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    An inexpensive way go to the Dollar store and buy a flash light they have and tape it to your machine. I love mine so i can read in bed without the other lights one. Haven't had time to check taping to my machine as i just thought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sallyflymi View Post
    An inexpensive way go to the Dollar store and buy a flash light they have and tape it to your machine. I love mine so i can read in bed without the other lights one. Haven't had time to check taping to my machine as i just thought it.
    The inexpensive book lights don't have very good light at all. There is a difference in LED lights too. Some of the cheaper LED bulbs aren't very bright even if they look the same size as the more expensive ones. And the cheaper ones don't last long at all. 100,000 hours is the norm for good LED electrical lights.
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    Check ecoluxlighting.com - they have a variety of sizes for different machines. I have a 6 light strip for my Bernina and am purchasing a 3 light strip for the Viking. The nice thing is if you have different machines all you need to do is purchase one with a cord and the cord is interchangable with the other light strips. No I do not work for them! HAHAHA
    But - I do have a bendable LED light that I have used for several years and this is the second one - the cord keep fraying - very flimsy IMHO. Would not purchase another one of those (esp. since they are selling for around $50 now).

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    I have the Janome 6600 and agree there is not enough light-especially if sewing in the evening.

    I bought the Bendable Bright Light which attaches to a bracket that sticks on my machine. You can purchase additional brackets for around $6 to put on other machines if you have a different machine you take to workshops, etc.


    www.sewforless.com has the Bendable Bright Light for around $27. I have no affiliation with them other than looking for good prices.

    I love this particular one because it has a flexible neck which allows me to swivel it out to focus on my fabric when I'm seam ripping, etc. I can also focus it on my presser foot while sewing, but also use it for other close up tasks. I also like that it plugs in and is not reliant on batteries.

    I'm interested in the light above that apparently came from Ikea. I believe that's the one I've seen Bonnie Hunter using! I wondered where it came from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I purchased a $10 lamp at IKEA, the neck is bendable like Gumby and it stays where I put it. I like the fact that I can use it at my machine, or take it in to a different room and sit with my husband while I do handwork. IKEA also has one that clamps on.
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    A member of my Necchi list who does a bunch of YouTube videos had one and since there's no Ikea near me, he very nicely got it for me and shipped it to me....total $15. I really like it! You can bend that light to wherever you want it!

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    I bought one online (not Connecting Threads) and loved it, but I have a Bernina and where I had to attach it to maximize the light, is right in the way when I am free motioning a quilt. When I do anything of any size, it rubs on the light and eventually managed to peal it off. They were great and replaced the light bar with the sticky stuff for me, but it is going to do the same thing next time. My suggestion would be to consider what kind of quilting you do, and see where you might have to attach it to your machine before purchasing. And just FYI the little ones that take batteries that JoAnn's sell, are worthless, they project almost no light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I have a bendable, stickon, electric, led light from Nancys Notions.....on my quilting sewing machine. Do not know how I would be able to live without it.....good pin point light at the needle, where I need it....I am very carefull about turning it off when I walk away from the machine so I will get good life out of it......
    I do , too, and I LOVE IT. The only thing is that after a while, the metal bendable arm gets weaker and I have had to tape it to the machine to direct the light at the needle where I want it. But I can live with that because it's such a good light. It also comes with 2 disks so you can move it from one machine to another if you want.

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    Might try one of these first - they're $15, clip on, and battery operated. Verso Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (White)


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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    Might try one of these first - they're $15, clip on, and battery operated. Verso Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (White)
    I found that no matter what I did to the "Velcro attach" ones they just would not stay steady.....while sewing it was ......'follow the bouncing ball' could not handle it and had to take them off for another use somewhere else.......
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    I really appreciate this topic! I have been curious about the new LED lighting from http://www.ecoluxlighting.com/
    I saw the advertisement for them and thought they would be perfect for my Designer 1, but the cost stopped me from ordering them. It's great to know that they really are exactly what they say they are!
    I do have auxilary lighting for my machines and it is fabulous but as everyone else has mentioned they do get in the way when you are working on a large project or when I am embroidering.
    Thanks for a great topic!!
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    The stick on strips were recommended by Bonnie Hunter not too awfully long ago. At that time, I meant to look into them and lost the link - so a huge thank you!

    As far as having to replace the machine when the LED light goes - I've had the LED bulb on my Bernina replaced. I caught it by mistake and tugged it just enough to break it. It wasn't cheap to replace, and had to be done by my service person, but was quickly replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigi712 View Post
    Has anybody tried them yet? I don't have enough light on my Janome 6600. I've been looking at them online and just got the Connecting Threads catalog where they are featured also. I just don't know whether to invest in them or not. Would appreciate hearing any and all responses.

