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Thread: Lighting a sewing table area

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    Lighting a sewing table area

    Hi Everyone! I'm grateful for you sharing your good tips and discoveries. I've been learning a lot. I recently bought a new sewing machine and table for it and now need to do something about the lighting. Would you mind sharing what kind of lights you chose and where you've positioned them? I'm assuming directly overhead would leave your work in the shadows? These eyes need all the help they can get! Many thanks! ~ Patty

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    I have a Janome 6500, and the lighting on it is poor and my eyesight is needs help. I have a Ott behind the machine and then have 'Bendable' light attached to the side. So with those two I can see.
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    I have lights overhead (cannister) but also have a swing arm desk lamp sitting on my sewing table that is terrific! It is no special light but I can swing it where I need the light at the time. I also have a Ott floor lamp that has the light, magnifier and pattern holder standing nearby. I can use it at the sewing table or the cutting table.

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    You've both given me a place to start looking - Thanks!! I hadn't heard of Ott lamps but did a search and they look pretty sturdy and useful. I appreciate your help.

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    Some Otts are bendable and attach by screw bolt to your table. That's what I use in the winter or at night. In the summer all is OK. I experiemented at first as to exactly where I wanted the light and now, when I need it, that's where it goes.

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    I have the bendable bright light on my Janome 6600. It helps but I think I need a
    strip light like this. http://www.ecoluxlighting.com/. It was recommended by some
    QB members a while ago.

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    I have overhead lighting a several Ott lights. Seems in winter and at night I can never get enough light!!!

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    I have a father son lights which I use for hand stitching and machining. The son is bendable and casts a great light from the front leaving no shadow.
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    Remember that you can buy Ott light bulbs inexpensively and use any old lamp that works for you.
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    I have 2 fluorescent lights above me. I need a lot of light. I even have an ott light close to the sewing machine. I personally cannot have too much light.

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