If you work at night then having an LED strip on your sewing machine can be a life savior. It makes that you don’t need to turn on the light of the room or if you are trying to capture a video then your machine is well lit.
There are a few types of light that can be set on the sewing machine. But the most easier one is the LED strip. Other than that you can use an LED bulb. But the bulb needs a lot of additional work to install. So here we will talk about different types of sewing machine lights that are easier to install starting with the LED strips.
Installing LED Strips
Installing an LED strip is a very easy task. You can find LED strips for a sewing machine on amazon at a fairly cheap price. These strip packs contain the LED, a plug for it, and some clips for cable management.
Check if It Fits and Cut if Necessary
These LED strips are standard sewing machine sizes. So you don’t need to cut them in order to fit your machine. But if you have a smaller machine then you may need to cut it to fit your machine.
Cutting the strip is not hard. Measure how much you need to cut in order to make it fit your machine. Then use a scissor to cut it on the scissor mark. Of course, it won’t be perfect if you cut only on the scissor mark. But if you don’t do it on the scissor mark it can damage the strip.
Another thing to you have to make sure of is, check before and after if the lights work or not. If they don’t you may need to get a replacement one. Also, when cutting the strip, make sure it is not powered by anything.
Setting Up on the Body
Now that you have the right length of strip you can start placing it on the body. To place it, just peel off a little bit from the backside of the strip. Now, start placing it where you want. As you place it, take off more and more to reveal the adhesive part of the strip.
Do not take off to reveal the adhesive side fully. If you do that then it may get stuck onto the parts that you don’t want and get sticky. So, as you press and apply the LED, reveal the adhesive side gradually with it.
After adding the strip you can use the cable to plug in the lights and use it. But it may make the cable go everywhere which can hinder your work. So, the LED strip packs contain some cable management clips.
Use these clips to make sure the LED’s cable is out of your way and will not hinder your work. These clips also come with an adhesive side. So, just peel off and stick the clips on the machine as necessary and run the cable through it.
To make sure the clip sticks to the machine, expose the adhesive side and press it with the machine. Now, hold it in place for at least three seconds. That should be enough to make sure the clips stick with the machine.
Now run the cable all the way back to your machine. Use another clip if you need it. That will make sure that the light’s cable is all the way back and doesn’t hinder your work.
Now you can plug in the cable and turn the switch on to have a good source of light on your sewing machine.
Another Type of LED Strip (Needle LED)
There is another type of sewing machine LED that goes on to the needle part of the machine. This LED doesn’t cover the whole body, only lights up the main needle where you sew the clothes. These are magnetic set LED, so if you have a machine where the needle part is plastic then you cannot use this LED.
How Does It Work?
This LED comes in a shape that covers only around the needle. It has a magnet on its back, so it just sticks to the machine. It comes with a button and open wires to set it up with a battery.
You can also take these two open wires and set them with the main sewing machine line. That will make it turn on whenever you turn on your sewing machine. Of course, the light has its own switch so you can turn it off if necessary.
An Alternative to It
Since this LED can’t be used on a plastic machine, you can use the first LED strip to cover the needle too if you want some LED on the needle. To do that, you just follow the steps detaiLED before.
But this time, instead of measuring from the body, you start measuring from the needle. That way you can cover the needle and the body with the same LED strip. And what’s even better is, you can use this for any sewing machine.
Bendable Lamp Lights Can Be Used Too
These come in different shapes and sizes. Some have 10 LEDs, some have 30 LEDs, and so on. You can even find some with an adjustable knob that can be used to dimmer the light or brighten it. So if you are buying these lights, make sure you get the one you want.
These are just simple LED lamps with a plug and a magnetic mount. So, you can place it anywhere on the machine as long as there is a metal it can attach to. These will not work on the plastic machines.
After placing it, you can bend the light’s rod to adjust the positioning of the light. Then just plug the light in and turn on the switch. As far as the lights go, this one is the most flexible of all. But since the light position can be changed, make sure the wire does not hinder your work each time you change the position of the light.
- Can I cut LED strips?
Ans: Yes you can. Follow the scissor mark when cutting.
- What is the best sewing light?
Ans: It depends on the preference. Strips are easy to install and use. Bendable lamps are more flexible in terms of positioning.
- How many lumens do u need for a sewing machine?
Ans: About 1000 to 1400 lumens are considered as accepted for any task with lights. But 200 to 500 footcandles are better for sewing as it is a lengthy visual task.
There are different types of light that can be installed on the sewing machine. But it comes to the personal preference on what to use and what works the best for you. If you want easy to install then led strips or lamp is the best but if you want a bulb then you may have to call an expert to do it for you.