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Thread: Cutting Machines

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    Joann's is having a sale on their cutting machines. Does anyone have one? If you do, do you use it alot? Which brand do you like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol W
    Joann's is having a sale on their cutting machines. Does anyone have one? If you do, do you use it alot? Which brand do you like?
    Which one are you interested in. I have heard that the Accuquilt Go is wonderful (mine arrives on Thursday-Yeah). I have the rotary cutter that they have for about 79.00-what a waste of money.

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    They are advertising the AccQuilt go and the Provo Craft Cricut Expression.

    I didn't know if anyone had either of these and if they thought they were worth the expense.

    Thanks!! :)

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    I have the AccuQuilt GO! and I love it. I'm not sure I would ever use it for cutting out a particular quilt pattern, but I love it for cutting up the fabrics leftover when I cut out a quilt with my rotary cutter. It's nice to have the scraps in some kind of storable and usable block. Now, I have lots of different blocks that will go together to make a nice scrappy quilt. It's wonderful to be able to stack and store them.

    Kathy

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    If I had the money I'd get the Accuquilt cutter.

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    Me too. Only thing I don't like too is that its so expensive for each die. I wonder how much it is to get your own die made. I may have to research that one. I have been tempted. Waiting for prices to come down. Since its so new, that may happen with a little wait. And used ones will be on the market.

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    go on Amazon.com to save $ Got it and love it but im not crazy with the flower die as u have to applique it all. The stem is too small, or rather to say is im a beginner & don't know how to appliqued. :oops: Save on cutting time too.

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    I have a Accuquilt go cutter--smaller cutting area--I love it. I use it all the time.

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    I don't know if the Cricut Expression cuts fabric. It is very popular with scrabookers for cutting paper, but I think the action of the blade could really snag and pull at fabric.

    Sizzix used to have a set of dies for quilting shapes that cut fabric, but they are produce relatively small shapes.

    I wondered about the effectiveness of the rotary cutter and appreciate the review (won't waste time or money on that).

    Cheers, K

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    I have never really looked at these. Has anyone ever tried the dies that teachers use to cut out paper shapes? Although I rarely used something like this, I know the ones at the service center are workhorses.

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    I have the Sizzix Big shot and am wondering if any of the Go dies would work in it.
    I do cut fabric on it for applique as well as felt.

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    I have the accucut...and I love it ..I can cut a quilt in avery short time..I have used the apple core and the tumbler...it saved me so much time ..and the 2 inch squares are wonderful too..I also have the cricuit machine..You have to back your fabric with paper back webbing before cutting...these both fill my needs..I get most of my things from "SHOPPERS RULE " on the net..they have great specials from time to time..
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    I have the Sizzix and have ordered the AccuQuilt Go and dies. some of the Dies have come in and they seem to be the same size as the Sizzix dies. I plan on checking to see if the Sizzix dies work in the AccuQuilt Go when it comes in. I guess I should see if the AccuQuilt Go dies work in the Sizzix now, shouldn't I?
    Quote Originally Posted by nana pat
    I have the Sizzix Big shot and am wondering if any of the Go dies would work in it.
    I do cut fabric on it for applique as well as felt.

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    The Go dies are too wide for the big shot. However, I've seen where people have cut off the edge of the die (it's wood, I think, with a plastic cover) to make it fit. I have the Big Shot too and was going to get the strip die for it but decided to get the Go after all.

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    I just checked and the Go dies do NOT work with the Big shot. They are just a little too slim. Maybe if you had an extra mat in there they would work.
    doglover

    Quote Originally Posted by nana pat
    I have the Sizzix Big shot and am wondering if any of the Go dies would work in it.
    I do cut fabric on it for applique as well as felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana pat
    I have the Sizzix Big shot and am wondering if any of the Go dies would work in it.
    I do cut fabric on it for applique as well as felt.
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    I don't think so. Someone on the accucutquilters group (on http://groups.yahoo.com )has both and tried it.

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    This was posted on split coast stampers. Not sure if you have to be a member to see the actual post.

    I bought one of the accuquilt dies and sawed off one edge. I needed it for a school project for my sewing students- the multi circles. It works great but it is the smallest die.

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    I l0ve my accuquilt. It is so ewasy to store fabric cuts as well as the dies and parts. Best gift I ever got!
    Terri i8n Portage, IN

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    My opinion of the Go cutter. DH got it for me, all the dies too. I didn't care for it. I can cut 8 layers of fabric with rotary cutter easy, can't with Go. Can have all the cuts made by the time I have the sub cut pieces ready to go on the die. Had 8 other women in a community sewing group check it out. None were fond of it, and for the same reasons I wasn't. Guess it's all in one's personal opinion.

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    I have the Cricut Expression and I love it! I love, love, love it! LOL!

    I am a scrapbooker also, and thats the main reason I bought it, BUT, I use it for quilting, too. ANY image, picture, whatever that I can get on my computer screen, I can cut with my Cricut. It also uses cartridges, but I hardly ever use them, I can find anything I want for free on theinternet with the software. It will cut any font thats already on your computer also.

    I am actually working on an image of my son's face to go a quilt!

    It cuts fabric, it cuts stencil material, sticky back vinyl. Thats been a big use for me. I cut patterns in the sticky vinyl, put them on my quilt, and peel them off when Im done!

    For all that it does, its definitely worth the money. And I've even made money with it. I cut and sell vinyl decals and "wall words" with it. I do local little league sports teams for the boosters groups, and of course CARS! We decorate our cars like every month, LOL!

    Tonight I needed 40 3 inch squares, a Harley Davidson emblem, and 4 motorcycles. I loaded the fabric, set back and surfed this board while it cut it out! Done in a few minutes, and all the while I sat on my butt and played on the computer! LOL!

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    Can you tell your procedure for cutting fabric on the expression? I read that you have to put heat n bond ultra on it and that stuff is too stiff for me.

    As for the Go, the main reason I wanted it is because I have carpal tunnel syndrome, one bad elbow on my right arm and my left wrist is bad from a fall a while back. It's gotten to the point where I can barely rotary cut with any kind of precision. I can make a few cuts but my arms and hands wear out quickly and I start messing up. And then I'm useless for hours from the pain. Oh and not to mention my eyes-I've been nearsighted as long as I can remember but now I'm both nearsighted AND farsighted. I need new glasses but my last pair cost almost $700 including the exam and I don't want to spend that much again for a while. It's been less than a year but my eyes seem to be changing already. So it's getting harder to line up the ruler just right.

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