Cutting tools & tips that will help relieve hand and arm pain.
If you have been a quilter for a long time then you may have had some cramping or soreness in your hands and other aches and pains in your arms, shoulders, neck and back. You may have even been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. We hope you don't allow this from stopping you from doing what you love. There are many things you can do to help alleviate these ailments and still be able to quilt for years to come. We've come up with a list of 7 cutting tools and tips that could help to ease the pain.
7 Tips to Ease the Pain
1. Fabric Cutting System - With our GO! Big Fabric Cutter you can cut fabric in seconds with a push of a button. This electric machine allows you to save time on cutting so you have more time to quilt.
2. Electric or Battery-Operated Scissors - Some quilters have a good experience with electric or battery scissors to help them when the rotary cutter is too much of a strain.
3. Quality Rotary Cutter - If you are partial to using rotary cutters for your fabric cutting needs, it is a must to use one that is of high quality and that is less strenuous on your hands. It's also important to use it properly and to change your blades often.
4. Sewing Machine Placement - Make sure your machine is at the right height so that you're not causing unnecessary strain to your body. You may even want to consider a machine that does a lot of the work for you with the press of a button.
5. Posture - Your posture is critical in quilting so always be mindful of how you're sitting while sewing, hand stitching, long arming, etc.
6. Take Breaks - Don't sit too long even if you don't get sore or don't have any problems with your hands. It's always good to take a 5-10 minute break from your work every 90 minutes or so.
7. Exercise - You should exercise your hands and stretch them if you're an avid quilter. Inactivity will worsen what ever hand soreness you may have. Some options include wrist stretches, finger and thumb bends, making fists, squeezing a soft, foam palm-sized ball.
If you have any soreness when you are quilting, we hope one or more of these 7 cutting tools and tips will help to decrease your pain level, so you can continue to quilt with confidence and without worrying about discomfort. Of course, you should always seek medical advice from a doctor to determine the cause of your discomfort first.
Do you have any cutting tools or tips for fellow quilters who have circumstances that limit their ability to quilt?