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    Question rolling vs folding chair for sewing

    I was planning to buy a new rolling chair for sewing but then I got to thinking how nice it would be to fold up the chair when I wasn't sewing so it wasn't taking up so much room. Does anyone use a folding chair? Would I regret it?

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    I love my rolling chair. Good back support, adjustable height, with all the getting up and down to press or square up it is easy to roll up to and away from my machine. It is much more comfortable than a folding chair, I have used both. If you get a roller make sure NO arms, had one, kept getting fabric stuck on or round arms.

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    Folding chair does sound nice, issue is that I don't think you will find one comfortable enough or with enough support to use. If you are only sewing for 10-15 min at a time that would be one thing but we all know you will be in that chair longer! Heck other than your bed it will probably be the most used piece of furniture you have

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    I have a rolling chair that I love. I need the one I can adjust up and down and one that gives me good back support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    Heck other than your bed it will probably be the most used piece of furniture you have
    LOL No kidding. My computer chair is right up there too though. Maybe a folding chair is a bad idea. lol. I'll start shopping for a smaller rolling one that wouldn't take up a ton of room.

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    I used a folding chair when I first began and found myself struggling to turn and get away from it when getting up and having to turn it often when I had to get up or reach to get things.. I gave myself a present and bought a sale chair at staples and enjoyed it so much.

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    FYI - I was told when shopping for my new office chair that the arms on the office chairs will come off if you do not want them on.
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    As far as a fold up chair taking up less room, personally, I'll take the rolling chair anytime over fold up.

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    I'd love to find a chair where the arms fold up rather than having to take them off completely. I have had office chairs where you can leave them off and I've had some that they have to be on because they help support the back.

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    ​I like a rolling chair so I can freely move closer to the machine or roll the chair back to get up. My sewing room has carpet so it would be a pain to push back a folding chair.

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    I started with a folding chair and now I keep it folded up behind the door for company, bought a rolling chair and much happier. The rolling chair can be adjusted and moved, the folding chair got to be a pain. JMHO

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    love the rolling chair. gets me from place to place quicker and I am a lazy quilter. hehe

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    ditto on the rolling chair for convenience

    Add to the fact that most folding chairs are lower than a standard chair ... and for most of us it would be too low for comfortable sewing.

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    The exercise ball is the best of all - comfortable, rolls away when you want to stand up, rolls under the sewing desk when done for the day - good for core strengthening too.

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    I have a rolling chair and I would not replace it with a folding chair. It is an old wooden rolling desk chair my dad got with a roll top desk years and years ago. The one downfall? Threads get stuck in the rollers. I have to burn them off from time to time.
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    I like to sit up higher than most chairs, so I confiscated my DH adjustable chair he used for reloading. It's just perfect and I can raise the seat up high enough if I want to use it at my cutting table. I also have a stool that drummers use. I use this at my embroidery machine as I don't sit there very long at a time. Both chairs are easy to get out of and both are very comfortable. BTW, I can get a back for my stool but just haven't seen the need for it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    FYI - I was told when shopping for my new office chair that the arms on the office chairs will come off if you do not want them on.
    True, took mine off years ago.

    Like a good pair of shoes, a comfy ergonomic chair is a must. Be sure to check what kind of casters are on them. They make them for carpeted floors or hard flooring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I have a rolling chair that I love. I need the one I can adjust up and down and one that gives me good back support.
    Ditto for me. I used a folding chair for a long time but it just doesn't give enough support as the back is usually lower than a rolling chair & of course, it is not adjustable for heights. I too would prefer to be able to put it away when not in use but the other issued are more important in my decision than just that one. Most rolling chairs come with arms but I just removed mine & absolutely no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I have a rolling chair that I love. I need the one I can adjust up and down and one that gives me good back support.
    Ditto for me. I used a folding chair for a long time but it just doesn't give enough support as the back is usually lower than a rolling chair & of course, it is not adjustable for heights. I too would prefer to be able to put it away when not in use but the other issues were more important in my decision than just that one. Most rolling chairs come with arms but I just removed mine & absolutely no problem.
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    I have used anything and everything as a chair. Hands down a rolling chair with arms is the only way to go ! I have 3 and love everyone. 1 for the computer, one for my sewing machine and one for my other sewing machine, I still have some orphans that don't have a chair yet. Personally I love the arms, thinking of how it looks and deciding if it looks like it is supposed to, just lean back and go on or stop and decide if the material has made some alien move and changed how it looks. It is really nice to have arms when taking apart and rearranging the pieces

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    I have a roll around chair. Not onlydoes it roll it has five legs which makes it more evenly balanced, it raises and lowers, and the arms 'roll' back to be out of the way, the this allows the chair to roll right under my sewing table
    out of the way. Loved it so much we also bought one for the computer. Picked it up at Walmart for around $70 (I
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    I have a bad back and my husband bought me an ergonomic chair that is great for my back. Little did he know that now I can quilt longer than I used to....LOL
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    I also love the arms on my chair.
    Quote Originally Posted by neece View Post
    I have used anything and everything as a chair. Hands down a rolling chair with arms is the only way to go ! I have 3 and love everyone. 1 for the computer, one for my sewing machine and one for my other sewing machine, I still have some orphans that don't have a chair yet. Personally I love the arms, thinking of how it looks and deciding if it looks like it is supposed to, just lean back and go on or stop and decide if the material has made some alien move and changed how it looks. It is really nice to have arms when taking apart and rearranging the pieces

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    I think a good chair with great back support is as important as your sewing machine. I have never sat in a comfortable folding chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    I think a good chair with great back support is as important as your sewing machine. I have never sat in a comfortable folding chair.
    Oh how true ... I have always wondered who designed folding chairs, as I have yet to find any that are comfortable or at a right height ... for anything!!

    A good chair is valuable as a sewist ... less strain on your back, plus the height adjustability is important according to the task.

    I have a drafting chair, which at its lowest is about the highest a standard chair goes. The low setting is perfect when I am straight stitching, yet I like it a little higher when I get into quilting mode. Higher still, I can sit up to my cutting table if I want to sort patterns or design PP patterns, etc.
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