Sewing Machine to Visualize Sound

Craft & Design Yarncraft

Jonah @ MAKE writes:

The “Visible Sound” project attempts to create a physical version of the sound around it by sewing sound waves in realtime. Although this was just a concept, we like ways of making invisible objects like sound waves into tangible forms.

This concept model looks like a stereo faceplate on a modified sewing machine, but I can’t imagine it would be too difficult to rig up some sound sensing equipment to adjust the width of the zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

4 thoughts on “Sewing Machine to Visualize Sound

  1. ayla says:

    I love the concept but I’m thinking the ‘real time’ element would be the difficult part. My sewing machine certainly doesn’t sew as fast as sound…

  2. MikeD says:

    ayla is correct, the sewing machine bandwidth is limited and will only be able to accurately reproduce the lowest frequency sounds.
    Unless you get really nerdy and do an FFT, bandwidth compression and reverse FFT.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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