Making clothing, accessories, and all kinds of other fun projects with a sewing machine is a pleasurable pastime for many of us.
Repetitive stress injuries or RSIs, muscular problems, and joint issues are common among sewists who don’t take steps to avoid them.
Before you next sit at your Singer Featherweight D240 or any other sewing machine, take a look around you.
Is your sewing station properly organized to avoid the unhealthy hazards of sewing?
If not, take some notes and check out these great tips for comfortable, pain-free sewing and get started revamping your station today!
Practice Correct Posture
Strains, pains, and RSIs that many sewists deal with after a while are mostly preventable if you practice good posture while sitting in front of your sewing machine.
In the same way that computer users suffer back, neck, and joint injuries from sitting hunched over their desks, sewists tend to suffer the exact same injuries for the same reasons.
Avoiding these injuries involves working at your machine while sitting straight with your back supported,feet flat on the floor, and your arms level with the table so your wrists are not bent while you are sewing.
Working in this comfortable and natural position, you can sew to your heart’s content without eventually ending up with a stiff neck, sore back, or carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists.
Start with The Right Sewing Furniture
So how do you ensure you’re working ergonomically to reduce those RSIs and poor posture? With the right sewing furniture!
All you need are two critical items: a good sewing cabinet designed for correct height when sewing and a quality sewing or computer chair.
Adjusted correctly, your chair and cabinet will allow you to sit in good posture with the correct body angles to prevent RSIs and make sewing even more enjoyable than it already is!
Don’t Forget Your Eyes
Don’t forget that your eyes can suffer strain as well, so you must use acceptable lighting whenever working at your Singer Featherweight D240 sewing machine and anywhere else around your sewing room.
Never rely only on the built-in lighting that comes with your machine; get additional task lighting to keep your immediate workspace brightly lit and be certain there is good lighting throughout the entire room as well.
Rooms with windows that let in natural lighting are ideal; however, if you have no windows, use enough overhead fluorescent and task lighting so you can see well whether seated at your machine, using your cutting table, pressing, or anything else.
Take Frequent Breaks
Finally, it’s a good idea to take breaks every half hour to give yourself a chance to rest and stretch.
Get up and walk around for a few minutes to loosen muscles, straighten your back and legs, and slow down the physical fatigue that can come from hours sitting in front of a sewing machine.
Do frequent shoulder, neck, and wrist stretches to keep your limbs loose and flexible.
Make Your Sewing Space A Hazard-Free Zone
If you love sewing, there is probably nothing worse than being forced to stop because your body hurts.
This is all you need so that the time spent at your Singer Featherweight sewing machine does not create health issues while you create amazing hand-sewn items!