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Thread: which rotating cutting mat?

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    Junior Member Jerseyrayne's Avatar
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    I am thinking of buying a rotating cutting mat. Joann's has a 50% off coupon I could use. I would appreciate your comments on the Olfa 12x12 for roughly $23.00, the Olfa17x17 for $40.00 or the Fiskars 14x14 for $25.00 after using the coupon. Would love to hear from anyone using either of these mats. I am going to use it for quilting.

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    I would suggest going much bigger unless you already have a big one.

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    Do you think the 14x14 rotating mat would be big enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis
    I would suggest going much bigger unless you already have a big one.
    The 17x17 rotary mat is the largest that is made. I have both of the Olfas. If you can only get one I would go with the 17x17. They are good mats. I had a Fiskars non-rotating mat. It was my first cutting mat and it didn't last very long. I've never used their rotating one but if you can afford the larger one I would go with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseyrayne
    Do you think the 14x14 rotating mat would be big enough?
    If you only do small pieces like applique or something like that then 14x14 is a good compromise. I would just get the larger one because you know that you'll be covered no matter what you want to work on.

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    I have the 12x12. I wish I would have bought the larger one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I have the 12x12. I wish I would have bought the larger one.
    Me too!

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    I have the Olfa 17x17, really comes in handy.

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    Fiskers mats do not have a long life, I'd stick with the Olfa. I have both the small and large rotating mats, I use the large one constantly. I use the small one too, but when you are dealing with large and small size pieces, the large mat works for both.

    Also, when using the rotating mat, I put a piece of non skid shelf liner under it so it doesn't slide around when I'm cutting.

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    The other options include:

    Just plain 'ol putting a smaller mat on top of a larger mat ... the smaller mat will turn easily enough.

    I still use my Brooklyn Revolver from years ago.

    ali

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    get the bigger Olfa mat..the Fiskars are not the best...

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    I bought the 12 inch, then later the larger one. I tend to forget i have them but when i do, i use them and love having them.

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    OK I'm a newbie. Rotating Mat? Please explain.

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    olfa definately will last the longest. I have several, but the one I seem to use the most is one I picked up at a tag sale, olfa something like 26 x 35. It is the best!

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    I have the larger one, I think bigger is better. Nancy's notions have a special with both sizes for a pretty good combined price.

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    I like the smaller one by Olfa. Of course I use it mostly for paper piecing.

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    I would get the largest mat you can afford that fits your
    space you will be using to cut your fabrics. Add a rotating mat when you have extra money. Love the rotating mat.

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    I have all 3 and always end up using the Olfa mats. I don't like the finish on the Fiskar mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I have the 12x12. I wish I would have bought the larger one.
    me too!

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    I have the fiskars rotating one, it actually works fine for me...I do wish the rotating ones were even bigger than the 17" one, like my regular mats, I have 2 of the 24x36 ones, so am kinda spoiled to them...but when I am heading to my quilt guild, the fiskars works fine...and I have had no problems with it staying on the base when rotating it...
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    I think the Olfa brand holds up well.

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    I have a 14x14 rotating mat, got it thinking I would use it a lot but I don't. I find I am usually needing to cut large pieces, strips, or, real small pieces and either use my lg ruller and mat or my small 5x10 mat and small rulers. For me it was a waste of money.

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    I bought the Fiskars 14x14 mat and it's been fine. I do prefer Olfa, but just could not justify the price of the 17x17, and the 12x12 is too small for me. It's been a good compromise. I figure if it doesn't last, I'll glue an Olfa mat onto it to get a little more mileage out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meemersmom
    I have the 12x12. I wish I would have bought the larger one.
    Me, too! Does anybody else have trouble getting it to rotate? Mine is awfully hard to turn........Thanks

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    I have had the 17x17 for several years now and it still works great. It's big enough for cutting four layers of fabric (44 inches folded twice lengthwise) and small enough to keep within arm's length near the sewing machine. I love it and would not go smaller. I also have larger non-rotating mats, but don't use them as often.

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