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Thread: match cutting mat and tools by name?

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    I have read several times that you should match cutting mat brand with the cutting tool brand. Olfa mats should only have olfa rotary cutters used on them, Friscars only Friscars etc. Does anyone do this? Does it make a difference and why?

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    If I matched these tools I would be poor..... I never use the lines on any mat for any reason. I just use the ruler lines.

    The only thing I really 'match' in this department is when I cut out I try to use the same ruler through the project. Different rulers may be different measurements from each other. I have QIAD, Kaye Wood, Olfa and a few other rulers with a very old Olfa mat, a self healing 12 inch Omni spin mat, and a Fishar's mat. It just depends on where or what I am cutting on what mat I use.

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    i have never heard that i sure dont do that hope it is not true

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    I mix and match, and haven't had any problems :D:D:D

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    Ha-ha! Cute. I can tell you that after 20+ years of quilting I have never thought to consider it a problem. I use what ever mat, scissors, rulers, cutters, etc. happen to be handy or I know to work best for the task. I mix and match and mix-up tools all the time. In fact, I don't worry about anything at all: just pray, play, have fun, sing, quilt, say a rosary, read, do nothing, do everything at once, whatever I'm in the mood for! Do not worry! Part of quilting (for me) is that it's relaxing and helps me to forget or deal with my worries.

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    I am glad to read the responses becuase nothin' of mine matches either and it all seems to work just fine! I think must of been an article by a specific manufacture to sell their products. The article (I read this awhile back and now can't remember where) did mention that if cutters and mats were used it could cut the mat. I have never had this problem either. just wondering if anyone else had.

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    Never heard that. Would have laughed if I had!!

    I have only one rule, I use the same ruler throughout a single project. They don't always match and a small difference can really mess up your blocks. There is no guarantee that an Olfa mat will match an Olfa cutter either. I only use the ruler and never use the mat.

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    Nope I never match- and that wouldn't work for the blades from Harbor Freight :wink: LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Nope I never match- and that wouldn't work for the blades from Harbor Freight :wink: LOL
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Nope I never match- and that wouldn't work for the blades from Harbor Freight :wink: LOL
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    DITTO :lol:

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