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Sewing Standing Up

Posting on a Saturday?  I know, right?  You guys rock… I have the best readers!  I’ve been posting sporadically this summer, but you don’t mind… you still comment and ask me questions!  Today’s post is in response to Linda’s question about how I like sewing while standing up.  I love it!  I started years ago when I found sitting to sew and standing to iron too tiresome… too much time spent sitting down and standing up, over and over again… ugh!  The way I piece, I could put hundreds of seams into one project, so I needed to find a new way of working.  I moved my sewing machine to my cutting table and now it’s easy-peasy!  I really like having things set up this way and do not see myself switching back anytime soon.  Quilting, you ask?  Well, that’s still done sitting down… unless I’m at my longarm;)  Thanks Linda for your question!  Happy weekend!

Ooh, there is one more thing I’ve got to show you; years ago I made this video on you tube… it shows me in action!  Enjoy!

  • RobinNovember 23, 2015 - 5:33 am

    I have been looking for a stand up table.sewing for a few hours and my back kills me…I have a 36 inch high cutting table I may try that…thanks

  • PeggyJuly 28, 2011 - 6:36 am

    Hello Robin! I woke up last night thinking about raising my sewing machine; my back has really been bothering me since I’ve started sewing 8+ hours/day again.

    Your video really demonstrated the benefit of standing to sew.

    And I second Ruth’s thanks for demonstrating the use of a scrap to start- and then finish off a seam of quilting. Genius!

    And finally, I think that I’m going to have to give cello another chance. It was such a lovely background for your sewing.

    Thank you for all of your help! Happy sewing!

  • Rachel at Stitched in ColorJuly 18, 2011 - 5:34 am

    Hello Robin! So nice to meet you. I found one of your lovely quilts on Flickr and jumped over to your blog. Have enjoyed reading your recent posts and following the link to the discussion on workshops. Always good to meet someone who is willing to think differently (sewing standing up included).

  • robinJuly 17, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    Thank you Ruth! I’m thinking this would be good blog fodder for my next post:)

  • RuthJuly 17, 2011 - 5:27 pm

    Hi Robin – you just showed me a really clever trick – maybe it’s obvious to everyone else but I never thought of it – I chain piece as much as possible by working on a couple of different areas of the quilt at the same time, but when I really need the bit under the presser foot, I pull it out and cut the threads (I hate having thread tails everywhere – never occurred to me to have a dedicated scrap of fabric for that purpose!!

  • Nicole GendyJuly 17, 2011 - 11:01 am

    I love the cello music that you were listening to in the movie. Thanks for sharing about your creating process.

  • kellyJuly 16, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    thank you!! i’ve been thinking about raising up my sewing table for the very same reason… glad to hear someone has done it and it’s a good thing 🙂

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