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 Armada Easy-Spring Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor or grasping disabilities or arthritis. These scissors are operated by squeezing gently using the thumb and fingers or the fingers and palm of the hand, and they are suitable for right-handed or left-handed users. When the handles are released, the blades open. These scissors have stainless steel blades and plastic handles. DIMENSIONS: 5 inches long.
Battery Operated Scissors are scissors designed for use by individyals with fine motor disablilities, limited grasping ability, or other disabilities of the hand. These scissors have powered blades and wide, easy-to-grasp shaft. The unit can be adapted for use with a switch; a How-To Guide is included. POWER: Uses batteries.
Battery Operated Scissors, model 9080, are powered scissors designed for use by children with fine motor disabilities and grasping disabilities. These scissors are designed to allow children with limited hand strength to participate in art and other classroom or home activities. Once a connected capability switch is activated (required, but not included) the scissors are ready to be used to cut through paper or other art material. These scissors come with a special mounting base where they are s
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
The Children's Learning Scissors are scissors designed for use with children with upper extrenity disabilities. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have metal blades with rounded tips and vinyl-coated finger loops to prevent slipping and provide tactile awareness. DIMENSIONS: 3.5 inches long
-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.
Easi-Grip Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, arthritis or other disabilities of the hand or fingers. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have a continuous loop plastic handle that is operated by squeezing gently using the thumb and fingers or the fingers and the palm of the hand; the blades automatically open when pressure is released. A blade guard is included for storage. DIMENSIONS: 7.25 inches long.
The Easi-Grip Scissors are scissors with voluntary opening action designed for individuals with little or no finger strength or manual dexterity. These all-purpose scissors close with a light sqeeze and open up automatically by means of a built-in plastic spring. The scissors may be used with either the right or left hand and feature stainless steel blades and molded-on nylon spring handles. A hang-up holder/blade protector is also included. Three models are available: model H75800-001 has round
Easi-grip Spring Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with limited hand strength or grasping ability. The user's fingers may be placed in the wide, easy-grip loop handle or they may be placed on top of the handles. A slight squeeze closes the blades; releasing pressure opens the blades. Model PC 6358 has rounded tips and model 6358-01 has pointed tips. Blade guards are included with both models. DIMENSIONS: These scissors are 6.5 inches long.
The Easy Action Micro-Tip Scissors are scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis, grasping or upper extremity disabilities, or limited hand strength. Intended to reduce hand strain, these micro-tip easy action scissors have a spring-action design that opens the blades after each cut. The scissors have high grade stainless steel blades that offer a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip. Other features include an easy-to-slide thumb lock that provides safe storage, and
The Easy Grip Scissors, models 6027 & 6028 are scissors with a flexible handle designed for use by individuals with limited hand strength or grasping ability. The scissors can be used either right- or left-handed, and the ergonomic handle permits operation with a squeezing action between the finger and thumb or the thumb and the palm. The scissors feature a polypropylene handle with a nylon spring strap, stainless steel blades, and blade protectors. Model PC 6027 has rounded tips and model 6
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.
Fiskars Scissors are general purpose and cast and splint scissors designed for use in casting and splinting. Available for right- or left-handed use, these stainless-steele scissors have plastic handles and leave a smooth edge when used on warm splinting material. DIMENSIONS: The scissors are 8 inches long.
Fiskars Softouch Scissors are general purpose and cast and splint scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Designed for right- or left-handed use, these scissors have oversized cushioned handles that distribute pressure evenly. A gentle spring action opens the blades automatically after every cut. An easy-slide lock secures the blades in the closed position for storage.
The Gingher Spring Action Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears are self opening scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis, or weakness of the hand. Designed to reduce hand strain, the Gingher shears are equipped with a gentle spring action that opens after each cut. Ergonomic bent handles provide a comfortable and easy grip, and a long length design allows for ease in trimming seams. Other features include a sharp blade that cuts multiple layers of fabric with less manual effort. The she
Good Grips Scissors are lightweight self-opening scissors designed for use with limited joint mobility or hand strength. The scissors are designed for both right- and left-handed use, feature extra-large handles, and the spring-loaded stainless steel blades open automatically. A safety latch keeps the blades closed when not in use. DIMENSIONS: The scissors are nine inches long with 3.25-inch long blades.
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.
The Household Scissors, model SW52003 and SW5200, are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis, fine motor disabilities, and grasping disabilities. Usable with the right or left hand, these lightweight scissors have precision-made stainless steel blades that can be adjusted to cut in any position with a simple squeezing motion using a whole hand grip. The spring band connecting the handles opens the blades when pressure is released. After prolonged or intensive use, t
--- "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 Lightweight Self-Opening Scissors, model R601, have large loop handles which provide spring action for self-opening designed to assist individuals with limited manual dexterity or gripping strength. The scissors require only slight pressure for cutting. The scissors feature stainless steel blades and grooved plastic handles, and are available for the right or left hand. DIMENSIONS: 7 inches overall length.
The Long Blade Loop Scissors are loop scissors designed for use by individuals with arthtitis or other disabilities of the hand. These lightweight, self-opening scissors have self-opening tapered, stainless steel blades that are closed by squeezing the handles. A carrying case is included. DIMENSIONS: The scissors are 8 inches long and the blades are 3 1/8 inches long.
