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    I have to stand as I feel I have more control.
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    I can sit and cut or trim small squares and pieces but no big ones. Not enough umpf in the leverage.

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    I am disabled and I have to sit to cut, press, sew, whatever. You will learn from experience if you need to make any adjustments to get your cutting to come out right - I use an architects drafting table I found on sale which allows me to tilt it up when I am copying patterns and lie it flat when cutting. It is on wheels which means I can roll it right next to my sewing machine. I use a Cut N Press on it so also have my iron next to me while sewing. Quilters are a creative lot and you can find a multitude of methods to accomplish anything!

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    I find that my accuracy is off if I cut while sitting. I have to stand looking directly over the fabric and ruler when I cut. Even then I have to rest every once in a while because my back starts to ache.

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    I always stand while cutting. It does get to my back but I just stop and do something else if I need a rest then go back to cutting. i find I just don't get accurate pieces if I'm not standing.

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    I can sit and cut using the Martelli Ergo. I know I sound like someone who is working for the company, but NO, I just love the cutter. I can cut up to 6 layers sitting down.

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    I sit unless I'm trying to square up a really big block. Then sometimes it's easier to stand.

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    I stand to make the long cuts across fabric, then I sit to do the smaller cuts. I use a rotary mat (lazy susan type.
    Have bad back and knees. Sitting is a must.

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    Yup, you bet I do.

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    I have a cutting table that is 36" tall and I often use a stool to sit and cut.

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    I cannot sit and cut, however, I do sit to pin baste my quilts. I have terrible pain if I bend over for too long.

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    I have to stand to cut my cutting table is fitted to me.

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    I use a bar stool, and yes, I sit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew_lulu
    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    never been able to cut when sitting
    believe me I have tried!
    me either!
    me either!

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    I also have tried cutting while sitting and didn't work to well.
    I stand and cut till I get tired then do other stuff for a while....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    never been able to cut when sitting
    believe me I have tried!
    Me too, seems like I can't get the leverage right. I wish I could cause my back just kills me.

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    I've tried to do that many times and I just don't seem to be able to. I don't think I get as good a look at what's going on by sitting and trying to cut. What I have done, though, is to put my cutting mat on my kitchen counter, which comes up to about waist high for me, and it works great. My back will still bother me a little, just from standing, however, it's so much better than trying to bend over and cut. Hope this helps.

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    Oh, yes. I have a table to the left of my machine with a cutting mat on it. I cut, lay out pieces for blocks, and trim on it. I have my big ironing board right behind me so I can just turn and press, too. I have a nice adjustable secretary chair on wheels I can just rotate and roll around.

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    Cannot sit while cutting so I put bed risers under the legs of my table. Raises the table to a comfortable height(sp)and my back feels much better and I can cut longer without any discomfort.

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    NEVER!
    i have found the ruler will slip when i do that. i personally think you need to be "above" the fabric and board to cut properly. i wish i could though. sometimes my back needs to be rested on a chair!

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    I do when I'm doing small cuts or using templates but I'd rather stand. However, I know several quilters who are very comfortable sitting to cut.

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    I sit and cut my fabrics/blocks all the time. For longer cuts
    I need to stand up or I don't get an accurate cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I sit unless I'm trying to square up a really big block. Then sometimes it's easier to stand.
    I totally agree with that, otherwise I can't see what I'm doing.

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    If you are able to stand and cut on a table that is higher than a normal table, you will have much more accuracy. I have Sally Collins precision piecing book and this is her advice. I usually stand for most of my cutting except for paper piecing. Has certainly improved my accuracy.

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    I stand when I cut blocks, I don't think you can get good pressure on the rulers when cutting while sitting down.

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