Let there be light! Adding an LED lighting strip to Your Sewing Machine.

The thing that I most wanted for a Christmas present this year was LED lighting for my sewing machine. And, oh joy!, I go it!  The LED light strip, with self adhesive backing, mounts under the throat of your sewing machine. Once switched on you have lots of light, exactly where you want it!

LED-lights-brightness

LED Brightness

This is the light that I get with the LED lighting! This picture looks dark, as my camera registered all that extra glow. A great improvement from the previous situation, see below:

 

Janome sewing machineThis was my sewing machine before, with just the usual sewing machine light turned on. A pool of light in the area of the needle.

LED-Lighting strip-on-sewing-machin

Here is how the LED strip looks on my machine. I have tape holding the connector in place, but will replace this with double sided tape, placed behind the connector.

I added a dimmer switch for those times when I don’t need as much light. You could add a regular switch, or eliminate the switch entirely, and just plug it in to a receptacle. The whole setup cost $44.50, before tax, at Lee Valley Tools .   The parts purchased were one foot of LEDS (minimum length you can buy), a wire lead to connect the LEDS strip to the switch, a dimmer switch and a power supply. Since I only used half of the light strip on this sewing machine, I have another 6″ to use elsewhere. The cost without the switch was $21.00.

The dimmer switch sits just behind my machine:

Dimmer-Switch-for-LEDS

 

And the power supply sits next to the sewing machine.

Power-supply-for-LED-lights

 

I am quite pleased with how these lights work! I can now easily see my stitching, but find it especially helpful when I do free motion quilting with light thread on a light background.

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