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    Rotating Mat

    I have seen some of you post that a rotating cutting mat is one of your favorite "go to" quilting items. Why do you like it? Is there a clear advantage in using a rotating cutting mat over placing a block on a small mat, then just turn it to trim the block?

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    I think because the fabric may move when you turn the mat and with the rotating mat it is not taking that chance.
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    For most of us that like the rotating mat it's because our only other mat is large. My large mat takes the up the whole table (40 X 70!!). I can't rotate that sucker. So yes ... the rotating mat is my "go to" device to trim blocks.

    I wish I had the 18" rotating mat, mine is only 12"
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    I do a lot of work block by block and keep a rotating mat right near my sewing station so I can trim parts and also for P-Psing to trim parts. I use one all the time.
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    I do like to use the rotating mat for trimming blocks... its saves a bit of time to just turn the mat , not turn the block. A smaller mat would be able to do the same but I have not seen a 12 x 12 regular mat . I don't work on blocks bigger than 12 X 12 so that size is just right for me.

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    I only use my rotating mat for when I am sewing outside my own home. I like it because it makes the fabric accessible from all 4 sides without disturbing the piece I am working on.

    I do not use it at home. I am one of those who need to get up frequently whether to cut or iron. Also my cutting table is accessible from all sides so that it makes it easy to work at just one corner and have the ease of cutting I want.

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    Thanks for all the info. Thought about using my Joann's 60% off coupon to get the Fiskar's 14" inch one. Joann's regular price on the Olfa 17" rotary cutting mat is $84.99! Wow!

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    check out cake icing 'turn tables' i got one in an' op shop' and glued a small mat to it--use it a lot---

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    Quilt in a Day had 8" square rotary cutting mats on sale for $10.00 recently and I got one for my granddaughter and I because we're both space challenged. I don't know if she likes hers, but I used mine yesterday and I love it!!! It's great for those small trimming jobs!
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    i have a few different sized mats and use the smaller ones when i want to rotate my work. since i've been doing Dear Jane blocks, i do a lot of rotating. the work does not seem to move. i'd love to have a rotating mat, but it's just not a priority right now.
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    You know what, I have a small rotating mat. I thought I'd love it, but I kind of find that it's a pain! Maybe another brand would be better? Mine is Fiscars brand - I picked it up at a quilt show for something like $12. I thought I would love it for paper piecing...for trimming small blocks with LOTS of pieces right at the machine...but to be honest I prefer just a plain old little mat. The way mine turns is it's a mat that sets into a base. It's not bulky or anything, but I think what irritates me most is it isn't fixed in the base, it pulls apart and I'm afraid with one clumsy move I'll cut my finger off because I shifted the top! LOL* I'm a clutz after all. Everyone is different though - I'd say if it sounds useful try it out. A lot of people love them!
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    I have my big mat as a base and use a smaller one on top to rotate.Maybe I'm to hard a cutter but my rotating one tilts slightly when I'm cutting and messes me up. When using a small one make sure to spread fingers wide and have at least one finger on the base mat. Don't know why but that seems to keep everything still for me even though I know my pinky finger doesn't have much power LOL

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    I agree with QuiltinNan, I think getting a small regular mat works just as well as the rotating one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee View Post
    I have seen some of you post that a rotating cutting mat is one of your favorite "go to" quilting items. Why do you like it? Is there a clear advantage in using a rotating cutting mat over placing a block on a small mat, then just turn it to trim the block?
    I DO just use a small mat and rotate it. I have tried to like rotating mats because I love a new "tool", but I don't. I have found that the ones that are smooth enough to rotate easily when you move it, will also move when you cut. If it holds right when you cut, it won't rotate easily and you might just as we'll have a stationary mat. Then again, I have friends who love them. Go figure.

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    I have the Martelli rotating mat and I highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    For most of us that like the rotating mat it's because our only other mat is large. My large mat takes the up the whole table (40 X 70!!). I can't rotate that sucker. So yes ... the rotating mat is my "go to" device to trim blocks.

    I wish I had the 18" rotating mat, mine is only 12"
    I feel the same. I have a big mat that almost covers my whole cutting table and then read about the rotating mats and decided to get one. I use it when I am cutting smaller pieces of fabric and it is a nice helper when needed.
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    LOL! I have you all beat! I have a rotating mat on top of a rotating mat. I have the Elna hard base rotating mat that is 12 x 18. I use my Olfa small rotating mat on top of that. Why? I don't know but it works great. I posted pics of the mats before. The Elna isn't made anymore. It is sturdy, does't tip on the ends and the mat is easy to replace.
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    I love the rotating one for squaring my blocks, faster and I don't have to move the fabric.
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    I have the 14" and rarely use it. I buy a 7" fiscar rotating mat at Joanns and use it daily - about $7 with a coupon.

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    Because of the cost, I used to use a small mat and turn it and it worked fine. But, then ran across a good sale for a small rotating mat and thought I'd give it a try. I absolutely loved it!! It just seemed so much more convenient. So, when Joann's had the 60% off coupon, I went ahead and got the 14" Fiskars rotating mat. It has a rubber backing so it doesn't slip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    I think because the fabric may move when you turn the mat and with the rotating mat it is not taking that chance.
    To ease your mind I have found the very opposite The fabric does not move since the mat revolves very smoothly. I use mine all the time for home and quilt camp.....

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    Ditto on using a Lazy Susan or rotating cake plate. I use my old Lazy Susan which is about 14". It is great to be able to get to all the sides.

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    I have the 3-piece Roundabout by Martelli, and I love it! It has the cutting mat, turntable, and separate ironing pad that fits right on top of the mat. You can get the 3-piece set, or any one of the components. The 16 diameter lets me use the entire mat as a cutting surface. The turntable has 30 stainless steel ball bearings so it does not tip over. Martelli has an upcoming 1/2 price sale, so that's a great time to purchase.

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    I have the 17" rotating mat. A few years ago I looked for one like mine for my daughter and couldn't find one, so I bought a turntable at the hardware store, and attached it to a board that fit the 17" Olfa cutting mat. I am not sure, but I don't think they make that particular size anymore. We use them of course for cutting and squaring up blocks, but for any time we need a turntable for anything. We make gingerbread houses every year and place the foundation board on the turntable, then the GB house, and it makes it so much easier to decorate.

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    Good Idea

    I bought one, but it is beveled, and I can't get it flat, make sure if you buy one it lays flat. Mine is no
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dee View Post
    I have seen some of you post that a rotating cutting mat is one of your favorite "go to" quilting items. Why do you like it? Is there a clear advantage in using a rotating cutting mat over placing a block on a small mat, then just turn it to trim the block?
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