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Old 10-29-2015, 03:20 PM
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I hope this isn’t TMI (too much information), but does anyone’s bottom ever get sore from quilting? Sometimes I feel like I get bursitis in my bum from sitting at the machine and piecing quilts.

I’m recently retired, and so I have more time to sew than I used to. I have an excellent chair. I sew for awhile and then get up and do some housework. I sew for awhile and then go for a short walk outside. I really do try to break up my “sitting” sessions.

But my posterior sometimes gets really sore. I wonder if it’s the angle of sitting while sewing that causes the problem. Because sewers sit with one leg slightly stretched to the foot pedal, maybe normal weight distribution is somewhat different than just normal sitting???

Are derriere issues an occasional problem with other sewers/quilters, or is it just me?
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:24 PM
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Well...I just pulled a muscle in my behind after shifting my weight while I was sewing....it happens lol
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:26 PM
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My back and hips are what hurts on me. I can't sew nearly as long as I used to.
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:27 PM
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No, I can't say that ever happened to me. I have enough padding so it's never been an issue. ;-)
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:29 PM
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Luckily that is not one problem that I have sewing.
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:39 PM
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A physical therapist friend showed me I was sitting with most of my weight on one butt cheek. This was putting my back out of alignment and putting pressure on that part of my body. I now make an effort to sit with weight being equal on both sides of my butt. That has really helped me. I noticed I did that while driving too!
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:48 PM
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You might need to buy one of the foam donut pillows. I know they are for another problem but I find as I get older that I have less padding over my tail bone. Your tailbone in contact with your chair might be the problem.
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:56 PM
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Here's an interesting article on Sewing Ergonomics:
After sewing at the dining room table for years, I was amazed at how much less strain there was after I finally broke down and purchased a table that my machine dropped into and was at the correct height.
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Old 10-29-2015, 04:12 PM
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My issue is neck and upper back strain. I am scheduled now for a removal of a spinal disc up near my neck so guess my beloved quilting is going to be on hiatus for a while. I do use a foam padded back support.
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Old 10-29-2015, 04:22 PM
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My issue is with my upper back and arms/hands...I am like Maryb..to much padding, and I have an adjustable chair.
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