If you would’ve asked me this question a couple of years ago, I would’ve said, “no way”! Believe it or not, there are hazards in Quilting and not just to your pocketbook! After doing it for awhile, I’ve found, not only can it make a significant dent in the pocketbook, it definitely takes a toll on ones body. Particularly the neck and back, and personally, my neck. I sew/quilt almost daily and really struggle w/keeping my shoulders relaxed and not straining my neck. After reading a few articles like this, I came to the realization that I’ve been doing it all wrong! =( I would like to continue to quilt for many, many years to come, so when my neck really started bothering me, I began surfing the web for stretches and/or exercises for sewers/quilters.
I came across this handy dandy, preventative maintenance pdf: Ten Exercises for Quiltmakers. I pinned it on the wall behind my machine to remind me to take breaks often and stretch. I’m sure the exercises are effective for Readers and heavy Texters too! I’ve since been working on improving my posture, bending from the waist, and using my eyes more than my neck.
While looking for the stretches/exercises, I found more good info for proper height adjustment for sewing and cutting tables here. I know my sewing table should be lower, but I haven’t come across one that is “cheap” enough. I’m thrifty remember 😉
|Got the desk at Goodwill for $4 on a 50% off Saturday
My cutting table is just about the right height. It is raised w/4 – 1″ risers. Another inch would probably do the body better.
And speaking of exercise, to keep in shape in general AND in preparation for Extreme Flagstaff, a mud run, or hopefully one day Survivor and/or The Amazing Race, my bff Melinda suggested I put my pull up bar in the doorway of my sewing room and do at least 1 pull-up every time I enter. Truth be told, I don’t do a pull-up every time but I do about every 2nd or 3rd time… and I’m up to 2 – 3 reps when I do them!
One last thing where exercise is concerned, whether I’m sewing, cutting or ironing, I try to remember to keep my abs engaged (belly button to spine) to tighten my core and strengthen my back.
Lastly, from this point forward, I will end each post w/a scripture or verse as encouragement to anyone who reads my blog; a biblical truth or spiritual fruit which is truly my thread for life.
A Thread for Life
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11 NIV