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Date: 1/7/10 6:54 PM

I came to the boards looking for ideas for a permanent sewing table. There are a bunch of interesting ideas in the other thread, but I think I'd just like to know:
1. how far is it from your table top to the floor
2. if your machine bed is at the table height or sits on top of it.

thanks in advance!
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Date: 1/7/10 8:08 PM

My desk is 29" & my sm sits on top of it. I'm 5'6" & this seems to be the perfect height for me.

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Date: 1/7/10 11:54 PM

my sewing table is 30 1/2 from the floor. My sewing machine and serger sit on it.
It brings it up high enough so i don't get a sore back from bending over to much.
i got mine from the viking dealer for about 399.00 about 20 years ago.

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Date: 1/8/10 0:01 AM

I'll have to measure mine, but it would be helpful (I think) to also hear your height - I'm a shorty so my ideal desk height is likely to be lower than taller people's.

ETA - Beverley, thanks, I just noticed you already did!
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Date: 1/8/10 0:52 AM

My sewing table height is
26 " plus the height of the machine bed which is 3.5"

Total height 29.5"

My machines sit on top of the table and my CS and overlocker/serger beds are about the same height as my sewing machine.

Since having my table made, I have cut around 3-4" off the metal legs as it was too high and I had constant arm, shoulder and backache. I was also sitting way too high on a gas lift chair to sit comfortably.
Vonne :)

Edited to add - My height is 5'.5"



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Date: 1/9/10 3:18 AM

I just took a brief re-read of "Dream Sewing Spaces" by Lynette Ranney Black and she says that your sewing machine bed should be 29" TO 30" from the floor, but she gives a method of measuring from the floor to the bend of your elbow with your arms at a comfortable 90% angle while sitting in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor and this should be the height of the bed of your machine. This will take into account your individual body height.

After measuring my counter height, my sewing machine bed is at 30 1/2 inches. DH built my sewing area and we measured according to these instructions. When embroidering, I have to lift my machine onto the top of the counter in order for my machine to open, but you aren't bending over the machine during this time anyway.

I really suggest anyone who is setting up their sewing area to get this book. She goes into great detail on the ergonomics of sewing and getting your equipment to the right height.

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Date: 1/9/10 1:38 PM

NAYY but I also recommend Dream Sewing Spaces highly. If you look on page 25, you'll see the first sewing room that Lynette designed for me. When I moved out of state, I hired her to do my second and current room.

I'm 5'5" and did measurements she requested, and my sewing machine bed is 30" off the floor. That's the critical part.

This is a wonderful book and has tremendous resources for organizing more that sewing rooms.

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Date: 1/9/10 2:21 PM

OSHA Ergonomic Solutions: Sewing Stations

Although this is presented for industrial sewing stations, the information and guidelines apply to home sewers as well. There are some good diagrams and photos showing ergonomic problems and solutions.

You do want your forearms to be "flat" or at a 90 degree angle; however, you also need to consider your own height, the height of your chair, and the position of your feet. The same floor-to-tabletop measurement won't work for every person.

If you use a small platform to raise your feet, you can also raise the height of the chair to arrange the sewing station so your forearms are flat. This would allow you to use a table that might otherwise be too high.

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Date: 1/10/10 7:22 PM

thanks, all! I'm about 5'6". I'll check out that ergonomics article.

Naturally my budget for this is about 12 ¢, so I'll need to "shop" wisely :-) (hoping to shop among the tables in our house!)

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Date: 1/11/10 4:09 AM

Don't forget if you are shopping for a second hand table, to ensure you can cut through the legs and reduce its height if necessary. And that there is enough room still to sit underneath it if you do this. Some old tables have struts underneath that make this really difficult.
One inexpensive way to make a platform is to take a piece of medium density fibre board or any sturdy timber for that matter the size you want and put it on either some half bricks, or a phone book ripped in half to the height you want. Sometimes you might only want to raise your feet an inch and a half or two inches- or less, depending on your proportions and how you want to work.
I have a second table which was a computer desk on castors for a second machine- took the castors off, and raised up my feet with timber plaform- and removed the computer slide- and the height is good- Its just a shame the table is bouncy and not solid. Something to look at if you are buying- don't buy a flimsy table!

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