Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Favorite Die Cutting Machine??

I’m having my own little issues today so thought I’d ask and see what everyone likes as far as Die Cutting Machines…please tell me your favorite and why!!

I have the Big Shot and I do like it but am finding it difficult for some of the delicate, intricate dies it’s not working so well…or maybe it’s operator error!!

Anywho, please help me out and let me know you’re favorite! Thanks!!

13 comments:

Jennie said...

I don't have a die cutter, but I want a silhouette very, very badly! It's on my wish list.

Kristie said...

Maybe you just need to use a shim or two with the plates to press down better on the more detailed cuts? I had to do that with an MFT die on my cuttlebug.

If I were to get another die cut machine, I would get a big shot since it takes the bigger dies!

marsha said...

I have the Grand Calibur and love it!
Hugs,
Marsha

SemSee said...

I have an older Cuttlebug (almost 3 years old now!) and I find I have to use a shim or two when cutting intricate dies. I also do a couple of passes through too. My shims are pieces of normal card that I've trimmed to be the same size as my cutting plates. When I emboss nesties/spellbinder dies with the Cuttlebug I find I always have to use the embossing mat with 4 shims to get a nice emboss. I also have a new Grand Calibur but it hasn't been taken out of its box yet since I got it just after Christmas, lol! x

Christine said...

I have a Cuttlebug and love it. I've used the same plates forever. Someone said earlier to use shims. That's what I do when I'm cutting or embossing sometimes, especially with Nesties. Just put a piece of paper or two under the die or in between plates and you should be good.

gobeagirl said...

Hi Danni, I am glad you asked this question. I have really really been thinking about getting the Spellbinders die machine,(I want to buy some of the bigger dies) but for now I have my 3 or 4 year old cuttlebug and it does work just fine for all my little Spellbinders and for the few Die-namics that I have. I cute down some of the cardboard from the back of my 6x6 paper pads to add whatever pressure I need. I also use reynolds foil to kind of sharpen my dies much like with punches when I feel that the cutes aren't as crisp as I want. lol. Hugs, Lisa

Chelsea said...

I got a grand caliber last month and I love love love it!

Dana White said...

Danni I've had the cuttlebug, big shot & now I have the vagabond & I'm in LOVE with it! You do need a shim for the non tim dies but it works like a dream & is super quiet for an electric machine. Good luck with the decision!!

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Hi Danni,
I have only the Big Shot and love it. I don't want to invest in another....too costly. Recently, I purchased some dies with intricate details (Memory Box and Cheery Lynn) and know what you mean. What I did was add a piece of scrap CS below the CS I want the die to cut thru. This added "thickness" seem to help a lot. If needed, I'll run it thru my Big Shot 2 times but will move the die to a different spot on the cutting plate first. Oh, and I use a different color scrap CS so it's easier to separate from the other. Hope that makes sense. If not, feel free to send me an email. Good luck.

Karen Motz said...

The Vagabond ROCKS Danni!!! It has metal rollers and more pressure than the big shot. Works like a dream at the push of a button and the motor isn't noisy (Dana and I often talk on the phone while stamping and using the vagabond doesn't interfere with our conversations), and like Dana, I graduated from a cuttlebug to a big shot and now the Vagabond. I LOVE it!!

Karen Motz said...

I should also mention that I also have a Grand Calibur which I've only used twice. I just find the plates are way too big for all the sizes of dies I use, which means lots of unnecessary cranking of the handle.

Seleise said...

Love the Grand Caliber and cuttlebug. I use the GC to cut a bunch of shapes at once or to cut big spellbinder dies. I use the cuttlebug to do my sissix dies and occasionally the spellbinders but mostly I do them all on the GC now. I've used the big shot too and love it. Can't go wrong there.

Anonymous said...

I love my (manual) Big Shot but also find it necessary to use shims for intricate dies and often emboss by hand using a stylus for a really deep effect. Recently I picked up a tip to spray the cardstock lightly while in the die, then emboss with stylus. FAB.

Being larger than the Cuttlebug and heavier it is not as handy to carry around - workshops etc.
May I recommend you visit this blog for more info: http://bevscrafts.blogspot.com/p/questions-and-answers.html
Good luck,

Mary Mac

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