CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to operate a sewing machine. A plywood box was built to house the sewing machine foot pedal. Built into the box was a hinged flap and an inflatable blood pressure cuff attached to a plastic tube. The existing spring on the foot pedal was replaced by a weaker spring that is just strong enough to allow the pedal to return to the off position. When the user blows into the tube, she inflates the blood pressure cuff which presses o
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Demonstrates clothing that fastens in the back for persons who may undress at inappropriate times. Suggests putting zippers in the back of shirts and dresses, so they cannot be unfastened in the front. Includes drawings. SKILLS REQUIRED: Sewing. AUTHOR: Bowar, M T TITLE: Clothing for the Handicapped: Fashion Adaptations for Adults and Kids REF: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sister Kenny Institute: p 39 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R0443 PAGES ( including cover): 2 197
The Blue Elite is an automatic needle threader designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities or arthritis. Suitable for all types of needles the device is designed for ease of use. The user inserts the needle, lays the thread in the groove, depresses the lever, pulls the thread through, and removes the threaded needle. Illustrated instructions are included. GUARANTEE: 100 percent guarantee.
The Butler Floss Threaders are sewing aids designed to assist in threading needles for individuals with limited dexterity or visual impairment. Floss threaders are normally a dental item, but can be used to thread most sized needles. The sturdy nylon fiber is looped with a space large enough to fit a finger through. Also good for sewing maching threading.
Buttoneer is a sewing aid designed for use by individuals with fine motor, upper extremity and grasping disabilities, arthritis, low vision or amputation. This lightweight device fastens buttons and makes minor sewing repairs using fasteners, The device is operated with a gentle squeeze; no threading is necessary. The nearly invisible fasteners won't unravel and are washer, dryer, dry cleaning, and ironing safe. The set includes one Buttoneer with Needle Guard, 50 fasteners, 10 buttons, and ins
The ByteSwitch Sewing Machine is a sewing machine with hand or mouth controls designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or lower extremity amputation or disabilities. This is an adapted version of the Singer school model sewing machine, and comes with standard features such as an easy threading auto-tension system and foot pedal, with the addition of a ByteSwitch speed controller that works with the machine's electronic speed control. The switch uses captive air to control sewing s
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a customized free-standing caddy for sewing and knitting supplies for elderly individuals with heart problems and osteoarthritis. This individual had previously used a fabric storage bag fitted onto her favorite chair for her supplies. Her mobility needs changed and she obtained a new recliner-type chair and the bag no longer worked with this chair. A free-standing caddy was suggested to solve this problem. A wooden caddy with two posts an
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Provides ability to operate a variable speed sewing machine without the use of hands. A mounting arm was developed with a chest pad to operate the lever switch of the sewing machine. By using the chest it allows hands to be free to control the fabric in the machine. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. AUTHOR: David law, Jr., Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center, Rehab. Engineering Dept., Fishersville, VA 22939, 703-885-9724. TITLE: Tools, Equipment
-DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY ----- PURPOSE: To stabilize needles for threading. Corks can be used to stabilize needles during threading. Applying purchased self-adhesive cork circles to each end of a spool of thread creates a ready-to-use needle stabilizer. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Paskin, N. TITLE: Put a Cork on It! JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol. 34 no. 1, Spring 2002: p. 26. PAGES: 1 2002.
The Deluxe Sewing Machine Magnifier is a magnifier for a sewing machine designed for use by individuals with low vision. The magnifier attaches to the machine with self-adhesive tape to aid users in threading the needle.
Easy Threading Needles are easy thread sewing needles designed for use by persons with limited dexterity, or who are blind or have low vision. The metallic needle's square eye is easier to thread than standard needle eyes. DIMENSIONS: 0.5 inches long.
The Easy Threading Needles are easy thread sewing needles designed for use by individuals with low vision, fine motor, or upper extremity disabilities. The V-shaped opening above the eye catches the thread and, with minimal pressure, the thread drops into the eye.
The Embroidery Hoop is a clamp-on needlework hoop designed for people with upper extremity disabilities or use of only one hand. This hoop can be used for knitting, crocheting, darning, and embroidery and clips to tabletops up to one inch-thick. The device has an adjustable, flexible gooseneck and includes the holder, darning ring, and a hoop with a flexible shaft. DIMENSIONS: The gooseneck is 13.5 inches long and the hoop is 8 inches in diameter.
Heavyweight Self-Threading Sewing Machine Needles are self-threading needles designed for use by persons who are blind or have low vision or limited dexterity. These large needles have a separation just under the machine head for threading.
The Holder for Crocheting, Embroidering, and Darning, model H75438, is a clamp-on needlework hoop designed to provide one-hand use to assist individuals with the use of only one hand or with limited manual gripping strength. The holder has a fexible gooseneck which clamps onto a table or tray, allowing it to be raised, lowered, turned, or placed in any position. A darning knob screws into the top and also holds an embroidery frame or any crochet needle in a cross hole.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Adaptation of an industrial treadle sewing machine so it can be operated with hands and arms only. Illustrates an adaptation consisting of a hinged board attached to the front of the sewing machine, connected to the foot pedal by means of a threaded rod and turnbuckles. Includes photographs. COMMENTS: For information contact: Peter Axelson, 5858 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, California 95060 SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking. Assembly. AUTHOR: Gugerty, J J; Tin
The Infila Automatic Needle Threader is a needle threader designed for use by individuals with low vision, fine motor disabilities, or arthritis. Designed for use with needles for wool or standard needles, this device is designed to thread needles automatically. To use, insert the needle, lay the thread in the groove, depress the lever, pull the thread through until the short end appears, and remove the needle. COLOR: Assorted
The Lighted Tweezers are tweezers with magnifying lens and light designed for use by seniors and individuals with low vision. Useful for the home, crafts, needle work, bead work and other hobbies, these tweezers feature perfectly aligned pinchers for handling very small items in low light, a 4X magnifier, an LED light that lasts up to 100,000 hours, an ergonomic handle with an etched metal grip, and a 20-degree angled tip for detailed work. POWER: Uses three G13-A CNB Micro Cell batteries (incl
The Low Vision Tactile Tape Measure is a sewing aid designed for use by individuals with low vision. This tape measure large and small raised eyelets which run along the tape at intervals guide the user. Double eyelets mark every foot. DIMENSIONS: The tape is 5 feet long. Large and small eyelets alternate every 0.5 inch.
