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    I need some advise from those of you who bought the Accuquilt. What dies do you recommend to start out with?? When you buy the die does the mat come too or do you buy them separate??? Now that you bought it, do you really love it? Is it worth the investment?? Please help me grrrr I'm so confused.

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    I was just about ready to buy the Studio when it went off sale on the website. Talk about Grrrr. So now I have to wait until it's on sale again:<

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    I just have the go. Yes, I love it, only wish there were more dies for it. There are ALOT for the Studio, not as many for the Go, but I could never have afforded the Studio!

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    Hi,I have the studio and a lot of dies.I do not use it nearly as much as I thought I would.If I had a do over I would not get one-it works good just do not use it much-I could have gotten a lot of fabric for what it cost-lol

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    I use my Studio alot. The GO is not gauranteed for life and the studio is. Worth the extra cost. It is steel and will hold up for a really long time. GO is plastic and looks really flimsy next to a studio.

    The 2 1/2" die is a must. I use my triangles and squares a lot. I will buy more strip dies as they go on sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammo013
    I use my Studio alot. The GO is not gauranteed for life and the studio is. Worth the extra cost. It is steel and will hold up for a really long time. GO is plastic and looks really flimsy next to a studio.

    The 2 1/2" die is a must. I use my triangles and squares a lot. I will buy more strip dies as they go on sell.

    The Studio on sale was $100 off...now I'm kicking myself. And I'm like you, I really like the lifetime guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Tails
    I need some advise from those of you who bought the Accuquilt. What dies do you recommend to start out with?? When you buy the die does the mat come too or do you buy them separate??? Now that you bought it, do you really love it? Is it worth the investment?? Please help me grrrr I'm so confused.
    I have the Accuquilt Go! and like it. Had thought I would want the Studio, but the Studio requires dedicated space to leave it set up; the Go! folds up and stores in a small space in my closet when I'm not using it.

    The Go! comes with a multi-cut die and mat. When you buy additional dies, you need to buy the corresponding size mat separately.

    I have seen the Go!, dies and mats on sale for 50% off (recent JoAnn's sale online). At that price, or at 40% off suggested manufacturer's price, I think it is a good long-term investment. I think it becomes much more questionable in terms of worth if you pay full-price.

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    I thought I'd buy the Go and later buy the Studio if I used it a lot. I'm happy with the Go and have no need for the Studio after all. I don't do mass cuttings and I don't loan my Go out to others. It's very well made. The mats are sold separately but they last a long time. I'm still using the same mats I started out with. I like the Tumbler die. I have all the dies except the rag quilt die and some of the appliqué dies. Those don't interest me. I pre ordered all the new dies. To me the Go and dies are like fabric. I may not use it everyday but it's there when I want to use it. In no time I can have all the shapes cut I need for a quilt and no cutting mistakes. There are many videos on youtube showing tips and tricks to use the dies to get more shapes from them. I would buy it again and I did. I bought one for DD.

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    Where is the best place to purchase this?

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    I have the Studio and love it. I have never regretted the purchase. I decided to get the Bread and Butter starter set and have added other dies as I needed them or when they go on sale. I now have other quilters who have me cut pieces for them. The cuts are quick, easy and precise.

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    i have the studio and still have not used it,i got my with a 12"block start,er kit

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    I have it and LOVE it! I don't regret it at all. You won't be sorry if you buy it!

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    I have the Go and yes, I do love it. I bought the 2 1/2" strip cutter right off. It sure is nice. And then I bought all of the 6 1/2" pieces that go together. I also got the large rag die, it has really paid for itself. I've made so many tops with that one already. I think it is well worth the price. I would not have room to put the Studio anywhere in my house. So the Go works good for me, and I can take it with me to our little sewing bees and let others use it too. Oh, yes, you do need to buy the mat that goes with the die you purchase. But several dies use the same mats.

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    are the Go dies the same size as the sizzix dies? could you usw the Go dies on the Sizzix Big Shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    I have the Go and yes, I do love it. I bought the 2 1/2" strip cutter right off. It sure is nice. And then I bought all of the 6 1/2" pieces that go together. I also got the large rag die, it has really paid for itself. I've made so many tops with that one already. I think it is well worth the price. I would not have room to put the Studio anywhere in my house. So the Go works good for me, and I can take it with me to our little sewing bees and let others use it too. Oh, yes, you do need to buy the mat that goes with the die you purchase. But several dies use the same mats.
    Thank you guys so much for your help. I got the Go on Ebay for 250.00 but I held off buying any dies til I heard from you. I had in mind the 2 1/2 strip die so you've helped me a lot. How do you know if the die you buy will go with the mat you have? And how the heck do you guys know this stuff, u amaze me!!