Long-Loop Easi-Grip Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, arthritis or other disabilities of the hand or fingers. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have a continuous loop plastic handle that is operated by squeezing gently with the thumb on top and the fingers through the long loop. For those with very limited movement, the fingers can be placed over the long loop. The stainless steel blades automatically open w
Long-Loop Scissors are designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, arthritis or other disabilities of the hand or fingers. Available in right- or left-handed models, these scissors have one standard loop handle and one long loop handle, enabling the strength of the whole hand to be utilized for the cutting action. DIMENSIONS: 7 inches long.
The Loop Handle Easi-Grip Scissors are loop scissors designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. These scissors enable the user to use the entire hand to close the stainless steel blades and the plastic spring opens the blades automatically when the handles are released. The scissors include a blade protector/hanging holder. The scissors are available with a choice of rounded safety blades, standard pointed blades, or long pointed blades. DIMENSIONS: The rounded safety bl
Loop Scissors are designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. These self-opening scissors feature contoured polypropylene handles connected by a spring band and can be used with the right or left hand. The scissors have rounded tip stainless steel blades. DIMENSIONS: The blades are 2.25 inches long and the scissors are six inces long overall.
Loop Scissors are self-opening scissors designed for use by people with limited grasping ability. The handles of the scissors are connected by a self-opening spring strap. The user squeezes the loop to cut and releases the loop to open the blades. The scissors are available in regular length with rounded tips, model NC28402, regular length with pointed tips, model NC28403, and long length with pointed tips, model NC28404.
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.
Scissors fabricated of stainless steel. Blades framed in contoured handle and operated by gross grasping motion, finger control not required. Positive spring action reopens blades for fast cutting. 4 3/4 inch overall length. Three styles, two with sharp point and one with blunt point. Replacement parts and repair kits available.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device to provide a means of using a pair of scissors without holding them in the hand, and without the hand being flexed. Describes scissor operator made of plywood, a piece of doweling, a rubber band and various nuts, bolts and screws. The device holds the scissors with the grips in a vertical position; to cut takes a downward motion on the dowel-handle, and the rubber band acts as a spring to open the scissors again. Includes diagrams and photograph
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.
The Self-Opening Nail Scissors, model SW5203, are self-opening nail scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor, grasping or upper extremity disabilities or arthritis. Usable with the right or left hand, these lightweight scissors have precision-made stainless steel blades that can be adjusted to cut in any position with a simple squeezing motion using a whole hand grip. The spring band connecting the handles opens the blades when pressure is released. After prolonged or intensive u
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.
SENCH Side Threading Needles are made for individuals who have low vision or are visually-impaired. With its larger hole it helps persons use a sewing needle.
--- "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 Shad Sewing Machine is a wireless, remote-controlled sewing machine specifically designed for those with restricted movement who have difficulty doing needlework using a standard sewing machine. This device is comprised of 2 units: An on/off switch that can be placed anywhere round the workstation and an interface unit mounted on the machine body which picks up a radio signal from the switch and operates the machine. When the switch is pressed, the machine will start/stop stitching. The devi
This Single-Handed Barber is an electric hair trimmer that cuts evenly in any direction, enabling you to maintain your own closely cropped, clean-cut hairstyle. As simple as combing your hair, the circular trimmer's rotary cutting system and stainless steel blades cut as the unit is moved circularly through your hair while accommodating the contours of your pate. The trimmer's two attachments cut hair to four different lengths (at 1/8 inch , 1/4 inch , 3/8 inch , or 1/2 inch) and its ergonomic d
The Small Scissors with Rounded Tips, model SW5204, are self-opening scissors designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities, grasping or upper extremity disabilities or arthritis. Usable with the right or left hand, these lightweight scissors have precision-made stainless steel blades that can be adjusted to cut in any position with a simple squeezing motion using a whole hand grip. The spring band connecting the handles opens the blades when pressure is released. After prolonged
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.
Snip Loop Scissors (no. SZ-275) are self-opening scissors designed for people with limited manual dexterity or coordination problems. Scissor action is achieved by squeezing the handles together with the hands, arms, or other mobile limb. The blades automatically open with a spring action. DIMENSIONS: 5.5-inch overall scissor length.
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.
Squizzers are self-opening scissors with special spring-apart, plastic-coated handles that are joined together by a band. These scissors are easier to control than conventional scissors, and require less manual dexterity and coordination to operate. Blades are short and rounded for safety. DIMENSIONS: 5 inches total length.
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.
The Titanium Easy Action Scissors are self opening scissors designed for use by individuals with arthritis or limited hand strength. These scissors are made with a spring-action design that opens the blades after each cut, reducing hand strain. To facilitate ease in cutting fabric, the stainless steel blades have a precision-ground edge that stays sharp longer and a titanium coating that is three times harder than steel to provide durability. Other features include an ergonomically sculpted hand
Kids Training Scissors are designed to allow the teacher and student to cut together, enabling the student to learn the feel of cutting and to gain coordination. Each set of blades has 4 finger loops. Available for right or left-handed children, in blunt or sharp styles. (SZ-552 Right/Blunt, SZ-554 Left/Blunt; SZ-553 Right/Sharp.) MATERIALS: Forged steel, nickel-plated with plastic-coated handles. DIMENSIONS: Blade lengths are 4.75 inches for blunt ended scissors, and 5 inches for the sharp ende
The Ultimate Daylight Lamp with Accessories is a low vision lamp equipped with accessories to aid people with low vision and/or upper extremity disabilities in doing needle work. The lamp reproduces the natural spectrum of daylight, reducing glare, aiding in clarity, and assisting in color matching. This lamp has a weighted floorstand on wheels and comes with three flexible, removable accessories that can be used independently or together: an accessories and floss organizing tray, a rimless magn
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.