The Magnistitch is a magnifier for the sewing machine designed for those with low vision. The lens attaches to a double ball joint arm and mounting foot with adhesive backing for mounting on sewing machine. The ball joint arm permits instant adjustment of position of lens for threading the needle then back to normal sewing position. Magnification is 2.25 times original size, and working distance under the lens is up to 8 inches, with the best distance between 3 to 4 inches. OPTIONS: Extra attach
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To provide a customized adaptation of a foot-pedal controller for an individual who no longer has use of her legs. The foot-plate was removed from the top of the existing sewing machine pedal. A metal frame was built to hold a pneumatic cylinder. The foot pedal springs were replaced with much lighter springs. The “forward” port of the cylinder was connected to a rubber bulb. A v-shaped “clamp” is used to squeeze the bulb, extend the cylinder, and act
The Needle Threader for Sewing Machine is designed for use by persons who are blind, have low vision, or limited dexterity. The user loops the thread over the hook, puts the hook through the needle hole using the guides, then pulls the thread back through the needle. This threader is made of plastic.
The Needlepoint Frame is a clamp on needlework hoop designed to enable persons with the use of one hand to practice needlepoint. The device consists of a steel frame which supports a needlepoint apparatus. The frame clamps to one side of an easy chair and is held in place by friction. The frame can be easily removed from the chair. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: Designed by John Duffus for persons with the use of only one hand in order to keep the work stationary for the user.
The One Handed Embroidery Frame, model 4EMFR, is a clamp on needlework hoop designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand. This adjustable wooden hoop can be used for needlepoint, cross stitch, or crewel work and features an adjustable wooden clamp that secures it to the edge of a table.
The One Second Needle Threader is a easy thread sewing needle designed for use by individuals who are have fine motor disabilities or limited dexterity. These needles have an opening near the bottom of the eye that allows the thread to slide in. The user loops the thread, slides it along the top edge of the needle, and waits for the thread to catch in the eye. The set includes 4 large and 4 small needles.
The Pre-Threaded Sewing Needles are threaded sewing needles designed for use by individuals with low vision, fine motor disabilities, or limited dexterity. Designed to eliminate the need to manually thread needles, these sewing needles are packaged in a kit that contains 10 pre-threaded needles with 10 different thread colors, one safety pin and two buttons. The needles can be re-used as standard sewing needles when the thread runs out.
Self Threading Needles are designed to assist in threading for individuals with limited dexterity or visual impairments. These self threading needles have a small groove at the top of the needle eye to catch the thread. Package contains six needles.
Self-Threading Needles are self-threading sewing needles designed for use by persons who are blind or have low vision or limited dexterity. These needles have an eye at the end with a separation for threading.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sip and puff control for sewing machine for person unable to use the standard leg or foot controls. The foot control of a standard industrial sewing machine was modified with a sip and puff control. The harder the person blows on the tube the faster the machine will run. Sipping on the tube raises the presser foot. Speed is maintained by blocking the tube with the tongue. Includes picture. SKILLS REQUIRED: Electronics. AUTHOR: Don Warren, Clinical Conv
The Snag Lite is a lighted sewing aid designed for use by individuals with low vision, arthritis, or fine motor disabilities or seniors. This device assists with repairing snags in fabric and features a built-in LED light and a protective cover. POWER: Uses batteries (Included). Replacement batteries are available.
The Spread Eye Needle is a self-threading needle designed for use by persons who are blind or have low vision or limited dexterity. This steel needle has a large center slit. The thread is placed into this slit, and pulled gently until the needle is threaded. This big eye needle accommodates threads and yarns of all sizes, and can be used for sewing, embroidery, crewel, cross stitch, or beading. One needle per package. DIMENSIONS: 2.25 inches long.
The Thread Lite is a lighted needle threader designed for use by individuals with low vision, arthritis, or fine motor disabilities or seniors. This device assists with needle threading and features a built-in LED light and a protective cover. POWER: Uses batteries (Included). Replacement batteries are available.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable a wheelchair user to operate a sewing machine from her wheelchair. The tray was made of plywood with a lip on the front three sides to prevent thread and other items from rolling off. The tray fits into the mount of the existing wheelchair tray, but also rests on the wheelchair arms which bear most of the weight of the machine. The attachment of the existing mount stops the tray from tipping forward with the weight of the machine. The tray was designed to f
The Wire Loop Needle Threader is designed for use by persons who are blind or have low vision or limited dexterity. The user pushes the metal wire loop through the needle, inserts the thread through the loop, pulls the thread and loop back through the needle together, and finally removes the threader.
The Wire Loop Needle Threaders are sewing aids designed to assist in threading needles for individuals who have little dexterity in their hands, or who are blind or have low vision. They are sold in packages of two.
The Witch Hexe Needle Threader is designed for use by persons who are blind or have low vision or limited dexterity. The user lays the thread across the groove in the threader, places the needle eye-down in the chute, and presses the button. A small loop of thread pops out at the end of the needle. The unit comes with a small spool stand, a thread- cutting attachment, and instructions. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 1.5 x 2 x 2 inches.