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Tools for the Aging Sewist – The Lighting Edition

2013 March 19
by elizabeth_admin

I loved hearing about everyone’s unusual tool picks to aid our sewing habits in response to my first aging sewist tool post.  My fave was this little number.


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I could totally get into that kind of head-gear.  😉

But the other thing I can’t live without when sewing is great light.  I would prefer a ton of natural light, but at night, there’s none to be had.  My sewing room/bedroom has only one window and it faces North, so not a whole lot of natural light enters the room.  My ceiling light’s output was a lot less than to be desired too.  So that added to my sight misery as well.

The good news, though, is that I just got a new light fixture put in my room to remedy the situation.  Now I can sew as if one of the LA police helicopters were flying overhead with their floodlights shining directly on my sewing table.   I am a very happy camper.  I love it!


Let there be light!

Let there be light!


Shabang!  Now I’m in business.  I think I just need one more thing and then I’ll be all set…


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Am I missing anything else?  Any more suggestions?

Happy sewing everyone!


6 Responses leave one →
  1. March 19, 2013

    You’d be all ready to go spelunking too!

  2. Jennifer permalink
    March 19, 2013

    I use a headlamp for sewing all the time and love it!

  3. March 20, 2013

    This makes me laugh! Someone gave my husband one to wear when he is grilling at night – Now, I might permanently borrow it from him 🙂

  4. Rosie permalink
    March 20, 2013

    I think I will be trying a lighted seam ripper with attached magnifying glass soon. OK stop laughing now.

  5. March 21, 2013

    I went to a knitting and stitching show in London on Sunday, and picked up 2 new lamps for myself – if the light in my sewing room isn’t good I feel I have no mojo for sewing LOL! I bought a rechargeable LED folding light, that has 3 different lighting levels (called the “i fold”), plus I got a clip-on daylight lamp with a flexible arm so I can position the light by my machine (called the “Darcy”) both were from 🙂

  6. Wendy Hillhouse permalink
    March 23, 2013

    I think your long-term and most difficult solution is to install spotlights on your beams. The hardest part is wiring. They could run from a wire that you staple along the ceiling and down the wall to a plug (ulgy!). Or an electrician could extend the chandelier wiring.

    Less difficult is the small LED strips that they’re selling for machines. They’re expensive, but I’m absolutely loving the ones we installed on my serger and sewing machine.

    I’m jealous that you have 2 sergers set up!

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