Monday, 6 January 2014

Stand up and Sew!

Have you ever sewn anything while standing up? I never thought that I would write about sewing while standing up but here I go.

It happened out of necessity. You see my recovery did not go as well as I planned--ten days came and went. My physio exercises were delayed until my first post-op appointment five days later. And I was told to keep my leg straight and only do the straight leg stretches and exercises until my next post-op appointment another two weeks plus and into new year. Not something that I was thrilled to hear when I was expecting a full recovery by the weekend prior to New Years Eve.  Even more so when I realized that I would not be able to sit down and sew during this time. Okay, I'm going to stop whining because this story has a [spoiler alert]  happy ending.

It then dawned on me that I have a really cool feature on my sewing machine, a start/stop button. Stay with me as I explain, it really is cooler than it sounds.

I didn't think that this little feature was all that cool when I first picked out this machine. I was rather stoked that it had a cutting feature instead. But this start/stop button is the cat's meow. You see, I don't have to use a foot pedal to operate my sewing machine.

Thankfully, someone was able to help me out and moved my sewing machine to the edge of my cutting table which sits at a higher height than a regular table.

It was perfect and I was able to sew standing up and able to keep my leg straight. It certainly took some getting used to, but it filled the need to sew.

I do believe that I did spend too much time standing there that first time because I did spend quite some time icing the knee back to a less freakish size. But it did feel good to listen to the hum of the machine as the needle pierced and connect the fabric.

I didn't do anything anything elaborate just machine hemming and was able to chip away at the over-the-top mending pile. But it felt great to feel productive.

Anyway, moral of the story: if you shopping for a new machine and see this feature and think that it is no big deal. Trust me, it is! Come to think about it if my cord or foot pedal were [heaven forbid] to become in a state of damage, I would still be able to sew. I fell in love with my sewing machine just a little bit more than the day I brought it home.

Happy Sewing!


  1. I have this feature on my Baby Lock machine. I haven't tried it out yet, but nice to have in case of a need. Glad it worked for you.

  2. I have this on my BL machine as well and use it when winding bobbins and sewing buttonholes. It's so convenient!

  3. I have that feature too. Also standing is better for our health. Might try it, if I can get a table high enough.

  4. I love standing up and sewing! I just changed around my sewing space at home to my hightop kitchen counter so I could stand more while working, perfect height.


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