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 Light for embroidery and close hand work

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Luvsquilting



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Location : Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Registration date : 2008-09-27

PostSubject: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:38 pm

Does anyone have a recommendation for a light to have by a chair for hand sewing? I usually only do applique for baby quiklts, but I'm finding I could use extra light for sewing on bindings, etc.

Any opinions and recommendations? Please!
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Anita M.



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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:57 pm

Perhaps an Ott light?
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texasmusicmom



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Location : Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Registration date : 2008-09-05

PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:47 pm

I have two folding Ott task lights and LOVE them! I also take one to classes with me as they fold up and are easily transported. Bought another one for the SC lakehouse when they were on sale black Friday on Joannfabrics.com Watch for half off or use a coupon if you get them at Joanns or online at their website. They put them half off every so often.

I just looked on the website and mine are different than the one there....they didn't cost as much. They have them at Micheals too.
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Calico_Chris



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Location : Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
Registration date : 2008-09-03

PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:35 am

The ott lights do work well I have one in my sewing room. I bought a floor version of an off brand (just can't afford those Ott prices) and it worked well for a time but the base kept slipping when I moved it to sweep.
Last year I was garage saling and found a lovely table lamp with an adjustable swing arm. I also found a second lamp that is chrome with two heads (gooseneck) which I have on my cutting table.
I really like to be able to see what I'm doing.....I miss my young eyes.
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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:53 am

I use a magnifying light to sew with. Couldn't do it otherwise. It was expensive though . Nearly $300 . I have an Ott light also but don't like it very much. Know others like them. I wonder do they vary in type ?
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TxMaryQuilts
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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:47 am

I have a floor stand Ott light. With a flexible neck. I can bring it in as close as I need to when working.

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quiltermarynel



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Location : Trinity Co. California
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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:51 pm

I have a couple of OTTs, but what I am thrilled with is a panagraphic LED light from an office supply. It really focuses the light where I want it (It does not hurt that it costs almost nothing to use. It's 5 watts.). I also have LED track lighting for my sewing area, my recliner and for my kitchen.
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memaw4



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Location : South East Ohio
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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:30 pm

I'm finding my eyes aren't as good as they used to be either CC. I try to sew using NATURAL LIGHT as much as I can. So, if I have any hand sewing that needs to be done, I do it out on the back porch......weather permitting....or I do it beside our big picture window.

My bi-focals just don't do the job anymore! But neither does expensive lighting! JMHO
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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:09 pm

Memaw I have never been able to sew with my reading glasses . I have always purchased the magnifying ones you can buy over the counter . I get mine from the US as you have nicer styles than we have here . Of course some optometrists will tell you they are no good etc but I MUCH prefer them to prescription one sand have used them for 20 years . When a friend complained about not being able to see good enough with her prescription glasses to her optician he said " well try these, they are good , and they are only $100 " He had the non prescription ones there as well . Well !!! whacko ...ONLY $100 ??? at that time you could buy them at the petrol station for $5 !!! Of course the frames weren't as fancy . LOL But the cheaper they are the quality isn't as good .Of course you are only sewing with them not walking around .The magnifying light I use , while it was expensive , is worth every cent spent on it and I would go without other things to have it again if need be. They are also cheaper now than when I got mine . Anyone ever thinking of getting one NEVER get one with a normal globe , Always get the flouro.
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Jill



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PostSubject: Re: Light for embroidery and close hand work   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:17 pm

HP, I used the magnifying glasses when I was still doing cross-stitch and that was what enabled me to continue that hobby for as long as I could. When I learned to quilt, I gave all my x-stitch supplies to my DDIL. They are wonderful for hand stitching and I also use them at the sewing machine. I paid less than $5 for mine a long time ago.
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