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Thread: Is quilting suppose to be so painful?????

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    I have been quilting for the last 4 days and only stopping when I had to. It's been either sewing, cutting or sandwiching along with walking from the bedroom to the kitchen and my sewing area. I had 1 machine set up on the kitchen table, 1 in my sewing area and using the bed to measure and sandwich my quilt. I used 2 machines for different colors and stitches. And now I hurt from my shoulders all the way down to my knees. My hips and lower back hurt the worse. Please tell me I am not alone in this, if I am then I will blame it on my age. I'm only 42, LOL.

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    I understand. This is why I have DH make me a cutting table that is at the right heighth when I stand for a while and cut, also comfortable chairs to sew in, foot rests, etc. If not, I can hardly move the next day. I make sure I have all convenient heights. Makes a difference. When I used to use the bed to lay out quilts it killed my back so I use two folding tables and put pvc pipe pieces under each leg and it makes the height easier for sandwiching quilts. When you have bones nad muscles like me, you make it easier. LOL This is a good post. YOu are not alone. I am 54 and feel the same pain. HUGS

    HOt tubs are great for relaxing. Takes the edge off.
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    My back hurts constantly.My Dr. calls it chronic backpain. It definatley is a pain.I sew a little, walk around a little, sew a little, then walk a little more.I can't stand for more than 10 minutes. Then the sciatica nerve starts burning and jangling. I took pain medicine for 4 years been off of it more than 2 years now. I guess I have learned to live with it. But it sure slows me down alot,

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    You have to force yourself to get up & stretch & move at least every 1/2 hr to 1 hr. If I don't I can't move either & it hurts. Even if you have to set an alarm to remind you. I know it is easy to forget when you are on a roll! LOL It is necesary though for your body.

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    I recommend the book "Rx for Quilters" by Mech, C&T publishing c.2000. I am 60, and know what you mean. We have to take care of our bodies!

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    Nope not alone it is oneof the most painful hobby's of mine because of all of the up and down and moving. Who would have thought that quilting was such an active sport!!!

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    Oh you poor thing.....maybe a short stool to sit on while you're working over the bed??? I work on the floor when sandwiching and boy oh boy, I know the pain, too.

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    Debbie I wish I had a hot tub!!! Annette I was up and moving every 20 minutes or so. I think it may have been the sandwiching that really did me in. I made pillow cases, 4 of them, and matching curtains for my quilt.

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    What's the rush? Slow down and take lots of breaks. Your body will thank you. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    I understand. This is why I have DH make me a cutting table that is at the right heighth when I stand for a while and cut, also comfortable chairs to sew in, foot rests, etc. If not, I can hardly move the next day. I make sure I have all convenient heights. Makes a difference. When I used to use the bed to lay out quilts it killed my back so I use two folding tables and put pvc pipe pieces under each leg and it makes the height easier for sandwiching quilts. When you have bones nad muscles like me, you make it easier. LOL This is a good post. YOu are not alone. I am 54 and feel the same pain. HUGS
    I had an island built into the center of my kitchen and use it for a cutting space and sandwich small projects there too. I use double banquet tables for the large projects. DH built my sewing table to my specs for height and I use those bumpy cushions for my back. It really helps!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I have been quilting for the last 4 days and only stopping when I had to. It's been either sewing, cutting or sandwiching along with walking from the bedroom to the kitchen and my sewing area. I had 1 machine set up on the kitchen table, 1 in my sewing area and using the bed to measure and sandwich my quilt. I used 2 machines for different colors and stitches. And now I hurt from my shoulders all the way down to my knees. My hips and lower back hurt the worse. Please tell me I am not alone in this, if I am then I will blame it on my age. I'm only 42, LOL.
    I feel your pain!!! I have spent most of the day sewing and tomorrow will be spent sewing and quilting also. And more of the same on Monday. And I will probably not be able to move come Tuesday. My joints are 45 years old and feel like they are so much older than that some days. I do get up to move about from time to time. I don't have a sewing room yet so the kitchen and bedroom are where I work at.

