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.
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."
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.
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