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Janet posted on Sat, Sep 22 2012 5:18 PM

I have a feeling I need a new rotary cutting mat. Both of mine are probably 15 years old and even with a new blade, my cutter isn't working well. The mats do have some grooves in them. When should they be replaced?

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Agnes replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 9:25 PM

I replace mine before the frustration level hits the point you seem to be at. Just because I replace them doesn't mean they get turfed. My original mat is still in use when I am into home improvements and need to use the carpet knife or the like.I have been quilting 20 years and I am easily on my third main mat, might even be the fourth.

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Janet replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 10:07 PM

Thanks! I think it's time to give in. I needed some justification for buying a new one. But I'll recycle in some way.

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ls2116 replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 12:16 AM

I understand your frustration.  I also had to replace my mat last year my power went out so i took my quilting out side into the sun and plainly wasn't thinking sat it on a table with a metal rim!  You can imagine how warped it got.  my mat was also about 15 years old, still haven't parted with it .  I've grown attached to my quilting charm.  I'd say if you have grooves definitely replace.

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I recycle mine into bottoms for purses

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Annie replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 6:00 AM

I like the newer ones better. They seem to have a better "self healing" construction. And they're reversible too!

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Kathy replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 6:23 AM

Great Idea!   Thanks

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Nana replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 7:34 AM

Old mats will also make great templates if you have something really sharp to cut them with.

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Hi all, 

I had warped my curring mat taking it to calss in the truck.  I made a discovery by accident! If it can warp on the way to class then it can unwarp on the way home!  I laid it flat in the heat on the way home and hot diggedy it was flat again!  A sidewalk in the sun or drive way or flat table outside  and you have a nice flat mat.

hope this helps someone,

judylee

 

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Marie replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 9:27 AM

Great ideas Leslie and Nana.

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Agnes replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 10:14 AM

Nana:

Old mats will also make great templates if you have something really sharp to cut them with.

Nana-- Carpet knives work great. 

 

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Agnes replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 10:16 AM

Leslie :

I recycle mine into bottoms for purses

Leslie--Finally I have a reason to cut down the oldest mat. Thanks.

 

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Leslie / Agnes - that's what I do with my old mats too.  They really work great for that, don't they? 

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Maggie replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 7:24 PM

My mats are all really old and sometimes I turn them over and use the other side.  It seems to help

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I replaced a blade in my cutter just a few days ago and already it is skipping in one place. I was blaming it on bad blades, because the whole package has been that way. Maybe it is my mat!

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