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Date: 9/25/13 11:58 AM

I have a hard little wooden stool, with a pillow on top of it, and it is no longer ideal, since I am sewing more these days. Really uncomfortable!

I am a short woman, so I would love a chair that fits my body, as well as having a very cushioned seat, and excellent lumbar support. The lumbar support and cushioning are the most important to me, since I could adjust the height on some chairs.

Do you have any good suggestions for chairs that have worked well for you at your sewing table? Did you buy it online, or did you go around and sit in different chairs, in the same way you tried out different sewing machines? I took some classes at a community college and they had some very sturdy chairs that had short chair backs that were right at the lumbar region of my back. I have tried to find them, but have had some trouble. Do any of you know of a business that sells this type of chair?

Thank you!

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Date: 9/25/13 12:11 PM

I am looking for something too.I had an office chair with a high back that I got years ago at Staples for about $40. It was great and kept my back from being tired. I gave it to my son when I moved. I would like to find another one that good for that kind of $$-wishful thinking on my part. Walmart has a similar one chair but all the Walmart stores I have seen them in have them displayed up high-I really prefer to try it out before I buy it. They adjust up and down. Most office type chairs do. I would say go to some office supply stores (and maybe sewing shops that sell furniture) and try some out. A good chair is crucial to me as I can spend long hours in it. HTH

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Date: 9/25/13 12:16 PM

I use an office "secretarial" chair (no arms) that I can move the seat up and down with a lever on the side. However, I don't sit back in the chair so it probably doesn't help to tell you this information because you're looking for a lot of lumbar support.

I do want to share that I stand up to sew for the most part. Sounds scary, I'm sure. But, I find that my posture is much better, that I don't get tired, that I can move from my sewing table back and forth to my ironing board and my cutting table much quicker, avoiding all of the getting up and getting down motions.

I stand when I'm piecing or sewing garments and use my chair when I'm quilting.

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Date: 9/25/13 12:28 PM

I've wondered about this technique. Did it take time to get used to standing and sewing? It reminds me a bit of the treadmill desk idea, which I don't know if that would work! But I see the women at the local alteration shop have all of their machines set up on high tables. What is your table like?

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Date: 9/25/13 12:53 PM

I purchased this chair used. The "Stump Chair. It is the most comfortable chair for sewing I have ever owned. And I have owned quite a few while looking for the perfect chair. The Stump Chair is a bit pricey new. The seat and lumbar support are well worth the cost.

The seat lifts up for extra storage. You can see the angle of the lumbar support in the following picture.

I tend to migrate forward and sit on the edge of Office type sewing chairs as I sew (for whatever reason and/or a bad habit)---and with the Stump Chair I do not do this. I sit back, and my posture has improved while using this chair. Very comfortable lumbar support. Stump Chair

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Date: 9/25/13 12:54 PM

I was just looking around online, and came across a company called Heavenly Seating, and they have comfortable looking chairs. Good lumbar support, and they have three different sizes available.
Anyone have any experience using these chairs?

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Date: 9/25/13 1:24 PM

I bought a table from BJ's that can be raised to two levels; I have it at the highest level. I use my machine with its attached quilting table which gives me the correct height for my body (5' 2" tall).

I started sewing at home AFTER I started standing at work! I read an article that scared me about the "bad affects" on the human body if you sit down all day. So, I tried standing up at work (I work in an office on a computer) and I realized how much better my posture was; after a while (my legs hurt a bit at first) I become accustomed to standing. So, I decided to try sewing standing up and ta da! I discovered I liked it and I REALLY liked the ability to move from sewing table to cutting table to ironing board without getting up and down, up and down....

If you think you want to try it, I suggest you first use whatever is on hand to raise your machine (I'm assuming its not set in a cabinet) and see if you're comfortable standing. then, you can measure the correct table height that is good for you and go table shopping. You'll want a stable table (ha!) because nothing is more annoying than a machine shaking on a table when you're trying to sew accurately.

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Date: 9/25/13 1:58 PM

I use an old wooden kitchen chair. My posture is ridiculously straight and everything is uncomfortable, and I sit in the same style chair even when not sewing.

When I visit people, I still tend to use wooden kitchen chairs over couches and padded stuff. My sewing machine tables tend to follow to fit my chair, not my chair to my machine.

Now I love the Stump chair, but that lumbar support would kill me sitting in it for more then 5 minutes.

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Date: 9/25/13 3:02 PM

I used to use office chairs. For some reason, I usually ended up sitting toward the front of the seat or leaning forward, even though I was not bumping the chair arms into the sewing table. One of them also needed more room to spin around in, since the back was a bit larger.

My current chair is very much like AngieRose's chair, the back on my chair doesn't slant back and is a bit taller. It has the same brown fabric though. It's much more comfortable than it looks.

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Date: 9/25/13 4:05 PM

My chair at work is wonderful so I got one for home. It was about $89. I got it from Quill office supply. I figure if comfortable working and sitting all day would be a good sewing chair and it is.

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