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Thread: anyone have a accuquilt go?

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    Junior Member Blueyeswv's Avatar
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    I am thinking about buying one...do they work good? are they worth the price? this is what I am looking at?
    http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...eria=accuquilt

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    I've tried out my grandmother's GO. For me, there's positives and negatives. On the plus side, it cuts very accurately, and seems to be good for people who might have trouble using a rotary cutter or scissors for physical reasons. (My grandmother is 85 y.o. with typical aches and pains for her age.) On the negative side, I had more fabric waste than with my usual rotary cutter. Also, you still need to cut the fabric to a size that will fit through the contraption. I'm sure others who have used it more will know more than me. Good luck on what you decide!

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    I had one. It was just ok-not great for me. I sold it and bought the Big Shot Pro westminster and I like it SOOOO much better. As for wastage, I waste less by not screwing up my cuts with the ruler and rotary cutter. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueyeswv
    I am thinking about buying one...do they work good? are they worth the price? this is what I am looking at?
    http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...eria=accuquilt
    The link that you gave is for the "Baby Go" I have the regular go and love it. The "Baby" has limitations on the size of dies that it can use. Do a search here on the board for Accuquilt Go or Accuquilt Baby. There has been lots of discussions on these 2 items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueyeswv
    I am thinking about buying one...do they work good? are they worth the price? this is what I am looking at?
    http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...eria=accuquilt
    The link that you gave is for the "Baby Go" I have the regular go and love it. The "Baby" has limitations on the size of dies that it can use. Do a search here on the board for Accuquilt Go or Accuquilt Baby. There has been lots of discussions on these 2 items.
    Yeah I have the Accuquilt go. Love it. Also if you know others with it you can trade dies for it back and fourth. I know 3 others with one so we share our dies. Those are a bit expensive but they last.
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    Now that sounds good, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueyeswv
    I am thinking about buying one...do they work good? are they worth the price? this is what I am looking at?
    http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...eria=accuquilt
    The link that you gave is for the "Baby Go" I have the regular go and love it. The "Baby" has limitations on the size of dies that it can use. Do a search here on the board for Accuquilt Go or Accuquilt Baby. There has been lots of discussions on these 2 items.
    Yeah I have the Accuquilt go. Love it. Also if you know others with it you can trade dies for it back and fourth. I know 3 others with one so we share our dies. Those are a bit expensive but they last.
    :thumbup:

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    oh ok, I saw the one you are talking about listed in there for I think 349.00
    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueyeswv
    I am thinking about buying one...do they work good? are they worth the price? this is what I am looking at?
    http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...eria=accuquilt
    The link that you gave is for the "Baby Go" I have the regular go and love it. The "Baby" has limitations on the size of dies that it can use. Do a search here on the board for Accuquilt Go or Accuquilt Baby. There has been lots of discussions on these 2 items.

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    You can get the regular Go! for much less than that nowadays!

    I have the regular Go! and it has pros and cons. A lot depends on the reason why you want it. It is absolutely wonderful for people who have difficulty making accurate cuts. I have had no problem with fabric waste using mine; very comparable to using a rotary cutter.

    A lot of people like it for accurate strip cuts, but I think I can actually do better using a June Taylor Shape Cut mat.

    The things I *really* like the Go! for are (1) cutting triangles -- perfect cuts with all the dog ears cut off, making matching extremely easy and (2) cutting tumbler shapes. I haven't used it yet for cutting hexagons and fusible applique shapes, but I'm sure it is also really good for that.

    People rave about cutting out a queen-size quilt in half an hour on the Go! I haven't figured that out yet, unless they are not counting the pre-cutting time you need to rough-cut yardage so it will go through the machine without lots of waste. For me, that is the most time-consuming part of using the Go!

    p.s. There have been tons of threads about the Go! in the past. Do a "search" at the top of the board to find them.

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    I like the shape cut too, and discovered it after I had my strip dies (even though I've owned it for years-go figure). So I quit buying strip dies and will just buy shapes that I don't want to cut myself. I really want the tumbler die.

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    wow pretty expensive for straight cuts. but for shapes, i think i'd like it.

