Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27

Thread: Sewing by hand = hand pain

  1. #1
    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Albany, NY
    Posts
    580
    I've noticed over the last few days as I'm hand sewing binding onto a project, that it does not take very long for my hands to start hurting. I have to stop every 15 minutes or so and give my hands a break, but they still hurt when I go back to sewing. What do you do to alleviate hand pain when sewing by hand?

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Elmira, NY
    Posts
    6,226
    I use a great product called Biofreeze. It's kind of similar to IcyHot, but I think it works better and doesn't smell as strong.

  3. #3
    Super Member Latrinka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Posts
    6,946
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I use a great product called Biofreeze. It's kind of similar to IcyHot, but I think it works better and doesn't smell as strong.
    Yes indeed, Biofreeze great stuff! Only available here at Physical Therapy place. About 12 dollars a tube, but goes a long way and worth it.

  4. #4
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    12,161
    Blog Entries
    1
    If this happened to me, I would switch to an all-machine binding method. Here is a link to a Youtube video that shows how to do this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRfA...eature=related

    My fingers are odd lengths, so I have found that hand sewing of any kind causes cramping very quickly. Since I like applique, I have switched to machine applique methods and been very happy with it. Sharon Schamber has hand tremors, so she worked on developing her machine skills to extraordinary heights.

    I guess my thought is that pain is an early warning sign that the activity may not be good for the individual body, so it is better to find ways of doing things that do not cause pain.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Hinterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    945
    I do a lot of hand sewing. If my hand begins to hurt while appliquing, I change needles, usually switching to a straw needle. My hand rarely hurts when I hand quilt, unless I prick myself. :(

    My hands usually don't hurt, but my wrist will bother me from time to time. I blame the computer for that - I use one all day at work. If it hurts a lot I use a wrist brace, even wearing it to bed. It keeps the wrist straight and helps ease the pain.

  6. #6
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,956
    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I use a great product called Biofreeze. It's kind of similar to IcyHot, but I think it works better and doesn't smell as strong.
    Yes indeed, Biofreeze great stuff! Only available here at Physical Therapy place. About 12 dollars a tube, but goes a long way and worth it.
    I love Biofreeze. I can get it at the drug stores here. Works better than anything I've ever tried.

  7. #7
    Super Member Maride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    2,882
    Switch to a longer needle, easier to hold.

  8. #8
    Super Member kriscraft99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Upstate, SC
    Posts
    3,236
    I have never heard of this! I will have to check it out ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I use a great product called Biofreeze. It's kind of similar to IcyHot, but I think it works better and doesn't smell as strong.
    Yes indeed, Biofreeze great stuff! Only available here at Physical Therapy place. About 12 dollars a tube, but goes a long way and worth it.
    I love Biofreeze. I can get it at the drug stores here. Works better than anything I've ever tried.

  9. #9
    Quilting Di's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Posts
    662
    Aaaahhhh....Biofreeze...isn't it great stuff? My massage therapist keeps sample packets on display and I pick up a couple every once in a while. That little packet gives a lot of relief :thumbup:

  10. #10
    Super Member featherweight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Westminster, Co
    Posts
    2,701
    I use the "Handeze" Gloves. They keep your body heat in the joint. I have used them for years. Without them I can bind about 15 inches, with the gloves I can bind almost the whole side of the queen sized quilt without taking a break. I swear by them.


    http://www.domeind.com/contents/en-us/d7.html

  11. #11
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    30,663
    Blog Entries
    194
    thanks for the links

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    If this happened to me, I would switch to an all-machine binding method. Here is a link to a Youtube video that shows how to do this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRfA...eature=related

    My fingers are odd lengths, so I have found that hand sewing of any kind causes cramping very quickly. Since I like applique, I have switched to machine applique methods and been very happy with it. Sharon Schamber has hand tremors, so she worked on developing her machine skills to extraordinary heights.

    I guess my thought is that pain is an early warning sign that the activity may not be good for the individual body, so it is better to find ways of doing things that do not cause pain.

  12. #12
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    16,255
    Blog Entries
    2
    odor free Apsercreme is good too. or running warm water over your hands helps.

