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Thread: Perfect sewing table height

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    Super Member fayzer's Avatar
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    I don't have a sewing table. I do have an adjustable table and would like to know the perfect height. The table goes from 22", 24",26",28". I know I could just sit down and try to figure it out. The last time I quilted, it was at the kitchen table. My shoulders were hunched up and I was so sore the next day. I am 5' 5 1/2" tall and will use a straight chair.

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    I believe it is 28". However you have to take into account your own height--as well as if you are long waisted, or long legged! Sounds funny I know, but if you are long waisted--you need it closer to the 28".

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    Where did you get such a table? My mom is short and finding standard height tables not comfortable for cutting and sewing. I'd love to get her an affordable adjustable height table!

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    Great question. I moved my machine to the sun porch farm table because it was warm there, and my right shoulder and arm cramp something fierce in about 10 minutes of quilting. I'm going to go measure it! At this rate I am never going to finish the crib size quilt...it will finish me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    Where did you get such a table? My mom is short and finding standard height tables not comfortable for cutting and sewing. I'd love to get her an affordable adjustable height table!
    My table is a Lifetime Adjustable Table. Unfortunately, my table is only the craft size. I really need something bigger, but, that would require removing a bed that I need when my grandchildren come to visit. I am scrunched for space. If you search for for the name you will see quite a selection of sizes and shapes.

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    I watched it on Alex's Show.... You have to sit in front of the table and put your arms @ a 90Degree's...[elbow and forarm].
    It does make ALL the differenc in the world

    Love your picture,Faye :) :-) Full of energy :thumbup:

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    Thanks, I think I know what to do now.
    Lov-e,
    That smile and energy came from being on the beach with my grandchildren. We had so much fun that day.

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    Whatever height has your arms at 90 degrees flush with the table ( if machine sunken in cabinet) or flush with the bed of your machine if on top of the table, people are different heights so you have to adjust yours according to your height and measurements. I have a very short torso and long legs so our table measurements would probably be different.

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    Also try tilting the machine by using door stops or a "machine lifter" you can get from debbieumphress, a board member. Or if you're handy make one.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-69533-1.htm

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    The tables I've seen are around 28" to 32". The sewing cabinet that my DH is making is 29". But I think it really depends on your table and your chair. If both are adjustable then the only other thing would be your height. You could adjust the table in chair but if you can't reach the foot pedal then you are SOL as they say. That wold be my problem. I am vertically challenged.

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    When I got my new table and chair I made sure that I could have my arms at right angles like Dolphyngirl posted. Well after about an hour my back and arms were killing. I lowered my chair to how it was with my makeshift desk/table I used to use and now I can sew for hours with no pain. I guess that rule doesn't work with me.

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    You quilters are the best. My son can build me a lifter. I knew I could find the answers here.

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