Well not really a “treat” this week, as I am concentrating on health and safety after reading an article recently that set me thinking about how we work in our sewing rooms.
We all pay attention to Health & Safety practices in the workplace, and on the road, but have you thought about how you “work” in your sewing room /corner?
Patchwork, quilting and sewing in general can be quite injurious to our health so it is something that we should all consider.
If you have small children I bet you are already conscious of the sharp objects that we use, and work to keep them out of reach of small hands
- rotary cutters
One hint I read that really appealed to me was, when sewing with small children, instead of putting them in a play pen put the “fencing” around the sewing machine, so that you work in a space that the children can’t reach, and they can move around more freely.
You will both be happy, and if a stray pin drops on the floor it will not matter.
What about safety around electrical appliances?
- sewing machine
If you take these to workshops that are held in hired venues, with public liability insurance obligations, you are now required to have them “tagged” as being electrically safe to use.
So at the very least, for working at home, it is good practice to learn how to look after your machine and plan to have it serviced regularly.
Also get into the habit of visually checking the power cord on the iron to make sure that it has not frayed, or developed a kink that could damage the wiring.
The cost of replacing an iron is minimal when compared to the damage that could occur if it has faulty wiring.
If you work with dyes and paints I am sure that you are aware of the basic safety procedures for storing and working with chemicals:
- use gloves & masks
- working in open spaces
- not using utensils that will be put back into use in the kitchen
- storing the paints & dyes in a secure spot away from inquisitive children
But back to the story that got me started on this safety post.
Like me, I am sure you have been told to NEVER put pins in your mouth in case you swallow one.
I think it was the first thing my mother ever taught me about sewing, but I still did it every so often as it meant that the pins were easy to grab when I needed them. (well I did this until I started making wrist pin cushions)
Well after reading Annie’s story, pins in the mouth will forever be a thing of the past.
She didn’t swallow the pin, she accidentally inhaled it, which resulted in surgery to remove a portion of her lung.
The best thing about being part of the patchwork, quilting and embroidery world is that everyone shares a love of textiles, so feel free to comment, to add your thoughts and hints about working safely in the sewing room to keep us all healthy.