*edited*..okay..sort of a genius. Slight problem as I need a solid wood board that is one piece. I'll have to go to a wood place to get one. However; it's still a great idea*
I am a genius. I'm not boasting, just proud that I figured out how to fix my cutting problems. While thinking about the Go! cutter, I realized my problem isn't cutting accurately or needing more layers, it's my stupid back. Bending over my table is killing me. The Go! is perfect for a lot of people who need the accuracy, but it won't do a thing for back.
I got thinking about how to fix the problem last night and the lightbulb finally went on. Raise the mat! Duh. I can't raise the table (it weighs a ton and a half) but if I customize the mat to where I need it, no more issues. I also needed something I can just take apart since my family uses the table for eating.
So..here's my makeshift invention prototype. Patent pending. Cans of corn included with purchase.
For 16 bucks I bought the bed risers and a roll of non stick kitchen stabilizer. I put my acrylic Janome table from a previous machine on top and it works! All I needed was a mere 9 inches for my back.
It only holds my small mat as the table has a hole cut for the bed of the machine, but you get the idea. I'll figure out something for my larger mats using the same logic later.
I also use this acrylic table as a light table. I use one of those folding Ott lights and stick it underneath.
I hope this helps someone else who really needs the height to cut. My back is already feeling so much better.