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TOPIC: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue

Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 11 Jan 2014 18:31 #114402

The best thing to help grip the needle is use of a finger cot on your thumb or index finger. I use one on my thumb and I can't even sew without it. Believe it or not it helps the muscles in your hand grip the needle without strain which leads to carpal tunnel. I use it for hand quilting too. You can get them at an office supply or your local quilt store. They come in small, medium or large. Since I wear them on my thumb, I use the large size. I pince and baste along the seam line before applique, which helps the memory of the fabric turn under easier as Margo posted. I agree it takes a little prep time, but it is well worth the effort.
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 16 Jul 2013 04:10 #106931

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A 'score line' made with needle/fine edged item along the hemming line would also make it easier to turn under the seam allowance.


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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 15 Jul 2013 16:51 #106898

Thanks Margo, I'll give that a try too!
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 13 Jul 2013 18:46 #106793

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Vicki, you may also find the if you just "pinch" all of the seam allowances under before you start stitching (instead of gluing them), it makes turning the edges under with the needle much easier. The cotton fabrics just want to roll under along that crease, and it take some of the pressure off your wrists because you aren't having to work so hard to get the seam allowances turned with the needle. Yes, it takes some prep time, but it makes the sewing go more quickly. Hope that helps.


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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 13 Jul 2013 18:41 #106792

Thanks, Michelle.

I tried again today after giving it a rest for a few days, the pillow did help. I don't think that gluing the turned edges under first will work, the glue made it harder to push the needle through the edge. It did help with my left hand though, the pinky and ring finger didn't get as stiff. I think I'm going to do my new project by machine applique, the way Margo demonstrated for the BOM and continue to do the current project by hand, using all the tips you all have given.

Thanks again!
Vicki
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 12 Jul 2013 20:43 #106775

Another thing: If you are gripping the needle tightly, you can get fatigue in your hands or arms. I find that my thumb joint gets sore from holding the needle after a while, so I can only applique or even do binding in very small doses. Needle turn applique is a repetitive motion so it is a good idea to stop and stretch out your hands and fingers often. Perhaps every 15 min or so, since a half hour is when your pain starts.

I also agree with a support for your arms. I often place a pillow on my lap when I read or sew. It helps not only the arms but the neck too. Perhaps you can get one of those pillow-bottom hard top lap desks, esp now that it's almost back to school time. A place like Bed Bath and Beyond would have them.
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 12 Jul 2013 20:32 #106774

So with the pillow or board, you actually would rest your arms on it while appliqueing? That sounds like a good idea too. I think part of my problem is with my left hand, while I'm holding the applique in place, I am squeezing really tight to get the edges perfectly straight or rounded. I think if I turn the edges under and glue them, that might solve that problem. I'll have to try the pillow next to see if that helps with the right hand.

Thanks again for all your input!
Vicki
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 12 Jul 2013 11:45 #106745

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Melissa, that's a good idea! Recently, I've been using a kidney-shaped board (I bought it from Levenger years ago for my copyediting work, http://levenger.com/Levenger-Lap-Desk-614.aspx) that rests on my chair arms and provides a table for my hand-stitching work, but any large pillow or lap desk might help.
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 12 Jul 2013 10:53 #106744

I don't know how you're "set up" of course, but you may want to consider some sort of pillow on your lap/under your hands to support you and your work as well. I was recently touring Burano, Italy (fabulous lace making) and a lady demonstrating hand making lace was using a lap pillow that was a cross between a round ball and a neck roll. Something I will definitely try with my next hand applique project. I do also use crafting gloves which I like a lot.
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 11 Jul 2013 10:32 #106663

Thanks Judy, that's a good idea also!

Vicki
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 10 Jul 2013 08:58 #106536

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I once took a beading class where the instructor stopped us
to do a few shoulder-rolls and hand exercises about every 15 minutes.
I've learned to set a timer to remind myself to change positions or
do a few exercises and have much less pain. :D :D
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 08 Jul 2013 11:11 #106360

Thank you Robin and Margo. I bet it has to do with the way I am sitting, I think it might be time for new glasses too - I seem to be having issues focusing so am bending by neck and bringing my hands up closer. I'm sure there's some carpal tunnel issues after 27 years sitting at the keyboard and adding machine for work, my wrists do get tired. Great video, I'm definitely going to try those exercises and see if they help.

Vicki
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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 08 Jul 2013 09:03 #106357

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Great advice, Robin! Vicki, you might also try a Google search of "ergonomics hand sewing" for some treat tips and advice!
Good luck!


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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 08 Jul 2013 08:58 #106356

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Actually, it was Rita's exercises, but Rosemary posted the link: [url]forum/the-healthy-quilter/6050-ritaa-recommended-wrist-exercises[/url].
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