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Thread: Sewing Chair

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    How should you be positioned when sewing? Like to sit and look a little down on the project or sit about so that you can see from front to the back of the machine?
    I hope I am explaining myself right.

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    I sit where I am most comfortable, I have to be careful on the position my neck is in. I can't look down for long periods of time or put to much strain on my neck muscles. Since my cervical spine was fused years ago pain there is a constant battle.

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    I like to be a little high, so I use a secretary chair.
    Has anyone tried lifting the back of the machine with rubber door stoppers? I do when I think of it, usually after my back is hurting.

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    I like to look down at a bit at my work and bought myself a drafting chair to sit on. It swivels and is on wheels (sometimes I ride a little farther than expected :) ). My problem was that my legs are short, so DH built a raised platform for my feet and pedal. The chair has a bar around the bottom for perching a foot on, too.

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    I have a secretary chair too. How I sit depends on what I'm sewing. I do like to have my arms and neck relaxed since I have bone spurs and arthritis in them. If I'm sewing long strips I can sit back and relax. If I'm sewing small pieces or have lots of seams to go over I have to sit closer and look more down. No matter what I'm doing, I have to get up and move around regularly.

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    Look at my avatar pic. It's straight from OSHA.

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    I didn't realize that was what was in your avatar, but it shows how we should be sitting. I just invested in a new chair.

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    And I learned to sit in front of the needle instead of the machine being right in the middle and having to look to the left.

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    The most important thing is not to hunch over, lean into the machine, or jut your head forward. That will kill your back, neck and shoulders.

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    I have a computer chair (actually a secretary's chair) that I stole from my desk top... it doesnt have any arms but it forces my back to be straight. I also have the "short" problem so that makes my forearms as the same height of my sewing machine.

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