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Thread: large cutting matts- what's best

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    large cutting matts- what's best

    Getting an new sewing room and I am looking at investing in a 4x 8 cutting matt and have always used the green olfa lined matts. What is best I need some help with what is good and bad about different brands or if there are any brands to just stay away from. I like the grid on mine-- what about the ones that have seperate grid--good or bad?
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    Self Healing 4'x8' Rhino Cutting Mat with Grid Sheet anyone used this type? they are definitely less expensive
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    I have the green Olfa mat, its great!!! Before this I had a white one with grid lines, do not recall what kind but it dulled my blades, will stick with tried and true!!!

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    I have the green Olfa mats I had one 24 x 36 and in a moment of distraction I pressed my iron to it and it buckled. I then got a new 24 x 36, cut off the buckled end of the old mat, and taped them together underneath. Now I have a 57x24 mat which works great.

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    Kids got me a 24 x36 several years ago. It is Duraheal CB-1. Never heard of it and don’t know where they even got it but it has been a great mat and I have used both sides.
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    I use the Olfa self healing mat. I have a new one under it for if and when I need a new one.
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    I just ordered a Martelli mat, it is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. I’ll let you know what I think of it.
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    For that size I would check out the magic cutting mat from Speedwell.

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    Also, Speedwell will send you free mat samples so you can try them out before you decide.

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    I absolutely love the new Quilters Select by Alex Anderson. A little pricy, but well worth it.
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    need one too could you post site. Put in speedwell and just got plants lol.
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    I have worn out so many mats that I would worry the big mat would have it's sweet spot worn out and replacing it would be costly. If you bought two smaller mats and placed them together, you'd only have to worry about the joint.

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    I am a big fan of Olfa mats.. have the set of three that I can connect with connectors...some thirty years now. love them.

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    I’m a big martelli fan. I have the largest for my cutting table, the next size for my largest sewing cabinet, the next size for my smaller sewing cabinet. And yes I purchased them all on their big 1/2 price sale. I have a few others that never held up one way or another

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    I didn't find anything by 'speedwell' either but here is one from speedpress. Scroll down to the bottom for sizes and prices.
    https://www.cutterpros.com/speedpres...ng-cutting-mat

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    Just received my first Martelli a few days ago, and I have never had my cutting so smooth. I almost thought the cutters weren't working. I bought this on recommendations from here. So glad I did.

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    Another Martelli fan here. I love my mat. They are expensive, but if you can wait for the 1/2 price sale they are more affordable.

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    Oops sorry! Speedpress. That's where I got my custom size mat.

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    I like my martelli mat but the OP is looking for a 4 x 8 mat and the biggest martelli makes is 30" x 60".

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    I have a large Olfa mat and use a smaller Jakar (from art supply house) mat on top instead using a rotating mat. The Jakar is easy to take to workshops. I would guess the Jakar is about 25 years old and still going strong.
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    On Cyber Monday I ordered a new mat on a great sale from AQS, and it has already arrived! It was SO much cheaper than the green ones at Joann's, but since it was from a quilt site I decided to trust it. It is 22"x34" [inside] by Havel's Sewing, double sided and looks like it will be great.

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