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    Possible to Sit & Cut Fabric?

    I managed to stand & cut 6" squares today but my back & feet are in agony. I only stood for 3 hrs tops. I have a low coffee table in my living room & I thought maybe I could sit & cut. Opinions & Thoughts please?
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    I cut in the floor. So yeah it is possible. I am sitting on my knees for the most part but I guess if you are high enough for a good angle and with enough control, cut how you want.
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    What about using a bar stool to sit on.. I have one that I use from time to time when im cutting lil bits..

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    It is worth a try -- the coffee table might be too low. It all depends on the height of your chair. I have sat on a bar stool at my kitchen counter to cut when my back hurt -- it was a struggle. I put a new blade in the rotary cutter and had an easier time cutting.
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    just be very careful that you don't cut towards yourself.

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    I have a small adjustable table that we bought at someplace like Office Depot or Staples or maybe Costco. I has just enough table top to put a med cutting matt on and comfortably cut while sitting on my couch. I has various levels that the height can be adjusted to. It works great.

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    I sit and cut all the time. The only time I stand is if I'm cutting a lot of layers of fabric, and that is rare. I sit and cut and watch t.v. I can go for hours like that.
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    I have one, maybe the same as you. I cut sitting down all the time, I don't think I have ever cut out a quilt standing. I do stand to square off, and add borders. I have lain the quilt on the floor in the living room and sew all the blocks and rows together.
    Sorry your back and feet hurt. Try a chair that can be raised.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pattia View Post
    I have a small adjustable table that we bought at someplace like Office Depot or Staples or maybe Costco. I has just enough table top to put a med cutting matt on and comfortably cut while sitting on my couch. I has various levels that the height can be adjusted to. It works great.
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    I sit and cut at the dining room table, except sometimes for long cuts and on fleece. However, for cutting squares, the table works fine for me. I am tall, and maybe that makes it easier.
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    Thanks for all the great ideas!! I used to always stand and cut, but now with blood clot problems and leg swelling, I needed to find another way..Will look for that adjustable table!!

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    I cut small pieces all the time on a coffee table. Technically, on a mat that's on the table - but I think most everyone assumed that!

    I've also used a flat TV tray for a cutting table. That worked out well, too - for small pieces.

    Maybe cut the long strips standing up - and then cut the long strips into the smaller segments sitting down?

    PS Because our couches are kind of low - I sit on a pillow so it's easier to get up.

    PPS I think it's important to get up and down fairly often -

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    I always cut sitting down. I use an office chair with wheels and move around between my cutting table, sewing machine and pressing board. If I had to stand to cut I would be unable to quilt. I have spinal stenosis and I spend my time always looking for someplace to sit.

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    We have a taller cutting table and I use a saddle stool to sit and cut after I have stood to cut the larger piece into strips of the right size. I also cannot stand for long periods of time.
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    I always sit on my couch and use the coffee table to cut things. To me it's much easier than trying to stand for hours!

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    I use a bar stool for cutting for any length of time like trimming HSTs. Otherwise, I cut standing, but don't do the whole quilt at once.

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    I sit at my dining room table and cut small things, but for cut width of fabric I need to stand.

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    I thought everyone sat and cut...I only stand for large cuttings of many layers of fabric
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueJ View Post
    I managed to stand & cut 6" squares today but my back & feet are in agony. I only stood for 3 hrs tops. I have a low coffee table in my living room & I thought maybe I could sit & cut. Opinions & Thoughts please?
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    I'm in a wheelchair and sitting and cutting are my only choice. My back does tire------but that's more from a decades old injury. I use the dining room table. A coffee table would put me in my grave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I cut small pieces all the time on a coffee table. Technically, on a mat that's on the table - but I think most everyone assumed that!

    I've also used a flat TV tray for a cutting table. That worked out well, too - for small pieces.

    Maybe cut the long strips standing up - and then cut the long strips into the smaller segments sitting down?

    PS Because our couches are kind of low - I sit on a pillow so it's easier to get up.

    PPS I think it's important to get up and down fairly often -
    a flat TV tray with a bread board on top with several layers of white tablecloth on top of that is my ironing board. Very easy to put exactly where I want it.
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    I cut while sitting all the time, in fact, I do most of my cutting while sitting. My sewing table is actually an 8 ft. folding table from an office supply and it is just about the right height for me. So, yes, you should be able to make it work.
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    I am so glad that I asked! I had been told that you had to stand while cutting. Thank you so much for your responses!!

    Sue

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    I too have standing leg problems. I have taught myself to cut sitting down for most projects. Even harder was learning to press-iron sitting down. Makes a big difference in how I feel.
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    I too have standing leg problems. I have taught myself to cut sitting down for most projects. Even harder was learning to press-iron sitting down. Makes a big difference in how I feel. standing gives you more pressure.
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    I have a frosted glass topped (3/8" thick glass) expandable dining table that I put up on BED RISERS. It's now just the right height to comfortably cut with my mat and rotary cutters. My back strain is eliminated because I'm not bending over. I can also open this table from 4' to 8' to spread out my quilts for basting. Just one of those lucky yard sale find

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    With too many problems to mention (!) I do this: I have the banquet type table on risers. That allows me to cut (with a rotary cutter I finally found that does not kill my wrist!) for a time standing up. I have a good quality high chair with a back that I use to cut smaller pieces. I also quilt on this table and use the high chair. I find I can control the quilt better and have less back strain this way. Plus the table is long so quilt is supported.

    Even with my spinal stenosis and RA i find it is beneficial to stand up and walk around at least every hour.

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