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Date: 7/2/13 10:28 AM

Something we don't talk about all that much. But I have to press the applique pieces on a large piece, so I need a big ironing surface. So I looked around online and I'm thinking of a DIY one. I have the Joann's white folding table. So couldn't I take a few sheets of the biggest teflon sheets I can find, and lay on top of the tables then a couple of layers of warm and natural batting and iron away? I could customized the size I need. I'm currently using one of those June Tailor press and cut mats as I have no room for an ironing board. And that's perfect for small applique pieces or pressing blocks. I know they have an ironing pad to cover that table but I think it's rather $$$ and not sure if you can use coupon on it.

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Date: 7/2/13 11:24 AM

I think it might work, but you might also need more protection for the table. I think at least 3 layers of W/N would be needed. How would you use the Teflon sheets? Just trying to get a visual.

I also have a J's folding table that I use daily and would not want to ruin it. Too much money to buy again, even on sale.
Why not use some plywood for the mat, add 2-3 layers of W/N and the Teflon mats and staple the set together. Then when you do not want it, take it off and put behind the table for storing? Will this work for you?

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Date: 7/2/13 11:38 AM

I agree with the plywood suggestion. You could put the covered board on your table to use, then tuck it away when you don't need it (or use it as a bulletin board, lol).

When I worked in a costume shop, we had regular ironing board, but for really big things (men's floor length cape for example), especially when we didn't want them to drag on the ground, we just used our cutting/laying out table. It was basically plywood (on 2x4s) covered in a layer of batting and then muslin.

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Date: 7/2/13 12:10 PM

Jenny Doan has a video tutorial on making an ironing board. It is on Youtube. I have never watched it, but I saw it in her titles.

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Date: 7/2/13 1:19 PM

To make a board I would have to get the plywood somewhere where they could cut it, then I would have to buy a staple gun and staples. And I think it would be kind of heavy. I wouldn't use this much. That's why I wanted to make a mat of some kind that I could just roll up. I don't have much storage space.

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Date: 7/2/13 1:25 PM

The Jenny Doan board would work well but I wonder how heavy a plywood piece of 36 x 36 would be? And if I buy an 4 x 8 piece would that cut in for me?
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Date: 7/2/13 1:33 PM

Sharon Schamber has a video about making a stable, hard pressing surface. She says that soft spongy pressing surfaces contribute to distortion when pressing.

Sharon Schamber Pressing Board video

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Date: 7/2/13 10:45 PM

MDF would be lighter and serve the same function as ply. I made a small one about 20 inches square out of some left over board and batting, but I had staple gun and a ton of unbleached calico from another project.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:24 AM

They make very thin plywood now 1/8 "- lighter weight and like a veneer. There is great advantage on ironing over a wooden surface- it transfers the heat so much better. You will be amazed at the results.
You can also just use the insulated batting over teflon. Or even a heavy cardboard like the kind used to protect dining room tables. I made one from insulated batting and cotton muslin. It sits over my wooden butcher block island in the kitchen. Love it.

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Date: 7/5/13 2:53 PM

Well what I wound up doing was I got a 2 x 4 piece of wood, it's finished it was in the pegboard section. And got warm and natural quilt batting that was 50% off today at Joanns and got some canvas that was 60% off at Joanns. I'm making a "pillowcase" for the batting and board out of canvas. I just cut out 6 layers of batting 2 x 4, will lay it on top of the board, put on the "pillowcase" with a velcro closing. 4 x 4 would have been too big and honesty I don't think it would have fit in my car. now just hope I have a 16 needle to sew the canvas lol.

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