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Working with something delicate

I work a lot with bridal fabrics. They are expensive and often the most sensitive, fragile and delicate materials. They can be thin like a air, or so soft that the smallest roughness on your fingers can ruin it. Having good manicure is more important, then you might think!

For some cases longer nails are good, like picking up seed pearls, but too long nails are often problematic. Well, I know that if you are used to work with long finger nails, you can be master with anything, It's like running with heels. If you are used to it, they don't slower you at all, For me the sensitivity of my fingers is the most important thing. I can feel seams from the other side, and I don't have to turn the work to see, is there mistakes. Because I want to feel on my fingers what I'm doing, I don't use a thimble. It's again like running with heels. It makes me to be slower, but doesn't effect to my grandmother even lightest. This is one of the physically dangerous parts of hand stitching. Endless needle marks on your fingers. Once I pickled strawberries and after wards my fingers were covered with tiny red dots. When needle marks starts to heal, they'll become very dry and sharp, and they sucked the color from the strawberries. And this is when I noticed at first time the importance manicure.

Of course what ever is the lenght of your nails, you need to have smooth edges, and get possible roughness off. For me the best product is bee wax. I use it before going to sleep, at times when I'm sewing daily. You don't want to use that at day time because it's so greasy, that even washing your hands isn't quite enough. Anyways even washing your hands doesn't work on that situation, it's good habit to have before working with fabrics. With most works, it isn't practical thing to wash it right away after finishing it.

Other things to think are drinking and eating while working. I'm that type of person, that I often think that don't worry, just be careful and you can drink juice or lemonade even I have work on my lap.  Sadly I'm too often wrong! Same goes with eating. Well, with anything that can be messy. Like sawing on area where you might be also painting time to time, or using the scissors, you use also with painting. No! Own scissors for everything. There is more things to consider, but this is all that I can think at the moment. More in future here or @FromMadeByMeri


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