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Re: Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 08 Jul 2013 08:52 #106355

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Vicki, I think the first thing you need to do is figure out the cause of the tingling, so try sitting in a different chair, in a different position, etc. It might be that you're inadvertently pinching a nerve. Often, tingling in the hands can be caused by something as far away as your neck, so check that you're not bending over too much. If you're finding you're bending your head down, you might need better lighting or a magnifying glass. If the tingling is caused by carpal tunnel in your wrist, then a brace, or icing your wrist periodically might help. You might also try Googling "wrist exercises" to look for exercises to help. I seem to recall a discussion on the Forum about wrist/hand issues. Was it Rosemary who provided a link to some helpful exercises? You might do a search in the Forum to see if you can find it. In my case, what I thought was tendonitis turned out to be arthritis in my wrist, so the doctor put me on an anti-inflammatory drug, and oh my, it's made a huge difference! I can now appliqué for long periods, for which I'm very grateful. I wish you success in finding a solution! Be sure to post what works for you because it might help others, too.
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Needle turn applique and hand fatigue 08 Jul 2013 06:56 #106351

Does anyone have any tips or techniques that can help with hand fatigue when using the needle turn applique method? I'm working on a fun little applique project and can not applique for more than 1/2 hour at a time or my hands get stiff and tingle. I use Ricky Tims Stable Stuff under the applique piece, I find it easier to turn the edges. I'm going to be starting a new project and if my hands keep tingling, I might just have to machine applique. Thanks!
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