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

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    To Buy or Not to Buy an Accuquilt Go?

    I am driving myself nuts trying to decide what to do. I think I would like and would use an Accuquilt Go. I have read a lot of pros and cons. I would appreciate some comments on this undecided quest I am on. There is one on Amazon for $183.00. That is a price I could handle. What say ye, fellow cutters of quilt pieces?
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    The thing that discourages me is the fact that after you get the cutter, you have to purchase die for every shape you want to cut. Those seem really expensive to me.

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    I have one! I'd say it really depends a lot on the type of quilts you want to make.

    It is absolutely wonderful for triangles (nips off those corners, making perfect lineups easy), odd shapes (tumbler, octagons, circles) and fusible applique (Sunbonnet Sue, etc.).

    For log cabin and other strip quilts, I personally prefer the June Tailor Shape Cut mat. It is actually easier for me to use for strip cutting than the Go is. If you cannot cut straight strips using the June Tailor mat, then the Go can be a godsend.

    I find that I am not using mine as much as I thought I would, primarily because I am currently more interested in piecing strip type quilts and doing freezer paper applique (turned under edges). I do like the Go, however, as it stores very conveniently. The dies are less convenient to store, but still not bad.

    Be aware that the cost will not stop at $183. You will want at least a couple of dies and mats to make the cutter really useful. Sometimes the hardest part is deciding on exactly which dies you want right away.

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    If a curved piece is envolved, the GO is GREAT! Accurate cutting means much easier piecing.

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    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..
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    I have the Go and it's the best thing I've bought since my sewing machine. I paid full price for mine and would again. I don't think the dies are expensive for the time and fabric they save me. I have about all the dies. I stock up on mats when I find a sale. I bought the Go Baby when if first came out and got it for $89 introductory price with carrying case, and it works great and there are many dies that fit the Baby including strip dies. My DD borrowed it and I'll never get it back. LOL. Lots of tips on youtube for the Accuquilt die machines. When I first got the Go, my DH asked me why I was carrying around a portable typewriter everywhere. I have the Alto Quilt Cut 2 and it's very nice but I like the die variety of the Go.
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    Thank you so much for your comments. There is nothing like experience to tell it like it is. I have had thoughts on the extra cost of the dies. I think most can be had at sale prices and there are some web sites that have them much lower than retail pricing, however, it still will be an investment for me. I just want to learn enough to make an intelligent decision before buying. I did take a look at the Alto Quilt Cut 2 but it didn't appeal to me as much as the Accuquilt Go. I don't let prices scare me if it is something that will be used and helpful with my quilting needs. Quilting is priceless.
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    I have not used mine as much as I would like, but one thing it has been great for, English paper piecing the Hex's, I cut 2.5 strips then lay them across and cut 2.5 squares. Great time saver on all those squares. They may not be perfectly cut, but they work great for what I am using them for.
    The 5" square is next on my buy list.
    I have the drunkard path, and one or two for applique.
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    I bought one for Christmas, by Easter, I had not used it so I sold it and the dies I thought I could not live without. WEverytime I came up with a design I wanted to do, I didn't have the right dies. It sounds like a good idea but it is very limiting.

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    hobo2000, did you use your Accuquilt at all? What designs would not be limiting? Is everything geared to what die is available?
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    There have been many threads on this already, you may want to look at some of the old threads to get more opinions.

    I have the studio and don't regret buying it at all. I use geometric dies so I bought what I would use the most and have been happy.
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    Sewbeadit, thanks for the heads up, I've been reading many responses of other threads on this very thing. Wow. Lots of passion going on for those who love this cutter. I'm going to give it a try. There seems to be more pros than cons.
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    Have just brought one, so far it is the best thing since sliced bread. I have never been able to cut straight (we won't mention sewing straight) and the Go has certainly change that. Love the triangles, strips and also the appliqué (only have the dog and cat so far). Be practical when buying the dies, get the basic one first and enlarge from there (I don't listen to this advice :-( ) I also did a lot of contemplating before purchase, but watch YouTube and that will certainly give you a good idea if it is something you will use to it's full extent.
    There a loads of free quilt blocks on the site to use and to make use of the dies.
    Hope this helps a wee bit.
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    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

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    I have one and find that the dies cut the pieces perfectly! No wonky cuts and they fit together perfectly for piecing. I hand quilt and hand piece all my own quilts so I'm don't need to buy an expensive sewing machine. So it depends on what you need so the cost is worth it to me.

