Tips for Ergonomic Machine Quilting

8 Apr 2011

I don’t know about you, but when I sit down at my sewing machine, my mind is completely focused on the project at hand—the colors, the textures, fitting everything together just right. I hardly give a thought to how I’m sitting in my chair, hunched over my machine, until it’s time to stand up and it’s too late—my back hurts!

Luckily, Heather Thomas has addressed this problem with her article, “Ideas for Ergonomic Machine Quilting.” Heather also writes a series of articles for Quilting Arts Magazine® on free-motion stitching, and her insights into ergonomics and machine quilting are not only illuminating, but practical and easy to incorporate into your regular quilting routine.

She suggests ways you can prolong your machine quilting sessions just by adjusting the way you hold your body and the way you sit in your chair, as well as tips for arranging your sewing table to maximize the ergonomics of your work area.

You can download Heather’s article and check out other free stuff in our Online Extras section.

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