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From: Melanie T
Date: 01-21-2006, 03:54 PM (1 of 12)
Today I was using two embroidery machines and my industrial straight stitch and missed hearing the phone ring 3 times.

I really haven't thought about ear protection before, but there is a very good reason why there are more deaf old men than women and it has to do with industrial noise. I think that this would qualify as an occupational hazard in a business setting.

Does anyone use it? What about in a factory, shop setting?

I think I will invest in some good ear plugs for days like today, when I am embroidering and sewing on the Pfaff. It is nice to be about to hear things going on around me, and I don't need to damage my ears for such a silly reason.
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User: Melanie T
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-21-2006, 04:38 PM (2 of 12)
I don't but I only ever use one machine at a time as I don't own any embroidery machines. Good point though!
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-21-2006, 10:03 PM (3 of 12)
All my machines are quiet...besides...wearing ear plugs on a regular basis is not good for your ears. (so said 2 Dr's I've seen..ENT and audiologist). Noise canceling earphones are better for your ears. Sony and Bose make the best ones (Bose are pricey at $300. but they're #1 and they work for most things).
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From: bridesmom
Date: 01-23-2006, 12:11 AM (4 of 12)
I never thought of that! I also have my CD player going at the same time as my sewing, but then I am also sewing on a carpeted floor, so I guess it kind of drowns out the noise. I have a phone in my sewing room too, so I definitely hear it when it rings.
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From: craftyboi
Date: 01-23-2006, 05:38 PM (5 of 12)
I find it better ,when i'm sewing,not to use any kind of earpieces.The reason why is alot of times you have to hear for any problems with the needle,bobbincase ,etc. when sewing or embroidering.It can be be the difference between a good job or an unhappy accident.
User: craftyboi
Member since: 10-04-2002
Total posts: 26
From: Melissa Maher
Date: 02-08-2006, 01:24 PM (6 of 12)
I have a brother ULT2001, an SWF 6-needle and a Pfaff 2020. There are times when I've had all 3 going at once, and yes, at those times I wear earplugs. When I'm just running one machine, though, I don't. I guess I'm getting more aware of how much noise pollution there is in our daily lives because I feel I've lost a little audio acuity. I am trying to get in the habit of wearing the plugs when I use my hair blowdryer, too, because the blast of sound is so close to ears.
User: Melissa Maher
Member since: 02-08-2006
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From: CodyGramma
Date: 02-08-2006, 02:44 PM (7 of 12)
I am with you on the needing to hear if something goes wrong with the machine. That is the one thing I do while I am sewing is listen carefully, if my machine starts making noises, it either needs oiling, cleaning, a needle change or something!
User: CodyGramma
Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
From: beachgirl
Date: 02-08-2006, 02:58 PM (8 of 12)
My machines are quiet also so I don't use them. As a rule I have the tv or play cd's while I sew. Can hear the phone as well. Guess if you have lots of noise then you'd need some. DH has some when running some of the power tools in his work shop. Some are really loud.
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Member since: 08-31-2004
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From: Happy Sewer
Date: 02-09-2006, 09:51 AM (9 of 12)
No, I don't use ear protection! I will admit to missing phone calls though...2 emb. machines running, sewing on regular machine while running the washer and dryer. It doesn't help that I've left the cordless phone in another room....

I do wear glasses though, and have often been glad when a broken needle has flown in the direction of my face!
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Member since: 02-09-2006
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From: paroper
Date: 02-09-2006, 10:05 AM (10 of 12)
My 200 is loud. I have a phone beside it so I don't miss the phone. I'm sure that anyone who parks in front of our house knows that I'm doing embroidery because I keep the tv at a level to hear above the machine.

I hadn't thought about ear protection. I've shattered a few needles and thought eye protection would be a good idea. Now that I"m older that's isn't a problem. They call it GLASSES!

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: LauraM62
Date: 02-11-2006, 08:01 AM (11 of 12)
I usually have headphones on listening to a book on cd or music. Although I do like to hear my machines if no one is home, when the house is full I pay better attention to the machines when I have on the headphones :bluesmile Drowns out all the tv's, kids, dh, etc since I generally sew in the midst of the home & noise. As far as the phone, I'm bad, when I sewing I like to let the answering machine get it, if it's important I'll call them back, other then that I hate to have my sewing time interrupted :bg:
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If everyone cared and nobody cried; If everyone loved and nobody lied; If everyone shared and swallowed their pride; Then we'd see the day when nobody died --'If Everyone Cared' by Nickelback
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Member since: 08-10-2003
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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 02-11-2006, 12:02 PM (12 of 12)
I am loosing my hearing, but not from sewing, my right ear is worse off then the left both are bad..
I have had one ear infection after another, ( due to allergies)
which has me loosing my hearing.

My sight has always been bad and I am on the "Glaucoma Watch list"
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Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
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