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Shelley Ensz

Adaptive Devices

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Attention all sewers and crafters. I love to sew and do crafts but have gone crazy trying to find comfortable scissors. My hands can last only a short while before they freeze up. I think they call it "trigger finger" except for me it is all the fingers at once. It hurts, and it takes awhile for them to go back to normal, and then I start the whole cycle all over again.

 

Last week I ordered some battery operated scissors online. And voila, I can cut things again, with no pain! I'm delighted that they actually work, are very lightweight, fast, and don't turn my hands into temporarily frozen claws. Ain't no stopping me now, I tell you!

 

So, if you love to sew or craft or use scissors for other things, look into battery operated scissors. I bought 4 for $16 including shipping. So at that price, I truly didn't expect them to work. But they do, perfectly!

 

So you don't need to spend an arm and a leg for them, either. In fact, some of the more expensive ones are heavier and that would also make them harder to use for those of us with arthritis or connective tissue issues.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Shelley have you ever owned a pair of electric scissors? I bought a pair years ago and use them all the time for fabrics. I guess one day I should buy another pair for paper products so I can cut things with ease. I will check out the battery operated ones though. The price sounds pretty nice.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

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Hi Sheryl,

 

No, I missed the entire Electric Scissors Craze and woke up from my sewing nap just in time for battery operated scissors. I might be in danger of becoming a powered scissors collector, these are so wonderful. I find hobbies are extremely helpful in reducing my pain levels so I really shoot myself in the foot doing hobbies that cause more pain.

 

It is wonderful to find ways to make hobbies more delightful, isn't it?


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi Ladies,

 

...As a matter of fact, this has been the biggest deterrent, when it comes to crafts...for me.

 

When my children were small and the husband was gone during the week, I would sew for myself and the kids and really enjoyed it.

However, my hands cramp up even if I write for a bit...cutting fabric, etc really does a number on me :P

 

I am so glad to see that there are a couple of options out there, short of having someone else cut them for me ;)

 

Thanks, Shelley and Sheryl!


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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The neatest thing I've found in a while is a stand-alone needle threader thingy. It's not one of those little wire jobs that break after 1 or 2 uses either.

 

For the knitters/crocheters out there, there are also some neat things. I use a particular brand of circular knitting needle that is very smooth so the stitches move easily and for crochet hooks, there's this sort of foam rubber tube that slides over the handle and actually pads the thing as well as giving you something to hold onto. The other tip for knitters is more technique than tool: using 2 circular needles (24" or longer) instead of double pointed needles for socks, mittens, and caps, etc. The circular needles are easier to hold on to and lots less tiring.

 

Any one want to trade some housework for some really nice cap/scarf/mitten sets? If you'll do windows, I'll throw in 2 pairs of matching socks too! :lol:


Jeannie McClelland

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