Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. We can get floor mats, placemats, drawing mats, cutting mats, pressing mats, even little mug mats. There are so many different mats, but did you know you can get a mat for your sewing machine? All mats have a purpose whether it be for comfort, for protection, or just for drying. Sewing-machine mats are the same way, and here’s an example of sewing-machine mats or serger mats. The only difference is the size. You can get a smaller one for your smaller machines like your serger, overlock, or even the little Featherweight. The larger one gives you a good surface for the newer, larger machines. The large mat is 24″ by 16″ and the smaller mat is a 16″ square. They both work the same way. The mats are thick at ¼” and both sides have a texture. This prevents the mat from sliding. It’s a very dense foam. The foam is designed so that it doesn’t slip. When this goes on the surface, it doesn’t move, so anything sitting on it is not going to move. This is great because it will protect the surface that you’re sewing on. So if you’re sewing on a dining room table or a table that you want to keep in good shape, this is going to be a good, thick protection. They have beveled edges so it’s going to be very smooth but it’s not so beveled that you can’t get your hand underneath to pick it up and move it to where it needs to go. And having a mat that’s nice and thick works as an absorbent. What it does is absorb the vibration from the sewing machine. We don’t notice the vibration because we’re accustomed to it, but the machine does move. The mat is designed with all of these little dimples and the dimples work to absorb that vibration, but they also work as a sound insulation. Just like a sound room, the little dimples absorb the sound so the sewing machine is actually quieter. With that surface being nice and thick and padded, if you have a tendency to sew with your arms up, this is a lot softer on the arm than a hard counter. With your machine sitting in towards the center, the outside and the larger part is going to help with that vibration and the sound. If the mat is very small there’s no area for the noise and the vibration to be absorbed. So it’s nice to have your sewing machine sitting somewhere in the center but still close enough to your surface to be comfortable. Let’s see this mat in action. My sewing machine is sitting on a very secure surface and I have a glass of water on the sewing machine. As I run the sewing machine, the water will show you the vibrations. The more secure your table is the less vibration you’re going to have, but you still will have some vibration. You can see with the mat and the machine running you do get less vibration because the mat has absorbed some of the vibration . For the sound: All machines are going to sound somewhat different. Some are louder and some are more quiet. Here’s a comparison of my machine without the mat: and now with the mat: These mats will work for any type of sewing machine: Your sergers, sewing machines, overlocks, and even the little Featherweights. They’re also great in the kitchen. If you have an appliance that has a tendency to walk on the counter as you’re using it or it’s very loud, this is a good cushioning for it. It’s very easy just to put this in the sink afterwards and wash it. Not only does it look good, it’s very functional for both my sewing machine and my serger. You can pick these up in most large fabric stores and a lot of quilting stores. I’ll put a link in the description so you can check them out. 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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