Friday, March 29, 2019

I Love My Sewing Time Clock Scroll Saw Pattern.

This is a clock for the sewing room. It requires a 2 3/4" clock insert. I get my clock inserts from Bear Woods

There was a time when sewing was a necessity for most families. They did not have easy access to department stores. Sewing helped keep the family clothed. The art was passed down from mother to daughter. Through the 1900s the art/skill declined in popularity. Then the popularity of DIY started in the 2000s and sewing has been growing in numbers. 

LED Magnifying Headset Review:

Many scrollers use a magnifying lamp when they cut. These are normally large and need to be attached to the scroll saw stand. They work fine for most people.

I was asked by a reader what I thought about wearing a magnifying headset for scroll sawing. I had never tried one that I could remember so I jumped on Amazon and ordered the one above. This one had decent reviews and was priced moderately.

I got it in yesterday and went to the shop to try it out. 

Let me tell you the features before I talk about how it worked. 

It comes with five lenses. 1x, 1.5x, 2x, 2.5x, and 3.5x. You can place two sets of lenses on the headset at once to multiply the magnifications.

It comes with an LED light that is able to tilt to the angle that places the light where you need it. It is reasonably bright.

The headset strap is adjustable and fits my big head just fine. I don't think anyone would have a problem with the fit. It has a dial adjuster that works easily. You can adjust it while it is on your head.

There are tightening thumbscrews on each side of the headset to make it stay in the position you set it. There was one review that said they could not keep it in place but it worked fine for me.

The overall quality seems fair to good. I would not expect it to last a lifetime and I would not recommend dropping it too many times but it was acceptable.

The lenses come is a nice little box to protect them from scratches and dirt. The lenses are plastic and do attract wood dust. You will have to blow them off from time to time.

Now for the review of using this device with the scroll saw. I was surprised that I actually liked using it. The clarity of the line on the pattern was definitely enhanced. It was comfortable to wear. I could easily flip the lens up out of the way when I did not need it.

There is a catch. These lenses are fixed focal point lenses. In other words, there is an optimal distance from the front of the lens to the object being magnified. The distance has some leeway so you don't have to be at the exact distance but the higher the magnification of the lens the tighter the distance has to be. This makes using any of the lenses other than the 1x and the 1.5x impractical for scrolling.

What makes this a difficult review is that everyone's eyesight and height are different. For me, I was able to use the 1x lens and set up at a normal angle with a clear view of the pattern line. (It was not only magnified but also looked sharper). Using the 1.5X lens meant that I had to lean forward just slightly. Not sure how that translates to other people.

Me Silly Head

I think this is one of those accessories that you just have to try to know if it will work for you. I had little expectation that I would use it for cutting on the scroll saw but that was wrong. I will use this headset for projects where I need a little extra visibility. 

I can see this becoming a go-to magnifier for cutting very small projects like coins. I would use it for cutting fine fretwork just because of the enhanced visibility of the pattern line. The 1x magnification helpful but I wish the 1.5x did not require me to lean forward.

I will probably use it mostly with the 1x lens. I will use the 1.5x lens when I only need the magnification for small parts of the project. I don't mind leaning over for a few cuts, then flip it up out of the way for all the normal cuts.

Another advantage: I will absolutely be using this headset when not scrolling. The higher magnification lenses are wonderful for hands-free viewing of small objects. 

Conclusion: I like this headset and find it a good value at $18.99 plus shipping. I will probably use it more for things other than scroll saw work but it is useful when scrolling also. The fixed length lenses might be trouble for some people. I'll have to wait to hear feedback from readers before I can say that my experiences are typical.

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Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
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