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Thread: To Buy or Not to Buy an Accuquilt Go?

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    Do it! I started a similar thread a couple of months ago and I took the plunge. $183 is a great price. I paid $199 at Sewforless with free shipping. I just love it. Once you get it and register it at the Accuquilt site, you can answer a survey and do product reviews to earn points that you can use to buy new dies. Unless you do a lot of applique, you really don't need that many dies. As a fabriholic, I found that the uncut bolts of fabric are getting reduced in size to manageable bit that actually fit in a shoe box. Then the pieces are cut and ready to go into quilts. And the best part is that my hubby is happy to join in! I love it and you will too. All I can say is GO!!!
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    I have one and use it a lot. I wasted so much fabric with uneven cuts that I was discouraged from quilting. Now, boy, look at me Go. :-)

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    I think Hancock's has it on sale right now. I love my Alto's QuiltCut 2, couldn't live without it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Hard to believe that some people can still make lovely quilts with fabric, home-made templates, some kind of marker (pencil?), scissors, needle and thread!

    We sure have become dependent on our gadgets!
    Just as dependent as we have become to electricity, natural gas, autos,indoor plumbing, etc., etc. Some (not me) go camping and "rough" it, and some would rather go to a hotel/motel/resort for our leisure time. It is the choices that make us so individual, and I thank God we have the freedom to choose.

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    I don't have this tool, but wondered if it wasted fabric? Or does it actually save fabric? There must be some precutting involved...or not. These sound like stupid questions, so be gentle. Maybe there's a youtube to watch? Any help on these questions would be great. I have a shape die cutter for paper and no longer use that, so am being cautious about buying more "stuff."
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    That is a good price, free shipping and no tax....at least until July 1st I think...in Texas. We will have to pay tax from then on. Thank you Governor Perry! One reason we go to the net to shop is so we don't have to pay sales tax....
    I have the Big Accuquilt machine and have enjoyed it...sometimes I wonder if the smaller version would do just as well...I know it would take up less space.
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    I purchased an Accuquilt cutter and I have never regretted it. I love it! You can get it on sale at Sewforless.com for $199 quite often. That is how I purchased mine. There are several places you can go to to get the dies on sale at very reasonable prices. Yes it is worth the money and more. I have can cut very accurately now and make many different quilt patterns that I other wise would not try. The rag dies are worth their weight in gold! I have Lupus, RA, AS, IBM, etc and I would never be able to do quilting if I did not have this. When ever I see a die at a very low price I grab it and add to my collection. The people at Accuquilt are fantastic and there are tons of videos on their web site, youtube and other places where you can get tips and such. They have many patterns available also for free and to purchase. i now can do my mariners compass and other quilts because I have it. I would never do a rag before and now I have made many and helped new quilters make their first rag quilt because it is easy and fun. Becuase the rag dies are a bit harder to run thru, we have them men help with that. They have fun doing it. Now some of my friends are in love with quilting and are looking forward to their next project. I highly recommend it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor View Post
    I have bought the strips dies, that way I can cut my pieces with a rotary cutter. The best place to buy is
    http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/...FUdn5Qod6GersQ

    No affliation!

    Thank you for the information, i do not have the go, but these prices are great, i have been looking at the go versus the alto cutting system, i love doing log cabins, strip quilts, so i am not sure what i want yet.

    thank you

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    I think y'all have helped me talk myself out of one. I too have been looking at the Go. I don't think I would use it enough to get my money's worth out of it.

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    Look at Quilting Warehouse too - they are having dies on super sale also.
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    At that price run and buy it.

    As for dies go to eBay and buy bundles of dies. That is how I got 99% of my Go dies by buying bundles and bidding or offering a price of no more than 60% retail although I got most of them at 50% retail buying like that. I do the same for the mats. I find sellers with Best Offer and buy at least 10 mats of one kind at a time to get at least 40-45% off retail.
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    I love my GO. I do alot of applique so having the go with the dies is alot of fun. I do have to agree that the dies are expensive but once you have them they last. There are 4 of us in town here with them so we all share our dies. That is a big help. Its not something I use on a daily basis but it sure is fun to have. 1 lady just got the chicken die and I brought it home and made chickens in all different colors. If you iron on the fusible webing before cutting after its cut you just peel off the paper and your ready to applique. I hope you get it. You will love it.
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    Bought one kept it less than a year and SOLD it on ebay. I was totally disappointed with it and the waste. It was so difficult to crank that I actually hurt my wrist trying, and the fabrics were often off grain in the dies. Also the pads wear out rather quickly, and get threads caught in the cutlines which are difficult to remove. Personally prefer the Alto 2 system, and it was less money.
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    I LOVE my Accuquilt! I tell everyone I know about it!

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    I am a ninja with my rotary cutter. I decided against buying one because I did not want to buy tons of dies and I am pretty certain the system would limit me. I also use different techniques and the Accuquilt Go and systems like it remind me of template sewing. I could definitely see using it if I had problems with cutting so maybe in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    I don't have this tool, but wondered if it wasted fabric? Or does it actually save fabric? There must be some precutting involved...or not.
    There is very little waste if you precut. I add about half an inch to the width of the cutting portion of the die, so have mostly just narrow strings left over. Some people roll excess fabric through, off to the side of the die. I haven't tried that yet but might in the future, as I do not like precutting fabric for the strip dies.

