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Old 08-21-2021, 05:24 AM
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Mine is on a tv tray close to sewing machine. Haven't ruined anything yet.
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:33 AM
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SuzzyQ, I like why you bought your pressing mat.
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:38 AM
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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.
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Old 08-21-2021, 03:50 PM
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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.

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Haha, SuzzyQ...I just took this picture last night. My boys also let me know who owns it!
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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!
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I don't think your kitty would cause any overheating of your wool mat. Good size friend you have.
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Old 08-23-2021, 01:42 AM
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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.

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Old 08-23-2021, 02:10 AM
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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.
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Old 08-23-2021, 10:41 AM
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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.
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