  13. #13
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,306
    Blog Entries
    1
    as with any new activity a little discomfort is normal...if you haven't ran a step in years and decide to race your child to the end of the road, chances are your legs are going to tell you about it...maybe for days...use eases the pain, really. if i go a couple months with no hand work my fingers will literally cramp up and my wrist swells, it's ugly...i kind of ease back into it...use what ever pain reliever works for you, use a good lotion, or ointment, sew for maybe 15 minutes and put it down, go back hours later and do another 15 minutes, after some time you will find you can sew as long as you want without the residual discomfort. and as long as you stick with it you should be ok.
    I know a retired surgeon, he has been a fabulous hand piecer/quilter for years, he said it's how he kept his fingers nimble to be able to preform surgery well.
    and all that being said...if you already are dealing with arthritis...still doing it as much as possible will help keep you using your hands, fingers, but it will probably always hurt a bit. don't over do it to the point where you are really hurting for days...take it easy and do it in little time spurts.

  14. #14
    Super Member sewcrafty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,955
    When I do a lot of hand sewing my arm really acts up. Here's a brace that is similar to the one I use especially when I'm hand quilting. Its keeps your hand in the correct position, so less stress. Maybe you'll want to check out something like it if you feel carpal tunnel will be an issue.

    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family

  15. #15
    Senior Member quilter64779's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    313
    I take 2 tylenol 3 times aday for my arthritis inmy hands and it helps alot. This was doctor's orders

  16. #16
    Super Member OmaForFour's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    1,385
    Blog Entries
    4
    There is also a product called Celadrin creme. I originally got it from Avon (believe it or not!) but it is available at the drug store. I think it is less expensive than BioFreeze. It also has a milder odor which dissipates almost immediately.
    When you first use it you will have to be patient. You may not notice anything with the first application, but it WILL work and builds up to work more quickly after a little bit. It is also a natural substance.
    Just thought you would like to know about an alternative. I have used both. My daughter is a physical therapist and uses BioFreeze with her patients all the time.

    quote=littlehud]
    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I use a great product called Biofreeze. It's kind of similar to IcyHot, but I think it works better and doesn't smell as strong.
    Yes indeed, Biofreeze great stuff! Only available here at Physical Therapy place. About 12 dollars a tube, but goes a long way and worth it.
    I love Biofreeze. I can get it at the drug stores here. Works better than anything I've ever tried.[/quote]

  17. #17
    Super Member desertrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Northern New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,943
    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I do a lot of hand sewing. If my hand begins to hurt while appliquing, I change needles, usually switching to a straw needle. My hand rarely hurts when I hand quilt, unless I prick myself. :(

    My hands usually don't hurt, but my wrist will bother me from time to time. I blame the computer for that - I use one all day at work. If it hurts a lot I use a wrist brace, even wearing it to bed. It keeps the wrist straight and helps ease the pain.


    Sounds like you ladies are experiencing some early Carpal Tunnel and arthritic symptoms. I have both and find the brace helps when at rest, impossible to hand sew with it on, and the use of topical medications helps relieve the pain. You may want to check with your doctor to make sure there isn't some early intervention medications that could bring you some relief. I've had to accept that if I wish to continue quilting I have to change the length of my sessions. I perfer to do this instead of quit quilting all together.

    Good Luck,
    Andie :D :D :D

  18. #18
    Super Member featherweight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Westminster, Co
    Posts
    2,701
    Quote Originally Posted by desertrose
    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I do a lot of hand sewing. If my hand begins to hurt while appliquing, I change needles, usually switching to a straw needle. My hand rarely hurts when I hand quilt, unless I prick myself. :(

    My hands usually don't hurt, but my wrist will bother me from time to time. I blame the computer for that - I use one all day at work. If it hurts a lot I use a wrist brace, even wearing it to bed. It keeps the wrist straight and helps ease the pain.
    Yes, and I chose to have surgery on my hand and wrist. She said a year or a little longer to completely heal. I have been using it way to much and I pay dearly for overdoing. I hope after my yearis up, all the pain will have been worth it.

    Sounds like you ladies are experiencing some early Carpal Tunnel and arthritic symptoms. I have both and find the brace helps when at rest, impossible to hand sew with it on, and the use of topical medications helps relieve the pain. You may want to check with your doctor to make sure there isn't some early intervention medications that could bring you some relief. I've had to accept that if I wish to continue quilting I have to change the length of my sessions. I perfer to do this instead of quit quilting all together.

