Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Pressing Question

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Pressing Question

    What is your preference? The Ironing Board, Wool Pressing Mat or Steady Betty?
    I've been using my ironing board but there is a lot of quilters talking about the Wool Pressing Mats.

    #2
    Re: Pressing Question

    I use nothing by my ironing board, which is set up all the time in my sewing room.

    Comment


      #3
      Re: Pressing Question

      I use a 24x24 piece of plywood covered with one layer of insul-bright and the grey teflon fabric (not quilted). It is easy to change out the cover as needed. This shares space on the cutting table.

      I have considered the wool mat but haven't purchased yet.

      Comment


        #4
        Re: Pressing Question

        I have an ironing board. I also have a piece of plywood covered in gray iron pad cover fabric which can sit on the board when I press backings and yardage. I have a portable ironing mat. I haven't felt the urge to buy the wool mat.

        Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

        Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

        Comment


          #5
          Re: Pressing Question

          I have and use both. I lucked out and found a tip here to buy a wool saddle pad liner from an online tack store. Love the results pressing on a wool mat, but the ones marketed to quilters are hideously overpriced in my opinion.

          Comment


            #6
            Re: Pressing Question

            If I am starching or ironing yardage, I get out the ironing board. While making blocks, I finger press and love my pressing mat.
            Blogging ahead.....research in quilting and sewing with a dab of cooking/recipes too.

            https://myquiltprojects.wordpress.com/

            https://thecookbookproject.wordpress.com/

            Comment


              #7
              Re: Pressing Question

              I have a wool pressing mat I got on sale at quilt in a day. I make lots of very small blocks (currently making 9 patches that finish at 1-1/2 inches) and the wool mat helps me get them nice and flat. It seems to press out both sides at once so pressing goes a little quicker. I would not pay full price for one.

              Comment


                #8
                Re: Pressing Question

                What a great idea to use the saddle pad liner!

                Comment


                  #9
                  Re: Pressing Question

                  I have a wool pressing mat, and I've also used a new fluffy bath towel folded in half.

                  I took several blocks, pressed half on the wool and the other half on the towel, and I can't tell the difference.

                  Comment


                    #10
                    Re: Pressing Question

                    Hello. Like others I have a 24" square of MDF covered in two layers of batting and one of grey Teflon ironing cloth. This stands on my cutting station under the cutting mat which can be removed.

                    Used to use my ironing board but because I'm sewing in a multi-function room (part guest bedroom) there's no room for the ironing board so I had to keep going across the house to the kitchen. We live in a small cottage. The "cutting station" is really the top of a tall boy (chest of drawers). It works but would love a small room of my own. Not going to happen so it is what it is and doesn't stop me making quilts . Which is the main thing.
                    Life isn't measured by the breaths that you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

                    Comment


                      #11
                      Re: Pressing Question

                      Hello! I've had a wool pressing mat beside my machine for about 3 months now, and I love it. I use it for small units and blocks such as the Splendid Sampler 2 which I am doing as well as for foundation paper piecing. It really saves time and I love the results I get! One big caution I was told before I bought is that the New Zealand wool mats are preferable because there is less sheepy odor with them. I did get a New Zealand wool mat and it doesn't smell. I use my mat to dry press. Only rarely do I use a spritz of water.

                      Comment


                        #12
                        Re: Pressing Question

                        Originally posted by The_Last_Unicorn View Post
                        I have and use both. I lucked out and found a tip here to buy a wool saddle pad liner from an online tack store. Love the results pressing on a wool mat, but the ones marketed to quilters are hideously overpriced in my opinion.
                        I ordered one of the wool saddle pad liners last week and I love it! It's 30" square, fits perfectly on the table beside my sewing machine, and the price can't be beat. It really makes a difference when pressing blocks. I waited to order because it was out of stock for awhile. I think there may be more quilters than horse orders ordering these. LOL!
                        *~* Myrna *~*
                        *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

                        Comment


                          #13
                          Re: Pressing Question

                          I use one of these with baking parchment folded over when using fusibles.
                          before getting I was using folded towels, on a tiled surface.

                          Comment


                            #14
                            Re: Pressing Question

                            I just purchase a wool pressing mat that is just perfect! I found this quilting blog Sewn Up which is awesome! Teresa has a huge following and some great tool recommendations.

                            Comment


                              #15
                              Re: Pressing Question

                              Here is a little tip for ya. I used to have a dog, and have a short handled hold in your hand brush for getting pet hair off clothing, furniture etc. It is not sticky like a lint roller. No bristles, just all these little rubber nubs. It was great for getting dog hair off the mats in the car. Well I discovered it is fantastic for getting all the stray threads off my wool pressing mat, and works like a charm on my cutting mat too.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X