    The grandbabies are spending the weekend with their other grandparents and will be home late Monday. I am trying to get as much quilting/sewing done for Christmas presents while they are not home. Micah is 19 mths. and loves to help (NOT!) mamaw sew. LOL!! His help tends to put me farther behind on my quilting projects. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Debbie I wish I had a hot tub!!! Annette I was up and moving every 20 minutes or so. I think it may have been the sandwiching that really did me in. I made pillow cases, 4 of them, and matching curtains for my quilt.
    hot tub, that is me.....at 1am 2am 4 am 5am.......can't do without it!

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    i force myself to take regular breaks...i set timers! no sewing/working for more than 45 minutes at a time...when the timer goes off i have to stop...to shut the stupid/annoying thing off...then i actually take a break...get a drink, look through the mail, make a phone call,do some stretches, exercise; what ever...15 minutes...then reset the timer and go back to sewing...i have found i am much more productive and much less sore at the end of the day when i take regular breaks.

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    You are never alone....we all try to do too much at one time and suffer for it later. That's either being a Mom, Gramma or a Quilter :lol:

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    I hear you, I think we get so caught up in what we are quilting we forget to stretch and to take breaks. This would help.
    I also put a book to raise up the back of my machine and that helps my shoulders. Take a break, breath, and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammiepamie
    My back hurts constantly.My Dr. calls it chronic backpain. It definatley is a pain.I sew a little, walk around a little, sew a little, then walk a little more.I can't stand for more than 10 minutes. Then the sciatica nerve starts burning and jangling. I took pain medicine for 4 years been off of it more than 2 years now. I guess I have learned to live with it. But it sure slows me down alot,
    I'm the same. It makes me angry sometimes cause it takes me so long to get anything done! But it's better then living on pain meds!

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    The right height tables and chairs when sitting will help tremendously as Debbie said.

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    I think for your sewing machine you need a higher chair or a shorter table. That will definitely helper. If you don't have one of Debbie's machine lifters, try some door stops from the $ store at the back of the machine. Pitching it slightly forward makes you drop your shoulders. Use a tall surface for cutting: maybe the kitchen counter. Your elbows should be at not quite 90 degrees. Make an effort to drop your shoulders. It will feel very artificial but it will help. When you're going from place to place do some little upper body exercises to help you stay stretched out. I found some for typists and I'll look for them again. They really help and they only take a minute or two. If you don't have one try to find an office chair. I got mine at a secondhand office furniture place for $25 about 4 years ago and it's still going strong. Don't think I'd be able to walk at all after quilting if I didn't have that nice supportive chair. By the way, your quilts are beautiful, cjmomma! Oh yeah, did you check out the post for the epsom salts bath? Bet that would help, too!

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    My DH is making me a combination of cutting and light table to my exact height. Of course he has had this work in progress for over a year now, so I am not getting excited until I see it done. I agree with the others, a hot tub is the best!

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    I'm just jealous that you are getting so much done and I'm not doing anything except goofing around.

    When are we going to see the finished products?

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    Thank you all for the responses. I have an office chair at my sewing desk that can be raised and lowered and it has one of those back support things on it. I take many breaks because I have 3 yr. old, enough said there. My bed is pretty high off the ground but it still is difficult to sandwich a quilt on it.

    Kathy I will take pictures and show it all off when I get the quilt quilted. Had to take the quilt to my Mom's to quilt it because I don't have the spaced here to quilt such a large quilt so it will be a while.

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    I actually am seeing a chiropractor for a quilting injury to my neck and back! I was machine quilting a large quilt with 2 layers of batting and pulled my neck.

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    I thought I was alone in the pain center! Thanks for the tips, as well. I want to keep moving, moving, moving and being productive and many of your suggestions will make that happen.

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    Nope I am hurting too. I agree, get up frequently, use hot tub/bath/ hot shower. Try and have equiptment on the right hight and take frequent breaks. This is supposed to be fun!

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    You are certainly not alone in this! Ergonomic workplaces, lots of quick breaks, stretching, etc. can really help though.

    The pain we endure when we get in that really creative mode....

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