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    olfa 17 x 17 rotating self-healing rotary mat

    Hi - do any of you have one of these? is it worth the cost?

    Thanks!

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    I have 3 rotating mats and the Olfa is my least favorite. It does not rotate smoothly.
    Mathilda and Martelli mats are so much better.
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    I do not have any "official" rotating mats.
    I haven't been convinced that the costs are worth the benefits.

    Instead, if I am wanting the rotating feature, I use a smaller mat, that is easy enough to turn,
    after I have done the cutting I want, in the first position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I do not have any "official" rotating mats.
    I haven't been convinced that the costs are worth the benefits.

    Instead, if I am wanting the rotating feature, I use a smaller mat, that is easy enough to turn,
    after I have done the cutting I want, in the first position.

    It Works!
    i do this too because my rotating mat does not rotate well
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    I have it and it works fine. Can't compare to Martelli because I don't have one, but Olfa is Way cheaper than the Martelli one.
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    The Martelli mat is on ball bearings and turns very smoothly .I wouldn't be without mine!
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    I have the 12 x 12 Olfa and love it. Got it at Joanns years ago with a 50 off coupon. It spins fine for me.
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    I have both the large and small Olfa rotating mats and love using them. I've never had an issue with them not rotating properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginaky View Post
    The Martelli mat is on ball bearings and turns very smoothly .I wouldn't be without mine!
    I have used all the rotating mats, Fiksars, Olfa, Matilda, and Martelli. Martelli Roundabout beats them all. It is big and rotates like a dream. Wait until you see a 50% off sale. They do happen. I bought two the last 60% off sale. Like buy one get one free. LOL I gave my 'free' one to the guild for our auction fund raiser and put one next to my machine. I have one on my cutting table too.
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    I have the Olfa and it spins fine for me.

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    I have several and yet do what several have already reported - put my 12x18 mat on top of the 36x60 mat and just turn it as needed. Never had any problem.
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    I keep my large mat on a wheeled kitchen island and can walk around to cut fabric. So rather then rotate a mat, I rotate me.

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    I have the 12" square Olfa. While I agree it spins noisily, at least, it's fine for my purposes. I love it for squaring up HST's in particular.

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    Of the Olfa and the Martelli rotating mats that I have I like the Martelli the least. It spins so easily that it wants to turn as I am cutting. To each his own I guess.

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    I like my Olfa rotating mat just fine. It is one of those 'niche' items for me. I wouldn't want to spend more for little gain.

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    I don't like my Olfa because it gets loose. I bought a Matilda and love it.

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    Yep, I cut old mats smaller and use them for rotating mats. Usually I'm piecing small blocks so using a 6-8" mat is easy to turn. I tried a rotating mat many, many years ago but found there was a lump in the center that really bugged me.
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    I have the 17" mat and the next smaller one. I bought the 17" because the squares I am cutting are 12 1/2" inches. I like the extra room of the 17" one. But, be sure your cutting space has enough room to rotate the 17" one. I tend to stack my cut fabrics on the cutting table and have to sometimes move the stack when I'm using the 17" mat. I haven't experienced a problem with it not turning easily. I'm thinking I would not want it to rotate so easily that it moves when I'm cutting. Good luck with your purchase and look for coupons.

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    I took my Martelli Roubnabout to the guild retreat. Everyone that didn't have one raved over it. One said I'm ordering one for me online anyone want to order with me to get free shipping? A show of hands went up.

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    I have the Olfa 17" rotating mat. I have used it so much the top all came off. I bought another smaller mat to use on it. I haven't tried it yet. I just place the square I cut on diagonal so I can cut other way too. It worked for many years.
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    I have the Matilda rotating Mat and would not quilt without it...it has never had a hic-up while spinning. I love this mat!

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    I have two Olfa’s and they are ok. The best rotating mat I have is called the Brooklyn revolver bought many years ago - only problem is that it is very heavy - guess that’s why it works so well.

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    I used a Brookland revolver but lost it at a retreat. I couldn't find another so that is why I bought the Martelli.
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    The one I have is by Sew-ology, apparently from Hobby Lobby. It was a gift, and, I think, somewhat expensive at $30 for a 12x12. So far I like it very much.

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    If you sign up for the Martelli newsletter, you will get notification of all sales. They have 50% off at least twice a year & some specialty ones in between. The Round About is very nice. I like it better than the Olfa I have.

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