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Old 01-07-2018, 06:36 PM
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Does anyone use one of those headbands with a magnifier attached to it (something like this one https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) when you are doing handwork such as binding a quilt or EPP or hand-quilting?

I need something to help out my old eyes. I've got a magnifier that goes around my neck on a cord, and it's okay---but it kind of shifts around a bit too much.

So I'm just looking for something better.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:41 PM
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Yes, I use a loupe all the time for picky work. Mine has a different design but essentially does the same thing as your example. I couldn't stitch in ditch without it.
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I have one with a band around my head, that is adjustable. It does a good job of magnifying, but it hurts my head, because getting it tight enough so it won't slip down causes a little button in the front to press into my forehead. Design flaw.
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Old 01-07-2018, 08:49 PM
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I have one with a band around my head, that is adjustable. It does a good job of magnifying, but it hurts my head, because getting it tight enough so it won't slip down causes a little button in the front to press into my forehead. Design flaw.
Moleskin,baby,moleskin. It's not just for feet anymore, lol. I had to use it on one of my bike headlamps. Works great.
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I have a couple of lamps similar to this, with the clamps, etc. I snap them up when I see them in thrift stores. If its one that has a peg on the bottom that fits into a holder that clamps onto the table, they are easily replaced, if missing, with a piece of wood with a hole drilled in it and a C-clamp. I find that my springs never put it where I want it (maybe that's why I found it in the first place???) but I use a shoe lace tied to something overhead or to the side, and just make it work. https://www.amazon.com/Elucidate-Pow...with+magnifier
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Originally Posted by janecat View Post
Does anyone use one of those headbands with a magnifier attached to it (something like this one https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) when you are doing handwork such as binding a quilt or EPP or hand-quilting?

I need something to help out my old eyes. I've got a magnifier that goes around my neck on a cord, and it's okay---but it kind of shifts around a bit too much.

So I'm just looking for something better.

Thanks for any advice!
This could work when sitting at the sewing machine too! I will have to look into it further.
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I just use 'cheater' eyeglasses for close work. I have prescription glasses for computer work. When discussing my close, handwork with the eye doc he recommended just using the 'cheaters'. I buy them in the 3 pack at Walmart. A bit better quality than the dollar store. I have them in varying strengths all over the house for when I have various fidley things to do.
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You cannot possibly know how helpful this thread is to others-like me. My husband and I were having this discussion yesterday. He is a model railroader and needs extra help with some of his work. I can't wait for him to get up this morning to show him these things on Amazon. By the way, I need help with some of my stitching. So, thanks for the helpful information!
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Oh, il so glad I read this op and responses! I too find things getting "fuzzy" and small print unreadable without my hand-dandy little hand held magnifier....will start hunting for one of those mag lites for my epp work!
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I use the Big Look when sewing and DH uses it when doing detail work at his shop work table. I have one for each of my machines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0kJi_9OfRk

There is a longer extension rod for the bigger machines.
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