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Thread: Where do you do your cutting?

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    Where do you do your cutting?

    I am new to quilting. I cut my first quilt out yesterday using a rotary cutter. However, it was not the most comfortable place to cut. So I was curious where all of you cut at and how comfortable it is?

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    I have a small kitchen table in my sewing room that is built up on blocks of wood. Before I got this table I did it on the kitchen counter. I can't stay bent over a table for long. My 65 year old back can't take it. LOL

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    so...where did you do your cutting that was uncomfortable?
    i cut all of my fabrics in my sewing room on my cutting table. it is not necessarily uncomfortable- not sure what the problem was-
    it is important to use a table that is the correct height for you though- and never try to use your rotory cutter while sitting down- you should be standing at your cutting table.
    there are videos and tutorials about proper ergonomics in the sewing room- you may need to check them out-
    just do a search for sewing room ergonomics.
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    I do all my cutting on the kitchen counter too, it is just the right height and my big cutting mat fits perfectly on it. I also have my sewing machine permanently set up in the dining room right alongside my kitchen counter so have the perfect set up.
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    I use a cutting that I got from JoAnn's if you use a dining table or a banquet table you can use bed risers to give the right height.
    Donna

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    I use a 3' X 8' banquet table.

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    I did mine at the kitchen table. I did stand but it did make my back hurt. But I also had to lay it out on the floor so I'm sure my 50 yr old back wasn't happy with that either. So that leads to the next question where do you lay your quilt out at?

    Thanks for your responses.
    Diane

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    I have an old light table that I bought for stained glass. It's about 40" high which is higher than recommended, but it works okay for me. I took out the light and glass and bought a piece of tiling cement backing board at Home Depot for the top. It's very durable and I don't have to worry about hurting anything. I've got a mat on top of that.

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    i use the kitchen table most of the time as it is the right height for a short person and is in front of the patio door so I have excellent light. In my sewing room, I have an old desk that works well for the height but the light is not as good. I don't cut for long periods of time there. I like to cut first thing in the morning when I am alert and the light is great. Cutting at night is seldom a good idea for me.
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    Hi Diane, from another "Turner"

    I have a combination bookcase/table that I got for my sewing room...it's high enough that I don't have to bend over at all.
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    I cut out on my kitchen bench too...it's the right height and I don't have room for a separate cutting table. Also...makes me clean up the bench properly...lol.

    When I want to baste my quilt I lay it on the dining table and let it hang over the edges while I baste.
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    I used to do my cutting on the kitchen table, but it's a little low and my back would start to hurt after awhile. Now I use the kitchen counter because it's the perfect height. The only downside is that I have to clear it off when it's time to make dinner!

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    Depends on what mood I am in. Sometimes I use the cutting table, sometimes the dining room table, and sometimes on a small fold up plastic table that is really sturdy.
    Sadiemae

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    I have a Singer SM cabinet from the 70s that is oversized. It is an okay height at 31 inches. My 24 by 36 mats fits on the top. My granddaughter is taking the machine and I'm keeping the cabinet.

    For laying the quilt out, I have a fleece design wall. I like seeing it vertical. When it's time to sandwich it, I use my dining room for small things and two or three 8 top tables pushed together at church for larger ones.
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    I use a banquet table with extension legs my DH made for me out of PC pipe, removable when needed.
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    I found a great little table at Sam's Club that has adjustable legs. Only $36 and the high setting is perfect for cutting.

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    My house has an open floor plan, so I prefer the dinning room table where I can keep an eye on all the action.
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    I use the dining room table, because it has plenty of room for the 36 inch mat and all kinds of things I want right at hand. But...it is about 13 inches shy of being high enough...and I am not going to put risers under it....it's a dining room table, with a leaf it it, and it's huge. I just don't spend a lot of time all at once cutting, or my back tells me about it, as does my neck and shoulder.
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    I have a 2 1/2 foot countertop that I put a rotary mat on. It's a good height for standing while cutting.
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    the cheapest and quickest adjustable table is to put a 1/2" (less will bend) pc of plywood on 2 adjustable ironing boards... you can have it trimmed to the biggest size you can fit in your cutting area or you can use the whole thing,,,, i trimmed mine to 6" (the lumber store will do this for you).... because then it slides under my queen size bed. i usually stand, but I can actually sit down and do small stuff if i like... just move the ironing boards down... you can find extra ironing boards at all kinds of garage sales for $2

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    I use this old Science Table that I found at the Goodwill for $6.99. It is the perfect height and has great storage, the top is heat and cut resistant.

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    I have the bottom half of a computer desk (FROM GOODWILL FOR 7.00).........and I sit to cut (this old back doesnt do well to stand for too long at a time)..I find that sitting at this desk, it is very easy to do my rotary cutting......I have no problem with sitting to cut things out.

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    To save your back, the cutting table should be at least counter height. I do better with it a little higher. I bought an adjustable height table at Sam's Club and it's perfect for me. I don't cut as much as I use to using a rotary cutter since I bought the Accuquilt Go and buy a lot of precuts.
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    I use my freezer in the basement

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    I bought a kitchen island/counter from Ikea. It's a perfect height for me and it's sturdy. One thing I did and I have noticed some comfort, was I added an exercise mat to stand on so I wasn't standing on carpet/concrete for long periods of time - my sewing room is in my basement.

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