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Thread: New cutting mat curl

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    Lightbulb New cutting mat curl

    I finally got my BIG cutting mat - 36x59 - on Black Friday sale at JoAnn. Took it home and it wouldn't unroll completely. You know how that is. DH had a great idea that I didn't really expect to work, but I tried it to make him happy. Guess what. It worked!

    Roll the mat the opposite direction from it's curl and put some bungee cords around to hold it. Fill the bathtub with HOT water and submerse the rolled mat. Turn it a few times or put some weight on it to keep it under water. After about 10 minutes take the wet heated mat to a cold floor (I have ceramic tile) and unroll it with the inside curl to the floor. The weight of the mat takes any remaining curl out, and the cold floor quickly cools the mat flat.

    It worked great for me. Hope it works as well for you.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    What a good your DH had! You two sound like a great team!
    Loretta Sewhappytoquilt

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    Glad to hear all worked out and you have your wonderful mat! Sometimes those hubbies do know what they're talking about.
    Kim

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    I think you could have used a hair dryer too, that would have worked too. Just a thought. lol

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    I have a large cutting mat, and a large cutting table. get some bulldog clips from Staples - large ones, and clip it down. straightens out in a few days,but lays flat as long as it is clipped.

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    All sound like good ideas that are good to know!

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    I laid mine on the floor and put some heavy boxes on it for a couple of days. Straightened right out. So many solutions to the same problem.
    Debra

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    thanks for sharing that great tip!
    Nancy in western NY
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