New Pressing Mat
We’ve lately been creating some new items for the workshop to improve garment production quality and speed. The latest addition is a proper tabletop pressing mat! This will be used for ironwork when a flat surface is called for, such as easing in fullness, trousers and coat shaping, and simply pressing items flat. This was much easier to produce than some have made it out to be. It’s simply two plies of firm ?-inch carpet padding, (creating a ¾” surface to absorb moisture,) blanket-stitched together and covered in heavy cotton ticking. The ticking was smelly at first, and unworkable, but after a wash through in the machine and some pressing while damp, I shaped it flat and it fits wonderfully over the padding. Ironically, the ticking was pressed on the padding which it would soon be covering! Talk about self-replicating machines…
Supplies/cost to make:
- $6.00 = 2 yards of 44-inch wide ticking @ $3.00 per yard
- $6.40 = 42″ of 36-inch wide (cut and used width-wise)
The ticking shrunk when washed making the total length about 1 [7/8] yds. For now, the edges are pinned in place. I want to use it a couple times to see if it’s going to stretch back out easily before sewing the edges clean; it might need to be kept adjustable.