Early Birthday Present for My Feet

I bet after reading the title of the post you’re thinking I got new shoes…WRONG.


Hubby and I got a mat to go along my quilting machine to help out my feet.  I’ve tested it out a few times and my feet love it.  We only got enough to put together an 8′ section but it is really big enough.  I was worried that I might trip on it but I haven’t at all.

I was talking to the gals at the local quilt shop who have a machine like mine and I was complaining about getting a sore back when I quilt.  They suggested raising the frame.  They showed me how the shop owners husband built blocks to go under in.

Next time we are in town…I am taking hubby into the store to show him so he can make me some.

This is my kind of present…practical and very useful and better yet, I didn’t have to wait until Saturday to open it.

5 thoughts on “Early Birthday Present for My Feet”

  1. we cut pvc pipe to raise the table I use to cut on. It slips onto the legs and stops where the cross pieces are – 4 inches made a world of difference on my back when cutting. I saw this at All in Stiches in Zumbrota, MN. For cutting at the quilting retreats at Good Earth Village, Spring Valley, they use 4×4 or 6×6 wood blocks that a hole was drilled one inch down, the table leg then sits in the hole and stays put.

  2. Hope you have a lovely birthday. Your practical present is a really good idea. We need to stay pain free whilst doing our wonderful hobby.

  3. I had my hubby install a hand crank hydraulic lift on my machine several years ago. It works great. sometimes just a slight change in height will make a huge difference in how long I can quilt and be comfortable. I can’t remember how much it cost to do this but it was reasonable and way less than the electric hydraulic lift system.

  4. Hi Joe,

    I bought a pair of “house” Birkenstock sandals to wear when I am standing at my mid-arm. For my back/shoulders, I found that I need to stand really straight AND slightly to the left of center of the head of my machine. That has eliminated my back/shoulder strain. I hope you find what works for you! Ellen

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