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Over the weekend, I went to my very first quilt retreat. It was a great experience except for one thing....the chair. The chairs were from the hotel...they were padded but stiff and straight. It was surprising how tired and sore I was! Maybe I am just soft in my advancing years, or maybe there is something to do with that chair!


A good chair is a game-changer for any crafter, sewist, or quilter! It provides support, comfort, and stability. This blog will help you think through some of the functions that you should look for when picking a great chair to sew, craft, or quilt in...and maybe help you pick one that will be awesome for your sewing needs!


While there are a number of chairs you can think about - everything from an office chair to a chair created specifically for sewists - this blog will focus on the Arrow Hydraulic Sewing Chair and the Koala Sew Comfortable Sewing Chair.


Here are some things to think about....


Back Support: A chair should provide you with back support that helps you maintain good posture and helps to reduce the amount of strain on your joints, muscles, and ligaments. Good back support works by allowing all the muscles in your body to remain relaxed instead of having them tense up due to poor posture or uncomfortable seating positions. It also encourages proper alignment of the spine, which can drastically reduce lower back pain such as sciatica or soreness caused by sitting for long periods at a desk or computer station.


One of the best qualities of the Arrow Sewing Chair is the lumbar support. It does not look like it would provide as much as it does, but it is amazing.

The Koala Chair has six adjustments, including how the back of the chair can be angled to support your back.


Comfort: For years, I sat in an office chair and struggled with comfort - especially how the chair hit the backs of my legs. I had lots of pain, and the doctor recommended changing my chair. He said where the chair hits your legs and the angle is super important to comfort and leg health...who knew!

Things to think about are foam or padding density, fabric or upholstery texture, and design. Also, think about adjustability.


The Arrow chair has a very simple design and is surprisingly comfortable. It does not angle up against the back of my legs and provides the necessary support.


The Koala Chair is highly regarded as extremely comfortable with adjustability with the entire seat back. (I haven't tried this myself, but I have read the reviews...sounds like a fan favorite.) The Koala chair has 6 variable adjustments to make sure it fits your comfort.


Height Adjustability: Height adjustment isn't just about how your legs fit under the table. Height adjustable chairs allow you to sit more ergonomically correct at your workstation. One of the reasons I love a height-adjustable chair is even though I look tall, when I sit, I am short....yep, I said that right. The height adjustment will allow you to raise and lower your seat so that your arms can sew properly without slouching or reaching.


Think about how easy it is to lift and lower - do you need to stand up to lift and lower?


An Arrow chair, like mine, is adjustable from 18" to 22" this is perfect for the Kangaroo sewing cabinet - which is what many of you have been watching me build on my Tik-Tok.


A Koala chair, is adjustable from 29" to 38" and is made to work with the Koala adjustable table.


Durability: Durability means how long it will last and how well it will last over that time. That can be anything from the chair's function to the chair's fabric.


Things to think about - casters are they high quality or plastic, warranty..warranty..warranty....


The Koala Chair offers an impressive 5-year warranty and even has a replacement cushion for both the back and the seat.


The Arrow chair only offers a 1-year warranty....


Design: Design isn't about ergonomics. It's about aesthetics. Your sewing space is personal, and your chair must also be. This is where the Arrow chair wins, hands down! The Arrow chair has several different fabrics, everything from sewing-themed to cats! You can't go wrong with the customization available in this chair.





Conclusion

I hope this has been helpful! Comment below on what chair you use and why you picked it!

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When you were dating….did you ever say he or she is just not my type? We all have type….especially when it comes to sewing machines. I love a good sewing machine…ok, so I love just about any sewing machine. Even though I love all sewing machines, I do have a type. I am partial to a mechanical sewing machine (Juki TL2010Q), but I also own a computerized sewing machine (Juki Dx7) which has some cool features. Sewing machines have been around for centuries and through the years everyone picks favorite features that make them “their type.”


Here is an easy way to figure out your type....


Do you like a black cup of coffee….little or no cream and maybe a package of sugar in the raw? You probably want a mechanical machine.


Do you grande part skim no foam caramel macchiato with extra whip cream? You probably want a computerized machine.

Just like a caramel macchiato with all sorts of options, a computerized machine has options, flexibilities, buttons, touch screens, and abilities out the wahzoo. A mechanical sewing machine is durable, dependable, and reliable with no muss or fuss.


Mechanical sewing machines are typically cheaper than their computerized counterparts, and while more durable they offer fewer features. At the same time, more expensive computerized sewing machines come with a variety of features that allow users to customize stitches, embroidery designs, and other settings. Both types of machines can help you craft garments, accessories, or even quilts; however, depending on the type of project you plan to undertake, one machine may suit your needs better than the other. This post will explore the pros and cons of each type so you can make an informed decision when purchasing a new machine.


Top 3 things to think about when you are considering a machine:


What is your budget?


Even though every machine can bring the priceless benefits of stress relief, gift creation, and clothes making. Some sewing machines are $100 ,and some sewing machines are $20,000. The right machine is probably someplace in between. A good beginner budget is somewhere between $250-$650.


