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Thread: Do you tilt your machine?

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    Super Member spartan quilter's Avatar
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    I read just recently about a gal setting her machine into a desk, and one of the suggestions a board member gave, was
    to tilt the machine, which makes it easier to see the needle and sewing area. So, when I sat down to sew this morning, I thought about that, got some small blocks, probably about 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep, set them under the back of my machine, and WOW, it does make a difference.

    So, I have just gotten another great tip from a member of this board and wondered how many others are doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartan quilter
    I read just recently about a gal setting her machine into a desk, and one of the suggestions a board member gave, was
    to tilt the machine, which makes it easier to see the needle and sewing area. So, when I sat down to sew this morning, I thought about that, got some small blocks, probably about 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep, set them under the back of my machine, and WOW, it does make a difference.

    So, I have just gotten another great tip from a member of this board and wondered how many others are doing this.
    No, I don't tilt mine, my machine is set down level in the top of a cabinet.

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    I always try to remember to tilt my machine also. I use the inexpensive rubber door stops that you can buy almost anywhere. I like them because they "grip" the machine, and you can easily adjust the angle of the tilt. Hope that's helpful.

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    I like the tilting for piecing, but prefer the machine flat for quilting :D:D:D

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    someone here sells "sewing machine lifters" which is a little slant table to set on your work surface. (might be DebbieUmp...)

    I bought 2 rubber doorstops at walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie o.
    I always try to remember to tilt my machine also. I use the inexpensive rubber door stops that you can buy almost anywhere. I like them because they "grip" the machine, and you can easily adjust the angle of the tilt. Hope that's helpful.
    That is a good idea, WM, here I come.

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    Yes, I tilt my machine. I have a really bad back and another board member was was discussing how tilting can relieve stress on your body. I bought one from another member and I love it. I can sit at my machine now for much longer amounts of time.

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    Several years ago, my husband took some blocks and drilled large enough hold about 1 inch deep into each block. I put the back legs of my machine into the blocks, so my machine is tilted. Saves on my already bad neck and back. Because he drilled the holes, my machine table will stay put.

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    I put a 1x3 piece of wood under the back of my machine. It likes to slide as I sew. I'm going to try the door stops. Great idea, thanks. Have you priced the clear plastic ones they sell? They are around $70 last time I looked.

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    This is why Singer made the Slant Shank machines so it would be easier for you to see your work as you were using the machine. A pretty neat idea but I think they phased it out after 20 years or so.

    Billy

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    I tried this method and it didnt work for me,

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    I do and I use a door stop, for 79Cents you get it tilted and because its rubbery it holds

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    What a cool idea...I'll have to try that and see if it helps my neck.

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    I tilt mine. Someone on the board was selling lifts that her husband made and they were really nice.

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    Here is the link to the machine lifters.......

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-69533-1.htm

    Billy

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    My machine bed fits level with the cabinet top, but I tried the tilting anyway. It really helped me. I didn"t feel like I had to lean over to see what I was sewing. Easier on the back.

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    All of my machines are treadled so I can not take advantage of something like this but because of it being in a treadle its not hard for me to see and doesnt bother my back.


    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie o.
    I always try to remember to tilt my machine also. I use the inexpensive rubber door stops that you can buy almost anywhere. I like them because they "grip" the machine, and you can easily adjust the angle of the tilt. Hope that's helpful.
    this is what I use also

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    Love the comments about losing the stress on the back. I will be seeing if I can sew longer than I used to, without the backache. That would be great.

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    DH made me a tilt table for my machine & it works fantastic! I work from a recliner on a TV tray, so it's a necessity. Some day I hope to get the Sew-Eze table so my machine will be even with the top & then hopefully FMQ will be easier. Also sturdier...

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    Several years one manufacture had a tilt on the market. I carried my Dad to the shop , he measured and came home and made one for me. It is on a 2 inch slant (2 inch measure on the back), and put a lip on the front so the machine want slide off. This has been about 10-12 years ago. I love mine and carry it to classes and retreats with me and use it everyday at home. Now that my Dad is no longer with us it means even more and is a wonderful reminder of him each day.

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    I use rubber door stops. Helps my neck and shoulders immensely! :)

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    okay, time for a stupid question .... do you tilt the machine up at the back or the front? My machine sits on a dining room table. It seems to me I would need to tilt it up at the front???

    Susan

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    I usually only remember once my back starts hurting, BUT yesterday i remembered to use it all day. Still got a back ache but maybe not as bad as it would have been!
    I have the rubber door stops (a pair)

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    from the back so you can see the needle position area easier. tilting it toward you.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ
    okay, time for a stupid question .... do you tilt the machine up at the back or the front? My machine sits on a dining room table. It seems to me I would need to tilt it up at the front???

    Susan

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