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Thread: Need CHAIR for sewing table ... what do YOU use???

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    Junior Member jj1150's Avatar
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    Need CHAIR for sewing table ... what do YOU use???

    I am getting soooo close to my new sewing room becoming a reality (FINALLY) .... should be able to make that happen in a week or so

    But I will need a chair for my sewing table (previously, I've used my dining room table). And I saw at Marshalls a great little desk-type chair with swivel wheels. And, OMG, it's sooo cute, Red (or Black) and the whole thing looks like it's done in one-layer of comfy leather (real or not!!).

    And so, I thought, THAT would be a great sewing chair (and cute too); and then I got to thinking ...
    do most of you use a SWIVEL CHAIR for sewing or just a simple STRAIGHT BACK CHAIR??? I have to admit, I've never used a swivel chair for my sewing, and don't know if I would like it or not. Would it be hard to sew with a hair that moves???

    So, what does everyone use??? All opinions greatly appreciated!!!

    jody

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    I use a swivel chair and would hate anything else. The way my work area is set up I can roll around or swivel around to reach things without getting up. Be sure to show us your room when it is all set up.

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    I have also always used an office style swivel chair. I wouldn't like not having it. The only thing that you might want to try is whether or not you want one with arms. Personally I don't like having arms on my chair but others might have a different opinion about that.
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    I bought myself the best office swivel chair with arms that I could afford at that time. It is wider than the secretarial type chair that has no arms. Mine is cloth which isn't the greatest thing for the threads but I really love it. When I go on retreat I just take the arms off as it's easier to fit into the car without the arms.

    I see mamabear and I were posting at the same time. At first I found the arms got in my way, but then realized the chair swivels, so swivel it before standing up and love it now. I keep a pillow case attached to the one arm for scraps and when that's full I make a pet bed out of it.

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    I use a swivel chair with my electric machines. I find that it doesn't work well with the treadle. The thing I like about the office type chairs is the ability to change the height of the chair.
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    I use an office chair that swivels and can be raised and lowered. I love it and the fact that it swivels is an added bonus not a hindrance.
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    I use a swivel office chair I got from Staples, love it, I also have hardwood floors so I can scoot all over the room. I have found when I am quilting that a high stool works better for me so I can look down on my work and my arms and shoulders don't get near as tense as before. (Different machine and different table)
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    I use a swivel, leather office chair and I love it.
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    I went to a local store that sells sewing machines, tables and chairs. I purchased a special sewing chair. I am so happy I did. It has 6 different adjustments. I am always comfortable whether piecing or quilting! Luann in CT
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    I may try an office chair without arms. I have tried 2 with arms and didn't like them. Now I use a stool and put my foot pedal on a 1x6" piece of board. My back and right leg does hurt if I sew a couple hours. I really don't think this set up is helping me out. I have to sit in the doorway and a smaller chair may help.
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    I use an armless secretarial chair. On wheels and swivels. I have one at each machine.

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    Go to the office supply store. Play Goldilocks. On at least 80% of the chairs you can put them together with or with out arms.

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    youre too cute about the new room LOL.....please post a pic when its done!!!

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    I use a swivel chair - I got the bungee one from Container store and absolutely love it
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    Okay, I must be weird as most replies state they use a wheeled chair.......

    I use an antique ice cream chair. I added a cushion. Of course my sewing machines (vintage, portables) sit on top of a cast iron Singer treadle base. This is just the cast iron, no cabinet. I attached an old style butcher block to the top of the cast iron.

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    I have an office chair with 5 wheels and 3 adjustments. If the chair you checked is comfortable then go for it. If you get it "just because it's cute" you may not be doing your back any favors. We spend a lot of hours on our backside in front of the machine - we need to be kind to our body.
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    I just got a "new" to me chair to use in my sewing room. (Free from my office). It's an old conference room chair that is styled like the one in the picture below except it's black with a fabric seat. Very comfy. I can't wait to use it.

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    I bought a nice office chair at goodwill for $10. It rolls, swivels and has adjustable height. I've see them redone with nice fabric and plastic paint. I see the smaller ones for $5 at goodwill often.

    Like this:
    http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2008/0...oom-chair.html

    And this is super awesome:
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    I love my swivel chair. I can move around and get things in my room without getting up. That's the only chair I will use.

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    I have a stool with an attached padded seat. Chairs were a little too short. I need to be up a little so my back and shoulders don't ache.
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    I have an armed office swivel chair from Office Depot when they were on sale. I love it as I sew in a U-shaped area. Machine on the middle table, work table to my right and iron to my left. Plus, this room ( alcove, really) has hard wood floor so it slides easily and swivels. It's padded, too, which Is good for my "toosh" after hours of sitting. I think it was on sale for $75.00

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    I use a swivel chair on wheels, no arms. It is a secretarial chair and the back adjusts so I get good lumbar support for long hours at the machine. It is perfect. I stole it from my desk - it just wasn't working there. But as a sewing chair it is fabulous. The seat height also adjust so I don't have to worry about the height of my sewing table.

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    Thanks :)

    Quote Originally Posted by KimmieH View Post
    youre too cute about the new room LOL.....please post a pic when its done!!!
    Thanks And a BIG thank you for ALL your advise. Now I will definately look for a swivel chair. The one at Marshall's is sooo darn cute!! And I love the Red This chair had arms .... did I mention just how darn cute it is

    The room is not very big, with chartreuse painted walls and quite a bit of white trim (two sets of closet doors/window(s) and baseboards). And I do have pics from my BR (before I redid that a few years ago), that will go quite well in here.

    And I will be sure and post a pic when I get it done ... still need to find a table for my Janome 6600. Would love to be able to get the one that comes with it (but at about $400, I'll probably try and find something cheaper).

    THANKS Again ... sooo appreciate all the advice!!

    jody

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyjvan9 View Post
    I use an armless secretarial chair. On wheels and swivels. I have one at each machine.
    I too have an armless task chair on wheels and swivels. I decided on the armless variety because I used to have one that hand arms on it and I was always mashing my fingers between it and my sewing table.
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    Cushy swivel on wheels...no arms.

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