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Thread: I need help from quilters who have overcome vision problems

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    I am new to quilting and I have macular degeneration and am finding it difficult to get things lined up straight. I am legally blind in my right eye and my left eye ranges between 20-40 and 20-50. I would appreciate any suggestions. I am 57 and want to quilt while I still have vision in my left eye. Thanks mawcarol

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    I have cataracts and the doctor can't find a lens that will allow my left eye to focus properly. I go slowly and do a lot by feel. Stay away from dark colors, and work in a well lit area. Will it be perfect? No. Is anyone else's perfect? No. Just enjoy it while you can and don't worry about any imperfections. Your loved ones will appreciate and cherish anything that you're able to make.

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    Have you tried using a magnifying glass that is page sized and hangs around your neck? My husband is legally blind in one eye and has low vision in the other. He has used this item in the past. I feel badly for you, having limited sight is so frustrating. Have you tried red work? Using dark red thread on white fabric may be easier on your eyes. Don't give up! Keep looking and you will find something that will work for you.

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    i use a magnifying swing arm lamp similar to this one

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/ELECTRIX-I...i_sku=13136434

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    There are also magnifying glasses made to attach to your sewing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    There are also magnifying glasses made to attach to your sewing machine.
    Or to your glasses.

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    I also use a magnifying glass, it makes it easier for me to make small stitches for my hand work. There are all kinds of magnifying glasses on the market.

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    I don't like to do quilts with a lot of matching corners so I choose quilts like the coin strips or panels etc. They look nice without all the points to worry about.

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    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I will let you know which ones work for me. Please don't feel sorry for me. God is good all the time. He won't give me anything that He doesn't give me the strength to handle. Thanks,Mawcarol

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    I agree, god has been great to all of us who r visually impaired and quilt or anything else in life! Good luck!

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