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Thread: BIG cutting matts. Are they useful?

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    I couldn't resist. After being so disappointed at the Joann's I went to on Friday, I ventured out to another one only to find everything on my list and on sale. The 25% coupon helped me save over 50% on the final bill; about $80.00. But, I made an impulse purchase and picked up their 36 x 60 cutting matt. Now I wonder if it was wise. Do they really help? Any pointers regarding them? Or should I come to my senses and return it?

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    The big ones are great. Protect table really well, especially when pinning stuff. I get a new one every couple of years when the cutting grooves get too deep. ALWAYS watch for sales on those. However, Omnigrid green cutting mats are a bit harder surface and don't groove as easily.

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    I have one that came with my Horn table but haven't used it yet. I do not have another table to put it on at this time so it is under the futon in my sewing space.
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    The only down side is having a big enough place to keep it out all the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    The only down side is having a big enough place to keep it out all the time!
    Be sure to be careful when storing if not laying on a table all the time. They are best stored laying flat. Do not store near heat or sunlight. Check out the package or website for additional information if you have any questions or doubts.

    Pam M

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    I would love a super big mat! I cut better when there is only one fold in the fabric.

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    In reference to the 'bigger mats' - I can say its great to have a larger work surface for many reasons. I do love my 'white' mat.. ( same color as the one you got from joannes). I have a 28x51 from the sew-fit company and its pliable and a really nice thickness, lil thicker than the joannes one... seems like I can never have enough space when working on a project so the bigger mats come in handy for me..

    However Im curious if anyone has bought one of these from Joannes and either love it or hate it.. Im very hard on mats so I need to replace mine but cant seem to find a local store that carries the SEW-FIT brand that im use too.. Opinions anyone??

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    [quote}Be sure to be careful when storing if not laying on a table all the time. They are best stored laying flat. Do not store near heat or sunlight. Check out the package or website for additional information if you have any questions or doubts. Pam M[/quote]

    I really messed one up by sliding it behind a hutch to store it, and did not notice it was NOT flat. BIG mistake!

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    I used a big mat like that when I worked at the quilt shop. We measured fabric on it. I had a hard time getting used to a smaller mat when I was at home. I was spoiled by the size of it.

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    Super big mats good for super big table. Had one and cut it down since didn't have super big table. Needs to be stored flat to release the curl.

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