I bought this OttLite 1.5x Optical Grade Magnifier with LED Illuminator because I thought it would really come in handy while sewing my hexies together. Since I plan to work on these while traveling, waiting, and when the power goes out (!), the LED battery operated light alone seemed like a really good idea. As I get older I also find that my vision is not as great as it used to be. Reading glasses help a lot but close, detailed work can still be a challenge.
The magnifier is on a neck cord and has no-slip rubberized feet to keep it in place on your chest in the correct position. The lens has a vanishing edge and a spot viewer to get even closer. It's really similar to the one attached to my Ott floor lamp. I really like it except that I can't seem to get used to the zoomed in view! I tried it out while I sewed the binding on my quilts and it brought the work so 'close' in my vision that I can't gauge the size of my stitches.
I'm sure if I persevere I can get the hang of using the magnifier. The reviews I read were so positive and many commented they couldn't live without it. This weekend will be a good chance to really test it out and hopefully adjust to the clear view! I have it tucked in my portable kit (safe from scratches in its soft pouch), where it fits perfectly. I'm glad to have it with me wherever I happen to be stitching so no matter what the light conditions I can see what I'm doing.