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Date: 6/4/13 12:02 PM

I am in the market to buy a large self-healing rotary cutting mat for my new cutting surface, to be determined, 36" x 72".

I am replacing an old smallish Olfa cutting mat. Last year, when my daughter bought 2 large Olfa mats, the smell was noxious. Interestingly, the chemical odor did not bother anyone else. Literally, if I was near her sewing room, I got sick. I called the manufacturer and after we soaked the mats in my daughter's very large tub with orange-smelling liquid detergent overnight, the odor dissipated. I called an online store about Magic Cutting mat, and the very pleasant person indicated that depending on the batch, they too got complaints about chemical odor as well. She suggested I buy locally and do a "sniff" test.....

I suppose I can order online from Joanns which carries Omnigrid, Fiskars, Dritz, and Gingher.

If anyone has had bad or good experience with one of these brands, I'd certainly appreciate hearing about it.

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Date: 6/4/13 12:55 PM

I am very sensitive to smells and off-gassing. I think my OmniGrid mats were far less bad than the Olfa one I have. It was just awful.

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Date: 6/4/13 3:28 PM

I have several Olfa mats and only one of them had an noticeable (by me) odor. But I am not sensitive to odors and scents, I just don't like them.
I think if you got a mat that had a chemical smell you could put it outside on your deck/patio in the sun for a few hours and that would get rid of the objectionable odor (just make sure it lies flat).
I did that with a foul smelling freezer once and it worked when nothing else would.

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Date: 6/4/13 3:51 PM

There is a place local to me that sells cutting mats. I haven't had time to check them out yet. But, maybe you could call them to see if their's have any kind of odor or maybe they will be at a show near you (the web page lists the shows they will be attending this year).

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Date: 6/4/13 4:04 PM

I noticed that smell the last time I picked one up at my local JoAnn's. But after a day the smell disappeared. I think being away from the stack of mats at the store helped. It was a Fiskars brand.

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Date: 6/4/13 4:05 PM

I bought this Gingher self-healing mat a few months ago and it has almost no odor. I'm pretty sure it was either on sale or I used a coupon. I think Amazon has it for less right now.

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Date: 6/4/13 4:10 PM

I wouldn't put the mats in the sun (unless told to by the manufacturer). The UV light might have an unintended affect on the plastic. It could break down in some way.

UV/sunlight is great for natural fibers (acts as an anti-microbial), but not plastic.

The soaking w/ orange dish soap makes more sense.

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Date: 6/4/13 4:21 PM

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There is a place local to me that sells cutting mats. I haven't had time to check them out yet. But, maybe you could call them to see if their's have any kind of odor or maybe they will be at a show near you (the web page lists the shows they will be attending this year).



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This is the mat I have. They're absolutely fabulous. I used my first one for about eight years before someone I was teaching put my iron down on one. They shipped the second one to me in Canada. The service was fabulous and so is the product. I made my sister get one, too. Mine is 3' x 5', but they pretty much make them in any size from what I can tell. Not affiliated -- just a very happy customer.
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Date: 6/4/13 4:59 PM

Since you are so sensitive, what the company suggested would not only help you decide, but transportation would not be iffy (would the mail delivery person fold it up and stuff it in the mail box - exaggeration, I think).

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Date: 6/4/13 5:51 PM


Nice to hear a positive review about these. Now, I'm definitely going to have to make a visit to this store (it is only a few miles from where I live). According to an ad on Craigslist this store also has a bunch of refurbished vintage machines.
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Could be dangerous! I may go in there looking for a cutting mat and have a sewing machine or two follow me home
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