    A lot depends on the type of quilts you want to make. I am currently working on strip type quilts, and the June Tailor shape cut works better than the Go for me when it comes to cutting strips. However, if you want to make a double wedding ring quilt, an apple core quilt, a Sunbonnet Sue fusible, or a quilt with lots of triangles or hexagons, the Go can make the cutting for such a quilt much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    There is very little waste if you precut. I add about half an inch to the width of the cutting portion of the die, so have mostly just narrow strings left over. Some people roll excess fabric through, off to the side of the die. I haven't tried that yet but might in the future, as I do not like precutting fabric for the strip dies.

    A lot depends on the type of quilts you want to make. I am currently working on strip type quilts, and the June Tailor shape cut works better than the Go for me when it comes to cutting strips. However, if you want to make a double wedding ring quilt, an apple core quilt, a Sunbonnet Sue fusible, or a quilt with lots of triangles or hexagons, the Go can make the cutting for such a quilt much easier.
    Lets talk percentages, if you add 1/2 inch (the bare minimum) to all 4 sides of a 2 inch square, you are wasting 1inch of fabric on a 2 inch square. Doesnt sound like much until you start adding up for a big quilt. I found I was using 25% more fabric as a rule, and on expensive fabric, that is way too much.
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    this has been talked about dozens of times. I have one, love it, if I had to decide again I would get it. I have never regretted getting it. And yes I still use my rotary cutter and rulers and mats.

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    OK. Thanks for the help. I have the Alto cutting system and haven't used it for two years. Guess it's time to refresh myself on that. I do see the advantage to having the dies for applique. Right now, I'm working on a double wedding ring and had that laser cut which was expensive, but accurate. I love the Board, because there's so much experience and you take time to answer and share your experiences and knowledge. Thanks!
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    I had one and never used it so I sold it,dont miss it.
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    I am trying to make the same choice. One day I am ready to buy it and then I talk myself out of it.

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    Maybe the point is - some tools work better for some things than others. It seems to me - without having a die cutter - that for some things it would be a lot more efficient - for other things, that rotary cutter would still be more effecient - and - gasp - once in a while, scissors are still useful?

    Example: I have several kitchen knives. I have one that I use the most - and several I use 'occasionally'

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    Quote Originally Posted by patdesign View Post
    Lets talk percentages, if you add 1/2 inch (the bare minimum) to all 4 sides of a 2 inch square, you are wasting 1inch of fabric on a 2 inch square. Doesnt sound like much until you start adding up for a big quilt. I found I was using 25% more fabric as a rule, and on expensive fabric, that is way too much.
    Your percentage works only if you are cutting one 2-inch square at a time. I have never used my Go in that way. When cutting strips, squares and triangles, I found the waste to be very similar to that for rotary cutting.

    For example, the 2.5" strip die cuts 3 strips at a time. By pre-cutting my fabric 8" wide, I have (1/2"x42") total waste on 3*(2.5"x 42") cut fabric strips, or 21 square inches of waste for every 315 square inches of useable jelly roll strips. This is about 6.5% waste.

    All of the dies that make multiple geometric cuts have a similar waste percentage, making The Go very comparable to rotary cutting in terms of fabric waste. I don't think most people would use the Go if they were getting 25% fabric waste on all their cuts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    I love my go.. ( i actually have two- long story..)
    I use it ALOT.. and its a great scrap user-upper!!!
    IMHO the dies are not that expensive.. it just depends on the ones you want and if you can 'wait' for it to go on sale..
    I have almost all the dies.. Hubby gets them for me for my birthday, mothers day and all the other holidays.. For my last birthday ( i think it was my birthday) he got me 4 of each size cutting mats for the go.. ( little did he know i already had a set or two of each so now I have back ups to the back up to the back up- as I go thru them very quickly anyway..
    For some Its a learning curve to use it to minimize your scrap waste.. So dont get discouraged..

    My favorite dies are:
    2x2
    2.5x2.5
    Bricks
    Tumblers - both small and large
    Rags- all of them are great !!
    9 in hex
    Chisel
    Apple core

    And ones Im glad i have 'cause id hate to cut them by hand are:
    DWR
    Blazing star
    Sue & Sam

    I have the strips but its easier and faster for me to to rotary cut ?? by WOF - but its a breeze when im cutting scraps into strips- saves time..

    * Desden & Rob Peter dies are on my wish list..

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Go..
    This looks like a good check list to me! Think I'll just start at the top and work on down. Thanks for the info!!
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    We can argue this topic to death regarding waste and such no matter what tool we may decide to use to cut with.

    Personally I would not be quilting today if it were not for these type machines. For a person who has mobility issues in there hands and arms an Accuquilt Go or similar die cutting machine is so worth it. As far as waste of fabric I have absolutely no waste using the GO, Studio, Westminster Pro cutting machines.

    If you learn to use these machines correctly and as instructed you will have no waste of fabric. I line my fabric right to the cut line on one side and cut and repeat the process. I don't even leave 1/10th of an inch when I cut. I prefer using my Studio machine at home but I just as often use my GO if I want to cut in another room which for me is usually the dining room.

    Since I am a fiber artist of sorts any left over pieces of fabric, threads and the like are used in my projects therefore no fabric is wasted ever.

    Lets face it those that grew up on scissor or rotary cutting most likely will not like using a die cutting machine for the most part. Those of us who have never cut with scissors or rotary cutters or who have tried and find it cumbersome to use prefer a die cutting machine such as the GO.

    I belong to a couple local quilt groups and I see all the time some waste good fabric cutting with a rotary cutter and I have also seen some do the same with a die cutting machine and its all because they have not been taught or learned how to measure and use the tools properly.

    Lets face it what tools work for one may not for another or what one is comfortable with in using may not be for another.
    cparant

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