Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lights, Back in Action & a GREAT Give Away

The lighting in my sewing room is terrible. I often find myself dragging my Ott light around like a third appendage. Do you have this problem too?
Well, I found another product that I totally ♥♥LOVE♥♥ ……. LED sewing machine lights by Inspired LED.

The lamp that came with my Voyager only lights one side of the machine at a time. It casts terrible shadows while trying to do ruler work and around the needle area. Even with my drug store granny glasses it’s a struggle to sew black thread on black fabric.

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Here’s my machine with LED lights. Wow! It’s like I’m sewing outside in the day light.
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Threading the needle is no longer a struggle and there aren’t any more shadows with ruler work. Hmmm, I may need to change her name from Gremlin to something friendlier now. LOL.

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The kit includes a 25” flexible LED light string, switch, power source and mounting brackets. THE BEST PART is you don’t need any technical skills to quickly install or completely customize your lights. The only tool needed is a pair of scissors. Everything is self adhesive….even the lights!

sewingmachinekit-500x350kit photo from Inspired LED website

Assembly takes just minutes. Cut lights to the desired length, stick in place, plug in to the switch, plug in the power source, and you’re in business. It's really that easy to do!

Just cut the lights at the copper connectors with scissors

Left over lights won’t go to waste.They sell solderless connectors (below) and a wide variety of cables so you can use them anywhere you want.

IMG_5393Congratulations on their first patent!



How I Set Up My Lights
I purchased two kits (before the longer light strips were included), a mini distribution block, and a 4” interconnect cable. I mounted one strip under the arm….



…and the other on a paint stick hung on the handle with wire tie loops…WAIT there's a reason for this madness. The lights are at the perfect angle for the needle area of my machine and they are easily removable when I switch to the back of my machine. Ahhh! Not professional looking but it works really well.



The mini distribution block is mounted on the top rail with a wire tie. It’s connected to the switch using the 4” cable. This way I only needed one on/off switch for all the lights. The extra switch and power source will be used to add lights to my Jane.






Inspired LED offers easy online chat for questions and “how to” videos on their website. I just noticed if you mention "free pen" in the comments at check out they’ll send you a free LED flashlight pen….. Darn I missed that with my order.




Great Give Away



Are you as excited about these little lights as I am?
Inspired LED has generously offered to give two blog readers a set of lights!
Just leave a comment telling me your favorite vacation spot and why.
Two random winners will be picked on June 6th.

50 comments:

Juliana Ellington said...

Currently my favorite vacation spot is anywhere on the Oregon coast. I love the rough beauty there, as well as the absence of hoards of people that you find on so many of the east coast beaches. I especially love Yachats--about midway down the Oregon coast.

Fluffy Puppy Scarfs said...

Especially when I sew @ night in my office. my eyes get so tired and blurry because I KNOW the light needs to be better, these lights HAVE to help! I love to vacation in SW Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mtns..

JoyceLM said...

My favorite vacation spot is Asheville, NC. Love the cooler weather in the mountains & driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Living in flat Florida I love to vacation in the mountains. North Georgia or NC has always been a breath of fresh air for us. Thanks for the giveaway.

Janarama said...

My favorite vacation spot is Eastern Tennessee. The mountains are amazingly beautiful.

Peggy said...

We love to visit the Tidewater area of Virginia. We have family members who live in that area and always enjoy visiting them and seeing the sights in the area.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Anita said...

Those lights look fantastic! My favorite vacation spot is Maui. It is beautiful there, people are friendly, good fun, so relaxing and good quilt shops :)

beaquilter said...

a few years ago we went to Disney world with the kids and it was truly magical!
can't believe your v17 is named gremlin!! baaad name :P

Sue said...

I used to live in Florida, too, in Merrit Island, and I loved it. Now I live in California, and I love that too. And I can never have enough light. Aging tries to change me, but I'm going down fighting!

Leanne Parsons said...

Those lights look amazing! Thanks for the chance to win. My favourite vacation spot is our tent. We can take it wherever we want to go and see all the beautiful sights around our province.

Gill said...

These look amazing but I don't suppose I can join in from the UK??
Anyway my favourite holiday destination is Portugal!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

We took a trip to Alaska once and just loved it. We need to go back someday!

Fran said...

I live in Australia & really love to holiday in Byron Bay, a lovely relaxed, hippy-ish spot on the coast of northern New South Wales ( the state I live in), it is such a wonderful place. Thanks for all of the info about these amazing lights & for the chance to win.

Jen Beatty said...

Anywhere on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that's off the beaten bath! I want to retire to the Cape and eat ice cream every day from Four Seas in Centerville! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

Jen Beatty said...

Cape Cod, Massachusetts! Especially anywhere off the beaten path! Best Ice Cream is Four Seas in Centerville, then head down to Craigville Beach for a walk in the sand!

barbara woods said...

ga, i need them bad

Celia Ambrose said...

I love Hot Springs, Arkansas for vacation. thanks for the chance to win. These lights are fantastic, and I would love to win these.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I've been to Singapore and thought it was great. I also love Ottawa Canada!!! The lights are great - I need me a set of those x

Wendy said...

My favorite vacation place in to go to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee as it is so beautiful and there is a lot to do there...thank you and a big thank you to Inspired LED for such an awesome giveaway! I could really use these lights as well...

Grandma Helen said...

I enjoy vacationing in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado...once I get over the altitude sickness that hits me the first couple of days.

Lorene Holbrook said...

up in the white mountains in AZ. I go up there and I feel rejuventated. but really anywhere there is family, is where I want to be! thanks for the chance!!!

