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    I am new to quilting and my chair is hurting my back and Butt! Hee Hee! does anyone have any good tips on chairs, posture,... ?

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    Go to a good office supply store and try out all the chairs. I have a mid back, no arms chair that I got on sale at Staples that's perfect for me.

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    I have one of those secretary chairs as well, got it at a yard sale for $5. A few months later the back fell off! I sewed some indutrial strenght velcro together, wrapped around the back and the post, and fixed it. I keep saying I am going to make a cover for it, so my "fix" won't show.

    The moral to this story is, get a secretary chair. Oh, maybe the politically correct term would be admin assistant chair.

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    ha ha... Maybe I'll barrow mine from Work since Tax season is now over and my Administrative Assisting is over until next season LOL! I'd have to get something for my carpeted floor for mobility. has anyone tried an exercise Ball? I here They help with posture.

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    I have 2 chairs/machines. One chair is an office-type chair purchased at Wal-mart. It is ok and suits the purpose. However, my dear hubby and kids bought me a very nice Horn chair from my local LQS for Xmas. It is the very nicest chair! More pricey...I would never have spent that much money. For many years I used our very uncomfortable dining room chairs. I second the posters who suggested you try an office supply store. Sit in several before you decide. I do not want a chair with arms, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alisapao730
    ha ha... Maybe I'll barrow mine from Work since Tax season is now over and my Administrative Assisting is over until next season LOL! I'd have to get something for my carpeted floor for mobility. has anyone tried an exercise Ball? I here They help with posture.
    I have several exercise balls, love them for working out on, but would not reccommend it for sewing/quilting. Then there is the possible pin prick problem and then a flat ball.

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    I too have wondered what would be good. I tried one of the $400. chairs at a quilt show recently and it was fabulous. It tilted forward, supported the back, leg adjustments etc, etc. Have yet to go to the office supply store yet. Whichever I decide will be on my Christmas list though. But I do have to say, the one at the quilt show did everything except quilt. Loved it

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    I buy a cheap office chair that has air lift and don't put the back on it. It keeps me sitting straight and I have no aches anymore from sitting and sewing for a long time. I bought a hemorrhoid pillow and it's the best I've found to prevent butt numbness.

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    I went to an office supply store and tried out every chair they had in stock. I bought the most comfortable chair and have carpet in my sewing room, no problems with moving around for me!

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    Definitely a "secretary's" chair. Height of seat from floor adjustable, back is adjustable up and down to fit the back. back can also be adjusted forward or backward to fit depth needed by you. Remember, just like in using a keyboard, for sewing, keep arms from elbow to hands parallel with floor. keep legs from hip to knee parallel to floor. I have an ergonomic pillow to sit on, helps me sit up straight. If I don't, it quite literally, wants to throw me in the floor. Silvia

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    Thank you . I am interested in the ergonomic pillow. Can you tell me the brand and where to get it?

    Thank you all for your help! As for the exercise ball... Never thought about the pins!!! What were they thinking! Maybe I should switch my Secretary chair for the exercise ball. LOL! keeping the chair at home!

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    I bought an office chair - the executive type. With arms, adjustable seat and back. It does tip forward, but I've always hated that feeling of falling out of the chair. The seat is about worn thru so I bought one of those cushions (think early American design) at Walmart. I'm happy with it. I can lean back, put my feet up on this desk and read the computer when I get tired of sewing.

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    I use a chair I got from Wal mart. It supports my back and has adjustable height. Works for the computer and my sewing desk. Much better than the dining room chairs.

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    I use a leather office chair that we bought from Sam's. Sometimes I wish the arms could be removed but then I would probably sit too close to the machine. This forces me to try to break a bad sitting habit.

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    Oooh great question! I'm interested in everybody's answers too. I have age on my side, but have a bad habit of terrible posture which stresses my back and neck. Just can't seem to remember to NOT SLOUCH!

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    go to www.ergosew.com. I'm not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alisapao730
    I am new to quilting and my chair is hurting my back and Butt! Hee Hee! does anyone have any good tips on chairs, posture,... ?
    Welcome aboard. We all love the quiltingboard and I feel you will too.
    For the floor, I have the big plastic mat used 'at the office'. It is large and lets my chair move easily when I want to get up.
    For the chair, I use an old 'ladder back' dining table chair. I cut some length of off each leg to put my feet flat on the floor. It's not the dream chair but it gives me proper support where I need it and I am glad to have it. I actually have 2, one for me and one for the person in the room visiting while I sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Go to a good office supply store and try out all the chairs. I have a mid back, no arms chair that I got on sale at Staples that's perfect for me.
    That's what I have too, but I got mine at walmart.

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    I too have a good secretaries chair without arms. I can adjust it according to which part of me is hurting at the time. The seat raises/lowers, back raises/lowers. For me, the adjustable back is most important. Be sure to sit in it as if you were sewing before purchasing.

    Also, be sure to get up and move around a bit every once in a while.

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    I'm short, and I use the table to sew on. A 5" thick book under my left foot, a 4" book to rest the pedal on under my right foot, and 2 rubber door stops under the back of the machine to tilt it forward, and I have solved my back and neck problems. You could also use blocks of wood instead of books. Rubber doorstops were $2 the pair at the local supermarket.

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    I too went to and office supply store. I bought two admin without arms and fully adjustable for height, angle, etc. Have used them for several years and my back and butt are doing just fine. My cats love them also.

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    I bought a used office chair a year ago..and it was one with a back support. My back and butt still hurt..then low and behold..I was at the drug store..and the medical supply salesperson told me what I needed. She had seat cushions with a hole in the center..I have been using it for 2 months and it no back pain..no butt pain. Works wonders

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    I bought an 'up & down' adjustable bar stool from Bed,Bath & Beyond. I can raise it when I'm working at my cutting table which is elevated and I can lower it to sew. In it's lowest position it's a little higher than a regular chair which gives me a much better view of what I'm sewing. And it was reasonable pricewise.

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    I'M WITH YOU ON THE age and slouching. Have to make myself sit up straighter. Think I will try the chairs out at office max or office depot

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    I have an office chair with no arms. Works good, but I have put one of those plastic office pads on the floor for easy rolling and it also protects the carpet for wear. We also have these in the computer room.

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