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    help - my cutting mat got all wavy during our move - is there a way to get it back into a flat surface or do I bite the bullet & ante up for a new one?

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    Since you have nothing to lose I heated mine with a hair dryer and put it between 2 heavy flat surfaces. It distorted the cutting lines but I was able to use the mat.
    Later I cut it up and use it for smaller items that need to be squared up. Hope this helps.

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    If you are in a hot sunny climate- try putting it outside in the sun laying flat

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    I would heat it up with hair dryer, then I would slide it between the mattress and box spring on my bed for a day or two.

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    I had the same problem. After talking with a number of So I figured I had nothing to lose...I put mine out on the back deck in FULL sun and it flattened out like new... no distortion or anything... ( this was in the summer in central MN) so it wasn't like TX heat... so give it a try....

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    Wish I had this advice before I recently forked out for a new one! My large mat also got distorted with my move back to the US and pondered what to do when Joann's had them on sale-so I just bought one-but at least it was on sale! I still have the old one so I will try these suggestions to see if I can save it.

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    Wow, I'm glad someone posted this. My mat got bent a little bit about a week ago and have debating whether or not to just buy a new one. Now I'll be trying this...as soon as we get some good sun. I'm hoping for an indian summer really soon!!!! We just got some snow a couple days ago.

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    Unfortunately we just had 3 days of nearly 100 degree weather which would have been perfect to lay the mat out, but its cooler today but still sunny so I think I;ll try it anyway. I doubt it will be getting hot again now that it is winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    Unfortunately we just had 3 days of nearly 100 degree weather which would have been perfect to lay the mat out, but its cooler today but still sunny so I think I;ll try it anyway. I doubt it will be getting hot again now that it is winter.
    I hope it stays nice and warm. Friend & I are going to Oceanside the 15th to see her sister who also is a quilter. Going to the Sugarplum Craft show while we are there. Also she has a bunch of quilt shops to visit. Yipee!!!

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    Good advice. I need it too. And bluteddi, I love your avatar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I would heat it up with hair dryer, then I would slide it between the mattress and box spring on my bed for a day or two.
    Thanks for all your suggestions - since I'm in Maine & 'the frost is on the pumpkins' with daytime temps in the 40's I think I'll get out the hair dryer & 'sleep on it' for a few days.

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    Let us know how it works OK?

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    I ended cutting mine up for use in different places. Woody cut me a pressboard for my lap and I covered it with fleece, then put a piece of the cut up mat on it and use it on days I can't get up to the cutting table so I will have something to cut small items on. In a way, took lemmons and made lemmonade! I also put a piece under my sewing machine for paper piecing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I would heat it up with hair dryer, then I would slide it between the mattress and box spring on my bed for a day or two.
    Thanks for all your suggestions - since I'm in Maine & 'the frost is on the pumpkins' with daytime temps in the 40's I think I'll get out the hair dryer & 'sleep on it' for a few days.
    Sounds like a winner to me!!! I have friends in Maine. W Gardiner and Waterville. My FIL lived in Bangar, Lincoln and Old Town.

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    Wish I too knew about this hine
    t. Mine got distorted in the Atlanta sun when I bought it there after some time. I didnt know what to do. Ended buying another one. But still I have kept the distorted one.

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    I like the hair dryer and sleeping on it. Very funny.

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    I like the hair dryer and sleeping on it. Very funny.

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    oops hit the send twice.

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    i have also read to put in the bathtub in hot water for a while then lay flat with something heavy to cover it

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    I have had this same problem and I used the hair dryer and put the mat under something heavy for four days and you know, it did not work for me. I would just bit the bullet and get another with a coupon if you can.

    Quilt baby.

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    I think I would get my Joanns half price coupon and get new one no fun if have to fight with tools,

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    If you can't get it flat it will make great templates for patterns. I went to a place mat class for a one piece place mate and the teacher made her pattern from a used cutting mat. She makes lots of place mats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memere9
    If you can't get it flat it will make great templates for patterns. I went to a place mat class for a one piece place mate and the teacher made her pattern from a used cutting mat. She makes lots of place mats.
    I took one of my old ones and cut into a circle. I found a wood Lazy Susan at the thrift and made me a rotating mat. Works just as good as the expensive ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    help - my cutting mat got all wavy during our move - is there a way to get it back into a flat surface or do I bite the bullet & ante up for a new one?
    I'm interested in the answer to this one. I or I should say my DH left my mat on a table on our patio in 118* weather and it is now frilly also. I have tried everthing I can think of to flatten it to no avail. I bit the bullet and got a cheap one waiting for a 50% off sale at Joann's. Maybe a Christmas gift from my DH.
    I had a lot of trouble cutting on the frilly one. Waiting for your ideas. MNM

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    MNM, If it is "frilly" or "Rufflely" I think it is to late. Just my opinion.

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