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    as i mentioned in an earlier post,i'm trying todecide to buy one.like so many of you on this board i have fibro,arthritis a left shoulder replacement,sohave problems cutting.i found one on"O"for $220.that i s cheap enough to breakmy rule of only paying cash,but wondeed ifthey come indiff sizes,hene the diff prices? also.the quilts i make the most are log cabins etc, & [of course the strip dies are most exp.]don't want to buy the machine & then find i can't afford the dies!i thought if i did buy one,iwould first buy the 2"strip die & go from there.or would 1/2 ' be better?
    idid just buy the jt shape cut,hopingthat worksSO much cheaper,& have read so many good posts that i can't wait to try it
    anyadvice or suggestions wouldbehelpful.thanx.dar

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    mean't to say1 1/2 "nNOT1/2 "!!!dar

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    By "O" do you mean overstock.com?

    There is only one size of Accuquilt Go!

    You might also try www.shoppersrule.com . At that website you submit a bid and they either accept it or counter it. Their shipping can be high, so take that into account when you make your bid. I know that JoAnn Fabrics online sold a bunch of Accuquilt Go's for 50% off the retail price a month or two ago, so I would try offering 40% of retail (or less) at Shopper's Rule. If they don't accept it, you can just wait a week and try again. About twice a year they offer free shipping too, so you can wait for that. The JoAnn's sale came right after Accuquilt lifted its restriction on advertising the Go! for less than full retail price.

    For log cabins, you need both a strip die and the plastic mat for it. Many online shops routinely sell these for 30% off retail. Again, you can try offering less at Shopper's Rule and see what happens. If they reject your offer, you can always bid again a little higher.

    The size of strip die to purchase really depends on the type of log cabin quilt you like to make. Thinner strips give you more design possibilities and work especially well for scrappy log cabins; however, they also require more fabric (because there is more fabric in the seams) and more sewing time (because there are more seams to sew). Either the 2.5" strip die or the 2" die would be great to start with. If you are used to cutting your binding strips 2.5" wide, then the 2.5" would work for the binding too. The 2" strip die would give you more design options and would work well for both baby quilts and full-size quilts. The 1.5" strips give you the most design possibilities and works especially well for scrappy log cabins, but there is a lot more sewing involved in a log cabin made from 1.5" strips than from one made with 2.5" strips!

    With either strip die, you can also cut squares simply by laying your strips crosswise on the die and running them through again.

    There are some pictures of wonderful log cabin quilts on this website, made with different sized strips. There are also some great video demonstrations on Youtube.

    p.s. If you just bought the Shape Cut, you might want to try using that first, especially if your primary interest is in strip cuts for log cabin quilts. I have a Shape Cut and really like it for that kind of strip cutting. Although I like the Go! also, it is a lot more expensive. What I really like the Go! for is cuttng triangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    By "O" do you mean overstock.com?

    There is only one size of Accuquilt Go!

    You might also try www.shoppersrule.com . At that website you submit a bid and they either accept it or counter it. Their shipping can be high, so take that into account when you make your bid. I know that JoAnn Fabrics online sold a bunch of Accuquilt Go's for 50% off the retail price a month or two ago, so I would try offering 40% of retail (or less) at Shopper's Rule. If they don't accept it, you can just wait a week and try again. About twice a year they offer free shipping too, so you can wait for that. The JoAnn's sale came right after Accuquilt lifted its restriction on advertising the Go! for less than full retail price.

    For log cabins, you need both a strip die and the plastic mat for it. Many online shops routinely sell these for 30% off retail. Again, you can try offering less at Shopper's Rule and see what happens. If they reject your offer, you can always bid again a little higher.

    The size of strip die to purchase really depends on the type of log cabin quilt you like to make. Thinner strips give you more design possibilities and work especially well for scrappy log cabins; however, they also require more fabric (because there is more fabric in the seams) and more sewing time (because there are more seams to sew). Either the 2.5" strip die or the 2" die would be great to start with. If you are used to cutting your binding strips 2.5" wide, then the 2.5" would work for the binding too. The 2" strip die would give you more design options and would work well for both baby quilts and full-size quilts. The 1.5" strips give you the most design possibilities and works especially well for scrappy log cabins, but there is a lot more sewing involved in a log cabin made from 1.5" strips than from one made with 2.5" strips!

    With either strip die, you can also cut squares simply by laying your strips crosswise on the die and running them through again.

    There are some pictures of wonderful log cabin quilts on this website, made with different sized strips. There are also some great video demonstrations on Youtube.

    p.s. If you just bought the Shape Cut, you might want to try using that first, especially if your primary interest is in strip cuts for log cabin quilts. I have a Shape Cut and really like it for that kind of strip cutting. Although I like the Go! also, it is a lot more expensive. What I really like the Go! for is cuttng triangles.

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    I bought mine through sewingsupplywarehouse.com
    I love mine.

    $349 and includes free shipping, 4 1/2" square die, 2 1/2" square and 2" half-square, and a 10x10 mat. Also, you get to pick a free die of your choice and a free die rack. No strip cutter included, but their prices for additional dies are hard to beat.

    As I said, I love them. Some fabric waste, but my cuts are accurate and never vary. I can cut several layers, and all uniform.

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    I only have a tiny strip of fabric waste. I cut my fabric to be about 1/4" bigger then the die. Some dies I go with 1/2" waste. I don't cut more then 4 layers at a time for easier turning of the handle. The Go is a personal machine so don't be cutting everyone's fabric for them. If you want to do mass cuttings or share it with a group then get the Studio.

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    http://www.facebook.com/accuquilt?v=app_6009294086 - here is the code to get dies 25% off at accuquilt

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    I am very happy with my GO. Your cutting time is way down, less waste, nice sharp cuts. A lot of places have deals on their dies. I have about five of them and I am eyeing the rag quilt die. My strip die is 2.5 which I use for my bindings. Easily cut and away you go!

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    I have been looking at the Studio...that seems like no waste at all. The price is uo there but seems like it would be worth it.

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    Is there a lot of waste with the GO? Does anyone know if there is with the Accuquilt?

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