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oh God, my back (again)... [Nov. 1st, 2010|11:27 pm]
Verminius Rex
The rag quilt is almost done. I'm one row short of it being together, then I run a stitch around the perimeter and snip all the loose ends for ragging purposes. I could in theory finish tonight, but my body parts took a vote after my back made a motion to adjourn, and the vote was pretty much unanimous, with only my left foot and right ear abstaining. 

Tomorrow is costume group. I have the pattern numbers written down for blazers, slacks and vests. I want to make my own sack suit pattern, which will involve me taking the starting pattern and adjusting it to my size. I like Kwik Sew patterns because they tend to be true to size, are printed on real paper, and generally don't suck. We'll see if they are currently on sale, I am willing to wait if they are going to be cheaper in the near future.

At some point I need to hit KC and visit Joanne's and the other fabric place at 119th. It's been ages since I was there looking at what they have.  

[User Picture]From: kukla_tko42
2010-11-02 05:46 am (UTC)

Trust me, I'm a professional...

Sewing shouldn't make your back hurt so much.

At your machine, you should be able to sit upright while you sew, not hunched over the machine. Try adjusting the height of your sewing machine table (or try other tables at different heights.) If you *have to* hunch over your machine, there may be something wrong with it. Many people hunch because they're pulling fabric from the back instead of guiding it from the front. If you fall into this category, it could be that the feed mechanism of your sewing machine is shot. Or, since you're doing a rag quilt, you might need to attach a walking foot to the machine to help all the layers flow through more easily.

If the backache is from all the cutting, I suggest acquiring either a nice cutting table (designed for the purpose) at an ergonomic height, or simply buying some hard plastic bed risers and putting your usual cutting table on those. (Plug in 'Bed risers' at Target.com. You'll get a picture of what I mean.) Even five inches can make a world of difference when you're cutting patterns or quilt squares.

I use to "hurt myself" sewing all the time. Now, I know better. As such, I want to share my new knowledge. :D
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2010-11-02 12:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Trust me, I'm a professional...

The sewing machine is set up on a table, so this time around it's a combination of the table being a bit low and pulling fabric to get through due to the thickness. I don't know where a walking foot is for this machine, it's new to me and I'm slowly collecting the specialty feet (found the ruffler foot, I'll find the walking and button foot soon enough). I figure with one more row to completion my back will do well enough, but I'm definitely going to set up a more ergonomic work station for the next project.
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