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Thread: Stool for Long Arm---drafting stool or saddle seat--which do you prefer?

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    Stool for Long Arm---drafting stool or saddle seat--which do you prefer?

    Due to my recent knee replacement (both have been replaced now) I am thinking of using my Christmas $$ for a rolling stool to use with the long arm. I know sitting while long arming has it's limits--especially with pantos or edge-to-edge. I have fatigue mats, but am finding that I still can't stand long enough to do much work. With my first knee it took about 3 month before I could stand long enough to get much work done--and I don't want to wait that long! I'm thinking that a stool would allow me to work on the more detailed stuff. I have carpet like is found in an office so the floor is not super slick but a rolling chair should move with a little effort(but also not require me to hang onto the frame!).

    My question is, do you prefer drafting stool with a back or one of the saddle seat(backless) stools? Why?

    Thanks for your input--I plan to do some shopping Monday when I go into the city for Dr. appt.

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    I have a rolling chair with adjustable height, adjustable foot rest and a back that can lock in one position or if unlocked, will allow you to stretch and lean back in chair. I like the back because in between sets of quilting I take a rest, lean back and stretch my back/shoulders without having to get up or falling backwards. I am in my chair most times when quilting. There are some times where I have to stand but not too often. I really like my chair.

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    I haven't used one, so really can't advise. However, several people on a Yahoo group recommended a dentist's chair. If you do a search on eBay, you will find a variety of them, mostly under $100. Here is a link to the search I did:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...chair&_sacat=0

    Where I live, I doubt I could find anything locally like these options for under $100!

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    [QUOTE=quiltingshorttimer;7030394]
    My question is, do you prefer drafting stool with a back or one of the saddle seat(backless) stools? Why?
    I have a saddle chair I got off ebay. I love it but found that i would forget to scoot the chair and I would get up and be standing to quilt and then be surprised I was standing. But when I remembered to use it right I liked it. If you get one be sure to get one that raises to more than 25".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmcbride View Post
    I have a rolling chair with adjustable height, adjustable foot rest and a back that can lock in one position or if unlocked, will allow you to stretch and lean back in chair. I like the back because in between sets of quilting I take a rest, lean back and stretch my back/shoulders without having to get up or falling backwards. I am in my chair most times when quilting. There are some times where I have to stand but not too often. I really like my chair.
    your chair sounds wonderful--do you know the brand? Thanks!

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    I bought the saddle stool one year down at MQS when it was in Kansas City. I've never really used it and I paid a LOT more for it than the one on E-Bay. I ended up raising my table way up and that pretty much took care of my back problems, which is why I purchased the chair. I just am more comfortable standing while quilting.

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    I bought a drafting chair thinking it would be good for intense micro stippling......now it sits in the corner like a decoration.....I'm standing, walking to roll up, adjust, put on clamps, trim sides, etc...... I don't have knee, back probs, So I work for two/three hours, break for 1/2 hr, then back.....but some have luck w/ chair.....

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    I think if you find it doesn't roll easily enough, then you could always put those plastic carpet protectors they use under office chairs down too (only if needed). You might be surprised how much effort it takes to push the chair, and it would be at an angle which might not be good for either knee. But the chair idea is a good one.

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    I personally would prefer an adjustable drafting chair. I have a regular office chair for piecing and love it. Actually I have two, one with arms and one without.

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    woohoo! After an appt. with my orthopedist yesterday, I bought a drafting stool--with back and adjustable footrest, at Office Max and my husband put it together last night. I sat this afternoon while working on an a charity quilt--and it worked fine! I do agree that you have to get up and down to roll quilt, and standing for the long, straight seam to attach quilt just makes sense. But it allowed me to get a quilt done, start to finish, 7 weeks after I had a total knee replacement. Don't see away for quilting a panto while sitting--but may try it--thanks so much to all you!
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    I just recieved mine from Office Max. Paid $109.00 for it.mshould be fine for my needs. I was happy with the price, too.
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    I just bought one of those backless saddle-style stools for my regular sewing machine - I tend to hunch my shoulders up and this type of seat is supposed to force you to sit up straight.

    I like it a lot...except my left hip gets really sore after only a little while. I've had that hip replaced and I think things just don't sit quite right in that area. It's really disappointing...not only was the stool expensive but I could tell it was already helping with my back! But I don't want to just trade pains... I haven't given up yet, I'm trying different angles to the seat and seeing if I can find a happy spot because I REALLY want this stool to work out. I love what it does for my back, and I love how much smaller it is than my regular office chair - takes up much less space in my cramped sewing room. And it's surprisingly comfortable overall, except for my poor hip.

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    Sandygirl--that's the stool I got and it's working and comfortable. I do accidently "lock" a wheel when I get on and off--so will have to get that worked out--maybe taping the lever up.

    Sewnoma--I talked with someone about the saddle seat--she said you have to be very "aware" getting on/off and with my knee I decided I wasn't that coordinated. I was having trouble will hunching over when at my regular sewing machine and decided at least part of it was having trouble seeing--so after much pondering, bought this giant magnifying lense set up (Big Thing? Or Big Lense?) from a vendor at our local quilt show. It forces me to lean back in my chair to see the needle area. I took it, my chair, my Ott light AND my heated,vibrating chair pad to a retreat--they laughed but by the end of the 1st day, several were trying it out! I figure my body is worth at least as much as I spend on fabric for 1 quilt!

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