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    Light Bar for Quilting Machine

    Hello everyone.

    Being empty nesters, now, wife has a large room for a quilting machine.

    After spending 2 days at the Portland OR MQX show, we bought a ABM INNOVA.

    After getting it into the room, we really started looking for a light bar to give her the proper light.

    Did some searching on the internet, and, you know what? Not much info there. What there was, was expensive. So. I decided to take on the task.

    This is what we came up with.











    The most reasonable one I did find on-line ran about $1,000. My set up, was considerably less. I found all the parts I needed at my local Lowes except for the corner connections. Those, I found on-line.

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    Gordon, that is a great idea using the track lighting that way, I'd not thought of that! Thanks for the idea!

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    Your so handy, great job.

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    AWESOME!!
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    Looks like a great idea, and provides a lot of light. Most times I have seen florescent lights above the longarm.
    With your track lighting, they can be moved with the machine.

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    Awesome setup! She will enjoy walking into her room each day!

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    You may have just come up with a second career for yourself while your wife is quilting! Looks like a great set up :-)

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    Great job Gordon! It looks like it came with it. We also just jumped in and got an Innova. The ceiling in my studio is slanted and already had large tube florescents which was good because light bars would not have fit. I like how many lights there are on the bar and that they can be moved. Your wife will really enjoy having it.
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    WOW what a great idea goes right with the unit if need to be moved.
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    Great job.. !!!!!
    Im so jealous, I love the machine too !!!!!

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    Your wife is so blessed to have a hubby that can use his brain & save $. You did a great job. BTW: I love the cat picture in the background. When your tired of it I would love to put it in my sewing room. Hee Hee. 2 thumps up!!!
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    Well, well, well---I was just about to shut down and go finish my packing for a trip to TX, when lo and behold I happened upon your post with the track light over the LA. Just what I have needed for my Gammill for four years now--I could not make myself spend the extra $l000 for theirs. Now my husband and sons have a new suggestion for my Christmas present. It is wonderful and we have a Lowe's real close. My current one is a round one that sheds light as you move the machine along the track, but my old eyes still get really tired when I quilt all day. Now if only I knew how to tuck your post away in my computer until we get back to TN........I'll find you though, when I need to.
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    You done a great job! I would have not none it wasn't bought with the machine!
    Great job, something to be proud of!...
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    It is a very professional job. Looks perfect. Like it belongs there, because it does.

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    welcome from alabama, great job

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    If you are open to sharing the plans I would love to make one too.

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    That is a great set up. Love it.

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    Gordon, I too ordered the Innova after the Des Moines Quilt Show but have yet to have it delivered. Have been told by the end of the month so I'm looking forward to it. I did notice your leaders are dark green. Have you had any problems with them bleeding or leaving dye on your hands? Some have said they had problems with them and I just want to be ahead of the game if that's what they're giving along with the system these days. Love your lighting system. I have shop lights going across the room all the way down so I'm hoping my lighting will work for me. If not, I'll have to see what I can rig up. Your setup looks so professional. You could get into business doing this if you have a hankering to.

    Thanks for the look see.

    Suz in Iowa

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    Wow!! You did an awesome job. the one I was going to order was from Nolting. It was 599 + 125.00 shipping. It looks very much like you came up with. I'm thinking about having an electrician make me one. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    great light bar.She will love the Innova-I love mine-great machine.we live in an old farmhouse and only had 1 light in my quilting room.We added 4 more lights to the ceiling for quilting.A lot of light is needed to see while quilting.You are a great guy to hook her up with lights.
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    Great idea....good lighting...Thanks for sharing...

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    Gordon,

    Great job. You said your set up was consideraly less, how much less? Could you make it for under $300? I am considering buying an INNOVA myself and this would certainly do the trick. Did you use aluminum?

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    You did a wonderful job. Congrats to you.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    How hot do you get under the lights? I have 3 lights and it gets hot.

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    Great Idea!!!!
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