    Good Luck,
    Andie :D :D :D

  19. #19
    Senior Member Hinterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    945
    Quote Originally Posted by desertrose
    . I've had to accept that if I wish to continue quilting I have to change the length of my sessions. I perfer to do this instead of quit quilting all together.
    Actually, the length of my sessions are determined more by the time available! I can only quilt for an hour in the evening. Sometimes over the weekend I get more time in, but never enough to hurt my wrist.

  20. #20
    Super Member klgreene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Brewerton, NY
    Posts
    2,493
    Wrist brace, tylenol, biofreeze, then stop for a couple days. Then back to usual...

  21. #21
    Super Member featherweight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Westminster, Co
    Posts
    2,701
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Quote Originally Posted by desertrose
    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I do a lot of hand sewing. If my hand begins to hurt while appliquing, I change needles, usually switching to a straw needle. My hand rarely hurts when I hand quilt, unless I prick myself. :(

    My hands usually don't hurt, but my wrist will bother me from time to time. I blame the computer for that - I use one all day at work. If it hurts a lot I use a wrist brace, even wearing it to bed. It keeps the wrist straight and helps ease the pain.
    Yes, and I chose to have surgery on my hand and wrist. She said a year or a little longer to completely heal. I have been using it way to much and I pay dearly for overdoing. I hope after my yearis up, all the pain will have been worth it.

    Sounds like you ladies are experiencing some early Carpal Tunnel and arthritic symptoms. I have both and find the brace helps when at rest, impossible to hand sew with it on, and the use of topical medications helps relieve the pain. You may want to check with your doctor to make sure there isn't some early intervention medications that could bring you some relief. I've had to accept that if I wish to continue quilting I have to change the length of my sessions. I perfer to do this instead of quit quilting all together.

    Good Luck,
    Andie :D :D :D
    I think Andie and I got our quotes run together. Hope you can figure it out.lol

  22. #22
    Super Member sak658's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    down Houston way...
    Posts
    1,538
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have joint pain, especially in the big joint of the thumb that is up on your hand. Biofreeze helps, the glove has to be on or I can't do anything.Tylenol helps, I tend not to take it often, don't like meds. My doctor says when the knots on the joints get thru building that is when the pain will stop. Well I'm waiting, it hurts really bad. I have been trying to cross-stitch, finished one stocking, now onto another one. So I will have to take the tylenol to be able to do it. All this just started this year, came on with a bang. Prednisone would really help, but the side effects are bad. My biggest problem is opening things, jars, chip bags, wringing out a wash cloth, etc. Just everyday things. S0 arthritis stinks......

  23. #23
    Senior Member quilter64779's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    313
    I had my dr prescribe predisone 10 mg for me and it does help. Ihave't had any side effects from it. I also take tylenol. I do alot of hand sewing. Working on hexie's and diamonds by hand.

  24. #24
    Super Member featherweight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Westminster, Co
    Posts
    2,701
    Quote Originally Posted by sak658
    I have joint pain, especially in the big joint of the thumb that is up on your hand. Biofreeze helps, the glove has to be on or I can't do anything.Tylenol helps, I tend not to take it often, don't like meds. My doctor says when the knots on the joints get thru building that is when the pain will stop. Well I'm waiting, it hurts really bad. I have been trying to cross-stitch, finished one stocking, now onto another one. So I will have to take the tylenol to be able to do it. All this just started this year, came on with a bang. Prednisone would really help, but the side effects are bad. My biggest problem is opening things, jars, chip bags, wringing out a wash cloth, etc. Just everyday things. S0 arthritis stinks......
    They say these are the golden years??? yea right!!!

  25. #25
    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY, north of Syracuse Area
    Posts
    5,638
    LOL We make it golden for the doctors. Due to my previous neck and shoulder injury, and my fibromyalgia, I just am not able to do more than a small amount of hand sewing. Perhaps small applique pieces that I can finish in less than 15 min. So for me, it's mainly machine sewing. And that's ok with me. I do my best and hope it improves each time. Even my machine sewing has to be limited or I end up with pain flares and hand tremors. So I just do what I can, when I can do it. And play with and pet my fabrics in between times. Smiles and hugs, Linda

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.