Avoid Sewing Injuries by Following these Sewing Safety Tips
Sewing is a skill that everyone should learn. At the very least, there should be someone in your household who knows how to sew. Why not make it you?
Sewing, in addition to being a good and relaxing hobby, is a life skill that you can benefit from mastering. You can save yourself a lot of money if you know how to sew. For starters, you can sew holes and damages on your clothes, giving them a new lease in life. You can even create clothes, linen and the likes out of cloth if you know how to saw.
Safety is Important
This is not to say that you should just go ahead and pick up a sewing needle and start sewing. Those who have been pricked before know how painful the needle can be. It’s not just the needle that you have to worry about. You’ll also be working with a lot of potentially harmful tools and equipment. If you’re not mindful, you can experience a lot of painful injuries.
Follow these Safety Tips
This is why you have to learn and master these sewing safety tips before getting started. Even if you’ve been sewing for a long time, you should do yourself a favor and refresh yourself with these tips. It’s easy to forget about them if you’ve been sewing a long time. Complacency has no place in sewing.
Here are the tips to keep you safe while sewing:
- Keep your eyes on the needle.
This is probably the most basic safety tip. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to forget about this. A lot of those who have been sewing a long time are guilty of this.
Again, don’t be too complacent. It only takes a split second to sew through a finger so keep your eyes on the needle!
- Be careful with scissors.
Scissors used for sewing are some of the sharpest scissors around. Use them with caution. Make sure to keep fingers away while cutting. Also, make sure that you have a firm grasp of it to avoid fumbling. The last thing you’d want is to fumble and have a scissor fall pointed-end first on your foot!
This applies to all your cutting tools. Use them as intended. For rotary cutters, make sure that you always close them when not in use.
- Keep your fingers away from the needle.
Needless to say, needles are very sharp. This is why you have to keep your fingers away. While you’ll develop instinct to keep fingers away as you master sewing, it’s still a good idea to make a conscious effort to keep your fingers away.
Keeping your eyes on the needle as mentioned in the first step is a good start. You can also buy finger guards.
In addition, you may want to trim your nails as they’re an extension of your fingers. Sewing through nails is never a pleasant experience and they can really get in the way.
- Switch off the machine if you’re going to be away from it for over a minute.
Sure, you can keep it on if you’re just going to be away for a few seconds and you won’t need to leave the room and you’ll be keeping an eye on it. But if you’re going to be away from it for longer, you should switch it off. This is because an idle machine generates heat and this can lead to damages.
In addition, you wouldn’t want a running machine to be unattended. Someone can play with it and get injured.
Speaking of switching off the machine, make sure to do so if you intend to fix something on your sewing machine. For example, switch off the machine if you need to change the lightbulb.
- Don’t sew while under the influence of alcohol, medication and the likes.
While sewing machines are nowhere near heavy machineries, it’s still not a good idea to operate one if you’re under the influence of alcohol, medication and the likes. You need to be sober and you need to have a clear mind. In addition to not getting the results that you want, you can easily get injured if your eyesight is blurry because you’re not sober.
- Secure the cords.
Make sure that the cords are tucked neatly at the back of the machine. Don’t just let them fall wherever on the floor where someone can trip on them. Remember that your sewing area has a lot of sharp and pointed materials so it can lead to a painful injury if you or someone trips on the cords and fall on them.
- Wear shoes.
This may seem like weird advice, but you’ll thank yourself if in the event that a pair of scissors falls on your foot. Walking barefoot in your sewing area is also not a good idea because there could be loose needles on the floor.
- Secure used needles.
Don’t just throw them away. Secure them inside a container that can’t be pierced like a prescription bottle before throwing them away.
- Work in a well-lighted area.
You can’t work well if the lighting is not favorable. One of the most important sewing safety tips is to work in a well-lighted area so you can see what you’re working on. This can help avoid injuries.
- Don’t use your sewing machine other than for its intended use.
Don’t use a home sewing machine to sew through tough or thick materials that should be worked on using an industrial machine. You’ll just damage your sewing machine or worse, cause injury upon yourself.
- Consider your comfort when setting up your sewing table.
It’s all about ergonomics. Can you sit comfortably? Does the table have the right height? You wouldn’t want to stress your back too much which can be caused by a table that’s too high.
If you’re working on something, make sure that you have your 100% focus. Turn off all distractions. It only takes a split second of being out of focus for you to experience an injury.
Generally speaking, sewing is a safe and relaxing activity. You just have to follow these sewing safety tips. Looking at them, it’s safe to say that it’s all about using your common sense. You also just have to treat the materials, tools and equipment with respect. Use them with caution, be at your 100%, and just enjoy the process!
So master these tips and share them to everyone who’s looking to start sewing. You’ll see that sewing is indeed a safe activity.