Good afternoon, friends. I have a new, functional sewing table and office set up now. It’s exciting around here. Are you interested?
The flat sewing surface is so much better. It’s helping me identify my bad sewing habits, how tense I’ve been holding my left wrist and fingers all these years. I need to chill out and slow down. I’m at least aware of it so I can help myself not to make this situation worse.
So this is the basic setup. I decided a 9-patch was the place to start. Each block took me 20-30 min. including cutting. The background fabric is from Judie Rothermel Dressing Gowns.
It’s from Elaine at Muddling Through. She totally surprised me one day with these and of course when it was time to play I gravitated towards the piece with the cheddar background. I so thoroughly enjoyed the sewing. That blue strip is this cool grippy stuff I got at Rehab. Doesn’t do anything for under your ruler but it helps me to avoid applying so much pressure on my wrist as I cut by giving me ease of control from above.
I have a keyboard tray which makes typing significantly easier but I didn’t take a picture of that. We all know what those look like. Personally, I say “don’t live without it” because its so much better for your joints which you won’t be thinking about until one day those joints start to age and you’re hosed!
And here’s a big exciting thing. When I had a bit of time I tested out my new Epson WF-3520 printer for Inklingo because, ya know, it isn’t just for hand-piecing.
Freezer paper to fabric and cha! Nailed it! First time. No adjustments necessary and all my custom sizes I had defined for Inklingo were there. Rockin’!!!
Look y’all, it’s not all perfect. It just isn’t but somehow it’s okay, too. Today I have more pain than usual but I’m in my cast and it’s being managed. I’m doing my part. Your part is already done just by being here. Thanks, friends. *karendianne.
This post isn’t writing itself very well. Days to write…literally days it’s taking. Edit, edit, edit. Not helpful for the girl who is having difficulties typing. I’m just going to have to go with this, get to the point and post it.
I’m not doing much sewing but I’m not giving up hope. I wanted to share that at least. I’m not giving up hope. I want to play at the machine even for little bits of sewing but I don’t have the correct set up even when there is limited pain.
The above picture is more along the lines of what I need. So I took some time and made a plan for when I’m able. A plan can be so beneficial. Even though I’m not in control, being proactive helps my mind focus on contributing to my well-being instead of being bummed about what I can’t do.
So my plan. It includes re-arranging my sewing machine, Mac and keyboard as well as defining a new place to cut fabric. It does NOT include a new chair. That’s ideal but not in the budget. After doing my research, here’s what I came up with:
- I’m going to choose and install a keyboard tray (with enough room for the mouse).
- I’m going to move my Mac so it’s eye level.
- For cutting, you want a distance of no more than 4″ between the elbow and the top of the cutting surface. My table is +7″ (not helpful) so I’m going back into the kitchen with cutting activity, using a small bit of counter space I have just next to the stove.
- After evaluating options for my sewing machine I settled on the SewEzi table.
Below is my sewing evaluation process, pics and general ergonomic links
I considered an acrylic extension worktable.
I liked this idea. Reasonably priced at under 60$ and the overall measurements work except for the height. This set up leaves me 1.5″ too short with my chair set at its highest lift. In other words, I can’t get my wrists/forearm level. I thought this through and contemplated how I could overcome the chair height but nothing came to mind. Moving on…
For some time I’ve been looking at the SewEzi table. I’ve used one of these before and they’re quite stable for what they are. The base price is $250 + shipping. I found it was recommended as an option for an ergonomic table, too. The height is just fine and keeps my forearms level at 90′. The depth is 19″ and the workspace looks the same in front of the machine and behind which totally won’t work when adding borders or sewing rows. For that there is the $199.00 extension table or simply placing the SewEzi in front of another table as needed. It is portable!
And honestly, the goal now is to be ABLE TO SEW safely, without harm to my health so really, I don’t care. I just want to stitch. I can be happy doing pretty much anything at this point. I don’t see this as a waste of money either because these are really slick little tables for traveling and I can SELL IT if need be.
So, to wrap up, I’m definitely not back in the game but I’m putting myself in the position to succeed as the moments arrive. I like that. You’ll note I didn’t mention hand-piecing which is my first love. My quilting life really has changed and for the foreseeable future I’m not able to do any handwork. That fact has been breaking my heart but life is shifting, impermanent, things are always changing and I’m going to focus on what I can do. I have no idea what is going to happen with this medical obstacle but I do know I’m going to do the best I can for now and that’s all any of us have anyway – this moment. Not yesterday, not next week. Just right now.
Thanks for sticking around with me. Be Well! *karendianne.