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Thread: Whaddya MEAN you don't cut with the lines on the mat?!

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    Can someone PLEASE re-post the link...
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    I use the rulers except when I'm straightening the edge of a long piece of fabric. I never learned to use my mat lines for cutting. I never thought about turning it over! Now I know I can have a whole new mat when this side wears out. Thanks for the idea!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Great link! I have seen one of my quilting friends cutting her fabric not using the lines on the mat and I always thought what is she doing? Now I know! Huh! The things you learn just from reading!
    What link? I'd love to see how this is done. I always use the lines on my mat and they are worn out again!!
    "In this age of information, ignorance is a choice".

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    what link. would be interested to see the turorial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    After reading several posts from various members talking about using their rulers, I still wasn't really understanding how you could cut without using the markings on the mat, and only rely on the ruler for measurements. It took a wonderful member here to actually spell it all out (with idiot-proof pictures- THANK YOU!) and get me to understand the how-to of using my rulers.
    Maybe you could share these pictures with all of us. I can do it both ways, but would love to see the pics. Thanks.

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    I use the lines on my mat for cutting the fabric straight on the ends or for measuring larger pieces of fabrics that are too large for a ruler. The larger white mats come in handy for that. Mostly I rely on my ruler. Like the idea of turning the mat over when you don't need the lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    After reading several posts from various members talking about using their rulers, I still wasn't really understanding how you could cut without using the markings on the mat, and only rely on the ruler for measurements. It took a wonderful member here to actually spell it all out (with idiot-proof pictures- THANK YOU!) and get me to understand the how-to of using my rulers.
    When I started quilting again with all the new equipment I was using the mat lines as guide. I took a class and the instructor/quilt teacher blew up and told me I was WRONG-WRONG-WRONG!! Never use the line on the mat. She also told me to NEVER iron to the light and the ALWAYS iron seams closed!! Along with a bunch of other stuff that I have ignored.

    Can we say quilt police???

    I use the mat lines as a guide-measure and cut with a ruler-iron seams both open and closed depending on the pattern-and do not go to quilt classes!! I am much happier for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Great link!
    I don't see a link

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    I can't post the link. I don't know why it was edited. See post # 20.

    Google this: Cutting Fabric from the First Cut

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    That is exactly how I was taught to cut the first cut. I love Google!
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    Done is better than perfect.

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