Comfort and Ergonomics
I’m passionate about this subject! My very first videos on YouTube were about my “cheap sewing and quilting table” that I’d created out of self defense.
I had to make eight quilts in eight weeks and the pain was getting to me. I tried so many solutions over the years, including having a table custom built for me, to my own specifications and I was till in pain. One day, as I was looking over our endless home improvements, I spotted the blue board (what I’ve always called rigid foam insulation) and said “aha!”.
I created a custom sewing table for about $100 and finished my quilts. Then a friend talked me into making a video and posting it to YouTube. In three years it’s gotten 100,000 views. So, I wrote a book about it too, and that’s selling quite well on Amazon.
Here’s my problem: too many quilters don’t even acknowledge the pain until they have injured themselves and need surgery!
Please watch the videos and take a good look at your space, your habits, your body and your aches. If you shoulder hurts, your cutting table might be too low. If your neck hurts, I can almost guarantee that your sewing machine table is too high. You should be looking DOWN at it – not straight. If your sewing machine is sitting on a kitchen table, I CAN guarantee that it’s too high, unless you are 6’2″ tall. Please, for your own body’s sake, reevaluate your positioning and seek solutions, and they don’t have to be expensive.
About the Table #1
About the Table #2
About the Table #3