Showing posts with label Sew Steady Tables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sew Steady Tables. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

LUX Bar LED Task Light Follow Up & Perfect Alignment Laser (PAL) Product Review

 Before I get into my reviews, I thought I'd give you an update on the local wild life :)
 The Flamingo's were plenty warm in the recent snow and one actually was seen sledding from this miniature hill in the owners yard.  It rained yesterday...I should have run down there to see if the owners had put out enough umbrellas!!!  LOL

The LUXBAR LED Task Light I blogged about here arrived last evening.  I have had a chance to assemble the light and move it around the house a bit....I'm still very impressed with the LUXBAR Light.

Assembly is required but it was quite easy...just one screw and it was put together.
Some bloggers wanted to know how much the LUXBAR weighed so here is the skinny on it's weight:
I weighed the base and arm separately for those of you who may be interested in getting the LUXBAR Clamp Light. The arm of the LUXBAR Light weighs 11.5 oz and is approximately 19 1/4 inches long. 
The base of the light weighs 1 lb 11.2 oz and measures  apx. 5in x 7 in.
The silver knob extended out from the light is the screw that attaches the light to the base.  I left it in to show you how the light just slips onto the base.  I unscrewed the silver knob and pushed the light onto the base and re-screwed the knob and wah lah...it was put together.  The power cord, 74 inches long,  plugged into the black circle you see above the knob.   No tools required!!
The silver knob in this picture is how the LUXBAR can be adjusted by loosening and tightening that knob the light holds it's position snugly.  No bumping or moving makes the neck droop.  The LUXBAR rotates 90 degrees....basically up and down and side to side.

So I bet you are wondering how bright the lights appeared in a real house right?  This is a photo I took of the LUXBAR sitting on my kitchen table with the lights in the kitchen turned off.
I raised the head and took a photo as well....ya just never know who's going to ask for that photo so I thought I'd just beat them to the punch :) 
Then I brought the LUXBAR down to my sewing table.  Remember, I bought the one with a base and didn't get the additional clamp (yet...but I'll be getting one).  I had not really thought about using it next to my sewing machine because I have a Bendable Bright Light on my machine and it illuminates up my machine foot area wonderfully. 
A blogger friend, Perry,  wanted to see the LUXBAR demonstrated near a sewing machine so here you go :)  Above it is sitting on the base next to my current sewing machine.  My old machine has a Sew Steady Table so I also got it out and held the light arm to the acrylic table.
Above I'm holding it on the back of my Sew Steady Table and below it is in the front.
Since the arm is so light I believe it will hold onto the Sew Steady Table and not tip the table at all when I get a clamp.  You can see it does illuminate the entire sewing bed. 
 Here is  a photo of the LUXBAR sitting on top of my Sew Steady Table.  If I were just doing some piecing and wanted more light this would be just fine.  I certainly would not want it there for quilting or any large projects as it would be in the way on top of the table like this.
This light bar is what was supposed to give me some beautiful bright light....nope...after having Mr. McSteamy install this light and throwing the box away.  The only lights that can work in this light bar are not bright enough to illuminate my sewing area...and when I changed the bulbs to brighter bulbs....the light smells like something is burning.  I wish I had never bought it for this purpose in the first place.
Bottom line is I feel comfortable recommending the LUXBAR LED Task Light and I'm going to be enjoying mine.  If you are in the market for a new Task Light, I'm offering IHAN Blog Readers a special price through the end of January :) 

Many of you are into Machine Embroidery so I thought I'd add a small review of the Perfect Alighment Laser (PAL)

The PAL is a laser that assists people in centering their ME projects in the hoop.  It can also be used in beading, scrapbooking, drawing etc.


You can see the laser here...it is lined up with the centering lines on this hoop.  Now I know exactly where the center of my design needs to be.  I took the PAL with me recently and asked some experienced ME gals what they thought of the PAL.  They've been hopping for years so they didn't need any additional help in centering their designs.  I think if you are new to ME hooping and want guidance the PAL does help align your design in the center.
The PAL is also advertised as another method of sewing perfect seams.  The light can be positioned so that the laser marks the distance you want from your foot or needle and you use the laser light as a guide.

