With a move like that there are growing pains and just trying to adjust. I spend so much time running between rooms for various things...scissors, glue, templates...it's a great way to get exercise, but a royal pain!
Then again, if I hadn't had to run back and forth I wouldn't have made a discovery! It saved me one more trip to the other room and believe me I was over it in a big way.
This is the tool. We all have a personal connection to it and have had many occasions when it was used more often than we want to admit. The good old, gotta have seam ripper. I've had this one for a few years now. It's my favorite and works like a charm when a seam needs some attention. Seam-fix by Dritz. After ripping a seam the rubber tip is used to grab and remove the thread. It works like a charm!
And it also works great for this...
Does this look familiar? Batting or fabric stuck in your cutting mat after rotary cutting is an ugly mess! There are all kinds of ways to deal with it. Using a soft bristle brush, a rubber eraser or mild detergent and water to name a few. My favorite method was to grab my eraser.
Since I do a lot of improv piecing that doesn't require measuring, I flip my mat over and do the majority of cutting on the back. I certainly helps to preserve the front for when lines, measuring and precision is required!
It doesn't take long for things to 'clog' up, so I try to keep it clean and lint free regularly. Today I had had enough running back and forth! This darn cutting mat needed to be cleaned before I could continue my project. I don't know how it happened, a moment of brilliance or dumb luck, but the second I saw my seam ripper with that amazing rubber tip I knew it was going to be my lucky day!
It worked like a charm! I thought the eraser method was brilliant, this is so much better! It's often the little things that amaze us the most.
The tufts of batting stick to the rubber end of the seam ripper making clean up a breeze! And speaking of clean...look at the mat!
Are there any tools you use for something other than their intended use? I love new discoveries!