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Maliaka
« on: May 08, 2014 04:51:44 PM »

Hey:)

I'd really like to start using a rotary cutter & mat for my sewing....after a decade of sewing it's about time!  Cheesy

I want at LEAST an 18"X24" size, preferably even bigger, but after hours of Googling, the cheapest deal I can find is 20 bucks for an 18"x24', and remember I said "preferably bigger"....  Roll Eyes

I would REALLY like some ideas for crafting my own cutting mat.  I'm shocked that I can't seem to find any good info on the interwebs about this, just some unanswered questions and some tips of purchasing alternatives that claim to be cheaper but are not (i.e. plastic floor protectors you put under office chairs are pricey, as is flooring laminate).

I was thinking of just getting some of those cheap plastic chopping boards and gluing them together on top of some sort of sturdier platform. They sell a 4 pack of 12"x"15's for $7 on eBay.

 I can then Sharpie a measuring grid on top I suppose. Of course there would be "seams" where the mats are pieced together, but I wonder if that would even be an issue, considering rotary blades are supposed to be insanely sharp.

Has anyone does something like this? Huh I'd love some ideas!

Thanks:)
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014 05:32:12 AM »

If the plastic you buy isn't self-healing and you do a lot of cutting, you'll be replacing whatever you buy on the cheap pretty quick and there's no real savings to be had. Regular plastic will develop grooves, meaning your cutter can get off track into a previous groove and ruin your straight edge. Don't skimp when quality counts. A self-healing mat will last a long time. Try ebay for a deal.
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