Simplify Piecing and Quilting with a Laser Guide

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Here’s How to Retrofit a Machine!

Some of today’s high tech sewing machines have a feature that’s a real time-saver for quilters – a laser guide. These handy devices create a laser beam that is angled so it appears just in front of the needle, showing where the stitching line falls.

This is a time-saving feature that will help you sew straighter and with less marking. It’s perfect for half-square triangles, straight line quilting and things like zippers that require straight and accurate stitching.

Simplify Piecing and Quilting with a Retrofitted Laser Guide

But what if you love and use a machine without this feature? While a laser guide is so helpful that having that alone almost makes it worth buying a new machine, most likely you can retrofit your existing one.

Simplify Piecing and Quilting with a Retrofitted Laser Guide

Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts shows you how. First, you’ll need an inexpensive laser marker, which you can purchase here.

Then you’ll need to determine how best to attach the marker to your machine. After reading through Laura’s instructions, the velcro Command strips (available here) seem like a good solution for plastic body machines, as the marker can be easily repositioned as needed.

Notice that the marker comes with magnets, which may be perfect for older metal cased machines. However, you may want to remove them if your machine is computerized. Laura tells you how in her article.

Once you have the tools, you may need to play a bit to find the right position. Laura covers that too.

She also has an important note:

“Note: As with any laser, do not look into the laser itself directly. If you have small children, make sure they can not get hold of it. It is perfectly safe to view the light that hits the sewing machine surface.”

Click here for the “Sewing Machine Laser” article.


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