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LindaBee58
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Date: 9/23/12 3:36 PM

Perhaps it is a problem that only I have but why don't they make the sewing machine knee lifts in a way we could regulate how much in length it needs to go down under the table.
I have the problem of being short with short legs and I'm far away from reaching one. :blush
Many of us use computer tables to sew on as they cost less here so I would like to ask if anyone knows how to modify a knee lift to extend it down more?

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Date: 9/23/12 3:54 PM

What sewing machine are you using?

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Date: 9/23/12 4:00 PM

I'm usually using my Juki F600 and Bernina 580 for sewing now.

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Date: 9/23/12 4:14 PM

Possibly you could just take the knee bar off and into some hardware store like Orchard Supply. And buy some rubberized shelf lining paper, and have them cut you a small segment of PVC plastic pipe. I think maybe if you rubber banded some rubberized shelf paper onto the knee control, and then got a segment of that pipe that might slip over it, and still be held tight enough to it by the rubbery stuff then, it might stay on. And only cost you a couple of bucks. You could maybe try that. If it worked it would be real cheap, if not you have not spent much. I guess you could always wire/tie something onto it too, just to try, like a long wooden spoon from the kitchen or such.

LindaBee58
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Date: 9/23/12 4:21 PM

Wow! Thanks, I like the wooden spoon idea. I could try taping it onto the knee lift and see if this works.
A big thank you.

Patti B
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Date: 9/23/12 4:35 PM

I know that Bernina has two different versions of the knee lift if DIY doesn't work.

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Date: 9/23/12 5:01 PM

Some sewers have used pool noodles on their knee lifts, though I'm not sure how that works.

Or an adjustable heigh chair plus some sort of secure way of raising the foot pedal?
-- Edited on 9/24/12 11:00 AM --

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Date: 9/24/12 9:18 AM

Thanks for all the ideas.
I will give them all a try.

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Date: 9/24/12 9:50 AM

Sewing on such a high surface will eventually cause shoulder, neck and back pain. Raising your chair too high can cut into the back of your thight causing circulation problems. Find an old wooden table on Craig's list and cut the legs down to where the height is about 26 inches from the floor. I am 5'3 and this is what I had to do before I bought a dedicated sewing cabinet. You will feel so much better sitting at the proper height and you see your project better too.
Leslie

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