Making garments and other projects on sewing machines like the Juki HZL DX5 can quickly become a passion that takes up a large portion of your free time. Like other activities that involve a lot of sitting and bending, it can also cause strain and repetitive motion injuries to your body if you do not take measures to prevent them. If you enjoy using Juki sewing machines, reduce strain and maintain your physical well-being by paying attention to posture.
Chair Selection and Positioning
Since most of the time working on sewing projects is spent seated in front of sewing machines, it is critical that you purchase a high-quality, adjustable chair. An ergonomic desk or computer chair is also perfect for sewing.
Choose a seat that is well padded, offers lumbar support, an articulating waterfall seat, pneumatic seat lift, and has adjustable, padded armrests. Once you have these things, you can easily adjust the chair to fit you to remain comfortable and well-supported while sewing.
Adjusting the Chair
To correctly adjust the chair so you can maintain good posture while using your Juki HZL DX5, sit in it with your back flat against the backrest. Set the height so your feet are flat on the floor and your hips are slightly higher than your knees. Set the seat angle flat or tipping slightly forward to be comfortable without causing discomfort under the backs of your knees.
Position the backrest so the lumbar support fits into your lower back. Then set the armrests so they support your arms at their normal level when bent at a 90-degree angle. They should be close enough so you don’t end up spreading your arms out to use them.
Sewing Table Height
With the chair set to the right height, adjust your work surface height to match. Proper work surface height for good posture sets your arms at 90-degree angles, with your wrists straight on the table, not bent. You can estimate this distance by sitting in the chair and picking up a magazine to read, holding it in your hands at a comfortable height.
Measure the distance from the ground to your elbow, and then add six inches. Set your sewing table at this height and try it out. If necessary, add or subtract another inch to get it perfect so your wrists are straight and you can work without causing arm, neck, or back strain.
Cutting Table and Ironing Height
When not seated in front of your Juki sewing machine, the rest of your project time is typically spent at the ironing station or cutting table. Avoid back strain from having to bend over these surfaces by setting them high enough for a comfortable reach. Fortunately, these adjustments are really easy to make.
Stand by your cutting table and adjust the height so your arms are bent comfortably and you can easily reach around the table without having to bend over it. It will probably seem a lot higher than standard table height; however, this position allows you the most reach without having to bend over and strain your back. Set up your ironing station the same way, so the height of your ironing surface is comfortable for easy use.
Although it may not seem like a big deal when you initially sit down to sew with your Juki HZL DX5 sewing machine, good posture is essential to keep you from feeling the strain later. Stay comfortable and get the most from your sewing time on a Juki sewing machine by adjusting all work surfaces and your chair correctly. It will prevent backaches and other strains from taking all the fun out of your project time!