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Date: 2/6/13 11:40 AM

I was following this site quite a bit in Oct/Nov after purchasing my 830LE and 630. I don't have a "proper" sewing table for either machine so I was looking for something to help with the vibration while sewing. I saw the threads relating to floor mats under the machines. DH purchased two 24x36" mats at HD or Lowe's in mid-November. About 6 weeks ago, I noticed a really obnoxious smell in one area of my room and I started experiencing scratchy throat and unusual (for me) coughing. Odor was driving me crazy and I found myself not wanting to go to my studio. The odor was in one particular area. Cut to the chase ... it was my mats outgassing. The mats are made of PVC and NBR and WHEN HEATED can cause outgassing of bad crap. I immediately pulled those mats out and threw them outside, and called my doctor. My O2 level is fine (thank goodness) but my renal function is elevated a bit. I'll be drinking a lot of water and have another test on Tuesday. Because of a cancer, I only have one kidney and I am so fearful that I have jeopardized that kidney. Doctor is pretty sure that the dehydration caused the increase.

So bottom line - Keep those mats away from heat! Do not use them under sewing machines. Just saying ...

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Subject: mats to help with machine vibration - DONT DO IT! Date: 2/6/13 11:57 AM

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Date: 2/6/13 12:06 PM

I never would use a floor mat but I have used a big mouse pad and it did help with noise and vibration. Some of the suggestions of things to use that when their first use isn't for sewing you have to look into. Especially building materials.For ex. there was a you tube video about using a hard type insulation to build up your table to be level for free motion quilting. I would never want that stuff that close to my face and breathing. Machine can get quite warm. My machine now sits on the pad that has the pockets down the front that can be ironed on. I think it's like $20. Safe from the heat and helps vibration.

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Date: 2/6/13 12:07 PM

Oh wow. Thanks for telling me this. I just scrubbed my old floor mat to place under my machine. I was only going to use it when using the BSR. I do have a thin layer of wood the carpenter made me to elevate my machines. I could place that between the machine and the mat. Had you not posted, I wouldn't have thought of doing that. Again thanks!

And I certainly hope the renal problem gets under control!

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Date: 2/6/13 12:13 PM

Prayers to you that your renal numbers go back to normal!

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Date: 2/6/13 12:19 PM

I just bought one of those Janome sewing machine pads, now I'm a little concerned. Does anyone have any information about the Janome pads? Grace

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Date: 2/6/13 12:26 PM

I would think that if it's specifically manufactured for use with a sewing machine, it wouldn't be a problem...

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Date: 2/6/13 12:59 PM

I use that rubbery shelf liner that comes on a roll under my machines and have never had a problem with any odor, etc. But, I bought an Olfa cutting mat that got relegated to the garage because it made my nose run and my eyes water. Even after wiping it numerous times with soapy water and letting it air out for months, I could never stand to be in the same room with that smelly thing.

Hope you get back to normal soon!

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Subject: mats to help with machine vibration - DONT DO IT! Date: 2/6/13 1:42 PM

I am pretty sure the gaseous odor will not increase your creatinine level or renal function.. but thanks for the info!! I hope you feel better soon


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Date: 2/6/13 1:58 PM

You know that new car smell and the foggy film that you get on the inside of car windows?--both are from the off-gassing of all the synthetics in a car.

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