Michigan State University


Keys to reduced stress in Project Sewing

Good posture

  • Properly adjusted equipment.
  • Work surfaces should be at elbow height, back straight.
  • Knees and seat at about 90 degrees


  • Set up work space to avoid twisting and lifting, leaning, bending, stretching or other high stress movements.
  • Keep supplies and tools needed in easy reach.

Proper lighting

  • Strategically placed and sufficient to avoid shadows or glare.

Tool use

  • Use tools designed to lessen stress of repetitive motion or contact injury, such as electric scissors, spring loaded scissors, rotary cutter, fabric weights (instead of pinning).
  • Keep equipment in good condition for smoother operation and less physical stress.

Change up tasks

  • Plan project so can move to different tasks more frequently, or plan the project over several time periods to avoid doing a single task for long period.

Take breaks

Source: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/sewing/index.html