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Thread: To make rotary cutting easier

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    Found this helpful tip and thought WHY OH WHY had I not thought of it along time ago



    To make rotary cutting easier, l use an old TV stand that swivels (like a lazy susan). No need to move your fabric to turn!

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    A lot cheaper too!

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    Fabulous idea. Thanks.

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    great idea, thanks for the tip,

    now we can all go to the thrift stores and find one

    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyB
    Found this helpful tip and thought WHY OH WHY had I not thought of it along time ago



    To make rotary cutting easier, l use an old TV stand that swivels (like a lazy susan). No need to move your fabric to turn!

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    Great idea! Heavier duty than some of the lazy susan's too :D:D:D

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    Will it be sturdy enough? ie: the rotating part on the bottom only covers a portion of the bottom so if you cut a piece that is bigger than that portion is the surface going to wobble since the pressure won't be evenly distributed?

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    I have one of those end tables that the top swivels, in the craft room, guess I will need to uncover it, thanks for the idea.

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    I glued a mat to a lazy susan before buying the mat, it was fine for what it was but the rotating mats are so much better.

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    I am not sure as I do not have one yet but I would assume if it was for tv in would be on a solid base and not tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katydid2
    Will it be sturdy enough? ie: the rotating part on the bottom only covers a portion of the bottom so if you cut a piece that is bigger than that portion is the surface going to wobble since the pressure won't be evenly distributed?
    I don't think they are talking about using a BIG mat for this. something maybe 12x12 ish depending on how big you can find the lazy susan. I have also heard of people cutting up old mats and doing this with them!

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    About 20 years ago I got a cutting mat on a turn table at Lee Wards (anyone remember Lee Wards?). did not quilt, and wasn't sure what it was used for, but I'm not one to turn down a good deal. Now that I'm quilting, I've looked at the other ones on the market and the one I purchsed on impulse so many years ago is so much heavier & sturdier. I can't imagine using a twister tool without it!

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    I remember Lee Wards. I loved that place.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    About 20 years ago I got a cutting mat on a turn table at Lee Wards (anyone remember Lee Wards?). did not quilt, and wasn't sure what it was used for, but I'm not one to turn down a good deal. Now that I'm quilting, I've looked at the other ones on the market and the one I purchsed on impulse so many years ago is so much heavier & sturdier. I can't imagine using a twister tool without it!

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    I miss Lee Wards.

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    Great minds think alike. I have been using one for several weeks.

    Also, it's a good idea to give it a coat of rubber cement (let it dry thoroughly). This will help to keep your cutting mat from sliding around on it. I don't mean glue down the mat - it's not necessary, and you may want to use the mat now and then without it.

    I love the thing. It's a lot bigger than the ready-made rotating mats.

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