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Old 02-16-2019, 07:38 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried cutting down a self healing mat and using that for cutting plate for Gemini Junior? I just purchased a Gemini Junior and have been reading that the cutting plates don't last very long and I'm trying to find an alternative. Also - has anyone used Sizzix Big Shot cutting plates with their Gemini Junior?
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:37 AM   #2
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Have you tried You Tube? That was where I saw about using the self healing mats in other machines. Can't recall if the Geminis were among them though.
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Has anyone tried cutting down a self healing mat and using that for cutting plate for Gemini Junior? I just purchased a Gemini Junior and have been reading that the cutting plates don't last very long and I'm trying to find an alternative. Also - has anyone used Sizzix Big Shot cutting plates with their Gemini Junior?
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I haven't tried it yet (saw the same info and was worried) but let me tell you that if you flip your plates (as suggested) they do last. You'll see cuts in it, but resign yourself to using both plates (and both sides of them) and they seem to last a long time. I've only had my jr about 6 months now, but use it exclusively and am very pleased with it.
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I tried this today with my Gemini, and it was terrible. I ruined the self-healing mat. It warped so badly that I'm going to have to throw it away. Does anyone know if it can be flattened again?
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Yes, I have and it has extended the life of my pads greatly. I bought a large self-healing mat and cut it into 12 pieces that fit the Gemini Junior. Yes, it has warped the mat badly but it keeps cutting beautifully. In three months of cutting, I have thrown out only two of the self-healing mats. So my $20 investment should last for over a year of cutting. It works for me!
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That's what I was afraid of. I spent $10 on that mat, and it is ruined. It also sounded like it was going to break the machine. I just spent $12 on a new Gemini plate, and I think it will last me a few months. The newest plate I already have doesn't seem to be warping at all. Thanks for the info, though. I'm glad it works for you.
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Would you mind sharing the sandwich you use and order when using the self healing mat?
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This is the sandwich I use, starting at the bottom:

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Because my top and bottom plates are warped, I do use washi tape to hold the die in place on the paper.
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I started using the self healing mats as well with my Gemini Jr, but they seem to warp just as fast as the CC Plates. I DO flip and rotate after EVERY turn - use my Gemini Jr almost daily. I was disappointed the mats warp the same as the plates. Good luck with yours
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I commented on the video I watched, and the user said that was the idea. The self-healing mats warped and needed to be replaced, but that they were cheaper to replace. Umm, only by $2, and they warped after the FIRST use. At least I get more use out of the plastic plates. I can't use the self-healing mat because it's so warped the dies won't cut properly. This doesn't seem to be an economical solution to me, and I was really disappointed. That mat cost me $10, and now it's ruined. Epic fail.
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Could thickness play a part in some having success and others not? I have a few self healing mats, including a couple huge ones not used in my craft room, and the thickness varies.
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I commented on the video I watched, and the user said that was the idea. The self-healing mats warped and needed to be replaced, but that they were cheaper to replace. Umm, only by $2, and they warped after the FIRST use. At least I get more use out of the plastic plates. I can't use the self-healing mat because it's so warped the dies won't cut properly. This doesn't seem to be an economical solution to me, and I was really disappointed. That mat cost me $10, and now it's ruined. Epic fail.
I think there was too much pressure which is what warped the mat. I ruined one of my Evolution self healing mats trying to cut too much. Definitely not as forgiving as acrylic plates. LOL Then like an idiot I force it. I was so dang mad at myself! It was entirely my fault for trying to cut too much at on time. LOL
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If the self-healing mats that you are all using are the green (or purple or whatever) gridded ones designed for use with a rotary cutter, those do warp quite easily. I have been using a Go! Accuquilt mat for several years, and there is no warping at all. You have to experiment with the sandwich a bit (thickness variance, don'tcha know?), but well worth it!. I believe I got mine for $10 or so with a coupon at Hobby Lobby, although I haven't seen them there recently. Google will find one for you, I'm sure. (I would provide a link, but I'm at work and Cybersecurity won't let me...) I have the 6" x 12", I believe.
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If the self-healing mats that you are all using are the green (or purple or whatever) gridded ones designed for use with a rotary cutter, those do warp quite easily. I have been using a Go! Accuquilt mat for several years, and there is no warping at all. You have to experiment with the sandwich a bit (thickness variance, don'tcha know?), but well worth it!. I believe I got mine for $10 or so with a coupon at Hobby Lobby, although I haven't seen them there recently. Google will find one for you, I'm sure. (I would provide a link, but I'm at work and Cybersecurity won't let me...) I have the 6" x 12", I believe.
Thank you for the tip using the Accucut Quilt Mats. I was going to try one of my expensive green self healing mats for rotary cutting fabric. Can’t remember what brand they are but I remember they were pretty expensive. Two mats cover my dinning room table so they are fairly big. Lol

After the debacle ruining my Evolution self healing mat I haven’t had any issues. The replacement and other original mat work great and lay flat. They have been put to the test since I am constantly die cutting. Every die machine is different and do not have the same amount of pressure. What works for me may not necessarily work for someone else. I’m off to google mats...
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If the self-healing mats that you are all using are the green (or purple or whatever) gridded ones designed for use with a rotary cutter, those do warp quite easily. I have been using a Go! Accuquilt mat for several years, and there is no warping at all. You have to experiment with the sandwich a bit (thickness variance, don'tcha know?), but well worth it!. I believe I got mine for $10 or so with a coupon at Hobby Lobby, although I haven't seen them there recently. Google will find one for you, I'm sure. (I would provide a link, but I'm at work and Cybersecurity won't let me...) I have the 6" x 12", I believe.

I just ordered the 6 x 6 from their web site - they don't have the size of the Gemini Plates. Two for $18.99 so at that price, I hope they work better than the green Olfa rotary mats I have been using. I saw a You Tube video using Olfa mats so I ordered several from Amazon (the comments were in high praise of those mats). they only last a few weeks and warp beyond use. I didn't realize there was a difference in rotary self healing and other self healing. thank you for the info !
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If the self-healing mats that you are all using are the green (or purple or whatever) gridded ones designed for use with a rotary cutter, those do warp quite easily. I have been using a Go! Accuquilt mat for several years, and there is no warping at all. You have to experiment with the sandwich a bit (thickness variance, don'tcha know?), but well worth it!. I believe I got mine for $10 or so with a coupon at Hobby Lobby, although I haven't seen them there recently. Google will find one for you, I'm sure. (I would provide a link, but I'm at work and Cybersecurity won't let me...) I have the 6" x 12", I believe.
Thanks for the suggestions. Mine is (soon to be WAS) grey. I just don't want to spend the time or money trying out different mats. It isn't worth the frustration either. I'm going to just use the mats that CC makes for the Gemini. I think that in the long run, they will be the cheapest. Thanks again.
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