standing sewing

I showed you a photo the other day of my Silvercrest (very basic machine) set up on a higher work surface, to experiment with sewing while standing up (to help my back).


The Silvercrest doesn’t have a needle up/down option, nor does it have any means of sewing without using foot pedal, but I thought I’d give it a go.  And since this was an experiment, I decided not to attempt anything very big, or delve too deeply into my fabric stash. 

For Christmas, second son and N sent me some pre-cut fabrics – this lot being 4” squares, in lots of rather baby blue motifs.  They seemed a good idea for a trial as most of the cutting was already done for me.


Lots of chain piecing went on . . . using 4” squares cut from an old cot sheet, and some rectangles cut from an inexpensive blue cotton. 

The top that has resulted so far looks thus

gibbs quilt 02

Gibbs quilt 01

I have to own up to sitting down with my Juki for the sashing and outer borders.  It was much too difficult trying to keep things lined up properly once I had long seams to sew . . . but sewing standing up is possible . . . and I will no doubt try it some more.

This top will be quilted, when I feel ready for something more physical and is destined to be a “blankie” for Gibbs lol.  Not one for every day use, because he’ll probably chew it to pieces, but one for him to sit/lie on when travelling in the car.  I realise it will quickly get dirty and covered in Gibb’s hair, but it’ll wash !


17 thoughts on “standing sewing

    • to be honest, it was more a question of fabric. I wanted to make something with these squares, but don’t know of anyone expecting a baby . . . so Gibbs won’t mind.

      • Nope! Our little boy Noodle is currently sleeping on an oversized fleece pillow slip featuring dippy little Fairy Mice in pink and blue. At 60 inches wide and a sale price of $1.99 a yd. it was a no-brainer. 😉

  1. Gibbs is a lucky boy to have mom make his very own blankie. 😉
    I often will sew standing up, especially at the cabin, and I rather like it – much easier on my shoulders and neck than being hunched over the sewing machine. Mind you it has to be at just the right height so that it’s easy to see what I’m doing.

  2. I’m wondering if you could mount the foot pedal on the front of the cabinet somehow, so you can simply press your knee against it instead of standing lopsided with most of your weight on the non-pedal foot?

    • well I kept my pink clog on non-pedal foot, so I wasn’t standing too lopsided . . . also wore my lombar “corset” thingie too, so tried to keep good posture. Anyway, it’s just a rough set-up to allow me to get my sewing fix a couple of times a week.

      • Those corsets are a godsend, aren’t they? Not the most glamorous of garments, but they make such a difference. I just thought if you trailed the cord of the pedal up over the top of the cabinet door, with the pedal hanging down, you could use your knee. Whatever works best for you!

      • I’ll give it a try, Kate. Problem is, there’s no speed control on this machine, so I don’t know if I’d be able to control pedal properly with pressure from knee. Worth an experiment though.

  3. I’m glad the standing up is working for the short term. I spent a year standing up while practicing piano because I couldn’t reach the pedals, but had no complications to worry about, so it’s not the same at all. Confession time, I actually the dog his own blanket last year…….

    • I wouldn’t normally waste my time making a dog blankie lol because I know it’s going to get filthy and covered in dog hair so quickly. But I’m enjoying the making process, and that’s what crafting is all about.

  4. You know I started standing sewing about 5 years ago. I would sit at my sewing machine for hours not paying attention to the ache in my back until I went to get up. The ergonomics were all wrong for sitting. By accident I discovered sewing while standing. I received my Grandmother’s buffet and decided to make that storage for my sewing and quilting. I moved my cutting mats to that surface and then to keep the toddlers hands away from rotary cutters, scissors, and pins, moved the machine to the buffet. It is much easier for me to listen to my feet because my feet gripe when they get tired. My feet send the message to my brain quicker than my back does. It has worked out well for me, I hope this helps you as well.

    • thanks for that ^^
      My main problem with the basic machine is it doesn’t have speed control or any of the gimics of my Juki, so it’s a bit difficult getting speed Under control while standing . . . and my Juki is rather too large & heavy to rig up a system to have it higher up. Saying that, as long as I can get my “fix” of sewing each day without putting too much strain on my back, I’m happy.

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