Actually quite funny...while doing my FMQ on my pillow for the 2015 FMQ challenge, I strained my eyes severely with all that detailed echo quilting and one of my blood vessels burst in one eye. No big drama even though it always looks quite dramatic, however had to give my eyes a bit of a rest. So, I am going a bit slowly on this and also investigating options.
Had a look around for magnifying glasses that you can attach to the machine, but am not sure. The optometrist suggested getting single focus glasses (with a very short range for really small reading) just for sewing...not sure, the problem does not seem to be that I cannot see, but rather that I am not blinking enough, hence straining the hell out of the eyes. After a while then after getting sore eyes I usually take my glasses off to see better...definitely a no, no as I have found out the hard way.
Also received my Titanium needles and gave them a try. As you can see they come with the gold coating. Don't know whether this is just a visual thing, but the 80/12 needle appears massive. Anyway, starting quilting with one of them and broke it in the first few minutes, as the thread had hung itself up on something. Very funny, I thought. I quilted with the 80/12 for a while, but then switched to the 70/10 Titanium needle as I am more used to that one in size. Can't say that I noticed a lot of difference, however, obviously these will last longer (unless, of course, you break them like I did).
Enough rambling from me for today...really should not be looking at the computer screen too much either.
Will get started on my next pillow soon...