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Date: 9/11/12 3:27 PM

Alright, this is a rant. You are warned. I just did a review of my new machine-Singer Signature-and one of my complaints was the lighting. I was warned when I got it that the lighting was poor. And it seems to be the norm to most folks that the lighting on their machines will be bad. But why? LED's are cheap, tiny, inexpensive and cool to touch. There is no good reason I can see for any but the cheapest machines not to have several. I know some machines DO have good lighting, but they seem to be the high end ones. When I can buy tiny, brilliantly bright flashlights for just a few bucks, why can't my machine have them?
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Date: 9/12/12 11:06 AM

Because you can buy tiny brilliantly bright lamps to set next to the machine; gooseneck or swing so they are out of the way when sewing big gobs of fabric. One of mine has a magnifying lens which come in handy from time to time.

Mfg was probably thinking more along the line of the customer purchasing a more expensive machine instead of a lamp.

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Date: 9/12/12 12:12 PM

.........or you can buy the Janome 11000 (or 12000) and have to pay $100.00 to have those fancy ones replaced when they get too dim! Ask me how I know!

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Date: 9/12/12 12:50 PM

I have the Brother Quattro, which bragged about "stadium lighting", which it has, but at 52 years old, I still need a bright floor lamp and overhead lighting to be able to see what I'm doing. I honestly didn't notice that much of a difference in this machine's lighting as opposed to my older machines. Either way, I still need and use lots of other light sources.

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Date: 9/12/12 3:19 PM

Try ecoluxlighting.com

The add-on LED strips are fantastic for lighting up the bed of the machine.

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Date: 9/12/12 8:59 PM

I do think the lighting should be better on most machines, but I agree w/ others that it's really better to just have a separate floor lamp AND directional task lamp.

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Date: 9/12/12 9:45 PM

There's something to be said about having LEDs right on the underside of the sewing machine head.

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Date: 9/12/12 9:53 PM

People are going to get sick of me, and I had to purchase a tol machine for way too much $, but the lighting on my viking DDD is so amazing it really lives up to proper bright light advertising with its E light . I can be in our family room with the lights out and can happily sew. I am 51 and have always lamented the poor lights on my sm's and my rooms at the house.

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