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Sewing Station Ergonomics

Crafty_Manx | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Just got back from shopping with my Mom and just wanted to tell everyone about our find.  She’s been doing a lot more sewing since she’s dropped back to part-time working and has lately noticed a lot of pain in her back and shoulders.  Long story short, we went out to Staples and bought a desk chair, the kind on wheels with the adjustable seat and back and all that.  She sat down at her machine in it and immediately noticed the difference.  I guess it’s one of the things you never think about but a good chair really contributes to your comfort (and overall health) at your workspace.



  1. Judygoeson | | #1

    Yes!  It is so important to have a properly adjusted chair for sitting-work!  It took us YEARS to get proper chairs at work but once we had them, production improved because we didn't need so much time to stop and shake ourselves out.

    The same is true for sewing.  In addition to the right chair, it is nice to have a sewing machine table with a drop-down cutout for the machine.  It is like the lowered keyboard pullout for your computer..far less strain on the arms!  I am very happy with mine.

    Happy sewing from JudyG


  2. Rosalie | | #2

    Hi, I am a new member and I was wondering if anyone could help me find ideas for a sewing room design.I am looking for ideas for storingfabrics and books.

    1. FitnessNut | | #3

      I have a book that might be an interesting resource for you to look at. It is called "Dream Sewing Spaces, Design & Organization for Spaces Large & Small" by Lynette Ranney Black. It was published by Palmer/Pletsch in 1996. Check your local library as they might have a copy. I was floored by how many ideas and just how much information was in this book, including many, many things I hadn't considered.

      There have also been several articles in Threads on sewing rooms and their design. A quick search of the on-line index yielded the following:

      Subject Article Title Issue Pages

      Adney, Carol on sewing rooms 044 54-59

      Coffin, David Page on small sewing rooms 045 37-39

      Durant, Peggy on sewing room 044 58

      Sewing room cutting tables for 099 54-57

      Sewing room furniture for 045 4,6,10

      Sewing room furniture for 046 4,12

      Sewing room small 045 37-39

      Sewing room tips from readers 044 54-59

      Sewing room wall space storage in 044 12

      Hope this helps.


      1. Rosalie | | #4

        Thank you for the info that you sent me. I will ask at the library for the book. I wiil go on line and find the other things.I think the problems are solved, but I appreciate your email.

    2. EagleCO | | #5

      Welcome Rose,

      I'm also new to this group & I'm really enjoying all the wonderful women & their wealth of knowledge.

      I have a book that I purchased from Crafters Choice, the name of the book is, "Dream Sewing Spaces" by Lynette Ranney Black the price on the back reads $19.95 I know I didn't pay that much thru the club membership.  It's a great book. http://www.crafterschoice.com (I think.... if I'm wrong I'll let you know)

    3. SewNancy | | #6

      Dear Rose,

      I inherited some computer furniture when my husband closed his office. The drop down for the keyboard works well.  it is on a 45 with space on either side.  It is less expensive than stuff made for sewing and works well.  Also, if you are handy or have a spouse who is, there are avaialable the mechanism for liftng your machine.   I also bought a plastic rolling cart with shallow drawers from one of the office stores It was inexpensive and really a good size.  I also used extra icecube trays  to organize my needles and machine feet.  Works really well.


      1. bellefille | | #7

        My sewing room is a converted bedroom, so it has a closet in it.  I drape my fabric over clothes hangers, and hang it up.  It's not something I thought of myself, but read somewhere, probably in this forum, and it works well for me!

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