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Most people operate the foot pedal of their sewing machine with their right foot only. Why? I think you will like using your left and right foot in turn. It doesn't take long to get used to using your left foot half the time and the alternation of feet is easier on your back. Try it and see for yourself! - Kate in Georgia

I have back problems, so bending forward over my ironing board is bad. I use a rolling desk chair for my sewing so I just let my ironing board down to a comfortable sitting height, and butted the straight end up against my sewing table, next to the sewing machine. Those ironing jobs get done comfortably. - Twila in North Dakota

The best thing I've found to use when my underhand finger is sore after quilting and getting pricked, is Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol. It's great for pin/needle pokes too. The sooner you get it in the alcohol the better. And it helps to keep it out of water too. After an evening of quilting, I just soak my fingertips in the alcohol for 20-30 seconds, and keep them away from water until the next day. (It's also a good excuse for putting off doing the dishes). If I get a really bad deep jab from my needle I soak longer. I jabbed a needle about 1/4" under my thumbnail (OUCH) and I forced as much alcohol under as I could, and the next day, I was surprised how little it hurt. Happy quilting! - Stephanie in Arizona

I use finger cots on the fingers that have cuts and etc, you can get them at a medical supply store, a box for about $5.00 (I think there is 500 to the box). I got them quite a few years ago and still have the box. - Ginger in Massachusetts

Fingers sore from too much hand stitching? Bag balm, an antiseptic ointment for treating cow's udders can soothe your fingers! You will find it in some quilt shops and /or your local feed or farm supply store. - Dorene in Oklahoma

Found a great eye-saver in hubby's shop. It is a B&D Snake light. It is long and flexible. Curls around your neck and makes a great spotlight for Redwork embroidery, etc. No need for a high powered lamp nearby and great for traveling! - Marjorie in Missouri

Use 2 door stops to raise the back of your machine so that the machine is tilted toward you. Relieves back strain. Usually cost 39 cents at the hardware store." - Jeanne in New Jersey

 Instead of placing the iron and ironing board directly beside my sewing machine, I have intentionally placed the iron, ironing board, and cutting table at the farthest distance across the room from my sewing machine. This gives me plenty of much needed exercise and helps the blood circulation because I am frequently moving around the room. When working on a quilting project, I try to move around the room as much as possible, taking frequent breaks; this way, I can work much longer and don't tire as easily. - Barbara in North Carolina

Use wedge door stops to tilt your sewing machine forward. You have less back strain. - Sandy in Missouri

When you go to a home center look for the clear protective corners that are used to do that and then cut it the length of your ruler and glue it on the center of the ruler. This will help protect fingers and thumbs from that sharp and wicked rotary blade. Hope you ladies are careful otherwise! - Carol in Wisconsin

Bed lifters are a great way to raise your cutting table to waist height and save your back.  They raise the table 5 1/2 inches which is plenty of height for the average person.  Works great. - Pat Leveling, Trenton IL

Cut 12" pieces of PVC pipe to place under each table leg to raise the table to a comfortable height for cutting your fabric. When you are finished you can take the PVC pipe off and put the table back the way it was. - Dorene in Georgia

It sounds kind of icky, but "Preparation H" is great for those painful quilting fingers. Rub in a small amount at bedtime, better in the morning. It is medicated and numbing to heal them quickly. Keep away from your eyes. - Angela Prince-Bex, Backporch Friends

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