Yes, that's a magnifying glass! I can barely see the stitching here as the fabrics are both light colored and the raw edge lines right up with the edge of my foot. It does seem to help at least. I ordered this lens from Linda's Electric Quilters Co. and it's got a little LED light and a nice long flexible arm.I have noticed it's been harder to thread a hand sewing needle and I need to hold it and other hand work farther away to see it well. I think it's time for bifocals!