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Safety in Sewing

Many people consider sewing as an extremely pleasurable and relaxing hobby. For them, no feeling is more exhilarating than seeing their patchwork blankets, knitted table covers, and cross-stitched pillowcases being displayed or used. However, hobbyists should be reminded that this activity involves the use of extremely sharp objects that can cause injuries. Here are some precautions on how to keep sewing safe and enjoyable.

First, wear a thumb guard when you are sewing by hand or machine. This sturdy protective device prevents the needle from penetrating your finger in case of mishaps. In addition, you should also wear closed-feet shoes to protect your feet from stray pins or needles that are lying on the floor. Such footwear also protects your feet from dropped rotary cutters or scissors. Do not take donning protective clothing lightly because in a recent survey, 90 percent of piercing injuries require hospital admission. Next, keep your work area clean and well-organised. Stick your pins and needles in a pin cushion or magnetic box. Keep your scissors, razor blades, and other sharp objects in a tray. Organising your tools reduces the chances of you getting injured by them.

Next, only engage in sewing if you are alert, awake, calm, and able to focus. Do not sew when you are sick, tired, tipsy, or distracted because you will be putting yourself at risk. If you really need to sew, limit yourself to activities that do not involve too much cutting and plenty of complicated needlework. Finally, sewing for a long time can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition, hunching over while working on your project can cause shoulder and back pains. Thus, if your wrists, shoulders, or back feel painful, stop what you are doing and rest for a while.