Back pain or shoulder pain from prolonged sitting can plague sewers and quilters alike if we don’t take the time to take a break and check our posture from time-to-time. This excellent article on healthy sewing tips from Cluck Cluck Sew is my favorite article to reference when I need a checkup on my quilting posture. I think this article is a must-read for any beginner quilter or someone who occasionally sews crafts.
Best Healthy Sewing Tips For 2017
- Sit in a comfortable chair! First and foremost we need to make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable chair that supports your back and is adjustable. Padded desk chairs that swivel are a great option. You probably don’t want to be using a folding chair for too long.
- Use Correct Posture! Once you have the proper quilting chair to sit in, it’s time we look at your sitting posture. Don’t roll your shoulders forward and hunch your back. Try to straighten your back and relax your shoulders while sitting, and encourage this posture when working. Lumbar support on your chair can help.
- Did We Mention Relaxing Your Shoulders!? Seriously. We’re going to focus on our shoulders. Whether you’re sewing, quilting, or crafting; we are generally working with our hands and looking down. To combat this repetitive posture, practice taking a deep breath and rolling your head around your shoulders periodically.
- Set A Timer. Get Up. MOVE AROUND!!! When quilting or crafting, you should set a timer to get up & move every 20-30 minutes. The best way to combat bad posture is to give yourself breaks between work. This is not a “sit and check Facebook” break; but rather a “check Facebook and do a few laps around the house” break. The objective is to get up, get your body moving and your blood pumping.
- Stretching! Before, During, and After You Sew! Before jumping into your quilting chair for another long night of crafts, why not take a few minutes for yourself before you embark on your sewing journey? Some simple stretches like raising your arms above your head and stretching, or touching your toes are all great stretches when you’re sitting for long periods of time.
- Repetitive Motions & Hand Health: You should always be aware how the repetitive actions you make while crafting can impact the health of your hands and joints. Tools like rotary cutting blades are designed to help you make LOTS of cuts in one pass,
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