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Date: 4/20/12 11:27 AM

well it's time to buy a cutting mat and rotary cutter and want the best w/out breaking the bank ...also I do not have a designated area besides the dining room table to sew on, it will have to rolled and kept in a closet until time to use it,..thanks

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Date: 4/20/12 9:00 PM

Well, I usually buy my mats from Sew Easy Products. I much like their white background and light blue letters. They also make rulers to go with the mats. I have two of them and have used them for over 10 years. But then I was in Joanns and found a really pretty Fiskars mat, double sided, to go with my sewing room decor, so I caved.

As to rolling your mat, unless its flexible plastic, don't! It will take forever to uncurl it. Instead, tack a nail in your closet and hang your mat on that. There is a hole in the mat to do this. I hang mine behind a set of cabinets in my sewing room. They stay very straight and I don't have to roll them

As to a cutter, I like the yellow Olfa 45mm model that extends the blade when you grasp the handles; it doesn't stay open permanently unless you want it. I used to use the Fiskars contour 45mm, as I especially like the balance in my hand, but the blade doesn't retract unless you press a button. I don't like those cutters that you have to push to engage the blade. I find myself pushing too hard and it either tears up my mat, or gives me carpal tunnel because I'm not sure when the blade is engaged. Not only that, but I find with the pressure I lose control of what I'm cutting.


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Date: 4/21/12 10:30 AM

I have a large mat--cannot remember the brand--the white one with blue markings that I got as a birthday present. My DH drilled two holes near the margin on one of the short sides, and it can be hung behind a door on round-head screws attached to the wall. It stays flat, is always handy but out of the way. I have cut on it for decades, and it is still in good shape. I traveling now, so cannot check the brand, but it was purchased at a chain store--Joanns perhaps.

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Date: 4/21/12 11:54 AM

I place my mat in between the twin mattress and boxspring in my sewing/guest room. It remains flat and out of the way there. I have a few larger cutting mats, one has blue grid markings and the other one is red. I believe they are Mega Mat brand, I got one at JoAnn's and one from Atlanta Thread Supply (now Wawak/Cleaner's Supply).

I use Olfa rotary cutters, you can get some great deals on replacement blades on Ebay if you shop carefully.

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