Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy Healthy Sewing Room -- Happy Hands

I'm turning 50 this years but, due to a rare medical condition, my joints are much older that, including the joints in my hands.

When I go to the doctor or occupational therapist and they ask "Do you do any work with your hands?", this quilter laughs and laughs and laughs.

I've had to change the way that I quilt, but I haven't stopped quilting.  I don't do nearly as much hand sewing and gave up the dreaded hand-binding entirely (yay me!), but there are still other stresses on my hands.

I recently upgraded my iron and am absolutely THRILLED with how much less it stresses my hands.  If you are about to ask "What iron did you buy?".... well, I didn't buy a new iron.  I upgraded my existing iron.

I wrapped the handle with foam grip.  It's starting to come off, so I added a few zip ties to hold it together until I need to replace the foam.

The wider grip on the handle make ironing yardage or backings so much easier!  My fingers don't lock up and I don't drop the iron (much)!

Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest difference.

Did you like this week's Happy Health Sewing Room tip?  Is hand stress a problem for you?  I have more hand-friendly tips coming up in the future.

1 comment:

lois anne proctor said...

Great Idea. Works on a hair brush handle too!