Supporting the needs of quilters and sewists with health challenges such as autoimmune disease, vision
problems, arthritis and other disabilities so they can continue to
experience their love of sewing.
First off, I gotta say I was blown away from the response to this blog. I got messages all over social media and it was quite clear that I struck a chord. So many of you are looking for solutions that allow you to sew longer and better.
One comment in particular got my attention last week. A reader on Instagram mentioned that she bought her 8 Series BERNINA because she had R.A. My mind started racing. OF COURSE, the sewing machine!!! What features should you look for when buying a sewing machine if you have autoimmune disease, arthritis, vision problems or limited mobility?
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I think it is safe to say that I bleed BERNINA red. I love everything about the company and the machines they produce. I am also a brand ambassador which means that they provide me with a sewing machine to use for a year. I think it is pretty safe to say that I will be purchasing my current loaner, the B790, at the end of the year. She is like an extension of my hands.
My name is Tracy Mooney. I am the senior editor for Generation Q Magazine, I am a BERNINA brand ambassador and a quilter. Since being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome in February of 2013, I
have made a lot of changes. My sewing life is no different. I have had
to approach each new quilting or sewing project in a completely
different way because I don't know how I will feel. On some days, I may
experience brain fog or I might have swollen and painful hands. These
are days where I might want to be creative, but I certainly need to
steer clear of the rotary cutter.
Sewing has so many health benefits! Recent studies point to lower blood pressure, helping to cope with trauma, and even help improve memory and ward off dementia.So for me, I feel that sewing is as much a part of helping me to stay positive and healthy as is taking my medicine, going to the doctor and leading a healthy lifestyle.
writing an article on products that help you keep sewing when you have
Okay, so I
will apologize in advance for the length of this post. It's long, but in it I
am going to share my journey. I find whenever I speak publicly about
being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome it helps people - and that my
friends is what this blog is all about! Here's a photo of a recent project I made to make up for it. I can't have some long post with no photos, right? The purse is made using Sara Lawson's Aeroplane Bag Pattern. I made it my own with a bunch of geeky applique.
Okay back to my story - here goes...
early January of 2013, I woke up one morning and my fingers were swollen like
sausages. I couldn't get my wedding band off. My fingers couldn't bend.
The swelling didn't go down until about lunchtime. The next day when the
same thing happened, I started to worry.
I have a friend I have known
since high school and she was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis just
months before and thankfully she is very open about her health …