Laser Marker and Quilting – What?!!
We follow a few blogs and participate in weekly linky parties. This opens us up to other quilting friends and ideas. Recently, I was reading Laura’s Slice of Pi Quilts blog post about her 100th (!!!) quilt finish. WOWEE! In the post, she mentioned that she uses a laser light to save time. Laser light? Save time! Huh?!
So, I clicked on Laura’s link in her post about how she added the Laser Marker from Harbor Freight to her sewing machine. We have a Harbor Freight in town – I can just pop over there and get one; so I did. I also picked up some Command strips that have the velcro-type hangers. That’s all I need for this:
I carefully mounted it so that I can still thread my needle. The Command strips allow me to remove it when I don’t need to use the laser beam. Now you might be asking how can you use this? One example, half-square triangles will be a cinch with this:
Just follow the laser straight line to easily sew from corner to corner. Secondly, I will be using it on the microwave cozies that need to be made SOON. Lastly, I used it in the recent Princess quilt to quilt straight lines in the border. I wanted to sew diamonds so I lightly marked the center point of each block and then lined up the laser for my straight lines:
Light in Use:
The batteries that come with the laser light are not the best. I picked up the laser for only $5.99 at Harbor Freight, but the batteries were starting to drain after just one short session. The replacement batteries (357) are $5.67 but they are supposed to last longer than the L44 ones that came with the light. Something to do with alkaline vs. silver oxide. The batteries seem to recharge a bit when you give them a rest . . . but I did expect them to last longer than just a couple of hours!
So what do you think? Do you need to add a laser light to your machine or does it already have one?
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