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    Question That Purple Cushion

    Do many people use that funny inflated purple cushion? Now that I'm quilting more, I'm getting some discomfort in my ...ahem, upper thigh backs. I hate to spend that much on a thing like that, but if it will be better than the various cushions I've been using, maybe I should.

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    I'll be watching this thread I have the same problem and have been looking for a solution have many cushions so far nothing works. Good Luck. Sue

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    I've seen them marketed as high as $25-$30 in quilt stores, and as low as $12 in the fitness section of stores like Target and Walmart. The exact same product. My advice is to shop around!

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    I drooled over the Gypsy Balance Cushion for a long time but just couldn't justify the cost. I found something very similiar at either Walmart or Meijer. It is made by Danskin and it works just as well. It is a balance disk and it helps strengthen your core muscles. My sides and abs were sore for the first week that I used it but I have no problems now. It is sold in the exercise equipment area. The best part is it cost about $13-14!!!
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    cool. i will have to look for one.
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    I hate mine...it's so uncomfortable. I bought in hopes it would help me and it just makes my butt numb!

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    I bought an DynaDisc by Exertools many years ago and use it for when am sewing not at my home. This was originally for physical therapy and balance but once I saw it I knew it would be great for classes, sew-ins, etc. What is pictured is similar.

    I have a Swooper that I use at home for sewing. It is height adjustable and more; looks like a giant mushroom; is like sitting on a balance ball so my posture remains what it should be.

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    Would a hemroid donut would just as good? I found one on Amazon.com for $6.00. Looks comfy. http://www.amazon.com/Hemorrhoid-Hem.../dp/B001V9X4G6

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    Would a hemroid donut would just as good? I found one on Amazon.com for $6.00. Looks comfy. http://www.amazon.com/Hemorrhoid-Hem.../dp/B001V9X4G6
    Actually, Donut cushions are very bad for you! We stopped using them many years ago in the nursing home I worked at because studies proved that the cushion actually causes more pressure due to gravity. We had used these for patients with bed sores on their bottoms and hemorrhoids.
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    I would recommend trying out the Gypsy cushion (or whatever one you're considering) before purchasing it. My LQS had them at sewing classes and you could use it for the class to see if you wanted to buy it. I used it for a little bit but I was up and down so much I couldn't really tell if it helped me or not.
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    I just recently bought one from Clotilde. It was expensive, yes, and I'm too dumb to think to look elsewhere so I forked over the $$. I must say I love it and bought another for my chair at work. I spend all day sitting and interviewing or sitting and typing and my back was killing me. Much better since I purchased the cushion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I drooled over the Gypsy Balance Cushion for a long time but just couldn't justify the cost. I found something very similiar at either Walmart or Meijer. It is made by Danskin and it works just as well. It is a balance disk and it helps strengthen your core muscles. My sides and abs were sore for the first week that I used it but I have no problems now. It is sold in the exercise equipment area. The best part is it cost about $13-14!!!

    Thanks for this VERY helpful reply! I'm going to check this out.

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    Wow, I was just considering one of these this week, sewing room and work - will have to do more research.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishhavengirl View Post
    I hate mine...it's so uncomfortable. I bought in hopes it would help me and it just makes my butt numb!
    I had the same experience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Do many people use that funny inflated purple cushion? Now that I'm quilting more, I'm getting some discomfort in my ...ahem, upper thigh backs. I hate to spend that much on a thing like that, but if it will be better than the various cushions I've been using, maybe I should.
    I have one & I feel it is a waste of money. It is very difficult to sit on, yes there is a correct side but I still find it difficult to stay on. I also have problems with my arms but mostly my back and thought this would help but it doesn't and I think they are expensive and a waste of money.
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    When this topic came up last yr. I bought 2 of them but found them extremely uncomfortable. I just recently started using one but turned it over to sit on the smooth side. (maybe I was doing it wrong?). I find it hard to balance on. Feels like I'm rolling around on it. Now I seem to be getting used to it. Can't tell if it helps but I'm giving it a try. Mine are blue though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishhavengirl View Post
    I hate mine...it's so uncomfortable. I bought in hopes it would help me and it just makes my butt numb!
    I'm so happy to read your words here. This is the exact problem I had. Actually hurt my bottom before becoming numb. That's when I decided to turn it over. I don't know why I thought the nubby side should be up. When I turned it over to sit on the smooth side the pain & numbness went away. I still wish it was larger since what I put on it is larger than the cushion. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishhavengirl View Post
    I hate mine...it's so uncomfortable. I bought in hopes it would help me and it just makes my butt numb!
    Oh yes...I could only use it once and then only for about 15min...too uncomfortable.
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    You could go out and pay $400+ for a Roho cushion Or how about getting some of that egg crate foam, and cut it to the size of the chair seat.... once you get used to it and decide to keep it, make a cute fabric cover for it. (you could shave the front edge down to a wedge shape)

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    Plenty of ladies in my guild have used the purple cushion and none of them liked it. I use a revolving padded seat cushion designed for the car. I love it, like having a swivel chair. Wonderful at retreats and classes. Here is a link to a similar one. Do a search and be sure to read the reviews. $15-40. (Get one with a removable washable cover.)

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    Try partially deflating the purple cushion before giving up on it. I don't use mine all the time, but when I do I find that having less air in it makes it more comfortable.

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    seriously, that purple thing is so uncomfortable....I too bought the Danskin one, it sits lower and is more comfortable!

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    I have a red balance cushion, from the fitness section of Amazon. Good news, is that if I ever want to exercise with it, it came with a DVD. Or I could just use the DVD for a coaster... I do like it, as it make sitting for long periods a little less painful.

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    I have the ball chair that I use at home and one for my desk at work and also the cushion that you are talking about for when I travel to retreats etc.

    I like to put a cloth pad over mine it makes it a little more comfortable to sit on, for me the rubber makes me sweat and my legs get sore. It does ease the pressure on my lower back and makes me sit straight. After a while I like to switch to a regular chair for a while. Changing around seems to help then I am not in one position for too long.

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    I have one. I sit on the SMOOTH side. It really does make a difference. I can sew all day and not be paralyzed when I finally leave my sewing cave. I also set a timer ffor 30 minutes to remind myself to drink some water and get up and walk around - advice from my chiropractor. The combo of the cushion and walking around plus the water works wonders.

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