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Which die cutter should I buy?

Old 06-23-2018, 03:12 AM
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I will retire in a year and wonít have room for my huge stash when I downsize. I want to cut one square or rectangle from each fabric for a big charm quilt before I donate my stash. I realized that a die cutter would be the fastest and easiest way to do this, but I know nothing about them. I need your help! What die cutting system do you have? What are the pros and cons of it? What do you recommend or what advice do you have for me? I truly am starting from scratch here!!!!! Oh, not sure it matters but Iíve used die cutters for paper many times through my teaching career so Iím familiar with those. Thank you so much for your advice and help!!!
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:29 AM
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Just purchased the Accuquilt GO and I am having a great time seeing what it will do. I like this machine and the dies that I purchased have been wonderful. I think it is a great tool for a quilter to have in their tool collection.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:17 AM
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I bought the Sizzix big shot pro because it will use Sizzix, Acccuquilt go dies or Accucut dies. I really like mine but don't use it as much as I should. I have strip dies, 10" sq, 5" sq and several applique dies.
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Old 06-23-2018, 01:54 PM
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I would reconsider getting rid of your stash. Find a closet in your place and keep it all. Just my opinion. Happy quilting.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ragamuffin View Post
I would reconsider getting rid of your stash. Find a closet in your place and keep it all. Just my opinion. Happy quilting.
I have to agree, if there is any way to keep your stash. So glad I have mine and shop for projects mostly in my closet since I retired!!!
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I have both the Silhouette Cameo (uses my laptop, I can purchase designs or draw my own) but find that it basically can handle fabric that either has a fusible stablizer. So great for raw-edge applique but...
I also got the Accuquilt Go BIG (electric one) and if I'd purchased it first, I would not have bought the Silhouette. I like that I don't have to add fusible and can cut up to six shapes at a time. The downside is the cost of the dies. Both require cutting mats, neither of those are cheap. I love my Accuquilt Go Big--it's saves my arthritic shoulders and hands, and I get great, accurate cuts. There are several FB pages for it and you can get lots of support there. I recommend if you do purchase an Accuquilt, you buy direct from their website as they guarantee it (dies too) but if purchased from store, any problems have to go through the store first. Watch for sales on machines and dies--mats rarely are on sale. I got my Silhouette on sale too, but don't see those as often.

Regarding your stash--since I retired I'm using more and more of my stash--not only because of the $$ invest in it, but also because I realize I won't be quilting 5 decades from now so no reason to save it! With the Accuquilt you could minimize your stash by doing lots of precuts of scraps (squares, strips, etc) and save some space. Hope you enjoy that retirement!
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:24 AM
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Congrats on retiring soon.

I have the Go Big also and love it. Invest in the cubes for simple storage of the dies. For single dies, I add a label on the side with number, shape and finished size.

Get creative with storage for your stash. Don't forget under the bed storage too. Think about buying the cutter system now and use up some of the stash. Make some kits out of your favorite fabrics to use when you downsize.
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I started with the Go Baby. I now use the Go manual one but have the Go Big. The Go Big gets contrary a lot so I use it for the bigger dies made for it. The manual Go is the most reliable. DH put in new bearing for me as mine is over ten years old. Turns like butter.
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If you plan to get rid of your stash does that mean you aren't going to make more than just the one quilt you mentioned? If so I wouldn't get a cutter. They are expensive for just one use.
Maybe I misunderstood your question though. In that case I have the manual Go and love it. I think they are overpriced but once I got mine I really enjoy using it.
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Originally Posted by Maggie_Sue View Post
I have to agree, if there is any way to keep your stash. So glad I have mine and shop for projects mostly in my closet since I retired!!!
Yes, but you have to admit, this would still be a great way to inventory your fabric. Make a 2 in square and put it in a book or scan it into a file on your pc. Then put the stash into totes and mark the totes with numbers and include that number with the swatch of fabric. Why didn't I think of this a long time ago.
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