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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Magnifying glasses that attaches to sewing machine Or that you wear ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Magnifying glasses that attaches to sewing machine Or that you wear
What do you think , has anyone used them yet?
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Date: 10/5/10 10:56 AM

Hi I am considering purchasing a magnifying glass that attaches to your sewing machine in front & you can lower down by the needle area. Has anyone tried this yet? Or not a good idea?
Also does attaching things like this ruin them (the sewing girls) for someone else to have in the future??? I know it would leave stickiness on the finish if removed. Would need more than one to cover all the sewing girls...not sure how much they are costing now.
OR do you think trying to use the magnifying glass that you wear around your neck would better ? It rests in position I think from pictures I have seen in a small frame that sits on collar bone area. ???
What do you think? Advice please.
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Date: 10/5/10 11:13 AM

I have both the magnifier that attached to the sewing machine and the one that is on a cord around your neck. I also have the bendable light that attaches to the machine. I really like the light but removed the magnifier after a few days. Maybe it was because two things in front of my machine were too much or just that the magnifier was awkward to use. With both, you have to keep adjusting them to get them in the right position -- and of course you bump them when you sew.

The cord magnifier is the least practical. It is intended for hand sewing such as counted cross stitch. I used to use it with limited success -- mainly I kept hitting it and it would snap back and hit me in the nose or slip out of position.

What I did that works best is have a pair of glasses made that magnify better than readers. I am developing cataracts and my vision has changed a lot in the past few months. My left eye is much worse than my right one -- in fact I am extremely near-sighted to begin with. OTC readers in the highest available strength did not work well because both lenses are the same, so the prescription ones are great. I decided the distance that was comfortable and they were made specifically for sewing rather than reading. They were farily expensive -- $200 with discontinued frames ( great way to save)-- but I see so much better with them. Before I got them, I was putting readers on top of my regular progressive lenses to see fine details -- talk about awkward!

I am having cataract surgery in either February or March so will have to go through everything all over again -- including getting reading/sewing glasses by prescription as well as possibly regular glasses or contacts since one eye is so bad. However the expense is worth it to be able to see well to sew.

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Date: 10/5/10 11:13 AM

My vintage Bernina came with one of those magnifying glasses, and I was so disappointed when it promptly fell off. You can easily take the residual goo off with mineral oil or some other product. It feel off too soon for me to evaluate its use, but I would think it might be great.

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Date: 10/5/10 11:31 AM

I need over-the-counter reading glasses anyway, so I just use those. If all you need them for is magnifying your work at the machine, those might be a good choice, and they'd also protect your eyes.

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Date: 10/5/10 11:34 AM

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Also does attaching things like this ruin them (the sewing girls) for someone else to have in the future???


I have to laugh....I haven't ever put the bendable light on my machines because I cannot stand to attach anything to them - I want them pristine always - for myself! I love them clean and take really good care of them - the idea of sticky adhesive...BBBrrrr.....yuk. So far I can see better without my glasses anyway because of my extreme nearsightedness, and though my old eyes are getting some odd changes, the magnifier hasn't kicked in yet - seems that when I try to use the magnifier, I either cannot get focus or get dizzy.

If you buy one, let us know how it works for you.My daughter gave me the one on the cord, and its's O.K. for knitting but then I get dizzy.

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Date: 10/5/10 12:53 PM

You might want to consider this light/magnifier unit:
mighty bright

The magnetic base might work on vintage machines. I remove the base and use the clip to grab the handle of my computerized machine.

I can't comment on the magnifier (I use OTC reading glasses), but the light is great -- flexible to point exactly where I want it.

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Date: 10/5/10 12:54 PM

I agree with Katlew03, those magnifiers that hang around your neck leave much to be desired, to put it kindly. Not only with them not staying in position, but for me, they are too close to the body and the reflections from the light was a bother as well. I think you'd almost have to have the machine in your lap to get them in the right position to use with a sewing machine.

I've never had the stick-on magnifiers.

What I do use on occasion is the Ott light magnifier. It just sits on the table, no lamp included. Sometimes I will use that when I just can't quite get the project in focus. It's kind of in the way, but it has the added bonus of being moveable so I can use it for other things as well.

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Date: 10/5/10 1:27 PM

I found a pair of clip-on magnifying glasses at JoAnn's on the notions wall area. They were not real pricey, and if you wear glasses anyway, they work fine. I have also used the stick-on and screw-on versions on the machine, but it's hard to keep them positioned correctly.
I have the stick-on bendy lights and love them! You can get the goo off later if you need to.

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Date: 10/5/10 3:25 PM

Thank you everybody for your input.
I do have bifocals ...still some problems.
When using the glasses separately ....do you notice a big enough difference in seeing the sewing area? For hand-stitching too? It sounds like the glasses may be the most helpful from what people have posted here.
I do have a floor lamp ott light I use it mostly in the winter months.
Thank you for posting!

Mufffet....I like the girls to stay clean too...too much gooey stuff...Yuky!! like you said. ...It was a thought to help with the vision problems....smile...

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Date: 10/5/10 5:27 PM

I found when I went to flat bed sewing, it made a big difference in how I could see. So I went shopping.
I have the clamp on magnifier/lamp from Joanns that I do like, but you have to be careful, as the clamp tends to shift so I hold on to it when I'm pushing the magnifier out of my way. The clamp is rubberized so it won't hurt the table. But, it does a good job and is well built.
I have the sticky one, Magnastitch that is just okay. I find the glass rather small. It has a plastic ball socket which disconnects quite easily and is hard to position just right, so I usually wind up flipping it out of the way. But if I really need it I do use it.
Simplicity makes one that has a larger glass than the sticky one, and clamps onto the harp of the machine, and is supposed to have something to help with vibrating, but I don't have that one. I don't have time to link but it's on their website, and at Amazon and Joanns online.

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