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Has anyone come up with any ideas for making the needle lighting area better? I have been trying to find an LED retrofit but no luck.... What are you using? Maybe we can post pictures of our lights?


Trinity Burak • Meridian, Idaho • APQS Millie • CircleLord • "Precise" Pantograph System

www.2sistersquilting.com • www.precisepantographsystem.com • https://www.facebook.com/PrecisePantographSytem

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I know that several ladies purchase lighting and ADD to the handles or frame of the machine to make things brighter for them. This is the least expensive way for additional lighting.


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My husband retrofitted my lights on my 2005 Mille by using a piece of 1/2" aluminum channel that replaced the huge original neon light bar. He also fabricated a piece of flat plate aluminum that surrounds the needle bar and placed a continuous string of lights around the perimeter of it. These resemble what the newer machines have. He purchased our LED lights and supplies from an on-line source; there are many. I don't have time to post a photo tonight and will be away from a computer for couple days. Send me a message or I'll check back later if you are interested.


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Spring Creek, NV

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It plugs into a transformer that plugs into the AC power on the rear of the machine. I use those little self stick clips along the side of Mille from the front to the back of the machine head to keep the cord tied to the machine. I'll try and post a photo this weekend; sorry for the delay.


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Spring Creek, NV

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I think I have tried over 20 different clip, clamp, stick and glue on light .... I am getting older and need LIGHT ;) I will be greatful to see what hubby came up with. Thanks for the reply.


Trinity Burak • Meridian, Idaho • APQS Millie • CircleLord • "Precise" Pantograph System

www.2sistersquilting.com • www.precisepantographsystem.com • https://www.facebook.com/PrecisePantographSytem

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Here is what I've done. I haven't changed the flourescent light but added two (of a five pack) under-cabinet Xenon puck lights using heavy duty outdoor double stick tape and clips for the wire. I've run the plug in wire along with my other wiring and plug it in to a circuit breaker type extension cord (what they are really called escapes me... :). If natural lighting seems low I use both, otherwise I use these alone. They are so bright and do not get hot at all. Love them.


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How old is your machine?


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Marci it looks like your lights would do a great job.

On our Milleniums we are supposed to have that thread guide above our tension discs point to 8 O'clock, It doesn't looks like that is where yours is.


Lyn Crump   Hand Guided 2013 Millenium Blissed and Gliding    APQS Sales Rep SE Qld Australia   www.busyquilting.com.au   On Facebook and Instagram as BusyQuilting


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Sorry for the delay in posting photos for the retrofit my husband did on my 2005 Mille. I will let him describe the photos. I've not posted photos before so I am hoping it works - and here is how he did it:

The Millennium was originally fitted with a neon light bar fastened to the rear handlebar mounting block. The handlebar mounting blocks and thread guide on the needle bar were removed. A new LED light bar was fabricated using 1/2" aluminum channel and the plate around the needle bar was made using a scrap of alum. plate (under 1/8"). mounting holes were drilled in both the plate and channel to match the pattern of the original light bar mount holes. In an effort to allow good illumination to the rear, the rear flange of the channel was machined off. This left only the front flange hanging down which protects the operators eyes. "L" shaped strip lights were used on the plate and straight strip lights were used on the channel. All were adhesive backed, high out put bright white LED lights. Light strips were connected by soldering wires to the strip connectors and wiring them in series. The bar and plate were mounted and then the lights were adhered which cover the mounting screws. They are powered by a 12v 5watt inverter which is plugged into the rear a/c power outlet on the machine used for the laser light. There is an inline switch and a dimmer wired in, but they are always used on full brightness.

Mounting to handlebar view

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LEDlighting4 by Callender Quilts, on Flickr

Cord:

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LED lighting2 by Callender Quilts, on Flickr

Bottom view of Lights:

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LED lighting1 by Callender Quilts, on Flickr

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LEDligting5 by Callender Quilts, on Flickr


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Lisa, can you please ask your hubby where he purchased the lights? I think we can do the install if we can find the light strips themselves. Thank you, Trinity


Trinity Burak • Meridian, Idaho • APQS Millie • CircleLord • "Precise" Pantograph System

www.2sistersquilting.com • www.precisepantographsystem.com • https://www.facebook.com/PrecisePantographSytem

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Trinity, he bought them all from Ecolight LED Lighting Solutions and Elemental LED. There is a myriad of stores selling this stuff now so I'd check prices at a few of them. Let me know if you have any other questions!


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Well, after much searching (Thanks to Lisa's help) I went to my local electrical supply house. They had an LED lighting answer... In fact 2 of them... http://www.leddistributing.com/counterstrike-series.html

 

I purchased the puck and attached it to my front armature for my Circle Lord up front, I am checking to see the pricing for a replacement LED bulb for the existing tube light. They do make them! If I can't find a bulb I will get the blade light also and change out the existing light fixture.  I didn't realize how spendy the lights would be.

 

On another topic.... I STOPPED THE CHIRPING noise from the stitch regulator! It only took me 7 years to get it done!@

 

I will get some pics up next week of my Millie retrofit. It would be great to see some of the ingenious ideas that we all have come up with over the years. Post your pictures and descriptions.

 


 


 


Trinity Burak • Meridian, Idaho • APQS Millie • CircleLord • "Precise" Pantograph System

www.2sistersquilting.com • www.precisepantographsystem.com • https://www.facebook.com/PrecisePantographSytem

trinity@2sistersquilting.com or pps@2sistersquilting.com

 

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Yes, show us what you came up with! I'm always interested in this sort of stuff. I'm working on my domestic sewing machine right now, LOL.......


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Marlene, I would suggest that you contact service for the exact instructions on how to stop the chirp, machines are different for different year models and I would hate to steer you wrong. It was simple though!

 

As to the lighting I am putting up some pics of what I have done. I have ordered the strip light to retrofit the fluorescent, it will plug into the puck cord and utilize the same cord switch.

 

I also have shown how my Millie cord is plugged into the ceiling and travels with my machine. The trick was the "stand post" to keep the cord above the machine height. All is possible with enough ambition (tie straps and duct tape)!....

 


 

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Overhead light.pdf


Trinity Burak • Meridian, Idaho • APQS Millie • CircleLord • "Precise" Pantograph System

www.2sistersquilting.com • www.precisepantographsystem.com • https://www.facebook.com/PrecisePantographSytem

trinity@2sistersquilting.com or pps@2sistersquilting.com

 

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Here is a solution for the fluorescent machines.  I made one for my wife and others have requested so I've made it available for sale.  

 

http://www.mcautomationinc.com/led2

 

Here is a thread with some answers to questions.

http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/35098-led-light-systems-for-apqs-longarms/

Thanks,

Mike

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