A few weeks ago in an email Pam mentioned a new sewing gadget, a cross hair laser attached to a lamp and it looked like a great concept, although I wasn’t keen on the fact that it has to be mounted to a table. So Google to the rescue and I found the same company makes a smaller profile Perfect Alignment Laser, which was initially designed to make it easier to center and hoop embroidery designs. After playing around with it for a little bit it has many other sewing uses:
- Small footprint makes it easy to place
- The metal gooseneck swivels 360 degrees
- Uses only 3AAA batteries (included)
- The laser diode in the lamp tip also swivels 360 degrees for perfect placement
- It makes bright, crisp lines that do not distort from square even if the lamp is not parallel to the surface
- Comes with a USB power cable
- It does not really have a “weighted base” in reality it weighs only 5.2 ounces and that weight comes from the tiny batteries. Notice in the photos I used steel washer pattern weights to hold it down when the neck was really extended or when I didn’t want it to get knocked over.
- The goose-neck is only 15 inches and could actually be longer because the laser lines project perfectly even from several feet. I think 24 inches would be ideal. To make a grain line really long for this photo I put a stool on my cutting table with the laser on top. Not high tech but it worked.
- The base should be marked with the type of replacement laser because I never save boxes. For the record it takes a 640-660nm laser diode. I wrote that on the base with Sharpie.