Originally Posted by ddaigle
I've been using a "mat" for a long time....bought at the fabric store a lot cheaper. I also never used the "double" mat system. I love using a mat...it's the only way I will cover a cake with fondant, but mine was waaaaaaaay cheaper.
Yes, but it's not food safe vinyl.
Creating and marketing food safe products add cost to those products, but it's a worthwhile cost in the end.
I don't think this differs from using a "paint roller" designed for paint, to smooth your BC (Melvira's method), & other tools designed for other uses, but adapted to caking. The vinyl is designed to be used as a tablecloth cover, so the fact it's not food safe is up to the individual using it. I personally have used that type of vinyl with great success for a long time. Most people won't eat the fondant on a cake anyway as it's not the most palateable stuff...no matter what type you use. Just my 2 cents .....