A cautionary tale for all sewists

Back pain


Sewing friends, today I want to share with you a cautionary tale about what can happen after too much sewing.  I know what you’re thinking: is it even possible to sew too much?  Are you crazy, woman??  I wish I could sew ALL the time!

Yes, that’s what I thought too.  Until last weekend, that is.  John was out of town visiting family, so I had the entire weekend to myself.  Perfect for a sewing marathon, right?  Especially considering I was sinking my teeth into a juicy blazer project!  Well, after many, many hours hunched over the sewing machine, a few more hunched over the computer blogging, and a lifetime’s worth of poor posture, the universe decided it was about time that I was punished for all my hunching over.

MY BACK FROZE.  Now friends, I have never had the pleasure of giving birth and therefore don’t know the kind of pain that’s involved, but let me tell you, this was the WORST pain I’ve had in my life, on par with getting my wisdom teeth out.  OUCH.  I’ll spare you the agonizing details and simply say that I was fairly immobile for several days and watched way too many daytime tv talk shows to pass the time.

Needless to say, no sewing progress has been made this week.

Thankfully, I’m almost back to normal at this point thanks to lots of time off my feet, lots of painkillers, and a friendly chiropractor down the street.  A few lessons learned from this eye-opening experience:

  • Hunching over the sewing machine is not good for your back!  Sewists, beware.  Get a chair with lumbar support, take breaks, and stretch.
  • Hunching over the computer is not good for your back either.  Good posture is a must!  I’m sitting up nice and straight while typing this, and I tried to correct myself at work all day.
  • You don’t have to be a grandparent to get sciatica.  Also: YOU DO NOT WANT SCIATICA.  My leg is still twitching…
  • No one will hold the door open for you in public places, even when you’re hunched over, limping, and hobbling around on a cane.  Ask me how I know this.
  • Just like with sewing, there can be such a thing as too many paternity tests.  They all start to blend together after a while!

So, next time you find yourself at your sewing machine or writing up a long blog post, do yourself a favor and take 5 minutes to stretch out your lower back.  Your body will thank you for it.  : )