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#19 J. Maclochlainn

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:12 AM

I would love to have something like this, but not sure I could justify 160 euros for just felt
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:21 AM

If I were to find a reliable resource, it would be very expensive to ship to Europe. The dimensional weight of this package would probably range $125-150 USD, more if it were sent via air. I think I need to limit this offer to US and possibly CDN buyers.
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 10:52 AM

1.5m x 1.0m is optimal
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:51 AM

I'd be interested if the cost is reasonable. What's it likely to cost plus shipping? Thanks...
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:49 AM

jcsprowl is already locating sources, I will then check it and he then orders plenty to sell them to his customers in the U.S.
If unsuccessful I send me a mat from Germany which is expensive. In Germany there is one source with Daimer-Filze (400$ incl. shipping).

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 04:07 AM

$400 for a felt mat... no offence but is it worth it?
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 04:53 AM

Is not worth it cause of the expensive shipping. But: wool felt is expensive!
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 04:54 AM

You can get the aforementioned Kalmuck here!

2 layers of it should be more than sufficient to absorb the moist. It's made of pure cotton and the price includes German VAT. Keep in mind that you won't be using a steam iron so it's mainly the heat that needs to be kept away from the table material.
I think you should be able to find similar stuff anywhere in Europe and the North Americas.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 05:39 AM

Maybe that is good to lay on top of my felt mat. Very nice shop in Germany, bookmarked it. Thank you SG.
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 08:45 AM

I'm still gathering information and sampling. I'm hoping to find something that fits in under $100 and ships for less than $40 within the US (possibly Canada).

Two things that really appeal to me about this product is that it's portable and durable.

I'm also trying to source the bristle board material on a roll so similar size mats can be made for pile fabrics.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 11:56 AM

I checked the samples, sent to me by the German daughter factory in the U.S. The sales man even wrote in perfect German, he must be a German.
If you live in Germany then trigger the mother felt fabric in Wurzen, East Germany.
If you live outside Europe or North America, heavily shipping costs will arise.

The best choice is F7

72" wide 3/4" thick and you need 3 feet. You probably could cut off 30cm for a little side iron place.

F3 would be a little bit better but cost double, so forget it. All other samples are too soft.

If you iron with a steamer and sucking table, felt has no use for you.
Felt is for traditional tailors with 12lb. heavy irons.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:50 PM

Zuschneider,

Would someone need to buy a 3 foot piece? If so, that's $320. I'd like to have one, but not at that price.

Edited by amateursarto, 07 March 2010 - 12:58 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:29 PM

It is 261$, the multiplication is wrong at the site. Even 261$ is huge, but there is no cheaper way worldwide for a 3/4" mat.

Maybe if you go in some gymnastic sport place in the night an cut off a meter from the 5m floor mat... :crazy:

If you donít have a heavy iron from your ancestors you don't need the mat.

In East Germany until 1989 every tailor had his felt mat from the 1945 maybe, there must be many felt mats laying in the dumpster since then.

I still have one in Berlin under my bed, but shipping is more expensive than buying a new one :Cry:

Tailoring tools are not cheap, also the tailor books.

And still I have seen only the sample you never know what they deliver in the end...
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:01 PM

I do have a tailor's goose that i bought off of ebay for $27. it works well and i want to use it. i may put some money away and in a few weeks get a mat. i really like the way the iron gets seams crisp and flat and can see how the weight of the iron can make shaping coats and trousers. i also have a gravity fed iron that i use as well.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 01:32 PM

Only the heavy weight iron produce crisp crease and seams, nothing else.
This is traditional ironing and tailoring like the ancestors did.
You can wait until I bought my mat so you can sure it is working. But I think already F7 is a good choice.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:17 PM

My big flat, rectangular ironing board I made from a building material I bought from Home Depot (a US chain of building supply stores). It's a 1/2" thick solid cellulose sometimes called hemotote. Light tan in color. People use it it as underlay in flooring as a sound cushion or perhaps between rooms in the wall. Hemotote seems like an uncommon name for it. I called Home Depot and asked them what they call it now but they put me on hold and forgot about me. Anyhow, you can get a big piece of it for less than $30 that you can cut up at the store to fit into your little tailor's sedan or truck if you have one.

My ironing board has the hemotote on bottom against my cutting table. On top of hemotote is cotton batting, then heavy woolen tweed then cotton twill. I put down cheap worsted of top of that if pressing wool. I put my heavy dry iron on top of silicon covered metal rest plate on top of ironing board so I won't burn the surface.

I'm not sure if 1/2" hemotote is thick enough to preserve your pretty house table underneath. Maybe two layers would do better. I have mine set up on top of an industrial cutting table that is 1 1/4" thick composite hardboard which can stand up to most abuses wrought by hot and heavy pressers who enjoy spanking the wool all day with clapper boards.

I don't blame you for wanting that wool felt. It sounds nice but if you want a cheaper solution to absorb the heat, an acoustic barrier may work. Do research on acoustic absorbing materials on the internet and you may find some other alternative too.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 11:58 PM

Here is a nice goose.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:28 AM

Goose
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