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Thread: Rotary mat

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    Senior Member quiltin-nannie's Avatar
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    I'm going to disagree with getting the 17 x 17 rotating mat. That's the one I have (along with and 8 inch one) and I wish I had gotten the 12 x 12. My reason is I am usually sitting at my machine when I am using it, and the 17 inch one takes up a little too much space. The 8 inch one is too small for some pieces. I think the 12 inch one would fit better. To each his own!
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    Depends on where you will use it so consider that first before you purchase. Measure the space and get the closest size for that.
    Linda

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    Most of my blocks finish at 12" so I got the 17"x17" rotary mat. So it really depends on space and the size block you plan to make. I can't comment on cutting while sitting down; I've never mastered that. Whatever you decide on, I hope you enjoy it. Joyce in DE

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    I'd go big too. A couple months ago I was at my daughter's and we were making a tote bag. She only had a small mat (and small cutter!). It was kind of a pain to cut the bigger pieces.
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    If you are talking about a rotating mat, go big!!!! I have the 12" one & It's too small for a 12" block due to seam allowances.
    Kathy

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    Thanks everyone, I think I'll go with the bigger mat. As for cutting sitting down, I can't master it standing up! LOL!
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    If you are talking rotary, don't buy the grey Fiskars. The surface does not hold up and chips. I have had one since Christmas and noticed little grey chunks from the mat all over the rotary blade.

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    get the 17" one, you need it, I just recently got mine and I LOVE it.
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    JoAnn's has them on sale at 40% off and they have an additional 15% off on your whole online order.

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    I want one of those big giant green cutting mats that holds up longer than these clear mats from Joann's.. I'll build a table to fit..LOL. it is a bummer to handle large cuts on a 35" X 60" table mat.

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