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141 of 143 found the following review helpful:
Piece of rubbishJun 29, 2007
This is junk, it's just a piece of thin felt that wasn't even cut straight (frayed edges), it had creases in it that would not come out with ironing, and it wrinkles so the puzzle pieces do not lie flat, and the puzzle pieces snag the surface when you try to move them around.
If you really need to save a puzzle (I bought the 3,000 piece roll up) save yourself the money and buy a piece of felt from Walmart and use a cardboard tube from the inside of wrapping paper, as that is all this product contains.
Disappointed is not even close.
86 of 88 found the following review helpful:
Good StuffSep 09, 2007
By C. McLeod
I bought this for a 2000 piece puzzle I was planning on starting because I didn't want a 2000 piece puzzle on my kitchen table forever. I really like this mat. The felt surface keeps pieces from sliding around, and the rolling tube is adjustable in length (smaller or larger puzzles). The only thing about this, and I'm sure all puzzle mats are this way, is that before you roll it up, you have to make certain that all the pieces on the mat are in a single layer. If you have loose pieces on it, just make sure you don't have any on top of each other, otherwise it won't roll right. I love how this is so big, but not too big. It is really workable.
24 of 24 found the following review helpful:
it worksAug 16, 2010
This product works wonderfully. I have done tiny puzzles and huge puzzles on it. While working the huge puzzles it is hard to express in words how nice it is to be able to roll it up and stow it to save space. The only thing i would improve are the hardiness of the hook and loop straps. Also if you are doing a large puzzle it i would also recommend laying tinfoil and a length of cloth to cover the puzzle before rolling it up. It helps keep the pieces in place while rolling it.
26 of 28 found the following review helpful:
puzzle matOct 02, 2008
By L. Williams
I ordered this mat for my 89 year old mother to use while putting her puzzles together. I must not have read the product info very well, because this is just a really large piece of felt. Puzzle pieces get "stuck" and are impossible to move around. There are also wrinkles in the material, making the puzzle pieces not able to lie flat. When she has finished the puzzle that she is working on, the puzzle mat will go into my craft bin for a recycle!
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
It does what it's supposed to doJun 14, 2011
I was worried about ordering a roll-up puzzle mat since I heard it was cheaply made and didn't work well, but I really needed some way to easily store away my puzzle in a compact manner, so I decided to give it a try. Yes, the product is cheaply made since it's just a large piece of felt, and a 3 piece telescope tube with some velcro straps, but hey, it actually works and does it's job without causing me any frustration.
The mat is very big and can fit up to 3000 pieces, which is very nice. The purple background allows for colors to stand out more. I've also heard people complain that they cannot slide their pieces across the felt, but on mine, i can slide the pieces around perfectly. When I roll up and unroll my puzzles, all the pieces are perfectly in tact as well.
The only problems I had with the roll-up mat were that it was very wrinkly when I took it out, but that was easily solved by ironing it, and the fact that the telescoping tube is in 3 different pieces, so it can slide apart when it is not strapped. Other than that, it is a very useful and easy-to-use product.
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