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    Blue vs green

    Not sure if there's a thread on this....just sharing my experience. First off, I have a titanium rotary cutter. Did not intend to buy one, discovered when I got home that it required titanium blades. But I LOVE this cutter. I always use the green mats for cutting fabrics. Last week I got a great deal (60% off) on a cutting mat/ironing board thing...not sure what it's called.... The mat on it is blue.....let me tell you, the blue mats do NOT allow you to cut good. It's NOT the blade. It kept skipping sections as if the blade had a ding in it. I got out my green mat and the blade cuts just fine, thank you. SO.....if anyone asks, green mat...always buy a green mat!!!!!!!
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    Thanks for the heads up!

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    thanks for sharing your experience
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    I don't think it's the colour...it's whether it's self-healing or not. I'm going to order an
    X-Acto self-healing cutting mat (grey) because I just discovered that cutting dark
    fabric on my green/black mat is almost impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma View Post
    Last week I got a great deal (60% off) on a cutting mat/ironing board thing...not sure what it's called.... The mat on it is blue.....let me tell you, the blue mats do NOT allow you to cut good. It's NOT the blade. It kept skipping sections as if the blade had a ding in it. I got out my green mat and the blade cuts just fine,
    i think you will find that most of the combination ironing/cutting mats will create this same problem. I have had a June Tailor one for close to 20 years, and find that it works best for pressing, but for cutting small pieces at the machine, I lay a small self-healing cutting mat on it, seems that rotary blades skitter on it and create the same problems you describe. I think it is a combination of what the cutting surface is made of and too much padding for the ironing surface. I have seen people using the combination ones that are hinged like a book, and they have no problem.

    Two years ago, I bought the Fiskars mats that are pale green on one side and yellow on the other because I had so much trouble seeing to cut on the darker olfa ones.

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    My perfect color would be dark gray for light colors and lt. green or yellow for dark colors.
    Mine id the yellow one side and lt. green for other, self-healing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I don't think it's the colour...it's whether it's self-healing or not..
    I agree. My friend gave me some plastic mat from JAF. YUCK. I prefer the Omingrid mats that are sold only online at JAF. I wait until there is free whipping. They seem to last long than the thinner green mats.
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    I have a blue mat that I picked up to take to classes and on vacation, I think it's Dritz brand. It's not quite as thick and soft as the large Alvin mat I have on my cutting table but it works just fine. I haven't had any skipping problems with it. I probably would rather have another Alvin mat but I didn't think about the class I signed up for and realized I needed a smaller mat when it was too late to wait for one to be shipped.

    I use standard Olfa blades in my cutters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I wait until there is free whipping.
    Free whipping?? What kind of place is the Joann's in your town? LMAO!! 50 shades of grey fabric...

    (Sorry, I know that's just a typo, but it hit my funny bone and I couldn't resist!)

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    If your mat doesn't have lines on the back, try cutting with that side. If your cutter works fine, it is the lines on the mat that are your problem. I remember someone (either F&P or Jenny Doan) talking about this on one of their shows or tutorials. I have a couple dark blue mats and purple mats that are 12x18 and a larger (18x24) mat that is yellow on one side and lavender on the other and don't have any problem with any of them. I tried a friend's green mat, but for some reason, I had problems "seeing" with the mat. Maybe it was the yellow lines. I know I can't use Olfa rulers because of the yellow markings.

    Well, I just re-read your original post and it sounds like one of those June Tailor's pressing mat on one side and cutting mat on the other. I bought one of those years ago with a gray mat and never had a problem. I just won one of the new, blue ones, but haven't used it yet. I'll have to try it out and see if I have a problem.

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    This is why I have an assortment of mats. Each one has a purpose. I seriously doubt the cutter knows if the blade is titanium or not. If the hole fits the cutter it will work.
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    Any of my mats seem adequate when my blade is nice and sharp.

    As long as the mat is not all cut up. No mat will last forever if it is used a lot. Just take a look at some of the LQS cutting mats - there are grooves that almost go through to the back of the mat where they cut often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I don't think it's the colour...it's whether it's self-healing or not. I'm going to order an
    X-Acto self-healing cutting mat (grey) because I just discovered that cutting dark
    fabric on my green/black mat is almost impossible.
    I don't think she really meant that the color matters. Just that the brand that makes green mats makes better mats than the brand that makes blue mats. My mat is purple.

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    "Not sure if there's a thread on this....just sharing my experience. First off, I have a titanium rotary cutter. Did not intend to buy one, discovered when I got home that it required titanium blades. But I LOVE this cutter."

    I didn't realize there were titanium cutters. I've been using the titanium blades in my usual cutter with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    Free whipping?? What kind of place is the Joann's in your town? LMAO!! 50 shades of grey fabric...

    (Sorry, I know that's just a typo, but it hit my funny bone and I couldn't resist!)
    I laughed too, then laughed at myself for laughing at that! Go figure!
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    I use a large yellow mat and have a smaller green one. Also have a yellow rotating one. Don't know all the brands. I do have 2 June Tailor's that I travel with. Don't have any problems with any of them unless the blade is dull…
    I started out with a Fiskar's cutter way back and have a hard time trying to switch to others as I have used other ones at our retreats...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    This is why I have an assortment of mats. Each one has a purpose. I seriously doubt the cutter knows if the blade is titanium or not. If the hole fits the cutter it will work.
    My rotary cutter is an ergonomic one.....by Olfa. And it will NOT take a regular blade. I have to get titanium....believe me, I tried to use the cheaper ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Any of my mats seem adequate when my blade is nice and sharp.

    As long as the mat is not all cut up. No mat will last forever if it is used a lot. Just take a look at some of the LQS cutting mats - there are grooves that almost go through to the back of the mat where they cut often.
    Brand new....never used mat.....rotary cutter will NOT cut fabric well. It does cut, but skips.....beats me why, just does it.
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    I have the Martelli mat which is lavender on one side and yellow on the other. Allows me to cut any color of fabric easily. Have some other mats, green and gray, which are used in traveling. My husband loves the large grey Fiskars mat for paper and for cutting old t shirts into rags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma View Post
    Brand new....never used mat.....rotary cutter will NOT cut fabric well. It does cut, but skips.....beats me why, just does it.
    Try a different blade or cutter?

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    I have had a brand new olfa blade skip - always at the same intervsl - so I decided it was a defective blade.

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    I'm very glad to know this. I was contemplating one of the combo boards, but it sounds like I just need to get a portable ironing board to take to retreats. I love my green cutting mats - I have all sizes for different cutting needs. Thanks again, Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I don't think it's the colour...it's whether it's self-healing or not. I'm going to order an
    X-Acto self-healing cutting mat (grey) because I just discovered that cutting dark
    fabric on my green/black mat is almost impossible.
    It is not so much the color, as it is the materials it is made from. I have the cutting mat/ironing surface and yes, it is NOT a good cutting mat. It is a hard surface which is hard on rotary blades also. Also found that out with my first big cutting mat; it too is a hard surface which gets permanent cuts in it and makes the blade skip and dulls fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Try a different blade or cutter?
    Did try a new blade.......still was skipping. Don't have an extra cutter (in an RV...some things just can't be taking up space). I will continue to try....especially good when going to retreats or to quilt groups in RV parks.
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    I've never heard of a special titanium only cutter but in regards to the talk about mats I think that quality brands always pay whether in a mat or a sewing machine.

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