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    Essex Girl UK
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  • Essex Girl UK
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    Ha Gill.....It's so addictive. I've only been doing it a couple of years and in the beginning I bought loads; some of it not great I might add. I'm finding it difficult to find a decent shop near me in Essex so I buy a lot of stuff online. I have bought a lot of fabric from Missouri * as it's so much cheaper than here but then I was clobbered with import duty, customs charges etc. so be careful if buying from abroad. Good luck with your mat by the way!

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  • Marta
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  • Marta
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    When I first started doing patchwork I took a private class just on cutting. The first thing the instructor had me do was flip the mat to the no lines side. I do all my measuring by ruler. I have both inches and metric rulers. A lot of the class projects we do are metric and I have never had much sucess converting from one system to the other.

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  • Hulamoon
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  • Hulamoon
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    I had a similar problem when I was a baker/pastry cook. I got some lovely books, but they called for European measurements. I didn't own a computer yet (not for 15 more years or more) to look up conversions. So I had to pour through more books. I love books, but not when you need it right now. lol

    I just bought some measuring cups and spoons that have both on them. Where was that when I needed them!

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  • Gill
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  • Gill
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    Yes, i've watched quite a few but I got confused with converting inches to cm's. Thanks

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  • Gill
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  • Gill
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    Yes, i've seen a few, I thought it might be easier to start with pre-cuts but I got confused when my friend bought me the metric mat, so squaring up etc became complicated - converting inches to cm etc... thanks

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  • Iris Girl
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  • Iris Girl
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    I have an olfa mat and rulers and the lines line up in sync. I always use my mat for measurements as well as squaring up. I don't think any way is wrong as long as you re consistant.

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  • auntiemern
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  • auntiemern
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    You can check out youtube for any number of "how to cut fabric" tutorials, and they will show you how to use your rulers to cut with.

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  • grammaterry
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  • grammaterry
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    You know, I had been using the lines on my mat for measuring and just recently switched to using them for squaring instead. The ruler is much more accurate. I think perhaps the lines are thicker and we don't always go to the same inside or outside of the line on the mat and that throws off the measurements somewhat.
    I would suggest that you find a couple of spots on your mat that are not getting the most use and draw a good 10 inch square and a 5 inch square and use that when you want to do a quick check on your precuts.

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  • Gill
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  • Gill
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    Excellent, how dumb i feel, that's much better, just need to get some 'inch' rulers, especially a square & pluck up courage to buy some 'new' fabric & take the plunge. Many thanks

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  • Carolnnc
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  • Carolnnc
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    You can always flip the mat over and use the back. I have been doing this for many years and it works just fine. I found myself using the lines and then had problems with my blocks not matching up very well. Flipping the mat solved the problem for me.

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  • Hulamoon
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  • Hulamoon
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    Originally posted by Gill View Post
    Oh...I've watched so many videos of Jenny using the mat to line up fabric I thought that was the way to go. Thanks
    I use my mat to measure too. It was a habit from using a box cutter for measuring paper for scrapbooking. How about using a fine marker and draw a line on the one inch marks?

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  • bubba
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  • bubba
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    Originally posted by Gill View Post
    Oh...I've watched so many videos of Jenny using the mat to line up fabric I thought that was the way to go. Thanks
    I know she does it that way, but when I first took classes, they beat it into my brain not to do that, so I don't. I depend solely on my ruler. It's just personal choice and that is how I was taught and am used to doing it.

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  • Gill
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  • Gill
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    Oh...I've watched so many videos of Jenny using the mat to line up fabric I thought that was the way to go. Thanks

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  • bubba
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  • bubba
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    I never use the lines on my mat for measuring or lining up. I depend solely on my rulers. My favorite is the 24" x 8.5".

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  • Gill
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  • Gill
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    Thanks, that would be the cheaper option especially as I rather fancy the 10inch square, the 2.5 inch little ruler, the huge long ruler...the list goes on!

    Gill

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