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    Arrow hydraulic chair

    Im still working on my area and trying to make it great. The Arrow hydraulic sewing chair is really cute, but is it worth it? Is there a big difference between it and an office chair other than the storage under the seat? Thanks again.

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    I have the older chair ( not hydraulic) but love it!! It hits my back at just the right spot. I have back issues. So this is great but does a local shop have one for u to sit on?

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    [QUOTE=QuiltinMama;8316010]I have the older chair ( not hydraulic) but love it!! It hits my back at just the right spot. I have back issues. So this is great but does a local shop have one for u to sit on]

    Unfortunately, I dont have a shop nearby to try it out.

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    The problem with a lot of general office (task) chairs is that they do not support over 175-ish pounds for the long term. Until I retired, I was a secretary in a high school office, and over the course of 30 years bought a lot of chairs for teachers and support staff.

    The specs for this chair say up to 250 lbs., which leads me to believe it is better made than many of the chairs that are out there and at $299 it is less expensive than lots of chairs that are rated for that weight. I have (and love) a
    Sew Heavenly chair. It's basically as expensive as a piece of furniture but I don't expect I will ever need to replace it. I also opted for the higher shaft, so that I can raise it to a higher level than the standard (my table is a bit higher than I would prefer, and every other chair has been uncomfortable).

    My concern with the Arrow chair is also a feature I love - the storage under the seat. I think that the square frame that the seat is built over makes me wonder if it would press against the back of your legs? I normal chair is kind of rounded or waterfall design to prevent this.

    It's unfortunate that you can't try before you buy. It does have good reviews on Amazon, and free returns with Prime... One reviewer said overpriced for what you get, but I think that is a person who may not understand how the hydraulics work, or perhaps is small enough that it isn't a concern.

    Long story short - I think that if you purchase from a a site that allows easy and free return, it's worth a try!

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    I've been using $30 task chairs for 30 yrs or so. Have not had to replace them due to damage; and i'm definitely not light-weight. They are dingy looking and am looking into covering them with some sewing themed fabric.
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    I have and use for sewing my first office chair from my first job out of high school 54 years ago. Have used it all these years either at a desk or at my sewing machine. The business moved and sold those chairs to employees for $5 a piece. They don't make them like that anymore.

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    A million thanks to everyone. Im going to go with the office chair type that says it can hold 250 pounds like the Arrow does. That save me a few dollars to spend somewhere else... maybe will make a cute cover for it.

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    My chair is a cloth office chair that came from a Humane Society garage sale. I paid $1.00 and love how comfortable it is. No plans to replace it.

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    I have had an office chair since 2000 +/-. It finally broke about a year ago. I went and bought another office chair.....then....my husband and neighbor fixed the original chair. Now I have a “guest chair” for when my husband comes down to see what I am doing or to bring me a taste of whatever he is making. :-)

    I have sat in the “expensive” quilt store “quilting chairs”. I would not pay that kind of money. I do not find those chairs comfortable.

    I should be fixed with a chair for the rest of my life now, having 2 chairs. :-)

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    If you can find an older office chair, it will be more durable than anything you can buy now. I have a $300 manager's chair that needs a new cylinder after 8 months. And when the store put it together they did not give me the factory warranty. My older chair had a five year warranty that let me replace the cylinder and the star base every year. And it only cost me $99 - on sale and assembled.
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    I wound up getting a $60 chair on amazon. I took all the feedback, get a chair that went up to 300 pounds, thinking it’ll last longer. From prior comment, it seems the less weight they support, the cheaper they are. Love the Arrow chair but didn’t want to spend the money on it. Got an Ottlite light instead.

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    I have one similar to this one:
    https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en...HwXlhLfuhYVbMU

    I wouldn't trade it for anything! It's adjustable, super comfortable and I love it. If you spend a lot of time sewing I think a good chair is a must.

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    I have bought "sewing chairs", office chairs, and used a used office chair....by far the best chair is the used chair I bought at an office supply store. It is dusty rose and was replace by a large company because they changed their color. I did pay $100 for it which caused me to scratch my head and wonder about my sanity but the sales rep told my it originally was about $800 yikes! and it has every sort of adjustment you can think of on it. It is very sturdy and stable and comfortable. I used to use it to slide along my concrete floor when doing quilting on my little midarm long arm. still in good shape. The other two chairs not so much....I really need to replace them soon.

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    I really don't know. I'd get something you can actually sit in before you buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazo View Post
    I’m still working on my area and trying to make it great. The Arrow hydraulic sewing chair is really cute, but is it worth it? Is there a big difference between it and an office chair other than the storage under the seat? Thanks again.
    Best chair I've have for sewing was taken off my neighbors porch, that they were getting rid of. It's an swiveling office chair, that goes up and down. No idea how old it is, but I'd love to have a couple more.
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    I have one, black with sewing items on it in colors. The lid lifts from the back rest side. odd but true. i love mine. i splurged on it. i'm sure there are office chairs out there that may even be better but I am very happy with my Arrow chair. i got it through AllBrands site. I'd miss their sale but contacted them about buying one at that price and they ended up giving me at sale price. so yes, I'm happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire123 View Post
    I really don't know. I'd get something you can actually sit in before you buy it.
    True...I purchased an office chair from Staples . . The seats are all different depths, height adjustments, features etc etc. I think I paid $300 ....well worth the comfort dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuckyquilter View Post
    Best chair I've have for sewing was taken off my neighbors porch, that they were getting rid of. It's an swiveling office chair, that goes up and down. No idea how old it is, but I'd love to have a couple more.
    There might be a label under the seat or under the legs.

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    I have an ergonomic backless chair. It is made to keep your spine active. It is what I have used for years. Hope you find the right chair.

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    I've had trouble with the office chair with wheels. If I position it just so and try to sit down, sometimes the chair goes backward and I end up on the floor. Anyone else having this trouble?

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    BA- Some of the office chairs have knobs and levers to make adjustments. See if you have any that will stiffen the back so it isn’t so loose.

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