Tools for the Aging Sewist
Do you or someone you love suffer from failing eyesight? Do you feel betrayed by your own eyeballs? Does your seam ripper rip out imaginary stitches that you swear were there and then you realize you have a hole in your fabric? Then you may be in need of new tool in your sewing arsenal. All you young sewists don’t have to worry about this yet, but we aging sewists definitely need some tools for hard to see stitches, especially the black thread on black fabric stitches.
I have been using some reading glasses for the last couple of years now, the 1.5x magnification kind. They have been an amazing help to me. I keep them on pretty much the whole time I sew. But recently, I have noticed that the magnification is losing its power? Is it the glasses or my eyeballs failing? I would love to say it’s the glasses’ fault. Sigh… Sometimes I would use Jack’s magnifying glasses in conjunction with my reading glasses to see the really hard to see stuff. Desperate measures people. Gotta use what you have on hand.
So while at Target recently to buy some running socks (my dryer keeps hiding them on me), I bought a higher magnification set of glasses, 2.5x. Boy oh boy, these babies are strong. I can only wear them part of the time, they are so strong. I get dizzy if I try to wear them walking from the sewing machine to the ironing board. But they really hit the sweet spot when I need them. Amazing!
I dearly hope my eyesight doesn’t get worse — I don’t think they have higher magnification reading glasses for purchase.
So what tools do you use that you never expected to use for sewing? What am I missing?