Sewing machine

I sew on a 20 year old sewing machine. It is electric and mostly metal parts.  There are no digital displays; not that modern.  Does anyone know if that causes interference with one's PM?  I just had my Medtronic PM implanted last week and am finding this forum very helpful.  


Sewing machine

by Old male - 2021-08-07 23:27:03

Believe our primary concern is magnetic interference and keep cell phone a foot away,   You should have gotten a booklet from your doctor that lists concerns.

It's no harm to you...keep sewing

by Persephone - 2021-08-08 00:25:00

Hi Mountainlover, I'm also a sewist with a PM and I hope you continue to enjoy your craft and create great things.  I have a 1980s (!) Singer machine that somehow has not yet given up the ghost, and a 7 yo Brother serger, both of which I use with no problem.  I love to sew and it's fun to hear from another sewist.

Thank you

by Mountainlover - 2021-08-08 09:40:05

Thank you for answering my question. I feel like a nervous ninny about everything at this new point in my life.  I did read the information that came with my PM but it wasn't specific; just said sewing machines.  It's good to know you are still enjoying sewing, Persephone.  That helps.



by Tracey_E - 2021-08-08 14:37:10

I hemmed a dress and made a mask this morning on my 20 year old machine. It's fine. There is virtually nothing we'd encounter day to day that will cause problems.

Magnets are the issue, not machinery. A magnet has to be quite strong and less than 6" from the device to cause a problem. 

Sewing Machines

by Trillium - 2021-10-09 15:30:20

All electric motors put out a magnetic field of some sort.  This includes sewing machines, blow dryers, and vacuum cleaners.  Medtronic recommends keeping 6-inch separation between device and household motor.  For sewing that would mean you'd have to have your head inches from the needle while the needle is moving.  I doubt anyone sews like that!

For what it's worth, I believe how magnets affect you is based on the settings.  This is my opinion only and not based on scientific evidence.  All I know is that a robotic vacuum affected my daughter's ICD when she picked it up while running; I have had such no issues.  She and I both have PM/ICD implants, but her settings are more sensitive than mine.

Keep sewing but be cautious--don't put a motor up against your chest.  Make a list of items that you want to verify with your Dr. and discuss at next appointment.  Or call Medtronic, but keep in mind their lawyers are likely to require them to say EVERYTHING is bad for you. ;-)

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