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« on: October 10, 2011 02:33:22 AM »

I was sent several folders for die cutting/embossing recently in a swap and was thinking of getting a cuttlebug (Costco has a kit and a great return policy and what looks like a decent price).  But before I invest in something, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what I should be looking for.  I am not really a papercrafter (not that I am not interested, I just have my finger in many pies already) - but I would be interested in using it to cut a variety of materials, including shrink plastic, stiffened fabric or felts if possible.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011 04:38:46 AM »

The Cuttlebug is great for those materials. Also look into a Big Shot or Big Kick. It's the same machine just different name. Made from the same company and everything. The Big machines tend to be a bit sturdier than the Cuttlebug. Especially if your using it to cut heavier materials. The Cuttlebug needs to be suctioned down so it tends to get a bit wobbly and it can pinch. The Big Shot/Big Kick has a sturdy base. Also the Big Shot/Big Kick machines were designed for mixed media artists. The Cuttlebug was designed for Papercrafting artists. Big Shot & Big Kick also have a higher pound of pressure for cutting through items. The CB has slightly less so on heavier materials sometimes you have to run through twice. I have a Cuttlebug and Big Shot. I use my CB for messy paper crafting techniques. I use my Big Shot for all my other crafting.

If you can get a great deal on the CB go for it. The machine is really good and can cut through the materials you want. If you see a Big Kick/Big Shot you can compare which machines are best for your needs.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011 07:21:53 AM »

That helps a lot, thanks - question though - when you say the Cuttlebug needs to be suctioned down, does it come with a clamp or suction?
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011 12:34:05 AM »

That helps a lot, thanks - question though - when you say the Cuttlebug needs to be suctioned down, does it come with a clamp or suction?

The Cuttlebug has suction cups at the bottom of it's stand. You will need a flat hard surface for it to work on.
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011 10:24:23 AM »

I want the same question answered, as I am looking at getting a die cutting/embossing machine next year.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2012 11:20:31 PM »

I have the old original version of the Silhoutte (when it was still "owned" by QK) and it will cut through alot of stuff, but man did I ever burn through blades.  I saw some very nice cutters by Pazzles last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I am also told that the new 12"x12" Silhouette will cut fabric and the blades last longer.  I am waiting until I go to CES next week to see what's out there before I make a decision.  If I see something good, I'll post it here.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012 06:51:04 AM »

I'm going to ask if my local bead store will start carrying the Vintaj big shot and their materials because they carry some Vintaj products already - it looks like they have some interesting things for embossing metal for jewelry.  I got the Cuttlebug for my birthday, but I may still get the Big Shot next time Michaels has a big sale - so stupid.  I could have bought it on Boxing Day for 50% off +25% further.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012 04:38:48 PM »

If you find yourself getting more interested in papercrafting, I would reccomend taking a look at Accucut products. I have a grandmark die cutting machine and I absolutely love it. I can cut with large dies and go through several sheets of paper at once.  This machine is very large (about 1.5' x 2.75') and heavy duty. You do need to have separate dies for each shape you want to make.  It does not use an automated cutter.

Just my $.02! Good luck on finding a good machine for you.
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