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    Rotary mat

    I am lucky enough to have a gift certificate for Amazon.com.........I love Amazon they have everything. I am thinking about buying a rotary mat. I prefer the Olfa brand but what size should I buy the 12x12 or the 17x17? I thought maybe the 17x17 inch was too big.
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    Are you talking about a rotating mat? If so, I would go with the larger. I have the larger one and it is so much easier to cut on. The ruler has more flat space to lay for stability. A friend has the smaller one and it seems a little precarious to cut on to me.

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    Personally I would go big, get the largest mat you have room for and can afford. You can always cut small things on a large mat (rotating or not). But cutting lager things on a small mat results in frustration and miscues more often than not.
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    I'd go with the 24" x 18" mat, or something about that size. That way you can easily cut material folded in half lengthwise. Would save a lot of time. Then if you can have two mats and your space is limited you can use a smaller mat to do you cutting of the smaller pieces and blocks.
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    I would recommend the largest mat you can afford.

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    If I had a choice, I wouldn't go any smaller than 18x24.

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    I have always used a 24" x 36" Omnigrid rotary mat. I prefer Omnigrid over Olfa because they are a little bit thicker and last a lot longer.
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    if its a ROTATING mat- i agree go bigger. you can cut small pieces but you cant cut large pieces on a smaller mat..

    If its a regular cutting mat.. again go for the biggest that will fit in that space intended for..

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    I have a 12x12 rotating mat. My next one will be bigger. But I also have a larger 22x34 cutting mat.

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    I have that huge mat that goes on the cutting table that JoAnn's sells and I love it for squaring up quilt tops. I also have a slightly smaller one that goes on one side of my cutting table and one a little smaller than that , it's goes where my machine sits to cut pieces. Nothing is smaller than 36 inches and I love them. I want that rotating mat but haven't been able to afford it yet. I have been collecting these things for 20 years so it all comes in time. Get the biggest one you have space for and can afford.
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    I'm going to disagree with getting the 17 x 17 rotating mat. That's the one I have (along with and 8 inch one) and I wish I had gotten the 12 x 12. My reason is I am usually sitting at my machine when I am using it, and the 17 inch one takes up a little too much space. The 8 inch one is too small for some pieces. I think the 12 inch one would fit better. To each his own!
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    Depends on where you will use it so consider that first before you purchase. Measure the space and get the closest size for that.
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    Most of my blocks finish at 12" so I got the 17"x17" rotary mat. So it really depends on space and the size block you plan to make. I can't comment on cutting while sitting down; I've never mastered that. Whatever you decide on, I hope you enjoy it. Joyce in DE

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    I'd go big too. A couple months ago I was at my daughter's and we were making a tote bag. She only had a small mat (and small cutter!). It was kind of a pain to cut the bigger pieces.
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    If you are talking about a rotating mat, go big!!!! I have the 12" one & It's too small for a 12" block due to seam allowances.
    Kathy

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    Thanks everyone, I think I'll go with the bigger mat. As for cutting sitting down, I can't master it standing up! LOL!
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    If you are talking rotary, don't buy the grey Fiskars. The surface does not hold up and chips. I have had one since Christmas and noticed little grey chunks from the mat all over the rotary blade.

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    get the 17" one, you need it, I just recently got mine and I LOVE it.
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    JoAnn's has them on sale at 40% off and they have an additional 15% off on your whole online order.

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    I want one of those big giant green cutting mats that holds up longer than these clear mats from Joann's.. I'll build a table to fit..LOL. it is a bummer to handle large cuts on a 35" X 60" table mat.

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    I have the 12 x 12 rotating matt and will invest in the larger one. You cannot trim a 12" block on it, and I do a lot of 12" blocks. My table cutting matt is 24" x 36" and it's a nice size for my table.

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    I have the 12 x 12 rotating mat and really like it. I usually only use it for trimming HST's which typically are not overly large. My larger blocks I square up on my regular mat. I don't mind turning larger blocks to square but I really prefer NOT to do that with HST's for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maureen NJ View Post
    JoAnn's has them on sale at 40% off and they have an additional 15% off on your whole online order.
    Well thanks to your little tidbit on JoAnn's I got right online and ordered one!! but I didn't find the 15% off but did
    get free shipping. Maybe it was only for that day. I've been looking for a 17 x 17 on sale as they are rather expensive.
    I also was going to get a gallon of Mary Ellen's Best Press but they would only let me use the 40% on the mat. I also got the little portable iron for $19.99 also a great buy..........Thanks for the info.....
    Evie

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    oh heck just like diamonds, bigger is better
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    I bought the large rotating mat and am sorry that I did not purchase the smaller one. I know most prefer the large BUT I need to have a huge amount of space to rotate the large mat- like to use it next to my machine. I seem to be using the same area over and over. I should have saved my money and bought a tiny mat that I could easily turn or a tiny rotating one. Just my opinion.

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