need help finding tools that are easy on arthritis

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stmannell wrote
on 28 Jul 2012 7:31 AM

I think I have develop rheumatoid arthritis in a very short time.  I"m in my late 40's and just discovered quilting a year ago.  Ah, the irony, eh?

 

Using a rotary cutter is pretty much out of the question using my current model.  Does anyone have a suggestion of a brand that I can use that will ease up on my wrist pain?  So far that seems to be the only issue.  (so far).

 

Many thanks, and glad to be a part of this community!

 

Sue

Harrow, Ontario

Canada

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on 29 Jul 2012 5:46 AM

There are several ergonomic rotary cutters on the market that work beautifully with carpal tunnel and arthritis. Search your better fabric stores. I think mine is a Martelli model.

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SuzanneD@19 wrote
on 31 Jul 2012 1:21 PM

Quilting can be pain free with RA.  Inflammation is making your joints tender.  I hope you can soon find a rheumatologist who can help you reduce it.  I have had it for 8 years and at 63, I'm quilting almost daily.

I'm not sure if tools exist that are comfortable for arthritics.  How we adapt is key.  I favor my hands in every activity by cutting small amounts at a time, carrying small amounts at a time, toting most things in quilted bags w/shoulder straps, and easing up any time pushing or pulling is uncomfortable.  Rotary cutters can be tiring, so I find that taking breaks is helpful.  Changing the needle on my sewing machine used to be torture.  I now have a pair of vice grips that I keep by my machine for that task.  Seriously.

Quilting offers so many opportunities for artistic expression.  I hope you can continue to explore and create.

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Muppin wrote
on 2 Aug 2012 12:23 PM

As someone who injured my finger by quilting by repetitive motion, this is timely!  I spoke with my Physical Therapist who is recommending looking at how I sew and using braces and other methods to improve my hand "posture".

You might want to ask a therapist for their advice.

Cheryl / Muppin

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stmannell wrote
on 2 Aug 2012 7:07 PM

Thank you Cheryl for that advice.  I do not have a therapist as of yet but will keep that in mind.  I have been looking online for arthritis "gadgets" and have found a few suggestions for things I never thought of.

SUe

 

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stmannell wrote
on 2 Aug 2012 7:09 PM

Thank you for your kind reply.  Never thought of a few things, like changing the sewing needle (and probably the same with the rotary cutter blade too).

I have developed a love of this art and hoped that I would be able to continue to explore its' may sides until the end of my time, lol.  So glad to have some ideas on how to cope with it.

Sue

 

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stmannell wrote
on 2 Aug 2012 7:11 PM

THank you!  I was hoping someone would be able to give me a "BRAND" that I could work with, rather than just trying out whatever I found online.  I never even thought there might be something like this to assist with the aches and pains of wrist issues.  After 20 years of being a receptionist and a piano player (and waitress in the early days), etc.  my poor hands and wrists have taken a beating.

 

Add in the fact that I have discovered quilting and they are getting a work out like never before, lol!

Sue

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