Before you start shopping or you will think, just a little bit more….just a little bit more….and before you know it you are buying a $10,000 sewing machine.


What are you going to make with your machine?


If you want to piece a quilt, just about any machine will work. Seriously, a straight stitch is the most basic stitch and the fabric is generally cotton so any basic machine will work. However, as you start to sew craft projects, you may want to start looking into durability and fun stitches. You may want to add a button or a zipper or other types of hardware. Someday you may want to sew with a material other than cotton….yes, that was hard for me to type.


A good rule of thumb is that a mechanical machine will be more durable with bulky things. While they don’t offer the variety of stitches as a computerized machine, they are generally workhorses.


How much time do you want to spend learning about your machine?


That may sound like a weird question, but some people like to sit and sew. A computerized machine has a number of features, functions, and abilities. They are incredible. My Juki DX7 had nearly 300 stitches, and I could program the foot pedal with different capabilities like sniping the thread and back stitching. I will be honest, I only ever used 2 stitches….the straight and the zig-zag….but I could have done more.


Here are my top picks – check them out at Sewingpartsonline.com


Beginner Mechanical: BabyLock Zeal BL35B

Beginner Computerized: BabyLock Jubilant

Intermediate/ Advanced Mechanical: Juki TL2010Q

Intermediate Computerized: BabyLock Presto II

Intermediate/ Advanced Computerized: Juke DX7


No matter what you choose a sewing machine is an outstanding investment. It is a family heirloom and something you can pass on to your kids or grandkids.


What are some of the reasons you picked your machine?



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Sewing tools are important for any craft project. From quilting rulers to scissors and rotary cutters, these tools play an HUGE role in helping you achieve the results you want. The right sewing tools can make a big difference when it comes to crafting without stress. They help make sure that your projects turn out the way you intended, with clean lines and accurate measurements.


Quilting Rulers

There are so many options when it comes to quilting rulers, and the real secret is…they all will work! Whether fancy and expensive or cheap and simple a quilter’s ruler is like a good man – sturdy and useful. Sewing rulers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose the one that is best suited to your project. The most common type of ruler used in quilting is the standard 6-inch

by 12-inch ruler – I use a Quilters Select Ruler in this size. The Quilter’s Select ruler has a rubbery back which helps it to grip on the fabric and not slip around. It is the perfect size for sitting next to your sewing machine on a small mat. A fancy and fabulous ruler like the Grace Company’s True Cut series will change your life…for the better! The holes in the ruler allow it to be flexible and mark on the fabric for measurements. There is a channel or lip on the edge allows the Grace Company True Cut rotary cutter to hoo


k in on the side and be secure without risking your fingers. It’s amazing. I got mine on SewingPartsOnline. Try it out and let me know what you think!



Specialty Rulers come in various shapes and perform special functions. For example, a ruler that you simply must have is the Strip Cut June Tailor Rulers that I picked up from The Quilted Cow. The large square “strip” ruler allows you to cut fabric in strips, but wait there is more….you can also cut blocks, triangles, and diamonds with it! It is so flexible. That is why you should love specialty rulers. June Tailor also has a fantastic hexagon ruler that will make cutting easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Rotary Cutters

Some women collect shoes and some women collect rotary cutters. I am the latter….well that and sewing machines, but that is a blog for another day. Rotary cutters can be used to cut straight lines or for the people who like to take the life of their fingers into their own hands…you can free form cut on your fabric. (I recommend using a small rotary cutter to cut free form) Rotary Cutters come in various sizes, shapes

and blades to accommodate different types of fabrics, from thin cottons to thick leathers. The most common type is the 45 mm rotary cutter which features a round blade with a handle that can be easily held in one hand while you guide your fabric with the other. Other popular options include 28 mm mini-cutters, 60 mm jumbo-cutters and specialty cutters such as pinking shears or wave blades for decorative effects.

My favorites are:

  • The Olfa 45mm because it has a safety grip that only engages the blade when you squeeze the grip.

  • The Grace Company True Cut 45mm is ergonomically created to save your wrist. It also has a unique function to fit into the channel of the true cut ruler mentioned above.

  • The Quilter Select rotary cutter has a nice heavy weight, and it keeps you from having to press very hard to cut. It is balanced and has a safety mechanism to keep the blade closed when not cutting.

Caring for your rotary cutter is also important since these tools are prone to rust if not kept properly maintained; after each use make sure that any excess fabric is cleaned off its surface before storing away in a dry place out of direct sunlight or heat sources. If necessary lubricate the blade occasionally with light machine oil (avoid petroleum based products) as this will help keep it from dulling too quickly over time as well as reduce friction when cutting through tough materials like denim or canvas. Additionally, always ensure that children are supervised around these sharp objects! This is one of the reasons I advocate for the Olfa since it automatically closes when not in use.


Conclusion

When choosing sewing tools it pays to invest in quality items – they may cost more initially but will last much longer than cheaper alternatives, so you won’t have to replace them as often.


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