Sew Happy and Healthy
By Rose Parr
"Have you ever got into the zone on a quilting project, only to come out of your stitchy haze hours later with a stiff back, aching elbows, and screaming shoulders? This happens to me all the time, and has been the bane of my quilty existence because once I start a project, I can’t stop! Needless to say, when I saw this book I was excited!
Rose Parr is a certified personal trainer who is also a quilter, so she knows exactly what quilters and crafters need to watch out for in the studio. This book starts with an extensive section of ergonomics, covering cutting, pressing, and sewing. It shows you how to set up your sewing space most ergonomically, right down to calculating the height of worktops based on your height. She also covers moving between tasks and watching that your lighting is efficient. Whether you’re planning a whole new studio or just tweaking a few things, Rose’s tips are well worth following.
The next section focuses on stretching, with specific stretches targeting high-fatigue areas. Then it moves onto healthy eating and lifestyle habits, including a few recipes. If you’ve ever felt pain from sewing, then this book is a worthwhile addition to your library. "
Sew Happy and Healthy is published by C&T Publishing. Look for it at your favourite bookseller.
Hi, I'm Rose, and thanks for stopping by! Whether you’re a brand new sewist or an old pro, there are plenty of tips here to keep you pain-free while knitting, sewing, and of course quilting until your 100th birthday.
My idea of Healthy Quilting consists of two things; Ergonomics and machine maintenance. Ergonomics allows us to work comfortably and efficiently. Machine maintenance refers to the most expensive piece of equipment in your sewing room, the one with no warranty and whose replacement parts can't be found in your local sewing store. You! You are the most important piece of equipment in your sewing room.