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How to Confidently Pick an Ergonomic Sewing Chair!

by Beth Cooper

Sewing is a fun and rewarding hobby that allows you to create your own quilts, clothes and home decor. However, it can also be a physically demanding activity, especially if you are spending long hours hunched over a sewing machine or cutting table. That’s why it’s important to choose an ergonomic sewing chair that will help you maintain good posture and avoid discomfort and pain.

This sewing chair by Arrow offers function and personality!
Pick from three different designs.
Find these on Missouri Star Quilt Co. or by clicking here.

Here are some tips on how to choose the best ergonomic sewing chair:

  1. Look for adjustable height and tilt features: Your sewing chair should be adjustable to accommodate your height and personal preferences. Your arms should have a 90 degree bend at the elbow when sewing. You should not be reaching up to your machine or down to your machine. A chair that can be raised or lowered will help you maintain a comfortable posture and reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. Look for chairs that also have adjustable tilt features to support your back and reduce pressure on your lower spine.
  2. Consider the seat and backrest: The seat and backrest should be padded and comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. Look for a chair with a contoured seat that will support your hips and thighs, and a backrest that will provide lumbar support to prevent lower back pain.
  3. Check the stability: Your sewing chair should be stable and sturdy to prevent wobbling or tipping over. Look for chairs with a five-point base and smooth-rolling casters for easy movement around your sewing area.
  4. Try before you buy: This point is actually the most important. It’s always a good idea to try out a chair before you buy it. Sit in different chairs and see which one feels the most comfortable and supportive. You may even want to bring a sample of your sewing work to test out the chair in a realistic sewing position.
This is a Koala ergonomic sewing chair. These chairs offer many functions and are very comfortable. These can be found at local quilt shops, sewing machine stores, or online at Sewing Parts Online or by clicking here.

Remember, just because it is an “office chair,” doesn’t make it ergonomic or right for your body. All chairs are not created equally. Try out several chairs or read online reviews before you buy. Your back, neck, and legs deserve the best! Besides, the longer you can comfortably sit, the more sewing projects you can finish! And the more sewing projects you finish, the happier you are. And if you’re happier, then everyone around you is happier. And if everyone around you is happier, it spreads to others, and before you know it, the world is a better place! So, as you can see, the right chair is very important. 🙂

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7 months ago

I would never have thought of an “office” chair type for a sewing chair….just being able to raise it and lower it is smart. Thanks for the suggestion.

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