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light for sewing machine

tcsewhat | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Where is your light by your sewing machine?  Lately, I am having trouble with black on black.  And shadows get in my way.  I want brighter light right on the bed of my machine by the needle and presser foot. 

What I really want is for the light to come from where my head would be.  Maybe I need a miner’s headlamp.  But seriously, how do I get the light positioned so I can see clearly and with no shadows?  Right now my adjustable lamp is t the right of my machine where the cords come out.  I position in over the needle bar and up.  But on some days, this just isn’t enough.  Ideas?


  1. stitchmd | | #1

    I use a pharmacist's gooseneck floor lamp which I can move around my seat and reposition the angle the light shines from. It has a florescent tube bulb-substitute from the hardware store which is non-glare and closer to full spectrum ligt. My machine is set up facing the window so I have natural light from the opposite side. The third source is the room's overhead light. I find that with these multiple sources no one is so strong as to distort or overwhelm.

  2. MargaretAnn | | #2

    You mention (in jest) that you need a miner's head lamp.  I posted a note before about how helpful a headlamp is, both for sewing (and threading sergers) and for tracing computer cables.  Campers use these lights all the time. They are light and easy to wear, and look where you are looking.  Try http://www.Campmor.com for low prices.  I'm serious!  I use it.


    1. Marion6422 | | #3

      I checked out that site.  Wow, who would have thought there would be so many headlights.  It's difficult to tell which ones might be good for up close use.  Do you have any particular recommendations? -- Marion

      1. tcsewhat | | #4

        We are campers and I have looked at the headlamps many times.  My boys are always after me to buy them.  I may have to try one now.  It will benefit my sewing and I will be able to find my way to the bathroom on camping trips!

        But seriously, that may work.  Off to the camping store on my day off!

        1. FitnessNut | | #5

          Those headlamps are one of the best investments I have ever made. My boys use them for reading in bed, they are great for midnight bathroom trips while camping, and for finding pins on a light grey berber rug. Not to mention picking out seams (black on black) at night when tired.....you get the picture. An inexpensive one will do, too. Just remember to take it off before answering the door!


      2. MargaretAnn | | #6

        I own, and use regularly, the Petzl Tikka headlamp.  However, Look at the Princeton Tec Scout.  It weighs only two ounces, has  three levels of light, and is less expensive. 


        1. Marion6422 | | #7

          Thanks for the info.  I just ordered the Petzl and while I was there I also ordered a jacket! Great prices. Marion

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