Sewing with machines like the Juki TL 2010Q can be a wonderful hobby and pastime. Yet as fun as it may be, long hours sitting at a sewing machine can take its toll on the body. To avoid discomfort and strain, it is important to choose ergonomically correct sewing furniture that can reduce strain and injuries. Before purchasing a sewing cabinet or chair, consider the tips below to make the best choice.
Sewing Cabinet Height
The main areas of concern for most seamstresses is the height of their sewing cabinet or table. Ideally, a table should be elbow height in order to prevent strain or injury. This is exactly why working with a sewing machine at the dinner table is not recommended because these tables can be too high.
Instead, find a cabinet made at a height that allows working with elbows and wrists straight. This reduces strain on the wrists and arms as well as the back, neck, and shoulders by promoting a more natural sitting posture. Since most other tables are higher than this, it is wise to invest in the right sewing furniture designed specifically for this use.
Machine Position on the Table
For easiest access to the sewing machine without body strain, the sewing cabinet must have enough open space to support the project without needing to lean over or stretch in any way. Ideally, machines like the Juki TL 2010Q should be positioned closer to the front edge of the table, with the needle positioned so it is in the center of the sitting area.
Although the machine appears to be off center on the cabinet, it is properly aligned with the needle plcement that is critical for proper ergonomic positioning. Sewing cabinets are designed with the opening for the machine in this position, so the needle is exactly where it is should be.
Sewing Chair Height
The last important piece of sewing furniture that belongs in every crafting room is a good chair, a sewing chair with an adjustable height and flexible back support. Chairs should always be adjusted so feet are flat on the floor and the backrest is supportive in this position. At the same time, this level should also match that of the table surface so the arms and wrists are straight. Chair and table height must be considered at the same time in order to create the most ergonomic solution for each person.
Work Table Height
Besides the cabinet and chair, the height of the cutting or work table should also be considered to prevent back strain. While the cabinet height is usually fairly low in comparison to other tables, the work table should be higher to provide easy access without having to bend over it. An adjustable height table or even a custom made one constructed to the necessary specifications is recommended.
Before setting up a Juki TL 2010Q on the kitchen table or desk, or bending over a low work table, think about ergonomics. Working at the right height and position in front of a sewing cabinet or cutting table allows sewists to comfortably create beautiful projects without the risk of painful strain to the neck, back, and shoulders. Comfort and health are two important reasons why every crafting room should be equipped with the right sewing furniture!