Mat and Material Combinations

The recommended material thickness is 0.1 mm to 0.3 mm for paper and 0.2 mm to 1.5 mm for fabric.

Refer to the following table for the appropriate mat and sheet for fabric cutting according to the material to be used for cutting or drawing.

 

The cutting mats used by this machine have been redeveloped with a different design, type, function, etc.
For details, refer to Important information about mat.
 

Depending on the machine model, some accessories listed in the chart may not be included.
In that case, they must be purchased separately.

 

 

 

Paper
Material and its thickness Mat Type of
Cutting blade
Blade scale
setting
Cut pressure
setting
Standard mat Middle tack adhesive mat Low tack adhesive mat
Printer paper 80 g/m²
(0.1 mm)
image   image Standard cut blade
(turquoise)

image
3 -1
Scrapbook paper
(thin)

120 g/m²
(0.15 mm)
  image*1 image 3.5 0
Scrapbook paper
(medium-thick)
200 g/m²
(0.25 mm)
image image image*1 4 0
Cardstock (thin) 200 g/m²
(0.25 mm)
image image image*1 4 0
Cardstock
(medium-thick)
280 g/m²
(0.35 mm)
image image   5 0
Vellum, tracing paper 0.07 mm   image image 3 0
Poster board (thin) 280 g/m²
(0.35 mm)
image     5.5 0
Poster board (thick) 400 g/m²
(0.5 mm)
image     7.5 4

*1 When cutting smooth paper

 

 

Fabric*2
Material and its thickness Mat Type of
Cutting blade
Blade scale
setting
Cut pressure
setting
Standard mat Middle tack adhesive mat Low tack adhesive mat
Thin cotton fabric
(for quilt piece)
0.25 mm image     Standard cut blade
(turquoise)

image
4 4
Thin cotton fabric
(except for quilt piece)
0.25 mm image     4 4
Flannel (for quilt piece) 0.6 mm image     6.5 4
Flannel
(except for quilt piece)
0.6 mm image     6.5 4
Felt 1 mm image     Deep cut blade
(purple)

image
5 5
Denim 14 oz 0.75 mm image     5.5 6

*2 When cutting fabric, use the sheet for fabric cutting. Refer to Sheet for fabric cutting.

 

 

Others
Material and its thickness Mat Type of
Cutting blade
Blade scale
setting
Cut pressure
setting
Standard mat Middle tack adhesive mat Low tack adhesive mat
Plastic sheet (PP) 0.2 mm image image  

Standard cut blade
(turquoise)

 

image

4 0
Vinyl 0.2 mm image image   4 0
Magnet 0.3 mm image image   5.5 0
Sticker or seal 0.2 mm   image image 4 0

 

 

 

Mat

Standard mat

This is a mat with a high adhesive strength.

 

Use this mat when cutting fabric.

Use the low tack adhesive mat with copy paper and smooth paper.

Since the standard mat has a high adhesive strength, materials may remain stuck to the mat, causing the mat to become unusable.

Middle tack adhesive mat

This is a mat with a medium adhesive strength.

Low tack adhesive mat

This is a mat with a low adhesive strength. It is suitable for copy paper and smooth paper.

 


 

Sheet for fabric cutting

Use one of the following two sheets for fabric cutting when cutting  fabric.

Iron-on fabric appliqué contact sheet (white backing)

- Thin cotton fabric  (except for quilt piece)

- Flannel (except for quilt piece)

- Felt

- Denim 14 oz

  • Reinforces the fabric so that various patterns can be cut out.
  • Original texture may change because it remains attached to the back of fabric.
    * For use with the standard mat.
       Do not place fabric backed with iron-on contact sheet directly onto a mat with high tack fabric support sheet.
High tack adhesive fabric support sheet

- Thin cotton fabric  (for quilt piece)

- Flannel (for quilt piece)

  • By attaching this adhesive sheet to the standard mat, the adhesive strength of the mat is increased.
  • Depending on the pattern may not be cleanly cut.

 

Avoid using craft paper or fabric covered with decorative layer (that can easily separate), such as lamé or foil.

The separate layer may stick to the machine’s scanning device or feed rollers during operation, resulting in damage to the machine. It may also damage the cutting blade. If such media is used or tested it is recommended to clean the scanner glass at the bottom of the machine after every use.  For details, see  “Cleaning the scanner glass”.

  • Optional accessories available for your machine differ depending on the country.
  • When using a 12" × 12" (305 mm × 305 mm) mat, the maximum work area for cutting/drawing is 296 mm × 298 mm (11 3/4" × 11 3/4").
  • When using an optional 12" × 24" (305 mm × 610 mm) mat, the maximum work area for cutting/drawing is 296 mm × 603 mm (11 3/4" × 23 3/4").
  • Some fabrics with uneven surfaces can be cut if turned upside down.

 

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Related Models

CM100DM, CM250, CM350, CM350e, CM350H, CM350R, CM550DX/ CM550, CM650W, CM650WX

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