Top positive review
from work to pastimes--perfect for every occasion
January 14, 2018
As a teacher and avid crafter, I needed something that would last me through the hundreds of paper and fabric cuts I make each year. After going through three cutting mats, I think I've found what I've been looking for--I just wish I had known about it earlier.
Upon initial inspection, this mat feels thick and lays flat (cutting mats are often already warped upon delivery and it drives me absolutely crazy). An absent of a strong-smelling odour was also a plus.
After some testing, here's what this mat offered me that my previous three had not:
* The thickness of the mat allows it to work well with rotary cutters for thick fabric, especially waxed canvas. The surface texture also helps keep the fabric/paper from sliding too much when cutting, which was something I've struggled with for other mats.
* This mat is truly self-healing. Even deep cuts diminish into thin hairlines. This allows the mat to double as a smooth surface for writing, unlike the Martha Stewart mat that I had for years which is now filled with gouges.
* This mat works especially well for precision crafting such as card making or scrap booking as it features measurement guides on both sides. The diagonal and circle guidelines are a definite plus that other cutting mats may not offer. I was also quite surprised to find myself using them more than I had expected.
* Finally, the black & white design goes well with my monochromatic room--an aesthetic win over the popular Olfa mats. Why sacrifice form for function when I can have both?
In a nutshell...
At this price point, this mat is well worth every dollar. Don't frustrate over three alternatives, you just need one and this is it.