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Monday, July 22, 2013

That Featherweight Light!

Oh, the questions, the excitement, the wonder!

And I was in such a hurry to get the slide show posted the other day before running out to class that I forgot to post the info on this thing!

I love my students – they are a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and ideas!

And of course they have hubbies that  help with gadgets too :c)

One of our quilters came with this little magnetic gadget on the side of her machine and I came over right away to see what this goodie was all about.

***DISCLAIMER***

Vintage machines are all metal.  They have no computerized parts.  Do NOT put a magnet on a computerized machine!

However, if you find a flashlight that has no magnets, perhaps a bit of velcro could hold it there instead of magnets?

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This is a little LED flash light, found at Harbor Frieght
((Or we think so, according to what our quilter thought she remembered her DH saying))
They come in colors like this blue one – or you can go classic chrome like this:

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Push the button on the end of the flash light and the light is VERY bright!

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The flash light has magnets on the side…and it simply clings itself to the metal faceplate of our Quilter’s Featherweight.

I don’t know what the price is.

I haven’t been to a Harbor Freight to find one.  I’m not 100% sure that he even GOT them at Harbor Freight, but they have to be available at a place like that ---they run on batteries.  I don’t know how long batteries will last, but when the power was out at her house our Quilter was able to sew and sew and sew on her treadle machine for many hours with just this simple solution.

If you happen to go find one at Harbor Freight or anywhere else,  would you drop me a line on the price and location?  I’ll add the info here!

We quilters love gadgets, and this is one I’d like in my travel tool box!

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39 comments:

Loris said...

Cool light! That would be a nice help on featherweights. Love the gadget tips from this group :-)

Marie Eastwood said...

We have those lights here, my hubby loves them. He has found them at ACE hardware and Walmart. I think most Lowe's or Home Depots have them as well. Hope this helps you out. My hubby said they are around $3 not a bad price.

Gayle said...

Looks like they're on sale right now for $2.99. Here's the link:
http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=LED+flashlight

Sue Monsey said...

Every once in awhile they have a coupon that you can get them free with a purchase - I always post their coupons on the garage refrigerator so they are available when we run out the door. I have several of them around. My grandson loves to play with them outside in the dark in the back yard. Now, I have to go find one along with a magnet and try it. The girls at quilting on Wednesday will be so excited!

Sewgreen said...

I know tractor supply has them also, they are 2/$5.

Jane said...

Be careful to purchase the ones with magnets!

Gail said...

how did she run her featherweight without power?

Sherrill said...

THat's why I was gonna ask..maybe the flashlight worked but the machine still had to be plugged in, right?

Diane said...

Not sure why you are asking about power to the machine. What has the magnetic light got to do with plugging in the machine???

Nancy Mahan said...

These look like the flashlights that are available at Harbor Freight free with a coupon. What a wonderful tip - I have several of these here and will try this.

Sandra Sigvardsen said...

Is the FW converted to hand-crank? If not..... it must have been rather slow turning the fly-wheel by hand for 'hours and hours'.

Cynthia in urban Oregon said...

Thank you! :-)

Cynthia in urban Oregon said...

How did her magnetic light help her to see when there was no power....when her machine needs power?

Cynthia in urban Oregon said...

I'm not sure about the magnetic part but I've seen flashlights like that at home depot. Cheap!

Mary Carole said...

In Phoenix Arizona, they're free if you get the mailer! They say the regular price is 6.99. This is at Harbor Freight. We probably have a large handful, all different colors. There are no magnets attached to the light. I'll figure out how it's done!! Very cool with a red light and not having the light bulb on FW burning my hand!

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

Thanks for the post! I will be looking for one very soon!!
Quilters sure do come up with great ideas!!!
Cindy in NY

Ann Mary Wagner said...

So clever! Love it!

Dena said...

My husband has several of these for use in his shop when he's working on things. It's his third hand. LOL He purchased his from Harbor Freight and I think they were only a couple of dollars each. The expensive part are the batteries.

