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Monday, September 26, 2011

Help! Advice Needed.

Hi there. I need a little bit of advice today. You see, I have this chair:
It's a comfy chair. Yes, even a nice chair. (although that is not my sewing room, just the WalMart advertisement picture.)

But, my back always hurts! If a sew for any period of time at all, I'm hurting. Of course I need to be sewing and this is not new, but I thought perhaps some of you have had similar problems and might have a suggestion for me. Thank you!

Love,
xoxo

11 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

Suggestions for a new chair? Or suggestions that might help you make that chair work?
I know there are some things that you can buy that are kind of like an arch support for feet, but it's for your back. Erwin has one on his chair int he back if you want to come look at it!
Otherwise, I'd suggest one of my sewing chairs! They're named Heavenly Seating for a reason (but aren't so cheap)!

Patty@Granma's said...

Cute chair, but doesn't look real flexible. You might try one of those small inflatable pillows like women use in the bathtub - so you could adjust the air pressure to suit. Personally, my favorite sewing seat is a big inflatable ball, like they use in excercise classes. It helps keep the spine in line so less pain, and I can turn around on it to press, cut, embroider, without getting up! Takes some getting used to, and be careful of pokey things ;-D, if you decide to try it!

Patty said...

Some times I use either wooden door stops or the rubber kind and put them under my sewing machine (from the back) so that the machine leans toward you. It relieves my back pain.

Busy Quilting Mama said...

I would suggest a really good chair with many adjustments. You could buy a really good, really expensive chair or you could look for a high quality used office chair with the budget in mind.

Leanne said...

I wonder if it is the chair? If my chair is not high enough for the table (or the table is too high for the chair) my back starts to scream. Try a higher setting on the chair or a lower table and see if that helps.

Laurel H. said...

The suggestions you have received are good ones. If you cannot get a new chair, at least raise it as much as possible to the level of the table. Also, I use a mesh back support that I got at the dollar store.

Lisa said...

I agree with the idea that it may not be the chair but the height of the sewing machine in relation to the chair. I had back aches from sewing until I moved my sewing machines to a different table that was 2 inches lower and my back ache from sewing was gone.

livy said...

There is a health television show on the educational channel called Zonya"s Health Bites. She annoys me a bit but each of 20 or programs presents Movement Training Specialist Sherry McLaughlin. One of the segments on youTube is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFK3WWIvRAU&feature=related. It taught me about symmetry, e.g. when rotary cutting do not put more weight on one foot or the other. Stand with toes aligned forward similarly and feet shoulder width apart. If my left hip is sore I know I might have forgotten during some repetive task to place my feet correctly. I practice walking one foot in front of the other, not "splayed". I also used to lean my hips against the kitchen counter washing dishes or cutting apples. I avoid this and try to use a balanced stance as often as possible. I also purchase the 5 pound green ball for the shoulder blade exercise. They are really easy movements and have saved me a lot of discomfort. Good luck.

livy said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejf1YvW7zZg&feature=related
Here are three movements to practice daily. Please, if anything hurts when trying these movements, STOP. None of these should hurt.

Nanette Merrill said...

I learned from my mom...good tools make sewing fun. Bad tools make it a chore. Get rid of the chair. Spend some money on a really comfy chair. PUt this to use somewhere else. It is cute. But cute doesn't make your back feel better.

Pins, Needles, & Kids said...

try to put a throw pillow on your lower back, hope this helps!

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