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Thread: which rotating cutting mat?

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    Junior Member Jerseyrayne's Avatar
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    I am thinking of buying a rotating cutting mat. Joann's has a 50% off coupon I could use. I would appreciate your comments on the Olfa 12x12 for roughly $23.00, the Olfa17x17 for $40.00 or the Fiskars 14x14 for $25.00 after using the coupon. Would love to hear from anyone using either of these mats. I am going to use it for quilting.

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    I would suggest going much bigger unless you already have a big one.

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    Do you think the 14x14 rotating mat would be big enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis
    I would suggest going much bigger unless you already have a big one.
    The 17x17 rotary mat is the largest that is made. I have both of the Olfas. If you can only get one I would go with the 17x17. They are good mats. I had a Fiskars non-rotating mat. It was my first cutting mat and it didn't last very long. I've never used their rotating one but if you can afford the larger one I would go with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseyrayne
    Do you think the 14x14 rotating mat would be big enough?
    If you only do small pieces like applique or something like that then 14x14 is a good compromise. I would just get the larger one because you know that you'll be covered no matter what you want to work on.

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    I have the 12x12. I wish I would have bought the larger one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I have the 12x12. I wish I would have bought the larger one.
    Me too!

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    I have the Olfa 17x17, really comes in handy.

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    Fiskers mats do not have a long life, I'd stick with the Olfa. I have both the small and large rotating mats, I use the large one constantly. I use the small one too, but when you are dealing with large and small size pieces, the large mat works for both.

    Also, when using the rotating mat, I put a piece of non skid shelf liner under it so it doesn't slide around when I'm cutting.

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    The other options include:

    Just plain 'ol putting a smaller mat on top of a larger mat ... the smaller mat will turn easily enough.

    I still use my Brooklyn Revolver from years ago.

    ali

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