Thinking of buying an all in one cutting and pressing board/mat and not sure what to buy? Like me, you probably have 2 separate boards already. I have a several cutting boards of different sizes, from different manufacturers and recently bought a rotating board so plenty to compare against. As for ‘pressing’ – I have a standard sized ironing board and a smaller one for suitable for a table top or caravan – failing that I use a folded towel and smooth cloth.

Hopefully this review will help you decide whether this June Tailor Quilters Cut and Press II is a useful ‘buy’ right now, or something to add to your ‘ideas for presents’ list when you get asked ‘What do you want for Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Mum?

First impressions is that it is very easy to use – just flip it over from one side to the other.

The cutting grid and pressing surface measures 12″ x 18″. The overall size is 14” x 22” including the handle.

Here is a comparison to a normal size ironing board and table top ironing board –as you can see it’s a good size to work on – I’ve used it successfully on another board on my knee too so it’s quite versatile to use anywhere (and handy for resting the laptop on too!)

The ‘handle’ is made of the same material as the cutting board so it is ‘hard’ on the edges and would benefit from some padding to make it more comfortable if carrying it for any distance. On the plus side there is marking scale clearly shown on the handle, and it includes a conversion scale in mm.

Cutting

A bias line and 45⁰, 60⁰ & 90⁰ degree angles are marked on both sides of the board. This is great for mitring and bias cutting. The Press side also has 4” 6” 8” 10” & 12” diameter circles marked on it.

The Cut side has a rigid surface whereas a self-healing mat is quite soft/smooth to touch. I cut several different fabrics and it made a good clean cut without slipping or marking the board. If you’re like me and to tend to press harder with your rotary cutter when using thicker fabrics than general cottons then you will be pleased to hear that it didn’t leave any score marks on the board. The length of board will be great for cutting strips on too – you don’t get the ‘length’ on the smaller boards.

Pressing

The cushioned area is approx half an inch in depth. A full size iron doesn’t seem lost or too cumbersome to use so you don’t need a separate purchase of a travel iron.

I tend to use my cooker top with a ‘table top’ ironing board to press smaller pieces of fabric (rather than have the big ironing board out). I had to place a towel underneath the Press and Cut board to stop it from slipping on this surface, although it was fine on the carpet.

I spilled some water on it and it soaked in – I don’t know whether it can be cleaned easily if you accidently spill your coffee over it and I’m not going to try! There weren’t any details on the label about cleaning the board either.

Being able to press seams and check the finish sizes all at the same time is an added bonus. It stood up well to the heat of the iron and gave a good smooth finish. I notice that the heat had caused the cutting side to bow slightly but seconds later it returned to its normal flat surface.

I also pressed appliqué and embroidery pieces and it did not ‘flatten’ the design or leave an impression on the cushioned side. The picture below doesn’t do it justice as it produced a nice crisp finish on the embroidery piece below.

So …. all-in-all the June Tailor Quilters Cut and Press II is a great multi-purpose board for cutting and pressing fabric and a welcome addition to any ‘sewing’ room. If your short on space, want to take it on holiday or just can’t be bothered to get the ‘big’ ironing board out you could make a case for having this is a must have addition on your ‘ideas for presents list – or just buy one!

It’s very handy and easy to pack so I’ll be taking it with me to my next Quilty Pleasure sewing session.

On trawling the internet whilst looking for cutting mats I came across this wonderful website. If you’re feeling adventurous or at a loss as to what to make next why not have a go at making this Cutting Mat Caddy by Melissa Corry – it has pockets in it to store and carry rulers and templates. Here is a link to the free pattern and instructions if you want to make one of your own (if the link doesn’t work just copy and paste it into your browser).

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/11/cutting-mat-caddy.html

Finally I’d like to say a big thank you to UKQU for giving me this opportunity to review the June Tailor Quilters Cut and Press II and an even bigger thank you to EQS for supplying the product.

 

Responses

  1. Anne Burke

    I have one of these and find it absolutely invaluable. Small enough to put just about anywhere while sewing and as you say large enough to accommodate the iron. A bonus for me is how efficiently it reflects heat, making the job of pressing very easy, if a little hot on the fingers when chain pressing, lol. Mine was on my Christmas wish list a couple of years ago and it’s one of my favourite sewing ‘extras’

    1. Carol Lightburn Post author

      Hi Denise – I have seen them on offer from £39 – £49 from different stockists which is comparable to similar sized cut and press boards. Value for money – yes, but it might depend on your budget and what you have already before considering buying one. I just love the portability of it – already taken it with me to Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales as well as Our Quilty Pleasure sessions. Also serves as a useful laptop/gadget tray for your knee!