When you spend hours sitting at your sewing machine engrossed in your latest project, it is easy to have some aches and pains. Even though working at Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL F600 does not involve a lot of physical exertion, it does mean sitting for long periods using repetitive motions that can cause stiffness and some pain.
Instead of hurting every time you sit down to sew, consider the following ways to relieve these aches and pains to remain properly fit to sew.
Practice Good Posture
Begin your sewing fitness regime by examining how you sit in front of your sewing machine. To reduce body stiffness and the chance that you will suffer aches and pains, use good posture. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor so your knees bend at a 90-degree angle and your sewing table is at a height so your elbows bend at 90 degrees.
Sit on a height adjustable chair that offers good back support, then be sure to sit straight and avoid hunching over your workspace. Deep, slow breathing through your nose can aid in good posture and help circulation. It also helps reduce stress so you stay calm and focused while working.
While working on your Juki HZL F600 or any other sewing machines, take time to periodically flex your neck and shoulders to prevent stiffness. Sit up straight, let your shoulders roll back, look straight ahead, and do chin tucks by dipping your chin down until it rests on your chest. Hold the tuck for a few seconds, then lift your head to relax a few seconds before repeating the flexion.
Flex and relax your shoulders by sitting up straight, setting your shoulders back, and then repeating some shoulder shrugs. This up and down movement will loosen tight muscles and prevent aching and tension.
You can also stay supple using an elbow-to-knee crunch while seated. Push your chair away from the machine and bring your knees up while you stretch your elbows down so they meet in the middle. These three easy exercises will help you stay flexible during sewing sessions.
Get Up and Get Mobile
Besides flexing while seated, get up from behind your Juki sewing machines every so often and walk around. Stand at least a few minutes every hour that you are seated at the machine to aid circulation and help prevent stiffness. Spend these few minutes straightening up the sewing room or doing a few stretching exercises before sitting down again to work at your sewing machine.
While you are up and about, do some stretching exercises to get your blood pumping and keep your muscles loose. Try an over the head shoulder stretch by folding your arms back over your shoulders, and a chest stretch by resting your arms on a door frame and then leaning forward until your chest muscles stretch.
Do not forget about your wrists and fingers. Stretch your wrists up and down, adding pressure with your other hand. Stretch fingers out by flexing them all the way open, then closing them as is they are claws.
Aches and pains are nothing new to those who spend long hours working at their Juki sewing machines. Thankfully, the stiffness and tension that cause pain are easy to prevent when you pay attention to sewing fitness. By adding the simple techniques referenced above into your project time, you will be more comfortable and be able to achieve the best results when working on sewing machines like the Juki HZL F600!