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    I have a Go and I really like it. Have you tried going to You Tube. They have some wonderful videos. They also show how you can use strip dies for several different cuts. They are really informative.

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    Can you find someone who has one that you can play with first? Or join a group of quilters who already have one and share dies? I borrow a friend's when I want to cut a lot. I buy her replacement cutting mats when I find them on sale and buy the dies I like and add them to her collection because several people use hers and several people buy dies for her Go. It's a fun way of doing it.

    I only really like it for curved edge things and odd shapes, drunkards path is fantastic, circles, applique things. The strip die is nice because you can cut out a lot in a short period of time.

    You really have to decide what your quilting style is...if you do the same type of blocks/quilts a lot this is great, if you are creative and never repeat yourself it may be limiting.

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    I agree with charity-crafter about trying one before you buy it. I have three friends who have a Go! or Baby Go! Last summer I bought the drunkards path die and borrowed a Go!. It let me use the machine without spending the money and taught me that I probably wouldn't use the machine enough to justify the expense. One of the girls is using it primarily for the applique shapes. The other uses it to cut scraps into geometric shapes. The third gal hasn't used hers much, but then she's hasn't had much time to spend sewing in the last year.
    After using the machine, I doubt I'll buy one, but if I ever decide to make something with curves (DWR) or strong angles (blazing star), I'll buy the die and then borrow the machine.

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    I have a GO for almost two years now and really am happy with it. I have accumulated MANY of the dies and now instead of stacks of fabric pieces, I have "kits" ready to be sewn....it was fun and fast to repurpose that fabric into those kits.....and I do use it with every quilt I decide to tackle next......the cuts are so precise and I know they are correct...how many times have you cut fabric a measurement/geometric shape and then find out the measurement is wrong......never with the die cutter...a no brainer, just put down the fabric and crank that handle. As far as cost...there are sites on the web that have great prices. PM private if you want the addy of a group who has a dealer with great prices..........and that price sounds great-you should get what is called the value die with it has three basic shapes on it...great way to start...but don't forget to buy a mat to match the die size.....needed, and it does not come with the die......but again, they are very reasonable......just shifts your $$$ from rulers/rotary cutter blades to dies/mats

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    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!

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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!
    I know I am! Quilters these days who makes quilts with the bare basics tools it do it that way because they choose to. What I don't like are those that snub a new sewing tool not having used one. Several of my guild members will take one look at a the price tag and it's automatically becomes a waste of money and foolish to want one.
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    I told myself I couldn't live without one, so I bought a Go!Baby. And, I haven't used it yet! I have had it almost a year and I bought it to cut shapes and squares so I could use up scraps, so I know that eventually I will get going and do it. Right now, I just have other projects going but someday I'll clean up those scraps.....

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    Shopper's Rule is having a sale of 30 1/2 % off all Go dies this weekend.
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    Thanks BellaBoo, I'll take a peek at the dies. I love a sale! Speaking of which, I found and ordered a Go at Blue Chip Discount Club for $147.00 plus $10 for shipping. It comes with a value die and 6x12 mat. Yippee for me. Now I must find a way to control what I want to what I need on the dies. I have lots of scraps and a wonderful stash that is just daring me to do something about the situation.
    Hey everyone thank you so much for sharing your ideas with me and advice. I really would liked to tried before I bought but couldn't find anyone to share with me. But I need a little adventure so here goes!
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    Rhonda,
    I'm sure that you will get quite a bit of use out of your GO. I used a friend of mines & waited & watched for a better price, then bought mine. I originally got it to cut hexs for GFG, but have since found lots of other uses. Using it for a stash buster is one of the best ideas yet! And making kits from those is even better.

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