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Cutting mat - left to right or right to left

Old 05-15-2011, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Rose L
Right to left here! I'm right handed.
Me too.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:35 PM
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I use them for getting a straight line to begin with. After that, sometimes I even cut on them diagonally, using my ruler for cutting. Depends on how much clutter I have to move. :twisted:
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:31 PM
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I cut from both ways, depending on what is more convenient at the time. :D:D:D
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:47 PM
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yes, I do as well. trim fabric on right hand side. move ruler over to the left re: how many inches I need to cut then make my cut. I can't seem to start from the other directions. :)
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:25 PM
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The only thing I use the lines on the mat for are to make sure my fabric edge is straight across. I never use the actual measurements of it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:31 AM
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I'm with you.....self-taught, right to left, and marked my June Tailor with a sharpie when the measurements went left to right on the bottom and right to left on the top. And then.....through the years I've taken different colors of sharpies and marked cutting lines when they were weird ones that I had to cut a lot of and didn't want to keep figuring them out in my head, like the time I cut a bunch of fabric into 1 5/8" strips for strip piecing.
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:42 AM
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I do whatever way is easier. Sometimes I count back from the higher number too.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:17 AM
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I'm a self-taught rightie. I do not use the markings on the mat. For my first straightening cut I have my fabric on the left side of my body and cut on the right side edge. I then flip the fabric so it is on the right side of my body, line ruler up with straightened edge and cut on the right side of the ruler. I use the horizontal line on the ruler on the folded edge of the fabric to make sure all is 'square'. I have a 6.5" wide ruler and rarely do I need to cut wider strips than that. If I do, yes, I take a second ruler and add the additional measurement to the 6.5 in. ruler and then use only the 6.5 ruler to cut. I also recently put the invisigrip dots on the corners of my ruler and I can't tell you how helpful they are for not having the ruler slip. If I remember to put the grips down, that is!
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by milp04
Hi Sue, I only use the lines on the mats to help line up my fabric. I don't use the mat lines to cut by. I use my rulers to measure and cut the fabric. I don't cut near the lines on the mat. I even sometimes angle my fabric for cutting if cutting small sections so as to not continually be cutting on the straight lines of the mat.

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Old 05-16-2011, 04:46 AM
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I use both methods since I'm both a left hander and right hander.

Depending on which mat I am using at the time and rotary cutter I just count backwards if that is the case.

Now that I think of it I think I equally use both left and right. So that has never been an issue with me.
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