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tezcan
« on: November 06, 2010 01:55:37 PM »

There is quite a few mats out there to buy & would like to know the best one to buy.
Is there any make that is better then others.
Thanks in advance  Wink
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procraftinatty
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010 09:02:43 AM »

I have an olfa self healing rotary mat.  I am happy with it and would buy another from this brand.
mine is 35" x 70" which is super big!
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AshtonagoL
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011 12:23:15 PM »

I would say the bigger the better.  I don't remember what brand mine is but on many occasions it's been smaller than what I'm cutting.  Not a big deal to cut part of it and move down to cut the rest but it would be nice if I could do it all in one continuous cut.
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Plum Patchwork
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011 06:04:27 PM »

I agree!  Buy the biggest one you can fit on your workspace.  Trust me on this (I started with a 6" x 8" and have moved up in size three times after getting frustrated)!
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jan.elle
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2011 04:09:24 PM »

I got a Fiskars mat (6x18) and rotary cutter set for Christmas, and it has changed my (sewing) life, especially when it comes to cutting home-made bias strips, waistbands, etc. I'm thinking of getting a larger mat, though.

I have an add-on question to this one: I looked at an Olfa mat at Michaels and it says to only use Olfa cutting implements--is this really necessary or a marketing tool?

Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2011 12:08:38 PM »

That note is probably a liability issue.  If you're using the mat with their own tools and it somehow fails (I don't know how a cutting mat could fail, but the principle applies to other things, too, like using the right brand bobbins in a sewing machine) they'll take responsibility, because obviously all their products should work together.  But if something fails while you're using, say, an X-Acto brand knife on it, they can say, well that wouldn't have happened if you'd been using our brand rotary cutter.

Again, it makes more sense if you look at a more complex machine.  If you put Brother bobbins in a Singer machine, and the machine screws up, it's your fault for using the wrong bobbins.  If you're using Singer bobbins, then it's their fault, because why aren't their bobbins working in their own machine?  That sort of thing.

*This is not to say that bobbins are or are not interchangeable.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011 03:22:52 PM »

Thanks for the insight, Aislynn! Makes a lot of sense to me Smiley
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