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« on: October 22, 2013 07:08:51 PM »

First let me say that I do not like them, foam sheets that is, however they are cheap and used often in crafts for young kids.  That being said I was volunteering at a non-profit helping with crafts one evening, making Christmas ornaments and found that they had the volunteers cutting these things out by hand.  What a pain and royal waste of time, I had wasting time when it could be going to doing something worthwhile.

What needs to happen is that the things need to be cut into 4-5 inch shapes, like an ornament, Christmas tree, gingerbread man.....you get the picture.  If anyone has any suggestions and/or opinions on which machine to purchase, I would love to hear them.

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013 12:57:57 AM »

Being a not for profit, what about checking to see if anyone is selling (or giving away, if you are lucky) a used die cutting/embossing machine on freecycle or craigslist?  Or you can get one with the coupon @ the big name craft stores.  You'll need some dies, but if you are in the US, the Sizzix site has many older ones often marked down in price, and to cut something thicker like craft foam, you will probably need steel rule dies like the Bigz, by Sizzix, as opposed to thinner dies like Spellbinders.  Often the dies can be used with different machines, and you can find instructions for how to do it on-line. 

I have both a Cricut Cuttlebug, and a Sizzix BigShot, and love them both for die cutting and embossing different materials, like paper,  felt,  leather, fabric, thin metals, etc.

« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013 06:44:14 PM »

Thanks for the information, I know that money was a part of it, but that is not really a concern for me as I was just going to buy them one.  I just had no idea what I should be looking for.  But after reading your post, I have a better idea and can at least start looking around.  Ultimately it would be best if they could use the dies in different machines I guess, as this would get more use out of them.  But really thanks for the information, now I do not feel so uneducated about it.
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