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Date: 8/20/13 10:35 PM

I am looking for a good self healing cutting mat that is 36x72 inches. Does anybody have a good source where to buy one that has accurate measurements and that the grid lines do not rub off & doesn't cost an arm & a leg? Any experience with the one a JoAnn Fabrics?

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Date: 8/21/13 4:17 AM

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I am looking for a good self healing cutting mat that is 36x72 inches. Does anybody have a good source where to buy one that has accurate measurements and that the grid lines do not rub off & doesn't cost an arm & a leg? Any experience with the one a JoAnn Fabrics?

Hi, I bought both of mine at J's during coupon time (when they were NOT on sale) hard to do lol but here's the deal - I only learned how to quilt in November and my first mat was the cream colored Fiskers!

I like how clear the numbers are etc.. BUT, due to my hard pressing with the rotary because I didn't know how to do it - and/or I washed it like they say in the tub to get the tiny fabrics out... BUT (sorry I can't tell a short story)... THAT mat cracked in 1/2!! yeah right lifetime warranty B.S.

In the meantime I bought the large Olfa. I personally don't like it because the green with the black numbers, for me it's harder to see to line up!!

I did get another large Fiskers in light purple this time -- I am Keeping my receipt in case this one cracks - but I know not to shove the cutter too deep now.

Never heard of one where the grid lines wear off? Cutting through was my fault and I sure won't wash it again like they say.

Good luck!!

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Date: 8/21/13 6:42 AM

Olfa makes a mat that is 35" x 70". It comes in three parts. I've used it for a couple of years now and nothing has worn off.

http://www.joann.com/olfa-gridded-cutting-mat-set-35-x70-with-clips/prd37587/

It's "coupon eligible"!

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Date: 8/21/13 8:48 AM

I have had the Joann's mat for over a year and think it was worth the money-on sale, of course! Fits perfectly on my dining room table, and when I do take it off, I slip it behind the DR breakfront. I don't think I would repeatedly roll and unroll it, as it doesn't seem that flexible, and I don't like trying to flatten it multiple times.

Also, I am cautious about cutting into the fabric too hard, but have not really had a problem with the mat scratching up. I clean it off with a Swiffer-type duster and/ or a damp paper towel, I'm completely satisfied, and that doesn't happen often.

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Date: 8/21/13 9:44 AM

I have had my Olfa self healing mat (18" x 24") for about 15 years and it still has numbers on it and doesn't have too much scarring on it. I still use it on a regular basis. 2 years ago I got a bigger one (24 x 36) of the same brand and it is still like new although I use it a lot more than the smaller one. I got them both at Joanns, both were either on sale for half off or I had a half off coupon.

I keep the thread fibers out of the cuts by rubbing the cut lines with a gum eraser. If it needs washing, I just use warm soapy water with a sponge and wash it while it is laying on my cutting table.

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Date: 8/21/13 9:49 AM

My Olfa mats were purchased at JoAnn many years ago and have taken a beating (try to keep your husband away from the mats).

They are accurately marked, but many of the pros don't rely on the mat's grid....I do and have not had any issues with intersecting seams matching.

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Date: 8/21/13 10:37 AM

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Olfa makes a mat that is 35" x 70". It comes in three parts. I've used it for a couple of years now and nothing has worn off.



http://www.joann.com/olfa-gridded-cutting-mat-set-35-x70-with-clips/prd37587/



It's "coupon eligible"!

I've had this same (olfa) mat probably 10 years. I got mine at Hancock's when they have the 50% off quilting notions sale. It cast me somewhere around $80 after discount and taxes but has been a great investment. Make soure you get the 3 piece one. They also have a 2 piece one.

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Date: 8/21/13 11:33 AM

I measure everything with the ruler so lines on a mat don't matter much. I like the Olfa mat I got a few years ago. It gets abused. Really abused. It's on my table just about all the time, sits under my computer, it's gotten milk spilled on it by my daughter, its even warped slightly in one spot where I accidentally touched it with the iron. It still does what it's supposed to do. I probably don't change my rotary cutter blades as often as I should so its got some small cut marks. Doesn't seem to affect performance or anything. I'd say it was worth my money.

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Date: 8/21/13 12:11 PM

I have been using mine in very busy textile cutting rooms and others in my shirt-making studio for countless years without needing to replace them. Professional quality costs a little more.

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I am looking for a good self healing cutting mat that is 36x72 inches. Does anybody have a good source where to buy one that has accurate measurements and that the grid lines do not rub off & doesn't cost an arm & a leg? Any experience with the one a JoAnn Fabrics?

I bought an Alvin professional reversible mat from


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