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    cutting batting and flannel

    How do you avoid this when cutting batting and flannel? Is it time for a new mat? I can get it off with scrubbing, just wondering if a better way to cut batting. Thanks Ladies.
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    I think I read on FB that someone laid a piece of parchment paper on their mat first and it kept the batting out of the cutting grooves. I've not tried it. I have a worn out mat that I use when cutting batting.
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    I use baby wipes to help move fluff like this from my mat.

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    I use an adobe pad to wipe my cutting board clean. You could possibly turn the mat over and use the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    I think I read on FB that someone laid a piece of parchment paper on their mat first and it kept the batting out of the cutting grooves. I've not tried it. I have a worn out mat that I use when cutting batting.
    Thanks Nan... I will try that , I have an old mat too, and should get it out.... lol . I like to clean mine with this razor blade... scrapping both directions is great
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    what is an adobe pad?

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    I sometimes just use the unmarked back of my cutting mat just in case. Also, I've used a dry sponge sometimes.

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    I cut batt and flannel on the back of my mat. For quick clean up, the edge of my rotary ruler does a pretty good job removing debris from my mat.

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    An old fashioned gum eraser takes it out really slick. We sell a lot of erasers at the store, because it works so well.
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    I find this happens with a really dull blade!

    Try changing your blade to a new one see if that makes a difference;
    I bet it will. =)

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    I use an old plastic credit card. Held at an angle across the mat, it works pretty well.

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    A little steel wool works well also.

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    I use a green Scotchbrite to remove mine. Scrub in both directions for the best cleaning.

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    I ditto the comment that a dull blade may have helped cause this. It has been suggested that a mushroom brush is good for cleaning this out. Also - it appears that your mat is older and dried out a bit. Olfa suggests that you periodically soak your cutting mats in warm water and let them dry flat - this helps keep the mat moist. I do mine in the bathtub where they can lay almost totally flat. Do not put in direct sun to dry since that might cause warping.
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    I use a damp washcloth, that does double duty of moisturizing the mat and pulls the batting right out.
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    Ditto the comment about a gum eraser. Works pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltedsunshine View Post
    An old fashioned gum eraser takes it out really slick. We sell a lot of erasers at the store, because it works so well.
    After reading this and HoneyJ's post, I took my really old eraser and worked on my mat. The batt marks are Gone! After scrubbing, I wiped over the spot with a damp cloth to remove eraser crumbs. I'm happy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdeaaz View Post
    How do you avoid this when cutting batting and flannel? Is it time for a new mat? I can get it off with scrubbing, just wondering if a better way to cut batting. Thanks Ladies.
    It looks like you don't use the grid lines for cutting so why don't you use the backside for cutting your material. I do that to keep my grid lines nice for when I really need to use them. It helps.

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    I use an old matt saved for just that purpose, and cut on the diagonal to avoid the ruts.
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    A friend made little scratchy pads using tulle that she cut into strips then crocheted. I use it a lot to remove batting or fusible fleece that also likes to leave bits behind now and then.

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    I use batting shears to cut my batting. They are wonderful. Bought them from Nancy’s notions
    a new cutter blade helps too.
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    I only cut batting with my rotary cutter to trim quilts before sewing on the binding. I use an old blade. No fuzz as the batting is between the top and back of the quilts. If I need to cut batting by it's self I just rough cut with scissors.
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