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Thread: Body Aches/Pain from FMQ

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    It is important to keep moving and vary your activities to help avoid pain. Break up your activities and been careful about repetitive motion for too long at a time. When my husband built my sewing center he made the top drawer in the drawer section to the left of my machine to be an ironing center complete with a specially hinged ironing board that pops up. It was such a nice thought but I rarely use it because I need to get up and walk to the ironing board to press during the construction process. Sitting too long is not good for our bodies.

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    18 months ago I broke both bones in my right leg and dislocated my ankle so I sympathize. One thing I have learned is to make sure you are sitting directly in front of the needle not off to the side. I also put my foot pedal on a book and a non slip pad under it so it doesn't move. I also bought a neat but inexpensive chair (99.00) that I had tried at my LQS and is comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. Make sure to have something to rest your left foot on so it is even with your right,

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    I found this to be a problem as well...so I looked and felt how my foot was pressing the pedal. You push your toes down which puts constant stress on your ankle and tendon in your lower leg. I turned my pedal around where the higher end of the pedal was at the front of my foot. Yeah!, I had a lot less strain on my ankle and lower leg...barely had to touch the pedal with now the top of the pedal at the front of my foot. Try this and note how your foot is now not having to press so far down and your lower leg is not being used as much either. Different feel, but works for me.

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    I have also experienced such pains. My DD made the brilliant suggestion of doing an online search for Yoga for Quilters. I got some great simple exercises that have made a huge difference. Hope you find something that works for you.

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    I do not do a lot of FMQ, guess I need to get over my fear of it not being perfect the first time out, although I know that practice makes perfect. My pain is mostly in my upper arms and shoulders from my posture while I'm quilting/sewing. Someone recommended that I use the rubber door stops you can get almost anywhere and put them under the back of your sewing machine, so you're not leaning too far forward while sewing. Also, try using a phone book, or anything else that would bring your left foot to the same level as the right foot. My biggest problem is having my right leg go to sleep if I've quilted for too long, although it doesn't happen as much when I'm piecing. I try to take breaks after a certain amount of time and that seems to help. Please try some alternatives as recommended by QB members, and you will probably find the right equation for less pain and more quilting. Good luck.

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    We had a physical therapist come and speak at our quilt guild. Lots of helpful information... for the foot pedal have it where you would put your feet when you are comfortably sitting in a chair. You shouldn't have to stretch or reach for it. I'm forever chasing mine on my hardwood floor The rubbery rug gripper stuff works . I've also seen a thin piece of board with a small pieces of wood on 3 sides to keep the foot pedal corralled. An of course the stretch break every 20-30 minutes.. hard for us quilters to do... stop when we are on a roll. Hope you find something that helps..

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    I'm right there with you quilter2090, but my breaks after 20 minutes of quilting is usually on my heating pad on my bed. Unfortunately, I will be on 2 different narcotic pain medications for the rest of my life due to my back so my quilting is very slow going but I do love doing it.

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    Lady Diana suggested - 'I turned my pedal around where the higher end of the pedal was at the front of my foot.'
    This is how I have always used the pedal, no problems unless it moves out of reach. If this is how you use it too, try turning it back-to-front [ to me ] and press down with your heel. It will feel different till you are used to it but may help. Also it has to be comfortably positioned

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I have found that FMQ'ing on my 201 (in a period Art Deco cabinet) with knee control works beautifully. Right now I'm doing 22" practice squares, but when I get to a "real quilt" I'll probably need to set up a folding table behind the machine cabinet to reduce drag. That's a bummer because the Horn Quilter's Dream cabinet I bought last year has a hinged drop leaf in back that runs the length of the cabinet for that purpose. It also has a left front extension to put on when working on a large quilt. :-( I suppose when/if I get a new machine for that cabinet that has a start/stop button, I'll be able to use it again.

    Turning my pedal doesn't work for me. It leaves me no way to rest my foot between stitching seams. I did turn my pedal for 30 years on my 1980's Necchi. I could then rest my heel on the back (actually front ;-) of the pedal and press down with the front of my to stitch. I think they have ruined pedal design on these new machines. It makes sewing harder without the start/stop feature many now have.

    Taking frequent breaks to stretch and rotate my ankle really helps too. I'm going to try and find some ankle exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons in that area. If anyone knows of any, please post.

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