Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Some New Toys

I recently bought myself some new toys to play with!




I was intrigued by these felted wool pressing mats and I really liked that they were square shaped and come in a number of sizes.  I have been wanting a smaller pad and a small iron to put right next to my machine to press things like my leader/ender projects as I go.  I am not a big fan of finger pressing and there are just times when having an iron right next to me would be nice.

I should say, I am a dry iron presser.  You can use steam on these pressing mats but you have to put something under them to protect your table surface.  I have used these for a couple weeks now and I have to say, I really like the mat far more than others I have used in the past.  Plus you can rinse this one out to keep it clean.  

The little iron gets SUPER hot and can be hot to the fingers but I am used to it now.  I also am sure I unplug it after using because it doesn't have an automatic shut off.  I never planned to use this iron every day - but this little duo is sure nice to pull out when I need them!

I see lots of scrappy mini 9-patches in my future!




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13 comments:

  1. Glad to see your review of the mat. I've been thinking of getting one too, but just haven't made the jump.

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  2. Jealous of that mat! I want one, I guess I just need to do it!

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  3. Glad you're liking both new toys! I've thought the little iron would be handy, but had never heard of the wool mats. Will the mat work okay if you spray a little water on your seam if you need steam? That's what I've been doing since I bought my iron.

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  4. I have had both of them for 2 years. The iron is hot and stays hot so it works well, but watch out on burning yourself. Don't ask how I know. The mat works very well especially on lots of small seams. I consider them invaluable. I also have the Panasonic cordless iron that I love. I use my irons dry.

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  5. Glad to hear you're liking the mat! How hot does it get underneath? Does it insulate well enough to use it over a cutting mat? I also use a dry iron, and my ironing board is one of those tiny table top models. I've been thinking about switching to the wool mat if they make a fairly large one.

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  6. Sounds like you found a very useful set of new tools.

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  7. Louise, Do not use the wool pad on top of the cutting mat. It may warp the mat. Mine made a hump in my mat so I put a weight on it until it until it cooled. The hump did flatten out, but don't take a chance on ruining your mat. I do love the wool mat and the iron.

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  8. I have had my little steam fast iron for a few years and I LOVE it, use it for paper piecing, pressing seams open on blocks and it's what I take in my camper.

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  9. I have seen the wool mat in stores and on-line. Have you checked other ones out? They all appear to be the same to me but some say "Our mat.. We have made....". or the like. Enjoy and Happy Creating

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  10. I have that exact iron!! It does get hot which I love! At our retreat earlier this year, a member let me use her wool pressing mat. It was a piece of wool carpet padding and worked so well. Enjoy your new toys, I'm sure they will come in very handy!

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  11. That little iron is a work horse! I've had one for a few years now and love it! Lately I've been finger pressing open, the just laying the iron on the seam while I finger press the next piece open and so on. Just keep moving quickly! :-)
    I've had my eye on one of those wool mats too...but, I'm waiting to wear out what I have first. I've got the OmniGrid one with cut board on one side and the silver colored pressing board on the other...that's held up beautifully over the years as well.
    Happy quilting!

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  12. A helpful and informative post. I appreciate everyone’s comments.

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  13. Those are great enhancements to your sewing room. I have one of each, too! Have fun!

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