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Lukeria_ | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

anyone out there know how to clean the threads out or a sewing mat? I read about it somewhere but I didn’t keep the article. carol


  1. Murrel_Wolfrom | | #1


    A plain, no frills eraser works just great for cleaning up a rotary mat. Just wipe the fuzz off the eraser as you clean. You can't beat the price!

    1. Paula | | #2

      *The threads becoming embedded in the mat is one of the reasons that I only buy the HARD type of mat. I like the hard mat available ATS because of the large size (48x96) and the white background, and the price is great at about $55. I do not like the type of mat that is pinnable or self healing because it is harder to get a clean cut and the cutter sinks in causing more work to push the blade.Did you know that you can cut a large mat to fit the full exact size of your table? And then the mat can be stored behind the couch, under the bed, beside the fridge, or standing up the back-side of the coat closet when not in use. [Do not roll for storage.]Paula

      1. Jean_ | | #3

        *I find that a great way to store my large mat is to clip it with a bulldog clip and hang it on the wall via a nail or hook. I stays nice and flat.

        1. Dorothy_Bourdeau | | #4

          *Hello, everyone. I'm new to this site so I'm having fun browsing. Jean, I ran across your suggestion for storing a large cutting mat. We tried that, but the mat just slid out of the clips! Maybe we didn't have the right kind of clips or something. We were so disappointed because it would have been the perfect solution! Dorothy B.

          1. Jean_ | | #5

            *You probably just need a larger clip. Mine seems to work well with the largest size binder clip that you can find at your favorite office supply store.View Image

          2. Paula | | #6

            *You could drill holes near the corners of your cutting mat, then hang them on hooks/nails.But not for me, I like my 48x96 cutting mat to stay permanently in place.

      2. SaraOfenloch | | #7


        I'm a quilter, but I never seem to have trouble with threads in my rotary greem mat from Olfa.  Maybe you could be right about the rotary cutter going in too deeply.  So what is and ATS mat and where do you order one from?  Thanks in advance

        1. sewvintage | | #8

          To Sarah and all,

          I have a wonderful cutting mat that is a "hard" mat that I got at The Sewing Emporium. The mat is made from PCV piping material and doesn't dull my rotary blades and it cuts anything from silky textures to heavier woollen textures with great ease! The prices are great and you can order many different sizes or have a custom size made.  you can opt for gridded or plain.  I now use my old "soft" mat for pattern drafting to put my push pins into.  The number for Sewing Emporium is (619) 420-3490.  They are in Chula Vista,Ca (Southern Ca. near San Diego).  They may even have a web site now.


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