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    What are the proper heights

    Can someone please help me?? I have tried to Google this and to no avail nothing. How do you figure out the proper height for your sewing chair, sewing table, cutting table (while standing) & ironing board. I'm trying to set up my sewing room the proper way. I'm not any good at figuring out the proper floor plan of my sewing room either. That will be for another thread later. One thing at a time for me. Lol thanks a bunch
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    I have my chair sitting higher than a regular chair since my sewing machine isn't recessed, but sitting on a table. My cutting table is the standard cutting table ad it works for me. I'd say whatever works for you is the way it should be. Arrange things te way you want. Don't worry about proper, it's your space and if you're like the rest of us, you'll rearrange several times to suit you.

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    A lot depends on your height and body.

    If it's your space, have it designed for you. A six foot tall person with very long legs would have his knees touching his chin in a chair that I'm comfortable on!

    I think there are charts and illustrations for ergonomics - how high should YOUR chair be, etc.

    I think the heights have to do with where your elbows bend, etc. as far as cutting tables go.

    Google: ergonomics - you might find some useful info there.

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    I tried adjusting so that while at my sewing machine, my elbows would be at right angles like what is recommended. I hurt so bad after 30 minutes I went back to my old bad posture and was able to sew for an hour before I started to get a little sore. So I guess it depends. My "stock" cutting table is about 34" high. I'm shorter than average so I'm going to make my new cutting table 32" since I do have trouble cutting on the stock table sometimes.

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    A lot depends on your height. Here are the OSHA guideliness for a professional sewing station:
    https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/sew...iondesign.html

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    Generally speaking, yes, your forearms and thighs should be parallel to one another when seated with your feet flat on the floor and your thighs should be parallel to the floor at that point. If you're looking for a sewing table height, then your forearms should still be parallel to your thighs when they are placed on the top of your sewing table/machine. Same principal when standing at a cutting table. With your back straight, these positions will put the least amount of strain on your back; shoulders; arms. None of us cut/sew with our backs straight. But something close to those measurements should get your close. Is there a way you could maybe take some heavy duty boxes and duct tape and build some mock ups to see how comfortable those positions are for you before you start investing in tables and chairs?

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    When sitting in your chair hip should be at 90 degree angle/bend with your knees 90 degrees bent when your feet are placed flat on floor this keeps your pelvis in a more neutral position . Your table should be at a height where shoulder's are able to be relaxed so you are not using your upper trapezius muscles and elbows are at 90 degrees bend.

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    Mine is not the right height. I need to try and get this right. After 6 hours (with breaks), I feel like I have been digging ditches.
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    If you are short like me, to make the thighs straight and the right height for your sewing table you may need to raise your chair seat and get a platform to put your feet on so they create the proper relationships.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rufree4t View Post
    If you are short like me, to make the thighs straight and the right height for your sewing table you may need to raise your chair seat and get a platform to put your feet on so they create the proper relationships.
    I do the same thing for my sewing chair and DH rigged an old printer stand so I could put my foot pedal on it. Perfect! For ironing, cutting and quilting, I use a few layers of interlocking floor pats so that my arms are at a comfortable 90 degree angle. It is far easier to raise my self than it is to cut down the frame, ironing board, etc.

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    I had to put my cutting table on cinder blocks to get it at a fairly comfortable height for me. My ironing board is at maximum height and I have an office chair at close to its maximum seat height for comfort when sitting at my machine (a featherweight on a school desk adjusted to close to the same height as the cabinet machine next to it. Not sure how "proper" any of it is but I seem to be pretty comfortable the majority of the time.
    The only way I can judge is by how well it works for me.

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    Wasn't this among the Quilting Board articles that were posted this week? Lots of good information there as well as from these posters.
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    Where would I find this article on this board?

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