Janie said...

Montana. It is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeneta said...

We recently vacationed at Disneyland - it was so much fun!! Though I do love anywhere that has lots of trees and is peaceful.

Rochelle Martin said...

I love the mountains in Arizona. They soothe the soul! Thanks.

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

At my age I can use all the lights I can get!I would love to go back to Chile! The people are sooo nice, the food is gourmet every night, they take a 2 hour nap in the afternoon, they open their windows without having screens because there are NO flys!, farms go an for miles and miles, the wine, things are very inexpensive, the list is endless....
D.G. L

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

Our favorite vacation spot is in Rhode Island just over the Connecticut border. We would camp with our three kids from babies until they were grown. During the day we would go to the beach, swim, sun and relax, then go back to camp, cook and enjoy the fire. Simple togetherness.
We haven't taken a vacation in a few years but when we do that's where we will be.
Love those lights!

Anita in Florida said...

Well I sure could use some of these...thanks for the chance!!

Heather said...

Ooo....these lights are really cool! They would be fabulous for the treadle!!! Your question is a tough one, as we have traveled a lot being a military family! My favorite vacation spot is I usually just someplace I have never been before! Though I do LOVE to visit Lancaster County, PA for a bit of Amish country and Hrshey's chocolate!

VickiT said...

OH gosh, favorite vacation spot? In all honesty, anywhere away from our home with my husband. If you forced me to choose, it would be a small cabin on a lake with a little porch. The lake would be just steps from the porch and each morning we could sit on the porch drinking our morning coffee and just reconnecting while watching the sun rise.

I have wanted these awesome lights for awhile now. I'd love to win this.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have these lights. My old eyes have a hard time with the sewing machine lights. My favorite vacation spot would be a return trip to the south island of New Zealand. What a beautiful spot. Doris

Carol D. said...

Favorite vacation spot is anywhere on the water - beach, lake - hmmmm! Thanks for showing the set up of the lights. They look great. I am always trying to get light to that spot under the needle area.

Shar said...

We love to go to Lava Hot Springs in Idaho. It is a very small town that has hot pots to soak in. After sewing and working as hard as I do, I need a nice place to soak this tired aching body. During the summer there is a river for the kids to float down. We play games, travel around to the other small towns, because my family is from this area.

Jake said...

I love to vacation AT HOME. I live on beautiful Farm acreage With domestic animals, farm animals and plentiful wildlife...it's a new adventure every day! I love being on my homestead because it's so fulfilling to explore and experience.
I must confess, however, I'd love to visit the rain forests in Africa-not as part of a tour group, but with a local tribe.

Nicole Millheim said...

I love Disney and Universal studios so I am picking Orlando, FL KairaWolfie@aol.com

Average Quilter said...

I am always complaining about not having enough light. I have never really taken a vacation but would love to go to Alaska one day

Teresa Rawson said...

Hmmm...my favorite vacation spot...I would have to say in front of my sewing machine in the quilt cave, while a Jane Austen movie plays in the background, with a hands-off meal simmering in the crock pot for my family, and my kitty and a cup of tea by my side...priceless!

RosieGma said...

Hi, my favorite vacation spot is at Yellowstone National Park, My granddaughter and I love seeing the wildlife and beautiful scenery...Thank you for the giveaway.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I have 2 and visit each one every year (well almost every year). We start in New Orleans and then make our way to Key West. It just can't get any better then that. Start with the Jazz and head for the Reggae and join the Parrot Heads. Fins Up! I find happiness and comfort in both places. I am relaxed and always smiling when we are there.

ANN MILLER said...

Ok, don't think I'm joking, I'm not. My favorite place to vacation is my sewing room. I work outside the home and can only visit my sewing room for a couple of hours on Saturdays if the hubby is home to run the kids to wherever they need to be.

M.W. said...

My favorite vacation spot in Traverse City Michigan. So beautiful and the water is so nice. I would love to win the lights as my eyes are not what they used to be. Thanks for the chance
Shawn

debstokes said...

My favorite vacation spot is any place with NO WiFi and no cell phone coverage. I love being totally unplugged.

Deb Christie said...

My favorite so far is any Florida beach and Disney World because both hold many, many good memories for me.
Thanks for reviewing these lights. I have looked for a couple of years for something that would work well on my machine. Nothing fits and stays stable and out of the way. These look perfect!

Karen said...

I love all things Alaska. Beautiful state!

JoyfullyOrangeDeborah said...

Being born in FL I love all places mountainous, especially TN & CO, and someday hope to visit Alaska. I live in WV now but big city takes away from the mountain splendor. Good going finding those lights! I will buy them if I don't win! Many blessings!

JoyfullyOrangeDeborah said...

Being born in FL I love all places mountainous, especially TN & CO, and someday hope to visit Alaska. I live in WV now but big city takes away from the mountain splendor. Good going finding those lights! I will buy them if I don't win! Many blessings!

Ann X said...

Oh, my fav is Pyrenees, in Spain. The nature there is so stunning and powerful! Thank you for a chance to win these lights - with my bad eyes I would enjoy them a lot.

Mary B said...

The west coast of Michigan is where hubby and I love to go!

lizzieslog said...

Kahana Beach Maui. So quiet and relaxing.

quiltsbyjessica said...

These are officially on my to-get list!! I am a beach girl, so Oak Island, NC is my pick! Thanks!!

john hutchens said...

My favorite vacation spot is Hawaii because the weather is warm