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Canadian Jane
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Date: 6/20/11 11:19 AM

I have an old office type chair -no arms - that I got from Ikea many, many moons ago. I really need a new one.

I like the ones at the sewing machine store in my area but they say they just bought them from an office supply store. (I question this - way to comfy and most office supply chairs have arms now a days.) They look to me like the Horn of America chairs which sell for at least $200 or more. Maybe the staff member I asked has no idea???

I want a good quality adjustable chair (I am short 5'2) with no arms. If I have to pay the $200 or more for the Horn type chair I will because my back and shoulders are worth it and it will definitely be used for other things. But I am wondering what other people use, if there are other alternatives out there and where to go look.

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Subject: Sewing Chairs that Wont Break Your Back Date: 6/20/11 11:31 AM

Look at Office Depot and Staples.
Also Costco or costco.com.

I have a secretary chair with wheels and no arms. It adjusts low -- I am only 5'2 also. Seat and back are padded.

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Date: 6/20/11 11:52 AM

If I had had the money I would have purchased this one:

Sewing Chair

However, since I could not afford that one I got this one from Amazon, and actually it works just fine. It is very comfortable, I will look and see if I can find which one I got.

My Sewing chair

Hope this helps

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Date: 6/20/11 11:56 AM

A GOOD wooden chair is actually great -- my chair is an antique mahogany chair that belonged to my grandparents, and it's really comfortable. (NOT so for the generic modern woodern chairs in my dining room set. Those hurt after a short while.)

You might be able to find a nice antique chair for not much at a flea market or antique store.

-- Edited on 6/20/11 11:58 AM --

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Date: 6/20/11 11:57 AM

I use a chair that is used by musicians:

link to drum throne

My husband, who is a professional musician, gave it to me when I complained about my back hurting while I was sewing. He said that he noticed that when I sewed my posture was the same as his drummer....and this is what his drummer used.

I find it to be very comfortable. I also like that because it spins, it is very easy for me to work the knee control on my vintage machines.

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Date: 6/20/11 1:28 PM

I have a chair from a large national chain office supply store. It came with arms, which I didn't want, so DH just didn't put them on when he assembled my chair. I'm not sure if all chairs are like that but I would ask if you find one you like.

I selected my chair by just sitting on each and every chair that wasn't gigantic (even the ugly ones). As soon as I sat in mine, I knew it was perfect (except for the arms).

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Date: 6/20/11 1:50 PM

The drum throne looks fantastic, I'm getting one for in front of the embroidery machine. For the sewing machine and serger corner I started using a Moen Premium Trasfer Bench left over from knee surgery and like it so much that it is staying there. There is a youtube video showing assembly. I use it with no back and no handle, just the bench. The height is adjustable and it is rock solid. Will be adding a cover, though, as the surface is intended to be nonslip. Anyway, it is long enough to slide from one machine down to the rounded end to the other.

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Date: 6/20/11 4:37 PM

I use this chair. It's very comfortable, but you have to sit up.

My sewing chair

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Subject: Sewing Chairs that Wont Break Your Back Date: 6/20/11 4:49 PM

I have a secretary's chair, the version without arms. Most office chairs come in several versions. Go online to Office Depot/Office Max/Staples and take a look. I know my chair was moderately priced back in the early 90s when I bought it. It served me well in the office and now it is quite comfy (the seat padding is still nice) in my sewing room. Height adjusts, the seat back adjusts for height and back angle.

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Date: 6/20/11 8:11 PM

I have an office chair with arms that I got at t thrift store. I love it. I was sure I would hate the arms and want to take them off, but I like them now. it adjusts low enough for 5'2", short legged me. The one I have at work is only just low enough. I have a foot rest that I use if I am going to sit for a long time.

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