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.
You may know heirloom quality Famore scissors
from quilting and sewing trade shows. But did you know that company president Brint Fanizza has focused on helping sewists affected
by arthritis?When I was working on my article about sewing with health challenges, BadAss Quilter extraordinaire and Spool quilt shop owner Maddie Kertay chose the Famore 8
Inch serrated scissors as one of her favorites for accurate cutting when your hands don't wanna. So I called up Brint to get photos of the highly acclaimed scissors. Well, we ended up talking for about a half hour because he was so interested in the topic. He said that he had arthritis and autoimmune sufferers coming up to him at sewing and quilting conventions telling him that they needed a better solution in scissors.We can understand why, right? Our fingers swell, get stiff, ache. It's hard to maintain control when your fingers hurt and the handles often don't accommodate swollen digits. And don't get me s…
Cleaning your studio takes a really long time!
Everything takes longer with Autoimmune disease. This was me as I was cleaning.
I am allergic to dust and my dry lungs don't like cleaning! The good news is my room is all dusted and nice now. Wanna see?
Much more inviting, methinks.
One of my biggest issues was organizing multiple projects that I am working on at the same time. Apparently, I was not the only one. I got this question asked on my Facebook page by Laurie:
"Tracy, I think what you are doing is great! This question might be best
asked of the quilt teachers and book writers that I imagine have very
busy lives.......HOW do you save time? Do you draw up your design first
and then "kit it up?" Do you have an assistant? If so, what do you have
them do for you in the way of making a quilt? Also, how do they make the
best use of their time? You know, those small amounts of time that are
broken up by days of not quilting."