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« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2006 04:29:27 PM »

Don't iron the carpet...or a quilting rotary mat.  Some time ago STUPID me thought it would be a good idea to use the mat as a backup (so as not to iron the carpet).  I really don't know what I was thinking using a hot iron over a rubber mat.  Needless to say, its totally warped.  Now I use it for my toddler to put her coloring pages on and color so that if she goes off the page she doesn't ruin whatever surface she's on.

OMG I did this too.  I totally spaced out, and whoopsie.  Those mats are TOO EXPENSIVE to ruin, and yet... d'oh!  I tried slicing through mine at the most warped area so that it was like popping a bubble and would kind of lay flat while I worked on it.  Guess what didn't work?  I finally cut it into a much smaller rectangle for small-scale cutting.  What a waste of money.  And my brain. 
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« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2006 07:51:50 PM »

my friend, whos a non crafter, had to iron a shirt and left the iron on metal part down on a light colored table while she flipped the shirt over. then forgot the shirt to pick up the phone. within like 1 minute she saw it smoking a little and now theresa perfect iron shape on her table. its pretty funny.
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« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2006 08:06:31 PM »

This is how I ruined my mother's very new, very expensive iron. Don't iron on carpet, kids.
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« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2006 08:14:56 PM »

I too have burnt the carpet. And I'd like to add that it was only about 8 or 9 months old, Berber carpeting. :\ My roommate thinks the maintanence guys did it when they moved the new oven in after our old one stopped heating. Of course, I firmly agree with her!  Wink
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« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2006 01:17:08 AM »

I do this all the time. I melted our carpet last week. Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2006 07:08:56 AM »

ooops!  Embarrassed

Take heart - we've all done this at some point! (some of us several times!) Kiss
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« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2006 05:58:58 PM »

Oh no!  Several times!  Haven't learned the lesson?  I'm pretty sure I would have been dead meat after once...

Fortunately I haven't melted things lately, although once I had an episode of melting thread.  I hemmed up a pair of capris and went to iron it out after I was all done and the polyester (or so I thought) thread shrivelled up and the melted stumps ended up holding the hem more than the original stitching... it was really weird.

That said, I'm probably going to go ruin something now.
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« Reply #37 on: July 08, 2006 02:47:55 PM »

oh i actualyy stopped a minute and thought before continuing on my merry mad way. i thought "hmmmm, you are gping to burn that carpet. tisl tisk." and then... light bulb "i'll just put several layers of fabric underneath what i am working on" oh! and never once stopped to check if the carpet was doing okay.
there is a very long curtain length burn in the middle of our living room carpet, that my boyfriends shakes his head at everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
what can you do but laugh.
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« Reply #38 on: July 12, 2006 09:37:05 AM »

Okay.  Maybe it's because we've always had an ironing board, but it has never occured to me to iron on the carpeting/table/couch/cutting mat.

But, believe me, I've done my share of other stupid things!
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« Reply #39 on: July 15, 2006 03:13:07 PM »

Wow! I used to iron on carpet too... heh. I never melted it though, thank goodness. I did use a clean towel underneath, or I'd iron (with the towel under) on cabinets. Now, we have a board. (Which is in my craftroom.Cheesy I love love love it! Funny how simple things make me happy.)
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