina 1130 will sometimes make a slightly audible whirring sound that is sort of high pitched (but not annoying). I think that generation machines all did it.

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