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    I have the Studio and absolutely LOVE it! I like it so well that I don't do quilts unless I can cut them out with the dies I have!

    For me, I can't live without the strip dies (all of them!), the half square triangle dies (all of them too!), and the 2, 2-1/2 and 3 inch block dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    I have the Studio and absolutely LOVE it! I like it so well that I don't do quilts unless I can cut them out with the dies I have!

    For me, I can't live without the strip dies (all of them!), the half square triangle dies (all of them too!), and the 2, 2-1/2 and 3 inch block dies.
    I keep searching for prices on the dies. What's the best way to go about finding which is the best price to go with? Good Lord, I'll be here forever just trying to ifgure out which is the best price....thanks so much for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by grammo013
    I use my Studio alot. The GO is not gauranteed for life and the studio is. Worth the extra cost. It is steel and will hold up for a really long time. GO is plastic and looks really flimsy next to a studio.

    The 2 1/2" die is a must. I use my triangles and squares a lot. I will buy more strip dies as they go on sell.

    The Studio on sale was $100 off...now I'm kicking myself. And I'm like you, I really like the lifetime guarantee.
    Candace, how often do they put the Studio on sell? I am saving up now for one. Would love to catch it on sell also.

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    They usually have a 50%off sale right after Christmas and I will be ready for it this year lol. You can only buy the studio from the company. It does take up room but it very worth it to me.
    I cut quilts for charity on a large square and if I never bought another die I would be satisfied.

    I do need that rag die though. It will safe me days as I have fibro and arthritis so all that clipping is a real pain.

    They have 20% sales quite often. on the studio.
    I belong to a group on YAHOO that is for both machines and we get lots of info and heads up about sales and patterns.

    I also love my tumbler die. Finishing a flag quilt now that is super easy.

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    All the information is on the Accuquilt website. Everything you want to know about the Studio or Go. I haven't found any newer product that does not have a website about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmuchmore
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by grammo013
    I use my Studio alot. The GO is not gauranteed for life and the studio is. Worth the extra cost. It is steel and will hold up for a really long time. GO is plastic and looks really flimsy next to a studio.

    The 2 1/2" die is a must. I use my triangles and squares a lot. I will buy more strip dies as they go on sell.

    The Studio on sale was $100 off...now I'm kicking myself. And I'm like you, I really like the lifetime guarantee.

    Candace, how often do they put the Studio on sell? I am saving up now for one. Would love to catch it on sell also.
    I'm going to just keep popping on the site until I see it on sale again. Hopefully someone will start a post here to let us all know. Had I known there was an "end-date" to the sale, I would have hustled a bit more. I kept going back and forth...Go or Studio...and when I decided Studio I was too late. Oh well, it will give me time to save up for a few dies. I will have an adequate space for it. Hopefully. And I don't plan on ever needing or wanting to transport it.

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    Studio dies and the cutter itself can only be bought direct from AccuQuilt, shop when they have sales!

    A MAJOR plus for the Studio is that all the dies for AccuQuilts AccuCut (Grand Mark) work with the Studio. Most of those are applique shapes, but they have everything under the sun.

    So you can pick not only from the Studio dies, but these as well:
    http://www.accucutcraft.com/
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    http://www.accucuteducation.com/

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    here is a neat quilt pattern using the GO. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDSNU...eature=related

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    My advice if you have a friend who has one see if you can use it. I have a friend who has one and I use the 2.5" strip the most. We've cut out a lot of drunkards path. It is wondeful for curves-anything with a curved seam this thing is excellent. It's also good for applique.

    But honestly for the initial price of the unit, how expensive each die and mat is and how careful you have to be in cutting and placing your fabric to avoid excess waste for most things I don't like it. I find you have to practice alot to avoid excess waste. But that is only my opinion. I know people who absolutely love it and won't go back to cutting the old way if they can help it.

    I recently won a baby go off the accuquilt facebook site. It comes with nothing. I feel that it's a "lost leader", we'll give you this cool little toy and you only have to buy the dies at $30-50 each and the cutting mats at $7 or so. But hey it was free, I'll borrow dies from my friend until I find a good price for dies.

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    I love my Go and Studio...to me its worth the money. I like how I can cut all my pieces and finish a quilt in a weekend....though I normally take two weekends. One weekend for cutting and sewing the top and then the next weekend for putting the top, batting and backing together, FMG'ng and then putting on the binding. and very, very little waste...just cut your strips instead of folding them on the go or studio...less waste than cutting with a rotary cutter.

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