I sew in a corner of our bedroom where there’s not much natural light. The windows are small and mostly screened by trees. In addition to the overhead lights, I have all sorts of extra lamps set up – one on my desk, another clamped to the ironing board, and another next to the sewing machine. Plus I have two umbrella photo lights. It’s a lot of lights, and yet it’s still not enough!
I recently heard about a sewing machine LED light kit from inspiredLED and thought it would be perfect for me. I ordered it and installed it on Friday. The kit costs $30. For an extra $15 I added the expansion kit so that I could install LED lights on my kids’ sewing machine, too. After using both machines pretty heavily this weekend I can tell you that I highly recommend these kits!
This is my Janome 2160 DC whom we affectionately call Gnomey the Janome. Here you see the amount of light the light bulb inside the machine provides. As with most sewing machines, the light is a pretty puny one-directional spotlight. I was ready for an improvement.
You get a strip of LEDs, two clips, a small cord, a power cord, and a switch. Installation was very easy and quick! inspired LED has this 2-minute video on their site that shows you exactly how it’s done:
I measured and cut the LED strip to length and stuck it on my machine.
The last step is to stick on the switch, plug the little cord into one side and the power cord into the other.
The whole process took 5 minutes or so.
Now for the moment of truth!
The entire bed of the machine is now lit! Here’s a side by side comparison:
Having these lights is going to really help when I teach people to use their sewing machines in my Get to Know Your Sewing Machine class. More light makes all the thread guides so much easier for students to see.
This is my kids’ sewing machine. It’s Janome Sew Mini.
We’ve been really happy with it for a kids machine. It’s tiny and portable and very straightforward to use. There’s no on/off switch so they never accidentally leave it on. When you press the pedal it sews as long as it is plugged in. But…and this is a big but…there’s no light at all. Isn’t that weird?
Up until now we’ve had a desk lamp next to their machine, but after a while the lamp would get pretty hot and if a their hand brushed against it they’d get burned. No good! The LED expansion kit has changed all that.
Good-bye hot desk lamp! When the kids want to sew they just flip the switch on the side of the machine and the lights come on. LEDs never get hot and they’re so bright!
I highly recommend the Sewing Machine LED Light Kit from inspiredLED. If you can see better, you can sew better. Right on.