Sandy Milo said...

She was using a treadle when the power was out (you pump it with your feet to make it work - no electricity)!

Sandy Milo said...

She was using a treadle when the power was out (you pump it with your feet to make it work - no electricity)!

Sandy Milo said...

She was using a treadle when the power was out (you pump it with your feet to make it work - no electricity)!

Sandy Milo said...

She was using a treadle when the power was out (you pump it with your feet to make it work - no electricity)!

Lois Arnold said...

Third from the last paragraph mentions sewing on a treadle for hours using the light rather than the FW. I had to read the post again to catch that as I had wondered the same thing.

Sharon Hughson said...

Dang, I just ordered the Ikea table light for my sewing. Oh, well, this would be handy for my featherweight and probably weigh less. I'll see you Fri. in Hersey and the Tea.

Sundae Quilter said...

Hey... found these

http://www.harborfreight.com/led-flashlight-mini-2-piece-9-led-3-12-69112.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/8-led-flashlight-95750.html

How did he magnetize it?

Treadle Toes said...

Yea...I don't think either of these have magnets. You could get a couple of those adhesive backed Velcro circles and have it like that temporarily. You'd be less likely to scratch your FW face plate with Velcro, too.
BUT, a FW has a light, so you usually wouldn't need it, unless you just want more light, or your light wasn't working. I think the treadle machine Bonnie mentions above was NOT a FW...but, I don't know for certain. I have magnet lights with long flex-necks for my treadle & hand cranks...works great, and I have used it when the power has gone out.

Suzys Zoo said...

I bought a similar one at a Lumber store in my home town for use at the dog park during winter after-work hours. Looks like it has another use for me. :-)

crazy quilter said...

Where did you get the coupon? I need one !

crazy quilter said...

Oh oh oh! I just love gadgets must have a few of these! Now I need the coupon for a free one!

Bobbinsew said...

For any New Zealand readers of Bonnie's blog a similar version can be found at Mitre 10 in several colours. I bought one yesterday whilst shopping for disaster emergency supplies and remembering the pics from the blog. We had a huge quake on Sunday with aftershocks every few mins since so it brought home we should be prepared, and now I am, I can continue to sew on my treadle if the power goes out!

Nancy said...

Those little flashlights are available nearly everywhere...even drugstores.. and very inexpensive. Not so with the cost of replacement batteries. But I have had to throw 2 flashlights away that the switches would no longer work. They were well used tho!

Julie Vee said...

The flashlight idea is a terrific idea! Am going to look into getting this setup for my FW

My FW has the light on the front of the machine. It gets extremely hot to the touch also. Have burned my hand several times. Just might be the way to get around that.

JulieinTN

peridotquiltmama said...

My husband gets them at Tractor Supply for about $2. He has several and buys them for everybody else. The grandkids love them. Dian

Diann Smith said...

I use the same for reading in bed after hubby has turned out the lights. He sleeps like a baby and I'm insomnia woman. The LED puts out LOTS of light.
Thanks for sharing quilting ideas you cncounter.

dolls5000a said...

This idea sounds great, just got a treadle machine, he looks like your cleo. Was playing with him last night, and realized that are ancestors must of had very strong leg muscles to treadle for hours. Sidney as I now refer to my tradle sits in the living room bay window. When I look at him, he just makes me think of the Mother living on the frm in her dress and of course she has an apron on, and she is sitting at this treadle patching a pair of jeans for her hubby, and thinking that next time the jeans migh just have to get cut up and used in the next quilt she will make.

Vickie Lewis said...

Love that idea! Thanks for the tip! :) Vickie

Karin said...

Darn! And I was JUST at Harbor Freight *yesterday*!!! I'll have to remember that for the next trip! :)

crazy quilter said...

Who Knew? I opened my Valpak this morning and guess what i had waiting on me? A coupon for a free flashlight! YIPEE!

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