    One of my machines has an LED and MINE simply does not up out light. I have a goose neck desk lamp that I put a high watt squigly florescent in and it's my auxiliary light.
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    FYI, I emailed ecolux to ask if the lights were bendable. A very nice guy emailed me back to say it will bend on a gentle curve, so, I'm thinking of placing it on the underside of my machine and curving it around the space where my needle goes down. I'm very pleased with the customer service. He's emailed me 3 times letting me know that his wife has these lights on every machine she has. I'll bet she does, Scott. lol.

    He said I should get my light by Saturday or Monday..... Can't wait!




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    These sound like a good idea for a good light source. Is there something negative about a magnetic stick-on light being used on computer type embroidery machines? Seems like I read once that you should not stick anything on your computerized sewing machine with magnets as the magnet interfers with the machine's workings. So do you know if it is OK or not OK to use a magnetic stick on light?

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    the throat of my machine isn't very large. i worry pushing a quilt through that would rip that light right off! otherwise, more light is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie R View Post
    Is there something negative about a magnetic stick-on light being used on computer type embroidery machines?
    Magnets and computers do not get along. Magnets will erase any kind of drive that stores information unless that drive is specially shielded. A girl could lose every embroidery design on her machine.

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    In general, LEDs are quite replaceable, although ignorant clerks may tell you otherwise. You may have to look a bit for some. DH bought a number of individual LED lights from a solar power supplier on line, 2 of which became eyes for a sculpture of mine. If you buy LEDs from a major hardware chain, check, but you are likely to be able to get screw in LED sets that are readily replaced, after they go.....which will be a long time.

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    I've ordered the strip lighting. I've tried just about everything else. Except for some lights that are really expensive, there are no good clip-on type double goosenecks with a small narrow head that go on the RIGHT side of a sewing cabinet. There's just no place to clip a lamp. The right end top and sides of the cabinet are flush. Everything I've found is either floor, or set to the left side, right where you want fabric to go! You need a narrow head so you can see over it. I can't use a round type light. Can't see around/over them. That bendy light wouldn't stay put.

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    Glad to see you found a solution for you. I am very light sensitive and one of things I don't like about my 6600 is that the lights are TOO bright. I sew with all the lights out in the sewing room and sometimes have to switch to another machine when those become more than I can bear.

    I also can't stand Ott lights. They make me throw up - literally.

    I am asking out of curiosity not meanness, was this always a problem or is it related to aging? I couldn't imagine ever needing things further away because my vision is so bad and that finally happened but I don't know what I am going to do if I start needing more light to sew. I am afraid I will have to stop all together because I just can't tolerate more lighting. I turn my lights on to cut and then back off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    In general, LEDs are quite replaceable, although ignorant clerks may tell you otherwise.
    This might be true for some lights, but for my particular sewing machine, replacing the LED would require disassembly and soldering. It's not as easy as simply unscrewing a bulb and putting a new one in. The labor costs alone would me more than what I originally paid for the machine, which is why the technician told me to just buy a new one.

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    I got the one from Nancy's Notions for my 15" Bailey. I took the front-end cover off the Bailey to make it easier to see where the needle is, and also the light bulb, because without the cover, the light was right in my eyes. I do have lights at each end of the quilt frame, but needed something right at the needle. The bendable light is perfect for this, putting light exactly where you need it.
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    Sometime the best tool for what you need it for is expensive. There are a lot of make do products for everything but I found it saves time and frustration to just buy the best to begin with.
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    Well said, BellaBoo. Lighting is essential when sewing, IMHO. Well, I received my light on Saturday and haven't decided what to do. If I place it under the throat of my Janome 6600, it doesn't shine enough on the sewing area. If I place it closer to the sewing area, I'm afraid it will interfere with something on the machine, so, I think I'm going to buy another one that's 3 lights and that way I can have light under the throat and on the sewing area.

    I have to say, tho, that sucker is some more bright! I'm going to love it if I can get them situated in the right place/places..... Sunshades, anyone? lol

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    I always wear my polarized sunglasses at the sewing machine. I thought everyone did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    I don't know what I am going to do if I start needing more light to sew. I am afraid I will have to stop all together because I just can't tolerate more lighting. I turn my lights on to cut and then back off.
    Your eyes may be sensitive to light now but as you get older the sensitivity will be less and less. At least that what happened to my Aunt. She couldn't tolerate bright light until later in her life. I would ask an eye dr. about the light sensitivity problem. My aunt found out too late it isn't normal.
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