How long have you been sewing? Whether you’ve been at it for a month or 20 years, you need to be kind to your body.
This past year, I had some debilitating neck issues. It not only prevented me from sewing and quilting but it prevented me from truly enjoying about 8 months of my life. Now, this was not brought on solely from quilting but a lifetime of not being kind to my body. I am not referring to drinking, smoking or drugs… I am referring to the act of living. As we move throughout our days, we tend to take our body for granted. That we will always be able to do the things we want to do and you should if you tend to your body.
I enjoy the accuracy of paper piecing… my next competition piece is paper pieced. This is what my set up looked like. You might be thinking, yes, that looks very efficient and it was however, not very nice to your body. I have since changed things around. The only thing I do there now is sew. If I need to cut or iron, I get up stretch my legs and neck and do it at my cutting table and ironing station. This takes longer but I have found that it is much kinder to my body.
I have found that this video helps me tremendously when I do it every morning and if I am sewing or quilting a lot that day I will do it midday as well. Check out the video here. Hopefully you’ll find it as helpful as I do.