Welcom to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And what does a snow carpet have to do with quilting? First of all, what is a snow carpet? Well, if you live anywhere where you go tobogganing, you’ll know what a snow carpet is. It is a very thin, flexible sheet of plastic. You grab the handles, you’re able to lie or sit on this, and this very thin slippery surface gets you down that snowy hill very very quickly, And that very same slippery surface that helps you go down that snow mountain a lot quicker, will help you do your quilting a lot quicker. It is a very thin flexible sheet of plastic and both sides are normally very very slippery. And it’s really easy to tell which side is a little bit more slippery because the side that’s very slippery has a little bit more shine than the other side. The shiniest side you’re going to need to place it shiny side up on your machine bed. The bed of my sewing machine already is a little bit slippery because it’s a hard plastic, but I would like it even slicker. I also would like to have a surface that is completely smooth so as I am quilting, the quilt is not going to get caught in any of these areas, and these carpets are perfect for that. You can get these carpets in small sizes and quite large, and the thinner the better. I’ve taken two of the carpets and I’ve just duct-taped them together in the back. That’s going to give me a bigger work surface. They’re very flexible and you can even cut them if they’re too big. So I’m going to be able to take this and slide it right underneath my foot, right up to the edge of the machine. Now I have a very big, smooth, slick surface. Once you have the carpet in the position that you want, before you tape it or clamp it down, you will need to put a hole in the carpet. Use the foot that you’re going to want to use and put the foot in the down position. There you’re going to be able to use that as a template and draw the hole. Once you have that mark you’re going to be able to just cut out that circle. You don’t need to cut out the entire surface; you just need an area for that needle to be clear. This will also work really great if you have a machine where you cannot lower your feed dogs, because the feed dogs will run underneath this plastic, so it’s not going to put any stress or any friction as you’re quilting. I now have a small hole. Start off with a small hole because you can always make that hole bigger as you test it. Once you have the hole you’re going to be able to take this and clamp it and tape it onto your counter. That way you won’t have the quilt catching any of the loose edges. You now have a very smooth, flat surface that you’re going to be able to quilt with. If the area on the machine where you need to load your bobbin [is on the machine bed], you’re going to be able to just lift this up and work on it from underneath. So if you have a counter it would be easier if you just put a couple of clamps here and then tape the rest down. That way you can take those clamps off to change that bobbin. You can make this as big as you want just by taping that back side of the carpets together. And by doing that you don’t have any of that tape up in the front to cause any friction. I now have a very smooth surface and my quilt is not going to get caught or snagged on anything as I’m quilting. And when it’s done I’m going to be able to fold it up and you’re going to be able to store this rolled up. Because it is such a thin plastic it’s going to unroll whenever you need it. These snow carpets come in many different sizes. You can usually get them in department stores and sports stores. And if you live in an area where there is no snow, I will put a link in the description to Amazon. There’s a whole pile on Amazon that you can buy and that’s just going to give you a good area to start with so that you can choose the different sizes, you can get different colors, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to do some research to find what you want to match your sewing room. And when I was younger we used to call these crazy carpets, so I guess I’m just a little crazy to put them in my sewing room, but they work like a wonder. You will be surprised on how inexpensive they really are. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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