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    Default Rotary cutting woes

    Hi All --

    So I recently got back to quilting after a five year hiatus. I bought a new Olfa cutting mat, and a new Fiskars blade to go in the Fiskars rotary cutter I have. All of my old cutting mats had been Olfas and I had been really pleased with them in the past. And I don't remember having any issues with the Fiskars blades.

    But now... First of all my new rotary cutter blade seems to require a lot of pressure to cut through even just a simple seam when I'm trimming squares. And then on top of this, the Olfa mat seems much lower quality than I remember -- even when I am making an effort *not* to press hard on the mat, I am embedding bits of fabric into the lines I am cutting, ending up with fluff stuck in the mat! Help! Is there some other brand of cutting mat that is much better? Part of why I like the Olfa mats is that I find their surface less slick than other mats I've felt, but now I'm wondering if they are too soft? And what about the Fiskars blades? I saw a extra-durable Olfa blade at Joann's that claimed to last twice the length of a regular blade -- should I have gotten that?

    Any advice is appreciated!

    Emily

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    Applique Angel

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    Default Re: Rotary cutting woes

    Have you checked that when you installed your new blade it was one blade only and not two stuck together?

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    I love my olaf mat, it's 6 years old and going strong. I use the olaf 60mm rotary cutter with their blades.

    I quit using fiskar blades because they didn't last as long as the Olaf blades.
    Katrina


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    I love my Martelli mat and use their blades with it in a Kai rotary cutter.
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    I have a Fiskars mat and cutter. They are just fine, and come in decent colors not just that ugly green Olfa. I am too cheap to buy a Martelli, but everyone says fabulous things about them. I don't own a Martelli anything. Their prices make me want to faint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjkaiser View Post
    I don't own a Martelli anything. Their prices make me want to faint.
    All Martelli products I own were bought when they had 50% sales, so I don't think the prices were too bad. Plus, it was before I was retired. However, I would to this day, still purchase a Martelli mat at 50% off. I doubt I will ever, ever, ever have to replace it. It still is like brand new condition, plus it is reversible to a different color.
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    I love Martelli also. Never purchase anything unless it is 50% off. Except for blades, their items should last a life time.

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    Maybe this year I'll give myself a new mat for my birthday (I was seriously looking at the one that turns anyway).
    Katrina


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    I'm a Martelli person too.

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    Love my Martelli mats, and got one for my daughter who is starting her quilting journey. She has thanked me multiple times for it ( unusual to get even a mention on gifts!)

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