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grannie cheechee 08-20-2021 10:01 AM

Wool pressing mat. Question
My friend bought a wool pressing mat, that fits a t v tray. Her question is what would use under the mat so as not to ruin the the wood t v tray when using steam?

QuiltE 08-20-2021 10:11 AM

Looking to hear what those that have one say ...... but to me, is the wool mat not thick enough to provide enough protection for the wooden TV table? Otherwise, one would think they would provide "user instructions" with the mats, being that many others would be putting the mats on wooden tables.

grannie cheechee 08-20-2021 10:23 AM

The lady at the quilt shop didn't know what to use either, and no instructions. I told her maybe everybody uses it on their ironing board.

Onebyone 08-20-2021 11:03 AM

I use mine on top of the big June Tailor pressing/cutting mat I had on the tv table.

LAF2019 08-20-2021 03:44 PM

I just have a folded regular old bath towel under mine. you probably don't need anything if you are doing minimal ironing or have enough time between irons to allow things to cool. however, if I have done a lot of chain piecing and subsequently have a lot of ironing to do, I will iron in different corners of the mat (for example, in a clockwise fashion), again, to allow one area to cool a bit. Constant or sustained pressing in one area is what I avoid. is it necessary? I have no idea, but that's what I do.

cashs_mom 08-20-2021 05:33 PM

I use mine on my ironing board so I'm no help. I think if it was me, I'd get something else use it on.

Oksewnsew 08-20-2021 08:25 PM

I use an older cutting mat the size of my wool pad under it. Works great..

Murphy224 08-21-2021 01:15 AM

I used Insul brite, cotton batting, and canvas cotton cover when I converted a wooden tv tray table to a mini portable ironing board. I plan to add a wool pressing mat to mine, (one day when I re-cover mine), and will just put it on top of the batting and underneath the cover. I don't use steam but even if I did, I don't think the steam would reach the wood of the tray through all those layers.
here is a link to how to do this. Also Missouri star did a you tube video on making an ironing board out of a tv tray and she used elastic on the cotton cover instead of stapling.
I love mine and have used it for about 8 or 9 years. Bought the tray table at a thrift store for $5.00. Perfect for retreats and workshops.

grannie cheechee 08-21-2021 04:54 AM

Thank you, everybody for the suggestions. I'll tell her the suggestions, and she can do what works for her. This site always comes up with good ideas.

SuzzyQ 08-21-2021 05:24 AM

Not what you asked but...
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I think I bought my wool pressing mat for M'Gennis...

aashley333 08-21-2021 05:24 AM

Mine is on a tv tray close to sewing machine. Haven't ruined anything yet.

grannie cheechee 08-21-2021 05:33 AM

SuzzyQ, I like why you bought your pressing mat.

grannie cheechee 08-21-2021 05:38 AM

Asshley333, my friend worries about the steam getting through the mat. Maybe if you don't steam for too long in the one spot it works.

sandilee 08-21-2021 03:50 PM

Mines on a wooden tv tray and it isn't damaged yet. If you are afraid it may damage it, go the GoodWill, Yard sales, etc and find an old used one.

Cheshirepat 08-21-2021 10:09 PM

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Haha, SuzzyQ...I just took this picture last night. My boys also let me know who owns it!

LivelyLady 08-22-2021 08:57 AM

I have been using mine right on the table beside my sewing machine....no problem at all. As QuiltE stated, the mat should be thick enough AND IT IS. Love it!

farmquilter 08-22-2021 10:57 AM

I don't think your kitty would cause any overheating of your wool mat. Good size friend you have.

Railroadersbrat 08-23-2021 01:42 AM

I use a wooden TV tray as well and it gets used heavily when I'm piecing. I've yet to damage the tray and I've got an iron that can bring the heat and steam when I want it. A couple of suggestions, though...

One, tell your friend if she's worried about the wood underneath, she can lift her wool mat at the end of the night and let it dry out completely. That way, the wood isn't subjected to a lot of hot moisture for any longer than it needs and the wool has a chance to air and dry out.

Two, I just recently moved to a mini travel iron because I was having some issues moving things around with my big iron, it still gives steam and still brings the heat, but I've noticed that my mat isn't that heavy at night like it was with my big iron. I also noticed that it doesn't take long for the mat to air out completely. Maybe switch to a mini travel iron if it's possible and save the regular iron for pressing quilt tops and yardage.

aashley333 08-23-2021 02:10 AM

When I use steam to apply interfacing to the t-shirts, I need a larger area than my ironing board, so I use my utility folding table. I folded up 2 old bed sheets to at least 3" high, to protect the table. Maybe you could try something like that to protect the tv tray.

grannie cheechee 08-23-2021 10:41 AM

Thanks to all the good suggestions given here, I've given them to her, and she can decide what to do. She was surprised that the quilt shop didn't have any suggestions.

jhoward 08-29-2021 10:54 AM

I have a silver protector on my tv tray. Like the ones used on ironing boards. It is rectangle. Can't remember where I bought it.

SusieQOH 08-30-2021 05:39 AM

SuzzyQ- one of my kitties does the same thing lol https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images...es/biggrin.png
Cheshirepat- your guy looks just like my Mookie!!!

garysgal 09-06-2021 07:02 AM

I have mine on my cutting board and move it sometimes to my ironing board. I haven't seen any damage on either thing. If she is really worried, use one of the items suggested. These wool mats work great. I wonder why no one thought of them years ago.

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