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    I got the Accuquilt Go on Ebay last year with about 7 dies and love it. As I get a few extra dollars I go to Joann's where the dies are 25% off. I now have about 13-15 dies (never counted) and I love it! I had thought about the Baby but I decided to go with the larger GO since I Santa for only $$ last year. I have noticed a decrease in prices on Ebay & different sites. Join the Yahoo group Sewitsforsale. They have them for sale alot. I have bought both dies & a sewing machine off there with no problem.

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    I bought the Baby Go for the applique dies. I basically make Linus quilts. The little figure dies are perfect for decorating the Linus quilts. I recently got into making the simple little "pillowcase" style dresses for little girls in places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The appliques are great for those also. I really don't care about wasting fabric. I am constantly picking up bargins and my stash is large enough that my family will probably load up our pickup truck and haul it to the dump when I am gone.

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    the regular GO is a much better buy, watch the sales. I saw one for $349 but it had a lot of dies with it. that makes it a better buy. I have one and love it. I cut an entire drunkards path queen sized quilt in less than 2 hours and all the curves were perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannajo
    On the negative side, I had more fabric waste than with my usual rotary cutter. Also, you still need to cut the fabric to a size that will fit through the contraption.
    I don't have an accuquilt - because I think the same thing you do about the waste and extra cutting of fabric to fit the cutter pad.

    I think it would be great for letters and unique shapes...but I don't use them in my sewing/quilting...at least for now.

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    I have one and love it! I share it with my friends. They buy dies that they want to use and it helps built up an inventory. We are going to do a Rose of Sharon retreat in December. Each of us will see what we can create different from the others. should be fun!

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    How many layers of fabric can be cut at once?

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    I have the Go and Go Baby. I enjoy using them. I have 1/4" waste, much less then cutting wrong or ruler slipping when using a rotary cutter. It saves me hours of cutting time so it is worth it to me. I had a queen size Double Wedding Ring quilt top cut in less then an hour. It would have been faster but I used a planned color scheme so had to keep the fabric in the right order.

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    My personal advice would be to forego the Baby Accugo and get the regular one, you can use so many more dies on the regular sized one. I use mine all the time, but the dies a pricey...and addictive! I used my Accu Go to cut out all the pieces in my Humane Society weenie dog quilt, actually it was only two different dies used. They save a lot of time and I often make quilts for the public...you can also get a lot of precision cut pieces from seemingly useless bits of scraps, which is fantastic. I love mine, use it a lot and have never had any trouble with it. Good luck in your decision.
    Michelle

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    They say 8 but I stay at 4 or 5 most of the time. You have to be careful...you can end up with WAY more triangles or whatnot than you will ever use! Don't aske me how I know this! :)
    Michelle

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    I have the Go and my girlfriend has the baby. We love them. They are very precise and and cut off the dog ears. My friend and I share our dies. You can use the dies to cut out freezer paper pieces and use the these pieces for hand applique. The company has great customer support.

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    All great advice here. Also the sight has lots of freebie patterns. There are some pattern books too that have some wonderful patterns.
    I got mine at the Quilting-Warehouse. They were awesome and have great prices. You can do some checking around though. :thumbup: Hope we all talked you into one. Keep us posted. :thumbup:

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    Thanks all... I will be getting one..checking into prices now...
    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    All great advice here. Also the sight has lots of freebie patterns. There are some pattern books too that have some wonderful patterns.
    I got mine at the Quilting-Warehouse. They were awesome and have great prices. You can do some checking around though. :thumbup: Hope we all talked you into one. Keep us posted. :thumbup:

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    I have the Go and first die I used was the 8 inch rag die. Absolutely life saving. I am fixing to start a 'broken dishes' quilt which uses all 6 1/2 inch triangles. Cutting the 'ears' off of the triangle will make life easier I am sure. Would I do it again??? UUU bet! :thumbup:

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    I have the Accuquilt Studio and love it. I've heard good things about the Go too.

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    I have the GO, Studio, Westminster and for me best is the Studio, than the Westminster and GO is just so-so to me but well worth it if you plan to carry it to meets and such.

    Realize that although we are told that other brand dies will work in Big Shot and such you have to be careful about it. I have ruined a few GO dies using the Westminster. I suppose the same could happen if used in the Studio. You do need to learn to sandwich the right medium boards, plastics whatever when cutting and do not cut more than recommended amount of fabric.

    As for fabric waste it is only there if you don't prep your fabric to cut to the edge of the template you have. If you mark your dies with a highlighter it will show you how close to place your fabric so as to not have waste.

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