Monday, February 9, 2009

Not fancy but functional......

My sewing room happens to be one of the extra bedrooms. Like any bedroom, the lighting leaves a lot to be desired. One lonely Lowes ceiling fixture that casts shadows on anything and everything. One of DH Christmas presents to me this year (well, ok last year) was $$$ for new lighting. Last night we took a trip to Lowe's and after walking around the store two too many times, we found the perfect solution.

Before -

After -

I am hoping this helps me with my 1/4" seam and picking colors and getting my projects done faster???

Happy Sewing,


Dragon's Dolphin said...

I'm afraid you're still going to be getting shadows at your machine. But I'll tell you what has helped me more than anything with my 1/4" seams. It is the Seamingly Accurate that Reannalily Designs has on her website. You can go to She also has some very pretty and cool quilt patterns she has designed there as well. I've bought 2 of her designs already.

Pat said...

Very nice improvement. A friend has an Ottlite floor lamp and has the best results with that...just positions it near where she is working. I have a table-top Ottlite, but I should get the floor lamp one,too. I hate the shadows I get in my sewing room...which is also an extra bedroom with just that overhead lighting and a corner pole lamp that is NO help at all. Let us know if your new lighting helps a lot, okay?

Rhonda said...

Boy, that lighting really made a difference. My sewing studio has poor lighting and I've had to do what you did plus several under the counter lights. Great idea.
Take care.

Courtney said...

What an improvement! Hope it helps! :)

Kathy said...

Looks much brighter. hey, if it helps get those projects completed, I may have to get new lights!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Nancy, I think the older I get the more light I need. I'm going to do something soon. Looks great.
Keep Stitchen'

tina said...

Awesome! Do you read the magazine "Where Women Create"? I tell you, it is amazing seeing those incredible places where they do their thing. Not that your own wonderful little space isn't just fabbo as well!!!!

Sweet P said...

I like the new lights. I hope they do what you want them to do. I bought new track lighting for my studio recently and I love it.

Anonymous said...

Your new lights seem to be doing a great job.. what I've done is added some of those clip-on shop lights under my shelves and can point them towards any of my machines.. that helps a lot.
BTW my daughter found your blog and said you live in north St. Louis? I live in St. Ann and was wondering if you were anywhere near me?
I have added you to my blog list.. I do a lot of blogs about sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking and gardening.

Janis said...

Doesn't it feel great to get improved lighting set up?! My DH also helped me revamp my lighting last year. We just replaced the small 3-bulb fixture with a 5-bulb one with the new flourescent spiral bulbs. BIG improvement.

I caught up with your blog via Dorky Handmade Quilts. I'm just an hour east of St Louis so your location caught my attention. I'm intrigued with your mention of your favorite local fabric store. I'd love to know what store that might be? Your mention of Patches in St Chas perked my attention too as just recently came across an old punch card from there. I haven't been to StC in ages.

You have some lovely things -- my favorite is the pink/green Christmas quilt in your sidebar. Lovely work!!!