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How to Reduce Sewing Machine Vibration

How to Reduce Sewing Machine Vibration
Credit: Sewing Machine Gallery / Shanta Roy

A sewing machine is an integral part of our life. To perform some minor repairing or get fancy dresses prepared by ourselves, a personal sewing machine is a one-stop solution.

You know how to use it, and definitely, it’s an awesome skill you attained. I am acquainted with it since my childhood, along with its noise-making ability.

My mother’s sewing was really impressive, but the noise coming from it was really irritating for us. Anyhow, she was so fascinated by it and didn’t abandon it in her lifetime.

Though I am not an expert hand, I also depend on it to meet my personal needs.

Being a user, I have noticed that some components of the machine cause disgusting noise or vibration even when the machine is kept using matters. Through my observation, I found some causes and ways to uproot them. 

Placing Sound Reducing Material 

My mother used to control the machine’s vibration and movement, keeping a towel or folded cloth just underneath it. If you use the machine, keeping it on top of a table, you will be blessed with its echo and vibrating effect.

Following my mom’s policy, you can reduce it by 30%. Here towel seemingly absorbs the shock. Besides, you may go for sound-deadening foam designed for a soundproofing car. You need to resize it as per the table size. It absorbs produced vibration of the machine. Moreover, there is already a sized sewing machine pad for your assistance. A big suction cup may be of great use.

Controlling Speed for Sewing

Sewing at full speed creates huge noise. You have control over the sewing machine speed either with a foot pedal or speed control sliders. The earlier one may bother you. For you may fail to provide constant pressure on it, and then you just press on it at full speed.

Consequently, you create a noisy, uncomfortable environment. These days we are experiencing machines with variable speed sliders. They are blessing us, giving us a speed presetting facility. For having good control over speed, we enjoy sewing from vibration or noise-free machines.

A precaution for users of machines with foot pedals having a small switch. This switch is used for beginners. Enabling this mode might cause horrible noises by putting it into an automatic slow mode (helps beginners). Disable the mode.

Using Thick Sewing Table Board

Just imagine – you are sewing, keeping the machine directly on the floor or on top of a thin table. What happens? Your machine vibrates a lot. Now place the same machine on a thick sewing table on top of a soundproof mat. Definitely, your experience will be different because the thicker and denser object has higher sound absorption quality.

In addition, you must consider the place where you are keeping your machine. It must be flat, smooth, and of course not slippery. Any imbalanced positioning creates an irritating sound.

Position the Sewing Machine Over a Table Leg

Your table size and machine must be of such a ratio that most of the machine weight is over a table leg. You should ensure the table’s stability while using the machine. Otherwise, you will experience excessive rocking, vibrating, and noise from it. 

Changing Needle

You are eagerly waiting for your dress to be sewn. All of a sudden, it starts producing louder noise. Of course, you will not be in a good mood. Check the needle, whether it has become blunt. As such needle cannot pierce the fabrics easily, it creates unusual sounds. So, changing the needle is a must.

Lubricating Sewing Machine

Routine lubrication is a precondition of a good functioning machine. Oil reduces friction between moving parts of machines and thus prevents premature wear and reduces all internal noises. Spend a few for buying the correct sewing machine oil. Otherwise, get ready to spend more on replacing the whole machine. But, don’t give birth to a new problem, flooding your machine with over-lubrication.

Cleaning Your Sewing Machine

Love your machine& ensure its cleanliness. Your negligence helps quick deposit of dirt, dust, and lint. It not only hampers the machine’s performance but also makes your machine noisy. Use a brush specifically designed for a sewing machine, to clean up your machine.

You may use a type of duster or microfiber cloth too. Remove the bobbin carefully to clean under the needle plate as well. Your manual may help you a lot in removing dust and dirt stuck in the hard-to-reach area.

Determining the Reasons for Noise

There is a saying that if you find out the cause, you completely fighting half battle. Treatment varies according to reason. The sewing machine vibrates and produces noise due to many reasons. To reduce it you are to pay keen attention to knowing the reason behind it. With this end in view examine your machine closely, in several states like –

Turned off mode— determines noticeable problems despite the machine’s being motionless.

Working mode at a slow pace – helps to know about overstressed parts of a machine, especially gears. 

Working mode at full blast– helps to know about any breaking, but don’t do so more than a minute or two at once.

After the use of a machine– it helps to find previously missed faults with the machine or to confirm anything you noticed (in the last three steps).

Regular and Thorough Maintenance

Prolonged, repeated, and intense use makes your machine problematic & noise producer. Invest your time in your machine’s maintenance. It positively influences its lifespan & solves the problem of vibrating. Follow the steps stated below:

  • Separate different parts of the machine
  • Make them dust-free
  • Lubricate them
  • Find out fractures or misalignment if there is any
  • Replace parts in required cases
  • Reassemble them slowly but with great care


The vibration or sound of sewing machines is a widespread phenomenon. Don’t get frustrated or demotivated. For, some tricks are there that can only reduce the noise but cannot put an end to this problem. Only by getting a modern one you can enjoy soundless or vibration-free sewing.

Till then, you are to ensure its maintenance, proper lubrication, using a table and sound deadening pad, choosing the correct needle size, etc. Be sincere in whatever you do and experience a significant difference. If the tricks fail to solve the problem, go for expert advice or replacement under warranty if covers.

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