Hand sewing is a fun activity which can be for almost all age groups regardless if it is just something to calm you down, or you just like to hand sew as a hobby. But just because it’s a leisure activity doesn’t mean it can be done anyhow, because things can go wrong with even the smallest mistakes during casual activities. Hand sewing, in particular, is not as complicated as a sewing machine. But it still has some danger to it, minor if so. That’s why we have decided to put up a list of ten vital Hand Sewing Safety Rules for specifically for your benefit. Let’s get started, shall we?
Ten Important Hand Sewing Safety Rules:
1. Don’t Hurry
Always start off slow with any type of sharp object. In this case, your needles. Needless to say, it is generally quite dangerous to just rush into things before setting it out properly. And when it comes to needles, such thin pointy metals could easily poke your fingers if you are being hasty while handling them. It’s never a bad idea to keep calm and steady while working with things that could pose as a potential risk.
2. Keep Those Equipments out of Sight
When we say “out of sight”, what we really mean here is to keep them away in cupboards or containers high up on shelves. Mishandling your needles and scissors may result in someone, most possibly you or a child getting injured by it. Also when you are done working, if you are indeed thinking about keeping those stuff stacked away in a container, don’t forget to put on the lid. Just like knives and skewers, you wouldn’t want your tin of needles or tray of scissors to scatter on the floor if something ends up pushing them off of the shelves.
3. Stay Focused!
If you know you are about to be bothered while you are in the middle of your work, it is advisable to start it later. When you are working with things that need precision such as sewing, it can get pretty annoying if you have other things to do in the middle of it. If it is very important for you to perform the other task while working, stow away your equipments before leaving your workstation. You might drop needles or the thread itself while hurrying away.
4. Proper Tools
Even with something as simple as hand sewing, using the right tools for it can be essential. Not all needles are made for the type of fabric you might be planning to work on. Specific needles are assigned for specific fabrics, as well as specific types of hand sewing techniques. If you are interested in working on a quilt, it is recommended to look for thick and sturdy needles with a larger eye. Vice versa, if you want to work on satin or anything of that sort, thin needles and threads are more preferred.
5. Flat-ironing Before Sewing
No one wants to sew a fabric that is wrinkled. It not only makes working harder and frustrating but also ends up as a waste of time when you continuously have to flatten it out. That is why always make sure to flat iron your fabric before you start stitching. It doesn’t need to be flat as a table, just enough for your own comfort.
6. Short Nails is a Must
If you like keeping super long nails for fashion, hand sewing may not be the right hobby of a profession for you. Sewing requires neatly trimmed nails, as it is not very surprising for sewers to accidentally cut away their nails tips while trying to cut through a fabric. Not only does that risk stay evident if you have long, but rough and untrimmed nails may also pose as a disturbance if in case it snags into very fine fabrics. You wouldn’t want your fabric to have loose threads just because of not cutting your nails beforehand.
7. Keep the Children Away!
Not only does having children around become some sort of fuss when you are trying to work, but it also becomes risky for the little ones around. If you have children around where you usually sew, make sure to make it clear to them that they are not allowed to roam around you when you are focused on your sewing. The best option here for you could be to generally just set up your workstation someplace where you are perfectly sure no one will hover around you, and that includes kids too.
8. Your Tools Need Maintenance too
As much as we say we use every single item that we have in our homes, it turns out that most of the things we don’t even realize we had before we throw them out by the end of the year. Just like that, you might have lots of tools for your sewing, but even with that, you might have some specific needles or cutters that you use the most. But what about the rest then? Turns out, if someday you have to use another equipment for your work other than your specific favorites, you’ll most possibly find it covered with rust or just simply broken. Unless you want that to happen during a possible deadline, it is better to only buy tools that you really need and properly maintain them by using them frequently.
9. Rest Periods
Just like writer’s block, hand sewers can occasionally get stuck with their designs. Not to mention how your fingers may start to get numb or hurt with the constant working. To prevent that, it’s necessary to sometimes just take a break. Read a book, make some coffee for yourself and just relax. Maybe, you’ll be back to working with even more ideas afterward!
10. Know When to Stop
Like jogging, sewing is a mental stress reliever. But sometimes it can get boring and repetitive. That is when you should stop for a while. Prevent yourself from getting frustrated with sewing by trying out a completely new design on a new fabric if possible so you don’t keep making the same mistakes and give yourself some time to get creative.
Sewing is meant to be fun and relaxing. If you want a nice experience, be sure to follow these Hand Sewing Safety Rules if possible. If you can, we guarantee that you will have a pleasant experience by the end of the entire process.