Saturday, November 26, 2016

Illumination for Sewing Machine

The last couple of weeks seem to have been occupied with handy gadgets that make any sewing project a bit easier.  This tip relates to illuminating the needle plae of a sewing machine.  I have tried a number of lights but not one seems to cast a light from the left of the needle.  So far each has cast shadows which sometimes complicates a clear view of where the needle will enter fabric. Here is a link where I recently found this one on Amazon,  

The description reads, as follows:  "Bonlux LED Sewing Machine Light Working Gooseneck Lamp 30 Leds, with Magnetic Mounting Base for Home or Sewing Machine (30 LEDs)".

I received it today and here it is laid out on my work table.
The small columnar piece is a strong magnet so that the light can be attached to a machine that has a metal housing.  My machine has a plastic housing so I could not attach it magnetically.  I used sticky backed Velcro to attach the light to the back of my machine.
Light Attached with Sticky Backed Velcro
Here is a photo of the front of my machine with the light directed onto the needle plate.
In dark light with no background lighting
 and
With background lighting and project light turned off
and finally...
Needle Illuminated at Night with No Other Lighting
If you, also, experience a need for more directed light than the machine light can produce, you might want to give this a try.  For the price of $12.66, I don't think it can be beat.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for that tip. I've been thinking about adding a light to my machine. This is helpful.

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    1. This has really helped with eye strain. Sometimes when stitching black thread on black fabric, I have felt as if I am stitching blind. This light has virtually eliminated that problem. I would advise using industrial strength Velcro to affix such a light if your machine's housing is not metal.

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