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Thread: Omnigrid Cutting Mat 24 by 36 Forgiving Surface??

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    Omnigrid Cutting Mat 24 by 36 Forgiving Surface??

    I purchased a cutting mat on Joann.com its an omnigrid I want to use it with the fiskars and gingher rotary cutters I purchased but it doesn't say self healing? Is there a difference between Forgiving surface and self healing? I have been sewing for about 2 years now and finally brought a mat and rotary cutter and of course I had to mess up!

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    You didn't mess up at all! I love my Omnigrid mats and they are just fine.

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    look at their site and see what they say about their own mats. I have Olfa mats and love them. they say to soak them in the bathtub (flat surface) and they will be like new. I haven't done that but have had mine for about 12 to 15 years.

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    my Omnigrid mats are my absolute favorate....other brands have come and gone, like Fiskers etc, but my Omnis are still here, even after I tried to clean them once and wiped off some of my grids.... I now use only a magic eraser....
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    i think "self-healing" has always been a misnomer. my "self-healing" mats do deteriorate with use. my idea is to just turn them over for extra use, although the grid lines and ruler won't be there. i also think that all mats are forgiving, and they protect surfaces for a long time - just not "self-healing". AND...you didn't mess up! i think they finally realized that "self-healing" is not exactly what they do.

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    Thanks everyone also I don't know where I got this idea ,but my mat is kind of stiff and hard not well spongy-ish is it supposed to be? This is why I thought I brought the wrong one. I just received it this morning from Joann.

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    You may want to use one side for doing the cutting of any curves and the grid side for straight cuts only.

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    your mat should be hard and not spongy.

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    Ok, thanks everyone so much!

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