In extreme cases, your skin might even chap or crack from the amount of use they’re getting while you work on your quilt.
Besides being painful, dry and cracked skin can be frustrating for quilters in other ways, too.
Take care of your hands so you can take your time working on your quilt pain-free and get all the enjoyment to be found with quilting.
Why Do Quilter’s Get Dry, Cracked Hands?
Anytime you use your hands a lot, your skin can take a beating no matter what the activity may be.
As benign as it may seem, quilting is one activity that can be especially damaging to the skin on your hands because you’re constantly handling fabric.
Fabric, especially natural fibers like cotton, will slowly absorb the natural oils in your skin and dry it out.
The more you work with fabric using your hands, the drier your skin can get.
All the endless cutting, pinning, pressing, and pushing of fabric under the needle of your Juki quilting machine dries out the skin on your hands, especially your fingertips.
Dry, Chapped Hands Hurt You and Your Quilt
Chronic dry hands caused by quilting and other activities are more than just a nuisance; it can leave you with irritated skin that burns after a while or even red, sore hands that chap and chafe.
In the worst cases, your skin can crack and make it hard to work on your quilt, even just to push the fabric under your Juki HZL-DX7 since there is so much preparation and fabric handling involved in this activity.
Besides the pain you may experience, your dry hands can also damage your quilt by snagging the fabric.
Hardened, chapped edges on your fingers will catch on threads, making pulls and hurting your skin even more.
Avoid Dry Quilting Hands By Taking Care of Them
Even if your hands have naturally resilient skin that don’t usually require extra care, it’s important to care for your hands to prevent the drying that can happen from all that fabric handling.
Keep your fingernails trimmed and filed as well as your cuticles cut back to prevent painful and damaging snags; keep your skin moisturized with a good hand cream.
Hand moisturizer used a few times a day after washing your hands and before you start working on your quilt should help restore the moisture you may be losing from all that fabric handling.
If your skin feels like its drying out again as you’re working, take a break to apply more and give it a little bit of time to absorb.
A word of caution when choosing hand lotions; it’s very important you choose a fast-absorbing hand lotion with a non-greasy formula or you could leave grease marks on all that beautiful quilt fabric.
Smooth Hands Keep Quilting Fun
Quilting involves using certain tools so you can get beautiful results from your Juki quilting machine.
Whether or not you already have dry hands now, be sure to add a good non-greasy hand lotion to your list of what you need to make a quilt.
Be proactive in preventing or treating dry skin so you can enjoy quiltmaking the entire time from planning your design and cutting out all the pieces to stitching them together on your Juki HZL-DX7!