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Updated: 2020-04-27 05:19 Views: 115

A sewing tip from Annie Smith?of Simple Arts and Annie’s Quilting Stash:

I don’;t know about you, but I’;ve been having a problem with my vision lately. Well –?for the past several years, really. (It’;s the age thing).

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I find that I’;m wanting better and brighter lighting, especially as I work on fine details of machine appliqué. The more detailed a quilt piece is, the more light it seems that I need.

The one I’;m currently working on has the appliqué on a black background, which makes it just a little more challenging as far as light and lighting is concerned.

I’;m working on a new sample for my upcoming class at the BERNINA Creative Center in April –?My Grandmother’;s Heart. The sample is filled with beautiful rosespersonalised mothers day gifts, hearts and birds and lots and lots of machine appliqué stitching to be done.

As I was stitching away today, I found that I was getting frustrated with the glasses I’;m wearing –?I just can’;t see as well in them, and I really need to have an eye exam –?but no time for it. Do I need more light, one placed on the sewing table behind my machine so I can see more clearly where my edge is?

On a black background, stitching done away from the appliqué is the kiss-of-death. Colors on a black background “;pop”; as if it were neon like no other background will. So, any stitching that doesn’;t hug the edge of the appliqué is a pretty noticeable sign of poor workmanship –?something I definitely don’;t want to be seen on my sample.

In my frustration, I got up to go and get my desktop light, and right there on the same shelf was a little box that I purchased last year while teaching in North Carolina:

One of my students had the magnifying glass on her BERNINA during class and told me about its virtues with machine appliqué. I stashed it in my suitcase, unpacked it when I returned home, and promptly forgot that I had it.

Well, the figurative light bulb turned on over my head, as I realized that this little, very important, notion for my BERNINA is really what I need, not more light. I screwed the magnifying glass onto the little hook at the front of my machine and stitched.

A-HA!! What a difference!

This is now what I see:

Crisp, clear appliqué edges that allow me to stitch exactly where I need to, to create beautiful, precise fine machine appliqué.

The BERNINA Magnifying Lens Set comes with 3 lenses, each of a different power, and the accessories for holding the notion in place on your machine. My Artista 630 came with the magnifier holder already installed. [Check your owner’;s manual or ask your local store if this accessory can be used with your machine. –; Jo]

The Magnifying Glass attachment just made my work so much easier to create!

One of the many reasons why I love BERNINA!!



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