Rotary Mats are a quilters best friend! When you begin quilting, your life will be made much easier by purchasing a self-healing mat. These mats close up or “heal” any incisions from rotary cutters leaving no visible slices on the mat. Self-healing mats have a certain limit to the amount of slicing they can take so if you start seeing cuts remain or need more pressure when using a rotary cutter, this may indicate your mat needs replacing.
Mats can last a long time, and to ensure your mat serves you well, take care of it!
Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your mat. Clean stains and dust by using a gentle soap/water combo and a lint-free cloth. If you cut a fuzzy fabric, like minky, the extra fluff can sometimes get stuck in the cuts. In order for your mat to heal, the fuzz needs to be removed.
Store your mat flat, not on its side. Do not let your mat get too hot or sit on your cutting table in direct sunlight. These practices lead to warping and a sad quilter!
Take care of your mat and you can enjoy hours of cutting together!
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