The Perfect Alighment Laser comes with 3 AAA batteries and a USB cord to plug it into your sewing machine USB

 What I think the PAL is also good when you want to embroider a name or word next to a design or on a garment pocket.  I would line up the laser and follow the horizontal line so the lettering would be straight and not slope down hill.  If you were putting a name next to a pocket for instance....you cold align the laser with a button or the edge of a pocket to be sure it comes out straight.  I hope this is all making sense....I'm certainly no expert...as you know.
This is not my embroidery piece, it was given to me by a friend.  If I wanted to go back and hoop the block and add her name I could be sure it would be placed correctly. 
I'll also embed a YouTube video here so you can see what I'm talking about.


For a video on Continuous Embroidery Alignment...you can click HERE!

I hope all of this information is helpful to some of you.  I'm off to the post office now....I'll check on the Flamingos to see how they are doing today.

Smiles,
Kelly

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Raise Your E-Notion IQ- Sew Steady Tables


Its Wednesday and the good news is....I know it's Wednesday :)  Time to raise your E-Notion IQ a little bit more. 

I choose to feature Sew Steady Tables today because I found mine to be invaluable this past week.  I'll also include photos from Quilt Market 2011 of the Sew Steady Booth.
Did you see the Featherweight?  Yes, there are Sew Steady Tables for those little beauties :)
I bought the Acrylic Spinning Tray, Polishing Kit and the Sew Straight Guide last year in Houston. 
Here is my "old" sewing machine.  I used it because I don't have a Sew Steady Table for the new one YET.  That will be ordered this week!!

The acrylic table attached to my Bernina is a Sew Steady Table.  The SST extends my sewing bed so my fabrics don't drag over the edge of the small bed and distort my stitches or get make my seams uneven. 
The Acrylic Spinning Tray is great for me because I misplace almost everything I lay my hands on.  I wish I were kidding...but I'm not.  You can see I keep a pair of scissors and my Wonder Clips  (another notion I highly value...they are awesome).

Ok, THE KING SIZE PROJECT....
 I needed to make some very large play cushions/mats and I found this duvet cover I had purchased ($4.00 Goodwill :).  It was brand new in the package and the fabric is nice and heavy.  Perfect to cut in half and make the two giant mats.
This is the stuffing for the mats....can you believe the size of this bag of foam scraps?  The Occupational Therapist (part of the longer story) had this bag in the closet at the clinic and she gave it to me. 

You can see there are lots of scraps and odd shaped pieces of a variety of foams.   I stuffed 1/2 of the bag of foam into the mat I had made from the duvet cover.  Then the tricky part was how was I going to get the edge of the fabric from that ginormous bag under my presser foot?  Mr. McSteamy to the rescue.
 You can see Mr. McSteamy held the ginormous bag while I fit the edge of the fabric under the presser foot.  My Sew Steady Table was perfect to support all the bulk close to my machine.  It would have been a nightmare to attempt without my SST and Mr. McSteamy.
It took both hands to keep the fabric under the needle.

 Now I have two very large play mats and I believe this just may save my sofa and chair cushions when the co-workers decide they need a coffee break and want to rough-house :)

Sew Steady Tables feature:


  • High quality acrylic construction; rounded front edge for comfort
  • Large tables work with tiltables
  • Large, Big and Giant tables come with additional support leg for stability
You can get a Sew Steady Table for your Serger or Sewing Machine in Junior, Large, Big and Giant!   The tables can be used as a light box if you put a light under it :)  Great tip ay?

SST's are custom made to fit your make and model of sewing machine so it may take from 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Don't you just feel your E-Notion IQ going up?  I hope you do :)

Be sure to check out the

 IHAN Pre-Holiday Sale aka Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale

I'm going now add all the great deals.

Smiles,
Kelly

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