|My new sewing machine light...|
Take the matter of deteriorating eyesight. Long before I admitted to needing a little bit of help with closeup work, I noticed that it was getting harder to see things in dim light. Difficulty reading restaurant menus was my first hint.
Many months ago, I saw an ad for an LED sewing machine lighting kit. It's basically a tube of LEDs that can be adhered to the underside of the horizontal arm of a sewing machine to light your way. It seemed like a nifty idea to me, since I've always found the little bulb inside the machine itself — which I've never changed out in all of the forty years I've owned it — inadequate for late night sewing binges.
Not that there've been many of those (late night sewing binges, that is), but when they happen, I've had to rely on my magnifying lamp.
|A flexible and handy helper for the sewing room!|
But this is a rather bulky addition to the table top when I'm trying to sew. Something on a smaller scale would certainly be preferable.
That said, I didn't want a permanent strip of lights stuck on my sewing machine, either. So when I saw this item (US link here, CDN link here; I'm not an affiliate) while shopping on Amazon for hubby's birthday present, I added it to my cart and thought, what the heck, let's give it a try.
|A portable magnetic LED light that adds light to your sewing area...|
This light has a super magnet at its base so that it can be attached to various magnetic surfaces. Apparently, while my Kenmore is made out of metal, it's mostly not magnetic metal. The only place where I could stick this light was on the wheel, which is an impossible location when you think about it.
One of the reviews for this item mentioned attaching it to a sardine can if you're unable to stick it to your sewing machine. Most charming!
I looked around my sewing room for a more elegant solution and found this wrench, obviously left over from some "assembly required" item from my past. It ended up being just the thing I needed.
|A perfect solution for my magnetized sewing machine light...|
This wrench is highly magnetic; the base sticks to it like crazy! With the light attached at one end, the other end slips right into the small gap between the edge of the sewing machine and the base of the carrying case.
|The wrench acts as a "stand" for my light...|
We recently changed out most of our household bulbs for new LEDs as a result of a government rebate program. We actually didn't have many incandescent bulbs, as hubby and I chose mostly halogen fixtures when we built our house. I can tell you that I really like the brighter white of LEDs. And now having this light at my sewing machine is a blessing for eyes that are getting older.
In fact, within a few days of having it, I deemed it necessary for my sewing "comfort".
|Here is my machine with the light off...|
And really, I much prefer a solution that can be used elsewhere if I need to, rather than having something be permanently secured.
The previous picture showed the light off. Here is the machine with the light on, in a picture taken just seconds later. (These are without flash, of course.)
|It lights up the work area really well!|
Specs? The light is made up of 30 LEDs with a total operating power of 2 watts. Apparently it gives off 180 lumens. Stated colour temperature is 6000K daylight.
|Closeup of the 30 LEDs...|
It has a 12" long goose neck for flexible placement of the light. There is an on/off switch at the base for convenience. (By happy circumstance, the location where it's attached is absolutely ideal; I can just reach around and click it when needed.) The cord is not exceptionally long; you'll likely need an extension. In my case, the one I already use for the sewing machine accommodates it.
All in all, it totally works for me... along with these, of course. It can be bright as all heck, but at this stage in life, I need a little magnification too.
|My sewing glasses... these were both dollar store items from years back...|
Know what I was also thinking? Those headlamps typically worn by campers or tradespeople would also be a good bet for lighting up late night sewing binges. Handsfree, the light would lead you from cutting mat to ironing board to sewing machine... all good. (You might have to explain to your family why you look like a coal miner, but that would be a one time explanation!)
Do you use any spot lighting to augment your sewing machine when you sew (late into the night or otherwise)?