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I’ve been projector sewing for years now and it has really been a game-changer in how I create. As someone who tests PDF patterns often, sewing with a projector has literally saved me hours of time and at least a forests worth of paper. I was really excited and nervous to teach an intro class on projector sewing.
While there are a lot of resources out there, I chose to create my own because as someone who can be overwhelmed by too much information, I wanted something I needed when deciding on a projector. I went over some really great details in the class and here are some of the essential things to consider when deciding on a projector.
Important Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Projector
If you have a dedicated sewing space, then having a more permanent setup where you use a stand that has a more permanent attachment to the ceiling or the wall. But if you don’t have the space or a dedicated sewing space, then using a projector setup that includes a mirror or a tripod so it’s temporary is also something to consider.
How Your Projector Connects
Does it need to be wired? Can you connect wirelessly? Or maybe via Bluetooth? And you need to consider what a deal breaker would be for you. If you know that you need to consider wirelessly, then that’s something that you should consider.
The Distance Between Your Cutting Surface And Projector Lens
This is called the “throw”. If you plan to cut on the floor (not I because my back will NOT allow for that), then you have more possibilities on projectors. If you have a cutting table that’s higher up, that’s going to affect things as well. When you have more distance, you can use a mini projector. If you have a shorter distance, an ultra-short or short-throw projector will give you the best images to work with.
My Projector Recommendations
Vivimage 2 – This was my first projector and I loved it. It connected wirelessly and was super easy to use. Because I didn’t have a large throw, this didn’t work out the best for me. But it was under $100, easy to use, and it got the job done.
Arcojoy 9000 – This projector is VERY similar to the Vivimage 2. It’s also a mini projector and also under $100.
Alvar 9000 – This is another projector very similar to the Vivimage 2. It is really easy to calibrate and the only con is that it doesn’t work the greatest in bright areas.
Short Throw Projectors
Optoma ML1050ST – This is SUCH a great short throw projector–especially if you have a portable setup. It’s easy to get up and running and light. Now a con is that it doesn’t wirelessly connect.
BenQ MW632ST – If you have a price that you’re not going over, this may be a really great option for you. This one also doesn’t wirelessly connect.
Ultra Short Throw Projectors
Epson Brightlink 485i – This is what I currently use. In my opinion, these are the best. Buying them new can start at about $1500 but buying them used is definitely a plus–mine is from eBay!
Hitachi Ultra Short Throw – These are a great option as well. The only drawback is that the vent is on the bottom so you have to make sure wherever it’s sitting is well-ventilated.
Stands For Projectors
Finding a stand is definitely something that will make your projector journey easier.
Universal Projector Mount for Mini Projectors is perfect for your mini projector. This will go into your ceiling easily and you don’t really need anything but some drywall anchors.
Ultra Short Throw Stand is so necessary. UST projectors are kinda heavy and this stand supports the projector easily while making it easy to adjust to your cutting table.
If you’re interested in learning more about projector sewing, I’ll be posting a replay of the class so you’re able to take it.
I’m excited to share that on December 3 I’ll be doing another projector sewing course that speaks to adjusting your patterns with your projector. For more details on that, click the image below: