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Thread: Using grid lines on cutting mat?

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    I double ruler my cross grain cuts and almost never use the cutting grids. I use a 12 1/2" square ruler along the fold and the 24" long ruler to lay across the fabric to cut. If the lines on the two rules line up with the folded edge I know the cut will be right. That is of course after I fold the material straight.

    I do use the angle markings for cutting 45 and 60 degrees. But I always do the double ruler with that too.
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    I too was told a ruler is more accurate than the mat when I first took a class. But I use my ruler instead of the matt for the following reasons:
    1. I am not constantly cutting on the same line thereby wearing out my matt on an often used measurement like 2" or 2 1/2".
    2. I am not limited to cutting in a certain direction or position by using the ruler instead of the mat.
    3. Can't imagine cutting a 1/8" measurment using the mat/
    4. Rulers are much more portable than mats, especially if you have a big mat. It is best practice to always use the same measuring tool when working on a project so I can cut at my machine or at my cutting table by using my ruler.

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    I use them also. However I am also left handed. I place the material on the line, the ruler on the material and cut it with my left hand. It works for me.
    But I have noticed that the lines are becoming permanent after many years of using only the lines to orient the cuts. Even after I clean the mats the lines are still there. The self cleaning green mats are not as damaged as my large 68 x48 white commercial mat.
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    I would stick to whatever works for you...Women didn't have cutting mats, rotary cutters etc back in the day..you don't hear that they did it wrong do you...LOL...
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    lol well I use mine too, and what else would you use. its there and I cannot imagine a reason not to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom View Post
    My personal opinion is that if you are consistent with the way you cut, it should all come together perfectly! If you were to use 2 different ways to measure and cut, then I can see some problems arising.
    JMHO
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    I'm a firm believer that if it works, don't fix it. I was taught to square up with 2 rulers and not use the mat so that is how I am use to doing it. But if you have done it your way for a long time and it works, keep doing it.

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    I used the lines on the mat exclusively for years, ad my poor mats are showing the wear, so I have started using the mat lines when I need to make a very long cut, or a cut something wider than my widest ruler, but otherwise use the ruler lines and cut across my mat at odd angles to avoid the "ruts". I haven't found any problems with cutting discrepancies so far, but my current project is very forgiving so problems may show up in future, more precise, piecing that aren't an issue now.

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    If its an even inch measurement, and it doesn't have to be really precise, then I use the mat. But if its something like 2 3/4", I can't visualize that adjustment on the mat every time and use the ruler, so mostly I use the ruler. But, hey, if you're not having any accuracy problems, then do what works !

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    IMHO that's what those lines are there for. I use them.

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    I totally agree with Feline Fanatic. If you always use your mat you might well have a groove distortion from cutting in the same place a lot of times. I'm not willing to buy mats that often. With my ruler I can start and stop where I choose and in increments I choose.
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    I rarely use the lines on the mat at all. And just the thought of lining the fabric up on the mat lines AND then lining up the ruler with the mat lines boggles my mind. Seems like too much! I have been quilting for over years and have satisfactory results just using the ruler.

    But use whatever method works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    Thanks for all the your answers. I am an old dog and thought, I am not going to start over , if it works.
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    I use the mat to square up fabric and I've also run my rulers and measuring tape along the lines to see if the measurements are the same and I've seen no difference.

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    Perhaps the weight of the ruler on the fabric makes the ruler "more accurate", but I wonder - if all these matt manufacturers were not accurate, how could they stay in business???

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    I'd say if you have compared your mat's lines to those on your ruler and they agree, go for it, whatever floats your boat or quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    I am left handed and lay my fabric on the mat and use the lines on mat to line up my fabric and lay my ruler down on the mat and line the ruler up with the lines top and bottom of the mat to cut. A person at the guild told me never to use the lines on the mat to measure. I have been doing my cutting this way for ever. Is this wrong? I don't know how I would do this otherwise. Thanks for your help.
    I always use the grids on my cutting mat, especially for my binding strips and sashes. It is so much easier than trying to use the ruler. I think that as long as all cuts are measured the same way on the grids, it shouldn't matter what type of ruler/grids you use. I have never had any problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divokittysmom View Post
    My personal opinion is that if you are consistent with the way you cut, it should all come together perfectly! If you were to use 2 different ways to measure and cut, then I can see some problems arising.
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    Maybe we just have to think like construction workers - as long as you use the SAME tape measure (ruler, mat or whatever) for all measuring, it will be right.

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    Depending on the size of the project determines if I use the mat grids or the grids on the ruler. It is a personal preference. I don't like being told I am doing something wrong, when it comes out right the way I do it. Each one of us are unique in out styles and the way we do things. What works for me as a right handed person may not work for someone else who is also right handed. Next time ask for their badge. If they don't have a badge, tell them with no dis-respect I will do it my way!!!!! Do whats comfortable to you, and enjoy your craft.
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    I use the lines on the mat, I was told if you start with the lines on the mat stick with it, do not use the mat and switch to the ruler lines in the middle of a project.

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    Why are there lines on the cutting mat if we are not supposed to use them?

    I am a beginner quilter, but have been sewing for decades, and used a cutting mat for many years.
    Attending University. I will graduate a year after my son and year before my daughter.

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    I purchased a June Taylor shape cut and the measurements on it are not correct. I will mention this when I
    go back to this shop in April. Don't know if they can do anything about it, but it was frustrating when I was
    trying to cut a baby quilt.

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    I use both the ruler and mat for measuring; I thought thats why the lines were there for to use!

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    Tell the "quilt police" to leave you alone LOL

    My opinion is that if you check your mat and it's straight lines (I've never had a problem with mine), and it matches your rulers, go for it. I do both ways depending on what I'm cutting. I might cut a long strip if it's wider than my rulers, then subcut with my ruler.

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