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Thread: Accuquilt Studio Owners input request

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    Accuquilt Studio Owners input request

    I have batted the idea of an Accuquilt Studio Cutter for months now but am not in a hurry to buy and still flip flop about purchasing one. I used to rent time on one and loved it. When I look at just the cutter, it comes with one tray and one cutting plastic. Then I looked at bundles and sets which also come with different trays and different cutting plastics. It has been about three years since I used one so here are the questions I have: 1) Can I use the super size die tray & similar size cutting plastic with the smaller dies? 2) At one time, was there a studio die that cut multiple 3.5 X 6.5 rectangles? They don't have one on their website yet I recall cutting lots of bricks at one time. Now all I can find is a single die 3.5 X 6.5 which would require an adapter for that GO die to be used on the Studio.

    I am trying to keep the amount of pieces to accommodate to a reasonable number.

    Any input would be helpful? Since they are having this extended sale, it is impossible to get through to them to ask questions.

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    I would buy one and figure it out as needed. The Studio is a dream cutter.
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    1) Can I use the super size die tray & similar size cutting plastic with the smaller dies?
    Yes. You can use a larger tray and cutting plastic with any die. I find it a bit easier to use if the cutting plastic is close to the die size, but it is not necessary.
    2) At one time, was there a studio die that cut multiple 3.5 X 6.5 rectangles?
    this one cuts four:
    http://www.accuquilt.com/shop/studio...multiples.html

    this one cuts eight 3.25 X 6.5
    http://www.accuquilt.com/shop/studio...multiples.html

    If you purchase, I would eventually invest in the Go adaptor. The GO dies usually have fewer repeats on the die and you can cut fewer layers but dies are less expensive. There are some shapes that are only available for the GO.

    I've had my cutter for almost 20 years. Let me know if you have any more questions.
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    If you don't see what you like, you can get a custom die made for about the same price as the regular dies. I just got the nesting circles and nesting tumblers. They are awesome!
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    Most of my piecing are from strip quilting of various widths so I have never really consider buying one.
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    I have an Accuquilt Studio cutter and I like it but I don't love it. What has been a better tool for me is my QuiltCut Fabric Cutting system. Yes, it requires the handwork of rotary cutting, and if that's something you want to cut down on due to hand pain, then the Studio is more help. However, I find I cut far more on the QuiltCut than I do on the Studio. I have to be in a mood and have fabric lined up to make the most of cutting on the Studio. The vast majority of the time I'm using the other.

    For what it's worth, I did find a local plastics company from which I bought replacement plastic cutting sheets for a fraction of the price, so there are options to bring the expense down with the Accuquilt system.
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    Paperprincess, thanks for the link to the die with the four rectangles. That was the die. Willferg, great idea for the replacement plastic cutting sheets.

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    Have you bought it yet? I love mine. I use mine for strips (especially for binding - I use it for QOV), tumblers (Go dies with adapter), and now cutting shapes for hexies (Trying to do Christmas Stars in the Millefiori book). I started with the a Go and switched.
    Definitely buy on the sale right now through Dec 5: https://www.accuquilt.com/shop/fabri...rter-sets.html and this is the best price.

    I agree about Willferg's idea. I am going to have to check for a place near me.

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    I have had my Studio for approximately 6 years or so. It would have been more cost effective for me to have bought a starter set. You can get away with just using the longer tray for your dies, but you won't have to replace it as offer if you have the shorter tray for when you are using smaller dies (less likely to warp) and the long tray for when you are using the longer dies. I have yet to replace my trays and I use my cutter a lot.

    Some have found that it was cheaper to buy the same machine from their sister company AccuCut. Although they appear to be the same price right now. http://www.accucutcraft.com/grandema...g-machine.html

    You can also buy dies from the sister companies to use in your machine. Just watch that they don't have perforations in the die. I got my Alphabet dies from AccuCut when they were having a 50% off sale once. And I also got a cool paper doll mermaid set (I made my daughter a really cool mermaid quit top with this set) and have used it for a bunch of other things too.

    The big thing to be prepared for before purchasing the studio is space and storage. Dies need to be stacked on end to reduce the risk of damaging them. The way you store the metal cutting tray can warp it if you are careful, etc.

    Also, with the two adapters available (one for GO dies you can purchase from AccuQuilt, one for Sizzix does you can purchase from AccuCut) you have a lot of different options for dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post

    For what it's worth, I did find a local plastics company from which I bought replacement plastic cutting sheets for a fraction of the price, so there are options to bring the expense down with the Accuquilt system.
    Does the company offer mail order? Is there a web site?

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    What you can or can not use depends on which of the cutter models.

    I was lucky enough to get a Studio model second hand, including several dies, cutting trays, and plastic to put over the fabric for cutting. All, I might add, at a very good price. However, a lot of the newer dies are not compatible with the Studio, so I have to be careful what I buy.

    I use the big tray for small dies. It's easier than changing the trays out. I put the small dies near the end of the tray that goes into the rollers first, put a piece of their plastic over them and crank them through the Studio. That doesn't seem to cause any harm to the dies or the Studio.

    If I had a ton of money to spare, I would by the electric cutter, the new model, and a zillion dies to go with it. But I can't justify that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv View Post
    . However, a lot of the newer dies are not compatible with the Studio, so I have to be careful what I buy...
    I'm not aware of any dies that are not compatible with the Studio. I even use old dies from commercial printers, in addition to Sizzix, Go, and wafers. You do need the appropriate shims.
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    Thanks to all of you who shared your thoughts and experience. I finally spoke with an Accuquilt employee and she answered additional questions I had. Yes, I believe there will be a big box or two or three under the tree this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv View Post

    I was lucky enough to get a Studio model second hand, including several dies, cutting trays, and plastic to put over the fabric for cutting. All, I might add, at a very good price. However, a lot of the newer dies are not compatible with the Studio, so I have to be careful what I buy.
    Actually, all dies by all manufacturers will work in the Studio as long as you have the correct adapter. AccuQuilt doesn't make an adapter for the Go Big dies, so they claim those don't work. But the fact is, using two Sizzix adopters with shims, turned 90 degrees in the tray, allows one to use Go Big dies ��

    I love my Studio . . .have all the strip dies, all the half square triangle dies, all the triangles and the larger square dies for which there's no strip for, and use it everyday.

    And when I'm done, it tucks underneath my cutting table.
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    I just got the studio fabric cutter for christmas, havnt had time to try out, but im sure i will love it, all the reviews were great and i got a great deal on it, it stated on the website that all the dies can be used on the studio, the dies i bought were the strips and 2 1/2 inch squares and then i bought the hexagon as well.
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