How many of you sew? It is a lost art but really rewarding. I learned to sew in junior high and did not pick sewing back up until two years ago. While sewing window seat cushions, I found that I could no longer see when I was sewing. The little light on the machine and the overhead lights in the room were not enough light. I just chocked it up to getting older and grabbed my fluorescent office lamp and parked it right on top of the machine. Am I the only one who finds that little light on a sewing machine is made for superman’s eyes?
Well, designer Patty Doyle of Robo Whittler LLC decided to shed some light where needed. She designed the See and Sew LED sewing light. Well, my old strained eyes just perked right up. An LED sewing light? Love LEDs. They give a beautiful directional light which would make sewing more of a pleasure instead of a squinting nightmare.
When Patty and I spoke via email, I could not envision her LED light. Was it similar to my flourscent desk lamp? Lo and behold she sent me a picture of it as well as a PDF, which I incorporated into the above short video. I was amazed how much thought went into her invention. Not only was it a light, it was a whole organization system for all your sewing needs. I constantly lose my scissor, glasses, pins, and would lose my head if it was not attached.
I am fascinated by people who make their dreams a reality. She explained that she and her husband owned a company that used to make complicated cuts for cabinet shops. At the same time, she was sewing on a four foot craft table. She started nagging her husband that they could design and build semi-custom and custom centers and rooms. (See the picture above.) The rest was history.
But where did the light come from?
“As we were building and delivering I was adding more and more lights around my sewing machine so we turned our focus to lighting. We started experimenting, designing and building more and more versions until we decided on the version you saw. We have a whole series of lighting and storage that we plan on introducing this year. We also have thread storage and a space saver quilting center that we plan on introducing late in the year.”
In the end, she designed an energy efficient light which would not give off any heat, and would not get in the way of her fabric while sewing. It took fifteen months to design and build. But according to Patty, well worth the time investment. I was intrigued and asked Patty why the organization compartments. She explained
“Because I love to be organized we added 7 removable storage bins (I keep scissors, needles, bobbins and all the little things in the bins), a built in thread guide (it holds the economy size spools which I like to use especially in machine embroidery), and a pattern holder (I was always looking for my pattern.)”
Can you not relate?
What was the color of the LED? Warm or cool? She replied,
” The manufacturer calls the lights a white light (neither cool or warm) which makes matching fabric, thread and anything else very easy. There are 60 LEDs in each light for a total of 160 lumens per light and each light has two LED lights in them. So, your needle is surrounded by 120 LEDs. I think that’s terrific!”
Gosh, so do I! In fact there are two LED bulbs in the unit. One is positioned to the left of the needle and one is positioned at the back so the entire area is lit up. Just think how much easier it will be to thread a machine with all that light?
Gotta have one? I thought you would. Patty stated you can buy the See and Sew Light at Quilt Shop or directly from Patty. In March, the product will be available on Amazon and All Brands . Suggested Retail Manufacturer price at $199.95 plus shipping and handling.
However, if you buy it through Patty, you will pay the factory direct price of $169.95 plus shipping and handling. At this time Patty can only accept checks.
In a few weeks the product will be on Youtube and in June, the Company will have their own website (www.organizedsewing.com) You can also follow them on their twitter account until their website is up and running.
I have been thinking about sewing my own roman shades. Now, I no longer have an excuse….except time. Patty, can you help me there?
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