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Rotating mats vs just turning small mat around

Old 12-28-2015, 03:54 AM
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I have one of the 12" square rotating Olfa mats. Picked it up at JAF with a coupon as well. I like it particularly for trimming HST's - which I seem to use alot of when making my quilts. Had I thought about it and had a smaller mat, I could have easily just rotated one of those. But this one spins easily; doesn't wobble and didn't break the bank.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:16 AM
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I have the small rotating mat but I use my 8x10 mat instead. For me, the mat works better.
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I have 2. I have a 12X18 Olfa that I bought at Lee Wards, so you know how old that one is. It's particle board, very sturdy and weighs a ton. I use it all the time. Olfa no longer makes this one, although I have seen them at quilt shows. I also have a 10x10 (Beba) that I use when squaring up HSTs it is also heavy & sturdy, made out of thick acrylic. They both have ball bearing lazy susan type bases. They have a lip, but the mat is thicker so you don't run into it. It just keeps the mat from moving.

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Old 12-28-2015, 05:52 AM
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I have always just moved a smaller mat and that works for me. The mats will eventually wear out and from what I understand, there are no replacement mats for them.
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My cutting table sits in the middle of the room, so I just walk around to the other side. I've been tempted to buy a rotating mat, but I think it's just because I'm addicted to quilting tools.
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I have a 17" x17" Olfa one that I like a lot. I don't use it often but when I need it it's a big help. It was a gift from my DD & she used a coupon to get it for me.
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I have a square 12 x12 Olfa bought with a coupon from JA a few years ago - the mat is thick and rotates easily. I haven't used it much but when I do I really like it - I should use it more often.

It makes cutting easier and I don't have to move or realign the fabric. My cuts are smooth and accurate

I have considered getting a larger one - maybe in the New Year
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by faykilgore View Post
My cutting table sits in the middle of the room, so I just walk around to the other side. I've been tempted to buy a rotating mat, but I think it's just because I'm addicted to quilting tools.
Oh, I think I have that addiction, too, but I have really tried to curtail it...the only reason I consider this is I sometimes bump the smaller mat into something when turning it.
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I just read the replies to this...I am still so undecided. I know I like gadgets, but I do try to really think things through any more. So, I may just put this on the back burner for a while.
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Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
I have always just moved a smaller mat and that works for me. The mats will eventually wear out and from what I understand, there are no replacement mats for them.
I did not know this...this is one of the reasons I am just going to put it on the back burner for a while. That much money would buy a lot of fabric, or buy a couple nice battings.
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