If you talk about safety, sewing is a lot safer option to do than driving, sports, or cooking. However, these days sewing machines run on electricity. And although they do have sharp needles, and edges, it is better that you stay safe and cautious. These things might not be fatal to you, obviously, but there is no harm in keeping yourself safe of any hazard.
Here are some tips that you should practise to a safe sewing.
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Close rotary cutters
No matter what, you have to close the rotary cutters. There have been cases where people had these things fall on their feet. The sharpness of the rotary cutter can hurt you really badly. So beware!
Eyes on the needle. Always.
No matter how proficient you are at sewing, you can always screw it up. Don’t become so careless that you put your finger under the needle. And it does not stop there. The needle will sew through your finger. It will get stuck inside and will hurt like anything.
Even ironing needs attention
When you are stitching, you need to iron the seams and all to flatten them out. So always stay alert. Don’t burn your hands with it.
Trim your nails
This might sound stupid, but yes you need to trim your nails as well. You do not want the needle piercing through your nails and sewing them along with the fabric.
Haste is waste
If you are going to be running around in a hurry, it is going to be devastating. You might think that it will speed up the things, but it does not work that way. Since your brain is more focussed on getting the things done quickly, you cannot think about doing them safely. So never hurry when working with sharp edges that have the potential to slice off your fingers.
Some things need to stay away from your mouth
Seeing the movies, you must have been inspired where the fashion designer is very busy. She is all draped in her measuring tape, so many pencils in her hair and a lot of pins in her mouth.
Do not try to attempt this. What if you trip and fall? With all those pins in your mouth? Doesn’t look very pretty, right?
Yes, we understand that the mouth can be a very convenient place but don’t risk losing the beauty of it due to one mishap.
If you do need to hold pins and needles, buy a pin cushion that goes around your wrist.
If you are stitching, you have to deal with super sharp scissors. Sharper the scissors, more danger for you. You might accidently keep them on your lap and forget about them. And suddenly it opens up when you are moving in your chair, and stabs you in the thigh.
Or worse, it is on the table, it gets pushed and lands on your feet, open. What you can do is keep a container near you. There you can put the scissors, blades down without having to worry about it.
Another fact which might be of concern is when passing over the scissors to someone. If one of you is a little distracted, it can pose threats.
Mood can be a game changer
For most people, sewing is a stress reliever. If they are not in a good mood, they will get to it for relaxation. However, if you are already preoccupied, it can make a difference. You will focus less on the sewing, let alone safety. And as you know, if you are even a little distracted, it can lead to unwanted accidents.
And that is not all. If you can’t pay attention to what you are doing, the result will also look poor.
However, we are not saying that you shouldn’t do anything when you are not in the proper mood. But yes, if possible, try doing those things that do not need much of focus.
Young Children and Sewing Supplies
Most people have kids in the room where they sew. This helps them keep an eye on the kids and yet be able to do the work.
If you can relate to this, here are a few things you can do to enhance and procure the safety of your precious.
Ensure that there is nothing in the reach of the children that can harm them in any way. Keep away needles , scissors, pins, and buttons. You need to keep them safe from sharp edges along with tiny objects because, as you know, kids tend to put everything in their mouths.
Therefore, if you don’t have a special room where you can sew, do not leave anything lying around. Keep all the kits in such a place where the toddlers won’t be able to find them.
Some more sewing tips
Here are some small things that you should not absolutely forget whenever you are stitching.
A seam ripper is a handy object for you. It does help making the job of removing seams much easier and faster. However, they need to be handled with a lot of care. When you are using the rippers, never point it in the direction towards your own body. Always cut in the opposite direction. And even then, make sure your hands aren’t in the way.
If you dropped a pin, pick it up then and there. Don’t procrastinate it for later. Because come on, it is a pin. You will not even realize when it will have rolled away, and you will have lost it forever. Plus, with the sharp edges, it can hurt someone.
Never store things like pins, needles, seam rippers, scissors or rotary cutters loose. We do know that it is tempting to get the things into a drawer or a sewing box. But develop a habit of storing then securely in a container, and you will always stay safe.
So these were some useful guidelines and trickeries to a safe sewing. Follow these to stay safe always.