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How do you cut a cut a cutting mat?

Old 02-24-2011, 06:40 PM
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This is like the case of the Three Little Bears. I have cutting mats which are too small, and I have cutting mats which are too big, and I need to make a cutting mat which is J...ust right. It can't be cut with a craft knife, it can't be cut with a rotary cutter, Butcher knife won't work, and I don't want to try the skill saw. I was thinking hot knife, but I dread the smell - an outdoor project for sure.

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Old 02-24-2011, 06:42 PM
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I used a pair of old kitchen scissors. It takes awhile because it gets to your fingers but it works. Just cut a little, rest, cut a little, rest.......
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:43 PM
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Wow, I would think that if you could score it with a cutter that then you might be able to snap it on the score. I'm thinking one of those workshop utility knives or the curved knives I've seen used for drywall.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:45 PM
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That would be a job I would give to the hubs! lol
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Izaquilter
I used a pair of old kitchen scissors. It takes awhile because it gets to your fingers but it works. Just cut a little, rest, cut a little, rest.......
I have used scissors several times to cut up old mats. It does take time and like she said you need to restyour hand often.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:47 PM
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I once read on here about cleaning them or reconditioning them. Do you know how that is done? I always get deep lines on the 9, 18, 27 lines-Imagine that! I do cut one inch off too in order to stop the ditches :) I have never cut one all the way thru yet!
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:51 PM
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I would like to know if there is any way to flatten one out after it buckles up from being steamed! dont ask :(
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:53 PM
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Tin snips, they cut anything!! I have as many pairs of them as I do scissors!!
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:44 PM
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Not asking same problem( the steam/buckling thing) here ,but hope someone has a solution it's my favorite mat too!
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by quilt queen 2
Not asking same problem( the steam/buckling thing) here ,but hope someone has a solution it's my favorite mat too!
DITTO x 2 mats (DUH!!!!!)
I had read somewhere that you could fill up the bathtub with hot water, about 6-8 inches and submerse your mats. Let sit for 2 hrs and then place on towels on a hard, flat surface. Neither of mine will fit in the tub...believe me I tried, but, I would like to know if this works.
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