I like the idea of sewing but even when I had perfect vision, after each and every project, I would swear to myself that I would never sew again. For those of you who still enjoy the battle but struggle with threading those pesky needles, here is a link with some great low vision sewing and crafting techniques.
If that’s not enough, my low vision sister has her own methods that she’d like to share:
- I use a wire needle threader and fine crochet hook to thread needles.
- I use my i-loview magnifier to read the dials on my sewing machine.
- I have a CCTV close by to examine my work and see how badly I just sewed something. Plus, it’s helpful to read directions.
- I like doll clothes patterns because they use thick black lines on white paper.
- I use my fingers to feel the edge of the fabric when going under sewing machine needle.
- I make up my own simpler methods if I can’t do it the way the directions say.
- I often use a seam ripper to rip out my mistakes and then try it again.
- I stop when I’m frustrated and think about how I can accomplish my task another way.
- I don’t do things I know I can’t do.
- I have painstakingly organized my craft items so that it’s easier to find exactly what I need.
- I ask salespeople to help me find what I’m looking for.
- I ask other people shopping or the salespeople to verify thread color.
But most importantly, she advises, “I never sew unless I really feel like it.” That may be half the battle – for me, I’m not sure I’ll ever feel like it