Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hoping for a better cut

   It was time.  The old mat died, or at least I proclaimed it dead.  I've always used the Olfa green mat, you know the stinky, smelly ones, that need to air out for about 6 weeks before you can stand to use them.  The large 24" by 36" has been used and abused, I guess, for too long.   It quit "self-healing" a few years ago, and developed some flaked and chipped spots --on both side--that I tried to avoid.  It put many a ding in the rotary cutter blades.  I thought these things lasted a life time, and it was only about 20 years old.  Then it literally cracked---yes, a long 3 inch crack appeared. 
    So a little research and ......
  This is the mat I chose....Gingher cutting mat  .   I waited till I had a 50% off coupon, and thought it was a good deal.   It is thick....at least 3 times as thick as the old one.  And lots of line, angles, and shaded grids to help with squaring up.  The other side is a different color way....in blues.  I use the lines for fabric and ruler placement...not for the accurate cutting.  I like the grids for a quick eyeball on keeping things square.  And maybe my blades will last a while longer now.....they now slice thru fabric like butter.
  So if you need a new mat,  or have a gift card, or just deserve an improvement....consider this mat.  The old mat is being relegated to a paint/stain/glue whatever work area cover up.  I couldn't find a decent size area to salvage for a small mat....just too many flaking areas.  Yes, it was time for a better cutting surface.
Happy stitching.
 

5 comments:

  1. Enjoy! If the old was 20 years old, I'd say you more than deserve a new one.

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  2. Kudos for you for making do with the old one for so long! I just got a new one a few months ago--happened to find it on clearance believe it or not. My old one was chipped and looking shabby but could've lasted a little longer. Still, couldn't pass up the clearance. Keeping the old one for messier projects. Kinda nice having that new surface to work with!

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  3. Hi, Debbie. Cool mat, I'm envious! Mine are still holding up though. Happy holiday stitching!
    best, nadia

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  4. I like the fact that it is two different colours; I find cutting blue very difficult on my blue mat!

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  5. I like your new mat. The first one I ever had (Olfa) lasted a long time until DH got shoe polish on it & then had it hanging over the edge of the table & leaned on it & snapped of the edge of it. YIKES! I bought a Fiskars (yellow on one side & green on the other) & I really like it. I like the yellow side best.

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