Eye strain is a common complaint of many sewists who spend hours seated at their sewing machine working on projects day or night.

To be certain that your projects always turn out as intended and avoid eye strain-causing headaches and other issues, the workspace on your Arrow cabinet should be well-lit.

These lighting tips for sewists can help you enjoy your hobby without the problems of eye strain or misrepresented colors!

The Lights On Your Machine Are Not Enough

Most sewing machines come with convenient built-in lighting over the needle plate to help brighten the area where your hands are focused so you can see what you're doing.

As helpful as this close-up lighting may seem, many times it’s actually too bright or lights up too small of an area, which in turn can cause eye fatigue.

When your eyes are constantly adjusting as you look from the very bright light under your machine to dimmer room lights, eye fatigue and headaches may be the result.

Effective lighting of your sewing cabinet's surface area to prevent eye strain and other problems involves considering how the entire room is lit and creating a critical balance.

Overhead and Overall Lighting

Ideally, you should balance overhead lighting above your sewing cabinet work area with separate task lighting to create a well-lit environment that gives you light where you need it without causing your eyes to constantly focus and refocus from the stark difference between the machine lights and the room lighting.

This more balanced environment will also help you see colors correctly when they are not washed out or too dark from poor lighting.

To achieve a well-lit room with balanced, diffuse lighting, start with good overall room lighting:

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  • Natural Lighting - Always try to sew by natural light, so if there are windows in your room be sure to open any blinds and let in the light as natural light will light up your entire work space and provide the truest representation of color. Don't let bright beams of sunlight onto your sewing area as the more diffuse rays that light up larger spaces will improve overall room lighting.
  • Overhead Lighting - If lacking natural lighting, bright and diffuse overhead lighting to balance out your task lighting without creating glares on your Arrow cabinet’s workspace will work. Use LED light bulbs or those designed to mimic natural lighting and put the same bulb in every socket or it you don't have overhead fixtures, balance the lighting in your sewing space with tall lamps positioned around the room so all corners are lit.

Task Lighting

Once your room is filled with bright, diffuse natural lighting or sufficient overhead lighting, supplement at your sewing cabinet with task lighting that is available in countless types and styles, from smaller tabletop lights that to set on your workspace to taller, floor-standing lights.

It’s great to use because task lights are usually adjustable, allowing you to put the light where you need it; they are also designed with LED bulbs and light bars to give you clear lighting over your entire workspace and not just over the needle plate.

You will get lighting that reduces eye strain by transitioning to the room lighting more easily while still offering the brightness you need to reduce eye strain when working on your Janome 7330 Computerized Sewing Machine.

Janome 7330 Computerized Sewing Machine

No More Eye Strain With A Properly Lit Sewing Room!

Eye strain is a common complaint from sewists of all ages who like to spend hours working at their sewing cabinet enjoying the hobby.

There’s more to having a well-lit surface than just flipping on the overhead lights and shining bright light over the needle plate on your machine.

The right balance of natural, overhead, and task lighting can turn any room and sewing surface into a comfortable place to work without the risks of eye strain or misrepresented colors!