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Thread: Whaddya MEAN you don't cut with the lines on the mat?!

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    I would also like to see the post/tut on measuring with the mat vs rulers. Hope we can find it.

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    I agree with ladies 17, 18 & 19. Then what are the lines on the mat for? That's what I've been using along with my rulers. Oooooh now I'm even more confused. Could someone post the original explanation of rulers/mat lines?

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    I use my rulers for cutting, lines on the mat can get confusing so I turned the mat over and use the back side. I only use the front to straighten the edge of my material.

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    I only use the ruler. Since I've never taken a class, I figured that's what it's for. My sister uses the mat lines, and there is a slice in the mat from so many pieces cut. My sewing is less that perfect anyway even though I try really hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo47 View Post
    I also use both.
    Me Too Always !!! Don't know what I would do without either of them except that my quilts would have such wonky seams.
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    Can someone PLEASE re-post the link...
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    I use the rulers except when I'm straightening the edge of a long piece of fabric. I never learned to use my mat lines for cutting. I never thought about turning it over! Now I know I can have a whole new mat when this side wears out. Thanks for the idea!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Great link! I have seen one of my quilting friends cutting her fabric not using the lines on the mat and I always thought what is she doing? Now I know! Huh! The things you learn just from reading!
    What link? I'd love to see how this is done. I always use the lines on my mat and they are worn out again!!
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    what link. would be interested to see the turorial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    After reading several posts from various members talking about using their rulers, I still wasn't really understanding how you could cut without using the markings on the mat, and only rely on the ruler for measurements. It took a wonderful member here to actually spell it all out (with idiot-proof pictures- THANK YOU!) and get me to understand the how-to of using my rulers.
    Maybe you could share these pictures with all of us. I can do it both ways, but would love to see the pics. Thanks.

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    I use the lines on my mat for cutting the fabric straight on the ends or for measuring larger pieces of fabrics that are too large for a ruler. The larger white mats come in handy for that. Mostly I rely on my ruler. Like the idea of turning the mat over when you don't need the lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    After reading several posts from various members talking about using their rulers, I still wasn't really understanding how you could cut without using the markings on the mat, and only rely on the ruler for measurements. It took a wonderful member here to actually spell it all out (with idiot-proof pictures- THANK YOU!) and get me to understand the how-to of using my rulers.
    When I started quilting again with all the new equipment I was using the mat lines as guide. I took a class and the instructor/quilt teacher blew up and told me I was WRONG-WRONG-WRONG!! Never use the line on the mat. She also told me to NEVER iron to the light and the ALWAYS iron seams closed!! Along with a bunch of other stuff that I have ignored.

    Can we say quilt police???

    I use the mat lines as a guide-measure and cut with a ruler-iron seams both open and closed depending on the pattern-and do not go to quilt classes!! I am much happier for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Great link!
    I don't see a link

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    I can't post the link. I don't know why it was edited. See post # 20.

    Google this: Cutting Fabric from the First Cut

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    That is exactly how I was taught to cut the first cut. I love Google!
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    I use both!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I can't post the link. I don't know why it was edited. See post # 20.

    Google this: Cutting Fabric from the First Cut
    Thank-you for telling those of us that wanted to see the tutorial !

    I particularly liked the comment about Quilt Police...do which ever method works for YOU!
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    I only use the lines on my mat for my first cut, to make sure I have the fabric straight, I only use one horizontal line, so I know the selvage line is straight, then its just my rulwer

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    I also use the same method as in the tute.
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    I think once you start a project using either the lines on the mat OR the lines on a specific type of ruler you should stay with that same product for the whole project. All rulers are not created equal and by choosing one brand ruler for one part and another for another part you risk minute differences that may make a difference in the finished measurements.

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    I sometimes use the left line on my mat for lining up my cut fabric edge but mainly use my ruler or rulers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    After reading several posts from various members talking about using their rulers, I still wasn't really understanding how you could cut without using the markings on the mat, and only rely on the ruler for measurements. It took a wonderful member here to actually spell it all out (with idiot-proof pictures- THANK YOU!) and get me to understand the how-to of using my rulers.
    Try this site --- I, also, always used the mat..learn something new every day! Thanks for raising the question.
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    When I started using a rotary cutter the book I was using said not use the lines. I use two rulers to square up the first cut and others to keep the strips straight. I have tried to use the mat lines, just can't get into the habit.I mark the line I am using with blue painter's tape, so I don't get mixed up.
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    I use both

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    What is the link? I'd like to check it out. Thanks NANCY

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