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Thread: AccuQuilt vs. Sizzix

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    Go to Lovebugstudios.com or look up Ebony Love Studio on Youtube. She has a book that compares all of the die cutters on the market and what dies can be used with what cutters. She takes all of the guess work out of looking. Plus she ia an awesome person and very funny on her blogs.
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    Has anyone heard of the new Brother electronic cutter? If I understand the concept correctly, it doesn't require dies & is multipurpose. The price seemed reasonable to me, under $400.00 since there wasn't the expense of the dies. I am wondering if all the sales on the cutters is because of this new completion. I am holding out purchasing anything till I hear more about it.

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    Personally, I would not buy a die cutter just for cutting 2.5" squares since I enjoy using the June Tailor Shape Cut mat for cutting strips, and strips can be subcut with the mat into squares. There are some Youtube videos that demonstrate how to do this.

    Prism99 said the above and I agree with her. Only I don't always use my shape cut. cutting 2.5 " strips and then subcutting is fast and fun. However, I'm notmuch into handling 2.5 " squares. I just sew the strips together and then subcut. That way the small stuff has already become the big stuff. froggyintexas

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    I have the Accuquilt and love it, folds up nice and can be stored away. Went through my old jeans and figured I'd make a jean rag got through a large stack very quickly - used all three die sizes to avoid waste. Bought myself the Sizzix Big Shot for Christmas ( a price I could not pass up), just unpacked it yesterday but have not tried it yet.... may have to play with that some this evening! Interesting information - thanks!

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    I am also holding out for the new Brother Scan N Cut. I'm going to go to the Phoenix quilt and sewing expo the end of January and hoping Mulqueens has one there to see and show how it works. I've watched the utube videos but would like to see it hands on before purchasing.

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    I have the studio cutter (at the time it was the only way to be able to get custom dies). I love it and have very little waste on any of the straight cuts. There is a little bit more on some of the curved cuts (rob peter to pay Paul for example) but the joy it becomes to sew together is just beatiful. (Especially for an over zealous relatively newbie.)

    With purchasing any of the strip cutters you can easily make diamonds (whatever angle you chose), squares, and with different sized strip cutters you can even make rectangles. The dies can be a little bit expense, but those rotary cutter blades aren't cheap either! And the dies last for years, even the ones I use weekly!

    I'm starting a red and white quilt where I'm making an Irish chain (kind of) with small pinwheels (using 1" HST). The rotary cutter and I don't always get along so I couldn't imagine cutting out all those HSTs any having any kind of decent accuracy without it.

    I've started with the back. I had some fat quarters I picked up in the same line as the binding fabric and have decided to make an off centre focus piece on point in the upperish left corner on the back using the rob Peter to pay Paul die and it's coming out beautifully. While I agree cutting machines aren't right for everyone, I think for some of us they are a great tool to allow us to broaden our quilting horizons, which is never a bad thing.

    If you have time before selecting a machine, I would recommend reading Ebony Love's book first and the. Deciding from there. Or, if you have friends who have different machines try them out. I'd invite you over to try my AccuQuilt Studio cutter out, but Ontario in Canada is probably a little to far to come just to try it!
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    I've had the GO for about 1 1/2 yrs and love it. It certainly saves my arthritic hands and my cutting is very accurate with it. I don't waste that much material and pieces go into the crumb box anyway to be used later Most of my cuts have been rags, triangles, & shapes & I buy many dies on eBay (I live an hour from anywhere & online is easiest for me).
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