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    That might not be the right description, but it is acrylic and it slants the sewing machine . I know some people have used door stops to do this. I received one for Christmas. Would someone please explain this item to me and what are the benefits of this item.

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    The angle makes it easier to see your presser foot area. Many people find that it takes the strain off of your neck and upper back,and allows better posture while you are sewing.

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    How high is the slant? I have never seen one of these.

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    I have seen but not used on personally. I was told that they are designed so that the user can see the presser foot are more easily as well as to reduce neck and back strain.

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    Never seen it either - can you post a picture?

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    They are designed to tip your machine toward you so it sits at an angle. Imagine your machine tipped from the back and you think it will fall toward you!! I use a skinny 1/2 inch board covered with a non skid rubber material to do the same thing. The "tip" should only be a few degrees. Try it and you'll see what a difference it makes on your shoulders and neck! :lol: :lol:

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    They made these after people were using door stops to tilt their machines :wink:
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    Several of my sewing buddies use wooden versions of the acrylic one seen in Amma's post. They've got Singer FWs they use for classes, retreats, sew days...they won't travel without their slant boards after they realized what a difference it made in visibility and comfort.

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    You reminded me that I have one and I need to pull it out of the closet. It really helps - particularly with posture and back pain. It sets the machine at a slight angle and it makes sewing for longer periods much easier.

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    My machine sits on a table - I have a 2x4 board that the back two legs of the table sit on - making my machine & table slant.

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    My wife uses the Tilt'able by Ergonomic Advantage. It is angle-adjustable by putting different feet on the back of the table. This one is made of metal, and has a rubber mat to keep the machine from moving around. She was having neck and back pain after an hour or so of sewing, but she can sew all day with this under the machine! I haven't bought one for my machine because I'm hoping to pick up something less expensive.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ergonomic-Adva.../dp/B001839ZKO

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    interesting :idea:

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    I have the white one pictured on the Amazon site for my Viking Quilt Designer and the pictured acrylic one for my Viking serger. I love them both and they do help your back. I have one of the FW tables for my FW so didn't get the one for a FW. When I go to a class/club, I use the door stops. I recommend anyone with back troubles to get one. I got them at sew expos - one in AZ and one in Puyallup, WA - from the same company that goes to the sew expos.

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    Wow, what an amazing tip. I have very bad neck and shoulders problems from a bad fall when I was 7 years old. I cannot sew for a very long time plus my sewing machine sits on my old mother's sewing machine desk, making the height very unappropriate. I will try this right away and I will keep you posted with the results.
    Thanks a lot for bring up this subject, I didn't know about it at all

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    Soes Joanns sell this and do you know what the name is that they call it there?

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    Quilterj, I've not seen these in JoAnn's (I've been in their stores in WA, CT, AZ, & WI). Go to the amazon.com link in the post from Wesing and then go to their store. The prices are what I paid at the sew expos for mine. Be sure to get the foot package also as it helps with your posture.

    To Bourvel, have you tried using an adjustable office chair to rise up to the sewing desk level? I love the chair I got to be able to adjust to the 2 heights I have when I sew on 3 different machines.

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    Another really inexpensive thing to use is a piece of styro foam. I had tried a couple of odd ball things & happened to try this & it works for me. I also use the door stops when taking classes. You don't have to spend a lot of money to accomplish this & it does help.

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    How does this work, does it lift the back or the front of the sewing machine??

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    My sewing machine has to be level or it won't do right. Does this enpare that in any way.

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    Reply to Linda K.

    right now I have a temporary setup and I'm planning my sewing room differently pretty soon. I have a Husqvarna 775 free arm and it sits on my mother's sewing machine cabinet. therefore the height is not right and that's why I get a very sore neck and shoulders when I sew more than 1 hour. I will get an adjustable chair also as I know the position is very important when sewing. I will post some picture when this is done hopefully sometime in January
    Thanks Linda K for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Memalinda
    How does this work, does it lift the back or the front of the sewing machine??
    It raises the back of the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Mc
    My sewing machine has to be level or it won't do right. Does this enpare that in any way.
    It is still leveled with this device, just leveled on angle. If you shake it, there won't be any rocking.

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    This sounds like a great invention. I may try to door stops first to see if I like it.

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    You could also try propping the back up with something else to see how your machine does with this, before you spend money on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesing
    My wife uses the Tilt'able by Ergonomic Advantage. ...... I haven't bought one for my machine because I'm hoping to pick up something less expensive.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ergonomic-Adva.../dp/B001839ZKO

    Darren

    Mama! That's expensive! At just under $60, I'll stick with doorstops! But, thanks for the info. I don't mean to be disparaging.

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