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Date: 12/13/12 12:31 PM

Hi, I'm considering investing in a rotary cutter and a self healing cutting mat. What is a good size mat for garment sewing? What is the biggest mat you have come across? Can you recommend a website in the UK or Europe to get this in?

Thanks for any help!

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Date: 12/13/12 12:40 PM

I started with a small mat and slipped it in place to cut, then slipped it again and again until I was finished. Regardless of the size you choose, be sure to store it flat and they will warp/distort easily. The can also be hung with a pant/skirt hanger that has clips.

For cutting out garments the smaller cutter works very well getting around neck and arm openings.

Use an acrylic ruler for rotary cutting to help stabilize the fabric and pattern as you are cutting.

Be careful with the cutter. It is basically a rolling razor blade.

Some use a Klutz glove to protect the hand stabilizing the ruler/fabric just in case the cutter slips.

I do not know about UK websites. There will probably be other members of PR who can help with this.

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Date: 12/13/12 12:43 PM

Thanks for the advice Patti! I had read about cutters in the beginners forum, but advice about dealing with a sharp blade is always a good idea, it's easy to forget!

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Date: 12/13/12 3:12 PM

I buy mine here. I have a 36" x 48" double sided one on my cutting table.

http://www.cutting-mats.net/self-healing-cutting-mats.html

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Date: 12/13/12 9:53 PM

I started with a smaller mat and found it tended to shift my fabric and pattern around too much. My advice would be to think of the most common size piece that you cut out and get one atleast that big to start.

I use two 30x36" mats butted together on my cutting table. That's usually big enough for most of what I cut out. Due to space and storage issues I can't use the one designed to fit my cutting table, hence the two smaller mats.

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Date: 12/13/12 10:17 PM

I have a huge gateleg cutting table. It's about 72 x 40. I bought a mat to fit and paid what you would expect. Now it is IN THE WAY whenever the table is folded down. The only way to store it is rolled up and it won't even roll into a small roll. Grr! I recently saw little plastic gadgets that snick together small cutting mats into a larger size. Next time I'll try something like that. Just sayin'.

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Date: 12/13/12 10:39 PM

Sounds like the same table I have from Joann's. That's exactly why I didn't buy the mat. I have to take my table down when I'm not using it.

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Date: 12/13/12 11:33 PM

I have a bunch of different sizes of cutters and mats. Sometimes a larger one is needed, sometimes smaller. I like having a choice.
I definately think you will enjoy a rotary cutter...I use mine all the time.

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Date: 12/14/12 5:36 AM

Quote: kathleen1304
I have a huge gateleg cutting table. It's about 72 x 40. I bought a mat to fit and paid what you would expect. Now it is IN THE WAY whenever the table is folded down. The only way to store it is rolled up and it won't even roll into a small roll. Grr! I recently saw little plastic gadgets that snick together small cutting mats into a larger size. Next time I'll try something like that. Just sayin'.

OK, that sounds good, where did you see these gadgets??

There's a lot to think about here, I will have to put on my thinking hat...

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Date: 12/14/12 5:40 AM

Quote: Scrappy Gram
I buy mine here. I have a 36" x 48" double sided one on my cutting table.



http://www.cutting-mats.net/self-healing-cutting-mats.html



Deb

Thanks for the info. I checked their website, and they don't ship internationally, except for Canada, and only to 50 US states.

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