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Date: 1/13/13 12:12 PM

I thought this qualified for "creative sewing" I'm due to have some extensive hand surgery tomorrow and will probably have my right(dominate)hand, completely wrapped and out of commission for at least two weeks. I've never had to go that long with out knitting or sewing(machine). It's going to be difficult. Are there some tricks I can use for machine sewing? If I can get a few projects cut out today, I might be able to start sewing by the end of the week I'm already going through sewing withdrawal, because I finished up all my UFO's yesterday

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Date: 1/13/13 1:00 PM


You could still drink with your other hand.. and if you drink enough.. I hear.. you won't care about sewing..

J. I have racked what is left of my brain.. and all I can come up with is maybe if you wanted to quilt ..say.. a lap quilt .. by hand..

I just can't even find another hobby for you to take up that would allow you any creativity. much less sewing.

Cooking perhaps.. but I LOVE you too much to even suggest that..

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Date: 1/13/13 1:12 PM

I think it will all depend on how your hand feels after surgery--and how clumsy the wrapping is. When the discomfort isn't a factor, you might be able to use your left hand to position and guide fabric at the sewing machine, while employing some part of your wrapped hand (fingertips?) as a kind of dead-hand stabilizer under the machine's harp.

If you're not in pain, I suspect you will find a way.

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Date: 1/13/13 2:53 PM

Ow. Why is it always the dominant hand that gets hurt?
I feel for you. Some can do many things with the other hand; I hope you fall into that category.

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Date: 1/13/13 4:10 PM

My experience -- I had surgery on my non-dominant hand. For the first 2-3 weeks the pain was so much that I didn't care if I couldn't do any sewing. The limitations that bothered me were not being able to put my own socks on, tie my shoes, and do other personal things. After about 3 weeks, I got a lighter splint and bandage, and then could do simple sewing.

But at first, maybe you should sort through your patterns, design things in your head, read sewing magazines or web sites. Getting mentally absorbed in something blocks out the pain!

Good luck with the surgery--

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Date: 1/13/13 6:06 PM

Thanks so much for all the suggestions. I guess I really should just "chill out". I have plenty of magazines to read and I have to get use to husband "helping" around here
Don't know how much pain is going to be involved. This is the index finger on my right hand. Been swollen since Oct. 1. Have seen 4 specialists, been x-rayed, biopsied, and MRI'ed. Everything is coming back "clear". This hand guy is going to go deeper. He and the infectious disease doc, seem to think it's some type of bacteria. Oh fun! I'm officially on "freak out" mode right now. Will be glad when the surgery is over and I'm home.
But then have to worry about taking the anti-biotic for possibly months...it's a bacterial killer. Will kill the good and the bad. That could lead to more problems. Couldn't be my toe! I could still sew and knit with a germy toe

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Date: 1/13/13 6:54 PM

The very BEST to you with your surgery!

Yeah the toe would be easy lol

Do you have a computerized machine that you can press Start and Stop? then you'd only have to feed the fabric, awkward left handed but with a few pain pills I'm sure you wouldn't notice the wobbly seams

Oh my having Hubby help, good luck with that too!

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Date: 1/13/13 7:13 PM

What a nuisance it can be to have the smallest little part not functioning. Might be time for research and planning, catching up with Sewing with Nancy shows online and that sort of thing. Sewing will be a nuisance and using your iron could be a hazard. Besides, there is a good chance that your doctor will expect you to elevate your hand.

Do you have any long sleeve tops that you'll be able to wear with the bandaging? And is there a tote around your house to help you carry things around from perch to perch?

I know it's not a big body part but you will be on medication - the idea of keeping your phone with you as you move about the house is a good one.

Best wishes for a speedy and total recovery with a minimum amount of inconvenience and annoyance.





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Date: 1/13/13 7:14 PM

and prayers.

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Date: 1/13/13 8:30 PM

Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers.

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