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    Default Wool Ironing Mats

    Seems like some of the big names out there are talking about the wonders of the wool felted ironing mats. They are pricey, so I've got questions.

    Have any of you used them? If so, what are your impressions about them? There are several sizes available......do you see any advantages of one over the other? Do they actually work? The gurus are saying they iron your blocks better, everything better. Wondering if what they say is true or is it all hype!

    Anyway, I was wondering what y'all thought. Thank you!

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    I saw them for the first time on Shabby Fabrics. An instructor was making a project from felted wool and highly recommended the wool pressing mat. They are quite pricey and I'm not ready to try one out until I hear more about them.

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    Well, I've never heard of them, but since wool and I don't get along I doubt that I'll ever have one.
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    Default Re: Wool Ironing Mats

    I am with Kartina, wool is not my friend either. Used to be the push for the heat reflective material, like heating both sides of material at same time, so maybe wool keeps heat longer and kinda works like a reflective material? I have also read where some like a more hard surface, keeping pieces completely flat, keeping bias pieces from stretching so easily. Of course one needs to remember (and I know this from experience) pressing and ironing is NOT the same. I have managed to skew a few seams here and there by ironing!

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    Default Re: Wool Ironing Mats

    I am on a very strict budget so I have not tried a wool pressing mat yet. Here is what I have learned so far

    Wool absorbs the steam when you do steam pressing
    Wool grips the fabric better when pressing seams (more friction)

    So if you press with a dry iron (like I almost always do) and finger press first, you will see almost no advantage to a wool pressing mat. Useless for paper piecing.

    If you love to steam press, and don't have time to finger press open first, a wool pressing mat may be your new best friend. Especially beneficial for pressing seams open.
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    Default Re: Wool Ironing Mats

    Thank you all for your input. I'm still investigating, so we'll see.

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    Default Re: Wool Ironing Mats

    Lots of reviews for this mat on Amazon with some good feedback. Might be worth looking at to get a better idea if this mat is for you or not.
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    Default Re: Wool Ironing Mats

    I've read and seen the demo on the wool mats too. I "almost" purchased one but before hitting the "add to cart" button, I recalled I had a 100% wool blanket in storage that we do not use. I decided to test it prior to buying the mat. Yes, there is an amazing difference using the 100% wool as a pressing mat. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how flat the blocks really were. I gave the purchase some major thought after the test and decided to continue to use the wool blanket instead. Why? I saturate my fabric with spray starch prior to cutting and believe the starch probably penetrates the wool as I press the blocks with steam; I can wash the blanket and I am uncertain the mats can be washed plus I imagine there would be shrinkage.

    If you do not have a 100% wool blanket or wool fabric to use, I would consider making the purchase.

    (FYI, I folded the blanket into several layers (approximately >1" thick) for a pressing mat to fit my ironing surface.)

    Hope this info helps.

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    Default Re: Wool Ironing Mats

    Thank you sooooo much snowbird....you helped a lot! ....I don't have a wool blanket, but my son does......worth a test drive!

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    Snowbird, great idea! I have two wool Army blankets, so may have to give this a try. Having seen these wool pressing mats at a recent expo, I can also add, the blankets - purchased at an Army Surplus store, were a lot less expensive than the wool pad. But caution...if you decide to buy the Army blanket, make sure it's 100% wool (some aren't).

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