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Old 06-29-2020, 05:25 AM
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you know the ones ...
most often overlooked ...
cause problems, consternation and total confusion ...
until it finally dawns on you ...

i was getting weird cuts using my rotating cutting mat.
a bit wavy on the edges.
nothing that couldn't be hidden once sewn, but definitely not right.

i tried all sorts of things to solve the problem.
scrubbed it clean, clean, clean.
changed blades.
modified the surface i had the mat laying on.
swinging a dead chicken around my head, counter-clockwise, while hopping on one foot.

then it finally dawned on me to take the top mat off ...
who knew that minuscule little dust bunnies and threads collected between the two layers of a rotating mat?
i assume most or all of you knew.
but it never occurred to me that such a thing might happen.

scrubbed both layers clean on both sides.
problem solved - at last.

i really need an emoticon that smacks itself on the head!
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:59 AM
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Except for the chicken part, I prefer a good dance on top of the mats, I think we have all been at this strange place if we have flipped at least on mat. You have given me my laugh for the morning. Thanks bunches. Now do I have to find a loose chicken around here?
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by juliasb View Post
Now do I have to find a loose chicken around here?
'fraid so.
mine all got dizzy and wandered off.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:22 AM
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Cluck! Cluck!

Sew now this chicky knows to check the mat! One more reason (excuse) for those off cuts. LOL!
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Never thought of that. Bet the dead chicken helped.
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I watched a demo by Pauline Rogers who said use the smallest rotary cutter you can. The bigger the cutter the more the fabric moves in front of the cut. She recommended the Clover 18mm size. I tried it and the cutter does cut up to four layers just fine with less forward movement of the fabric. Every little tip helps when cutting the expensive fabric.
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I never thought of dust bunnies there.

I did find some felt in the feed dogs of y sewing machine that I dislodged with a straight pin.
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Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post

i really need an emoticon that smacks itself on the head!
Ask and you shall receive:
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No wonder I love this Board!
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:16 AM
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thanks. i will almost certainly need that many more times in the future.
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