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    Led Lights

    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.

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    you could try getting one of the lights that stick on to see if thats what you need.
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    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......
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    I have the Janome 6600 and added a bendable bright light (one LED). It helps but when my
    eyes are tired I could use some more light. The one that Connecting Threads is selling
    sounds interesting. Let us know if you try it.

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    I have 2 of the bendable LED lights. The one I use is plug-in electric and magnetic. I stick it on whatever vintage metal machine I'm using - Featherweight, Viking, ect. It has 10 LEDs and is a great help with the older dim-single-bulb machines. My Mom recently gave me one that is stick on, it is an inexpensive 3 LED "Dritz" brand that she got from Joann with a coupon. it is battery operated and I'm not sure if I will use it or exchange it. My Bernina has a u-shaped florescent light and I have an Ott-light next to the cabinet it's in. It might be helpful on my serger, which has no light.
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    I have one of those bendable mighty bright lites, too, the problem with it is that it gets in the way and after sewing for a while, I see colored dots everywhere I look. Couldn't be these old eyes. Naaaah! Nevah!

    Ok, I'm going for it. Will let you know if it helps or not.

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    One of the things to remember about LEDs is when they eventually burn out, they are not replaceable. I learned this the hard way when the LED bulb on one of my machines dimmed significantly. I took it in to be replaced and the technician told me I had to buy a whole new machine!

    So, consider the fact that when your light goes out, you will have to toss it and buy a new one. Granted, they do last a long time - the light on my machine was on A LOT for 5-6 years (sometimes overnight).

    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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    I bought a small stick-on LED light with a flexable neck for my machine; about $10. I also use floor standing Ott Lights and LED desk lamps at cutting table and sewing table.
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    I agree, Gigi. Its somewhat useful but the "glint" bouncing off shiny things like the pressure foot, my tweezers, etc is a nuisance and as you say, it gets in the way. Would like one with a bigger, softer "spread" of light. Its a must for black-on-black though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    ..I am very carefull about turning it off when I walk away from the machine so I will get good life out of it......
    actually, from everything that i've read online, the led's last tens of thousands of hours... so they are a very good investment
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    I have the stick-on one from Nancy's Notions. It's nicely bright BUT it doesn't want to stay stuck on! My machine has no completely flat surface to stick it to. It will stay for a bit then fall off. So, I taped it on. Needs more tape. If I get the light shining the needle area properly, the thing is either in my way & I can't see to sew or I bump it constantly when moving my quilt around. If I ever get it properly positioned...it'll be great!
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    I bought two of the Ikea clip-on lights like Peckish mentioned and clipped them to the arms of my longarm. They work great, in addition to the light that is already on the longarm and the overhead light bar. It takes a lot of light to see those stitches! For my sewing machine, the Bernina's light is usually good enough, but when I need more light I have a desk light with natural light bulbs and I like that better than a stick-on light.

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    If you are referring to the small light with a goose neck that sticks on your machine, I have one and love it! Don't know how I got along without it! I can pull it out to see to rip a seam or shine it down to see to sew. Best investment I have ever made.

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    I want a wrap around led light that attaches to my machine. Don't want anything magnetic or sticky or standing by the machine. Don't want one where the 'bendy' arm gets loose and the light moves on me. Don't want one that puts light in one little area, I want the full sewing workspace around the needle lit up a good 12" all the way around that needle. Any suggestions?
    I like this idea, but a little too pricey for me.
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    I bought the strip of the led machine lights. I didn't remove the paper backing to stick it on the machine. I used double sided tape so I could use it on more then one machine. I have since bought a strip for all my machines. It sure lights up the sewing area. I don't regret buying them it at all. http://www.ecoluxlighting.com/
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    Bella, that's exactly the one I'm talking about! Haven't bitten the bullet yet, but your testimony puts me over the edge to buy it. Is it positioned along the top of the underside of your machine. My concern is that it won't be enough light on the sewing area. Was thinking about getting a two or three light one and fit down lower to better see. Do tell, please!

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    I got the six light strip. It lights the whole area.
    Got fabric?

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    I don't like the color of LED lights, it's too blue and harsh to me. I got an Ott light and have that aimed at my sewing bed. It's a little awkward and kind of blocks some of the buttons on my machine but the more natural wavelength light makes my eyes happy. (I have the 6600 too)

    I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Ott-lite-Ott-L...5566510&sr=8-2 (but I bought mine at Joann's on sale).

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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 have the same one and I just love it. I agree with you, I couldn't live without it either.
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    Tks, Bella. I just ordered one like yours. Sure hope it works for me.

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    We moved into a new (to us) trailer last year. Although it is quite recent, the lighting was terrible. DH put in LED lighting almost everywhere. I love it. I also love our power bills. Even with lots of medical equipment for both of us, air filters in every room, and lots of AC, our bill last month was $41. DH points out that 7 watts of power gives the equivalent of 150 watts of incandescent light. DH was a lighting tech for ABC News. He knows his stuff. It does cost to make the transition, but I love the results. DH figured that the cost of all the new lighting pays for itself in 3-5 years. It would be shorter with more expensive power.

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    I have 4 of those Ikea lights and they work great. At $10.00 they are a lot cheaper then those other lights and the IKEA lights are SUPER BRIGHT. I brought one of mine to our little quild and now several others have gone to IKEA and got their own and they LOVE them.
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    I just saw these a couple of days ago at one of the LQS. I was talking to the owner of the shop who told me that everyone that's gotten them is just ecstatic with them. I'm thinking of adding it on my longarm.

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    I got a strip of 6 led lights as a gift and they are Amazing! Expensive but worth it for aging eyes 😄My friend got a strip of two and they are not enough and she is going to get the longer strip .

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    Expensive but well worth it! Get the 6 light strip--Less is not enough!

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