Let There Be Light

One thing I learned last week while working on my stained glass window quilt was the difficulty in working with black. My Pfaff sewing machine is very functional. It has an LED light shining on the stitching area, more than my other machines had. Other than that I have the ceiling light.

In order to see my stitching line with all the black, I had to get really close to the needle area to make sure it was lined up.

When the project was complete, a lightbulb went off in my head. Why don’t I have more light on the subject? My answer, as usual, was to check on Amazon to look for additional lighting.

I wanted a floor lamp with flexible lighting and found this model, which had more than enough features.

It arrived on Monday and was not difficult to assemble. It has a very heavy sturdy base and the top flexible LED lamp. It fits very nicely alongside my sewing table and is just what I needed for complete coverage of the area. I keep it on the brightest lighting level and there’s no need to change that.

Voila! Isn’t it great? I don’t know why I didn’t do this a whole lot sooner.

I really didn’t get any quilting done this week because I am still continuing to have physical problems which keep me from sitting at the machine for any length of time. I did manage to wind a few bobbins.

My project for next week will be finishing a challenge wallhanging for the Endeavourers.

The fall colors have been lovely here, but they are on the way out. With the cold weather setting in I hope you are all staying warm and in good health.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

25 thoughts on “Let There Be Light

  1. A while ago I stole (bought) a tabletop Ott Lite on clearance for under $20. It has 3 light settings and a charging port. I am thinking of getting one of those LED light strings you can attach to the underside of your machine. I have two of the lights that you bought. I use one next to my recliner where I hand stitch or read, and another one by my sewing area in my “room”. The older I get, the more light I need.

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    1. smilesfromkate

      Good lighting is essential to stitch on black, I’m glad you now have a solution. I always find it funny when I have struggled with something for years and suddenly a simple and perfect solution hits me. That’s life!

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  2. I thought I needed more and more light (along with hubby) and we added, changed lighting, and on 15 Aug the Eye Doc told us we both needed Cataract surgery! BOY what an experience that was with both of us doing back to back eye surgeries. BUT – what a difference! No more double vision, blurred vision, or bad lighting! New world! I have worn glasses most of my life – well, it was a shock to not have to wear glasses. I will have to get reading glasses because I have astigmatism but that will be fine – I did not recognize myself without the glasses! LOL, but I do like your lamp. Have a great week-end and hope you feel better!

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  3. Sue H

    Light. It doesn’t sound like it should matter much. But.It.Does!!! I have good lighting with my sewing machine and I also have a very bright floor lamp. My problem was that was great for sewing but I couldn’t see the dots on my ruler for cutting — I needed more overhead lighting. The one in the ceiling shed puny light. I had a ceiling fan with bright lights installed and that has made all the difference in the world in my sewing nook. Isn’t it amazing how we take the little things for granted. Light. Such a little word and yet it means the world to us quilters!!! Hope you get to feeling more like sewing soon!

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