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« on: July 03, 2008 08:52:25 AM »

Has anyone else had the problem of "tennis elbow" due to stitching. It just started happening to me within the last two weeks. I have pain on the outside of my elbow that goes to the inside of my elbow and then my wrist has pain and feels like it's going to sleep. I've been reading up on it but I'm wondering if anyone else has some tips.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2008 09:05:41 AM »

Let me know what you find out.  I sometimes do have this happen to me, but I try to only embroider for one hour at a time, except when I'm REALLY motivated to get something done.  This cuts down on some of the odd pain in my wrists and arm.  Also try holding your hoop differently.  (More so, I have this happen with my writs, I've noticed this even more since I HAD to get this new hoop by Clover.) 

I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the new hoop.  I purchased it because I was excited about the screw threads being encased and not having my floss snag on the threads of the screw.  However, it is much heavier than my regular plastic hoops and I've actually changed back to them.  Weird huh?

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008 09:10:35 AM »

That's interesting about the hoop. I'm wondering if that might be the case too. I'm gonna try switching them out and seeing if that works.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008 09:32:31 AM »

I recently purchased a clover hoop and came to the same conclusion - nice that it's one piece, but not worth the added weight.

The one thing that it's good for is if you do any punch needlework.  There's a little stand you can buy for the hoop to sit on and it makes it easy (and safer) to do the punch needle.

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008 05:22:40 PM »

I haven't experienced this (yet) but maybe since I use a scroll frame and lap stand my wrist is in a good position to begin with. I try to arrange myself so that my elbow has good support and my wrist isn't consistently bent. I know they make lap and floor stands for hoops too.

So sorry this is happening!
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2008 08:21:28 PM »

I haven't experienced this (yet) but maybe since I use a scroll frame and lap stand my wrist is in a good position to begin with. I try to arrange myself so that my elbow has good support and my wrist isn't consistently bent. I know they make lap and floor stands for hoops too.

So sorry this is happening!

I've been really wanting to purchase one of these.  The next time I get one of those 50% off coupons from Joann Fabrics and Crafts, I'm breaking down and buying a scroll frame and stand... however, the last time I went in, I didn't know what size to get, so I got the Clover hoop instead... What size are you using?
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2008 09:55:35 AM »

well, I received a gift card and using the 50% off coupons I whittled that away week by week. I actually have all the sizes...there's no sheepish smiley.

I initially bought the smallest but when I got it home, plastic torn apart and everything, I found it wouldn't fit over my hips.

So, the one I use the most is 20 or 21 inches. Where the lap stand attaches to the scroll bar--that takes away an inch of stitching surface because you move the sides along the scroll bars to accommodate it. I've purchased some vintage crewel kits from ebay and I'm using the largest size right now.

Oh, btw--I totally jinxed myself. I've got an ache in my left (stitchin') hand now!
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2008 03:04:59 PM »

I looked online and found a lot of interesting information. A lot of places suggested a brace (strip of a brace) that goes on your forearm to stablize and redirect your arm. They are pretty cheap so I might try one.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2008 05:04:33 PM »

When Somerset said "it wouldn't fit over my hips" I was imagining a person using an embroidery hoop as a hula hoop and doing the hula!!!

Don't mind me....
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2008 08:08:51 AM »

I looked online and found a lot of interesting information. A lot of places suggested a brace (strip of a brace) that goes on your forearm to stablize and redirect your arm. They are pretty cheap so I might try one.

Try it and let me know how it goes!
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