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Thread: do you measure fabric on your cutting mat?

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    Super Member AlwaysQuilting's Avatar
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    I was reading another post just now and they mentioned rulers and mats being inaccurate sometimes.
    I always measure with my cutting mat. It is the way I learned years ago. I only use my rulers to cut a straight line. I've never noticed any trouble.
    Am I in the minority?

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    I do not use the lines on my cutting mat for measuring.
    I use rulers.
    Whatever is easier for you I think would be fine.
    As a matter of fact, when my mat gets too old, I turn it over on the solid side and use it for a while longer.

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    i measure with the ruler. i tested my ruler and it is accurate.

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    I don't use the lines for anything other than lining up my fabric LOL
    I tried using them for cutting, and then they didn't measure the same when I switched to my rulers...
    But! If it works for you? Go for it :D:D:D

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    i've used both, if i have to make large cuts i use the lines on the mat for example if i want to cut a yard of fabric, i use the lines on the mat on the ruler is merely a straight edge for the rotary cutter.

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    I use my rulers to do my measurements when cutting strips and square pieces.

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    I use only rulers for measuring. I turned my mat over and use the back because I found the lines too confusing when added to the lines on the ruler.

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    I will use my mat to measure off yards from a bolt. Otherwise, if I'm making something, if I'm measuring wrong on ALL things, then they'll all be wrong together, KWIM? :D

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    Most of the time I use the rulers but I have been known to use the cutting mat lines. I should probably check and make sure they're in agreement with each other!

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    I use my ruler most of the time. That being said though if I measure for my borders with the mat then I use the same mat to measure where to cut my border fabric.

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    I never use the lines on my mat.......I always measure with my rulers.
    Do whatever you find works the best for you.

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    I use my mat with my ruler always. Don't know what I would do without them. Kind of like a security blanket;)

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    I was taught both ways and have since found that mats & rulers are better now than they used to be, so I use them both..no problems here...

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    The old cloth tapes stretch. Plastic tapes don't stretch.
    Some rotary rulers have thick lines. Some have thin.
    Whatever measuring tool I use, I use it throughout a project. Consistently makes for accuracy.

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    I do both & I learned with the cutting mat lines first, but practice cutting more with the ruler in the past years.

    Cutting mat lines get deep crevices, I cut with the backside of the mat.

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    I use my mat and ruler together I have never had any problem and have had my mat for 16 years now, the lines are starting to fade and I will have to give in and purchase another one, but only if I can find one just like mine. I don't like those olfa mats they don't stand up to the cutting and wear out quickly.

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    I was taught that mat lines may not be accurate, unlike a ruler's lines, so I only measure with my ruler. The exception is supposed to be the Martelli mat (which I have), but I still use my ruler.

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    I only use the lines on my mats for a straight edge.

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    Always measure with my trusty ruler.

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    I always measure with my ruler. I use the lines on the mat to line fabric straight but for measuring purposes, I was taught to use the ruler. Just what I got used too...

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    I use the rulers as thats the way I was taught. Also when the mats get old you can fill the tub with cold water and soak them overnight and they rejuvenate themselves. The self healing ones, that is.

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    Wow interesting question. I have always used my mat. I can't even comprehend how I would use my ruler except for the straight. I think for me it is like being right handed ~ can't use my left hand at all except for holding a baby. That is because I need my right hand free to do everything else :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I don't use the lines for anything other than lining up my fabric LOL
    I tried using them for cutting, and then they didn't measure the same when I switched to my rulers...
    But! If it works for you? Go for it :D:D:D
    Yes use the mat only for lining up the fabric, use the ruler for cutting.

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    rulers aren't always the same either. just use the same tool throughout the project.

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    I only use the lines on my rulers. Read in some book when I started using the cutting mats and rotary cutter, not to use the lines on the mats. I started out NOT using them and still don't.

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