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Old 07-18-2014, 03:57 PM
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Lately my neck and back hurts more and more when hand quilting or machine quilting. Does anyone else have this problem and what have you done to help it? I've read and practiced all the posture suggestions but still have problems.

Seems like I read somewhere about an adjustable back weight that would help. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
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I have to change chairs and take breaks.
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I'll be interested to see suggestions since I have trouble with this, also.
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I go to the chiropractor once and month and I'm usually fine. There are some neck strains that happen from too much computer work, sewing, etc. He has be get up and walk around about every hour. I've even set up my ironing board across the room from my sewing machine just so I HAVE to get up walk around more.
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The best thing to do is make an appointment with a physical therapist. A PT can show you the solution to lessen your pain. If you ignore the pain it will get worse in a shorter period of time. You will give up quilting too soon!
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Does your neck and back hurt when you are doing piecing or is it with FMQ? There has been a lot of discussion on here lately about some suspension system that has helped people's problems when FMQ.
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Originally Posted by Maureen NJ View Post
Does your neck and back hurt when you are doing piecing or is it with FMQ? There has been a lot of discussion on here lately about some suspension system that has helped people's problems when FMQ.

No, I don't do any FMQ. It's just sitting at the sewing machine and sewing or now it's even if I sit and hand quilt.
I go to the Chiropractor and I also take breaks and get up and walk around. I may try one of those ergonomic chairs.

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
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Sewing for any length of time in a bad position will eventually hurt. The machine should really be set inside a table so it's flush. This helps a ton.
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I have arthritis in my neck, so I feel your pain. As long as I get up and take a short walk every half-hour or so, it doesn't get too bad.
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I would suggest to check that the height of your table and chair are correct for good posture while sewing. My dh made my table to be just the right height and I bought the best office chair I could afford. And I had to (try on) several chairs to find the right one
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