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Thread: Should I buy an accuquilt go?

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    Super Member sewingsuz's Avatar
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    Should I buy an accuquilt go?

    I was wondering about buying this or not. I am having shoulder and neck pain and going to Physical Therapy.
    I know that cutting and holding the ruler and sewing is probably not helping but I indeed am not going to quit after sewing for 58 yrs. I would lose my mind. What do the owners of the accuquilt think about it. Is it to expensive for dies and mats and is it just a thing I would not use. I wish they had something better out there! something electric. I am 71 yrs old and would like some recommendations. Thank you
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    Do you applique? It's good. I use mine for log cabin strips but it takes some arm power to move the fabric through. You should postpone sewing for awhile, complete your PT and then re-assess your decision

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    I use mine mainly for 5" squares and 2 1/2" strips. I love it but you do have a handle to crank...

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    I would talk to your physical therapist about what she thinks. Maybe all you need is a redesign of your cutting area. For me, I am tall, and I raise my cutting table (a metal computer desk thing from good will) on the plastic bed raisers and I don't have the shoulder and neck pain that I got from leaning over my cutting.

    The accuquilt go dies are expensive, It may be worth the expense if you applique alot, it takes time and strength, and patience (which I do not have), my go sits in the closet right now, one day I will do applique, but right nowI do most of straight cutting, use hst paper alot, and have started paper piecing.
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    I have the go and studio cutter and really like them. The dies are $$. I think it just depends if they have dies that would meet your needs for most of what you do with out having to buy a ton of them.

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    I love mine. I have the go baby. The dies are pricey, but I use mine all the time. I usually get a die for the holidays. My next die will come at Valentines from my husband.
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    I got the Go! Mix and Match Starter Set...came with 11 dies along with several of the different size mats. I really thought I wanted it, and couldn't wait to get it in..I have used it twice, once for 2 1/2" strips and once for 6 1/2" squares for a swap...and it worked great...but I have not used any of the other 9 dies and have actually thought of selling the whole thing...I just can't decide if I may actually end up using it more or not...sorry I am not much help other than to let you know it does work great for accurate cutting. I also have Lupus and while you do have to crank it, it wasn't bad in my case...but as we are all different, I agree you should talk with your PT and explore your options...Do you know anyone that has one that you can give it a go (pardon the pun) and see what you think? Also the more layers of fabric you put in the harder the crank is, so it can be "tailored" if you need to make it easier to crank...
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    They do have a large electric sizzix that will take all accuquilt dies, but you will be paying about 500 for it, it is not cheap, however the sizzix is better made IMHO than the accuquilt. I hear of the accuquilt handles breaking quite a bit. They do have a hand crank sizzix that is cheaper in large and small. The small sizzix is a little smaller that the baby go so won't take many accuquilt dies because of the width of the dies. Joanns sells many of the sizzix online and they have sales on them often so you can get them at a decent price. I still want a large one but don't have the room yet so just have the small one, but love mine. Dies for both systems can be pricey along with the mats so it is not a cheap investment
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    would not be with out it. Have both. do to an injury it helps me be able to do some quilting. have most of the dies but recomend the strip dies you can also cut your squares this way'
    Judy

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    Best prices on dies, mats, accessories is the yahoo group pinsandneedles1.

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