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Thread: I got an Accuquilt Go! Now what?

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    I got an Accuquilt Go! Now what?

    I got it on sgw but its just the machine. Besides dies, what else do I need? Also, are cubes a good deal, or is it better to just buy separate dies because you don't use half the ones in a given cube. Thanks for helping me avoid unnecessary purchases.

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    Be prepared to spend money as it's a little addictive. I have had my GO Big for 8 months and I have amassed quite a few dies and the 12" Qube and Classic Companion. If you buy dies on their own you will need to purchase the appropriate size mat to use with the die. Dies generally do not come with the mats unless you're buying a Qube. As for the Qubes, they are expensive, but you get 8 dies inside along with the mats you need for those dies. Before I bought my Qube I looked at how much it would cost me to purchase all the parts separately and it cost quite a bit more to do it that way. Keep an eye on Accuquilt.com for sales and have fun.

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    I've been looking in to the Accuquilt Go & also the Sizzix fabric cutter. If I get one it will be a while as too many things have gone on the blink at our house this summer & I'll have to save up for one for later. I've heard that Black Friday is a good time to buy. You might want to wait until then to get good deals on your dies & mats.

    By the way, what is sgw?

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    Welcome to the world of Accuquilt! If you are on Facebook, you can ask to join Accuquilt and Beyond. Questions are definitely welcome.
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    I have the Accuquilt Go BIG and when I got it the Qubes were not out yet, so started with the separate dies. I highly recommend the strip die bundle (you can use it for so many things) and a Qube. You get not only tons of shapes in the Qube but also the mats. choose the size that you are most likely to use--but remember that if you make, for instance, 12" blocks that have lots of parts in them, you may actually want to get the 9 or 8 or 6" Qubes. I also got the 6" Drunkards Path and love it! I will never again make bias binding or rag quilts without a Go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    By the way, what is sgw?
    It's Shopgoodwill.com. It's their online auction site

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    I buy my dies as I need them. A cube is a lot of money (IMHO) and there are a lot of things there that I wouldn't use. I really like it for strip cutting and for squares. I also love the flying geese die.
    So much fabric, so little time.

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    If you don't want a lot of your money tied up in dies that go unused, just look at the dies on the website, decide if you want to make a quilt using those dies, and buy only the dies you need. Then use them and make a quilt. Don't do like I did and buy dies that are sitting unused waiting for the day I get inspired to make a quilt with them. That said, I bought dies that were on sale, and the shape ones like stars, hearts, circles, birds, flowers, animals, etc used in applique that are difficult to cut any other way. I also bought the 5" die and used it to cut a lot of my scraps into charms. I love my Accuquilt and and although it may sit unused for months at a time, it is really nice to have when inspiration strikes.

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    I just checked there is one on there now from Oregon. CHEEEEEP.

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    Thanks so much for this info. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy this forum....the varied learning expeiences
    Quote Originally Posted by themadpatter View Post
    It's Shopgoodwill.com. It's their online auction site

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    I bought some basics- 5 inch squares 2.5 inch squares, 2.5 inch strips, and a couple of sets like Hunter's Star and Drunkard's path.
    I've gotten better deals on Ebay for these. The Accuquilt website is not very user friendly and the prices are higher. I only buy there when there is a sale with free ship.
    I hope you enjoy your cutter. I love mine!
    PS. I haven't bought any cubes- way too pricey!

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    Congrats on the score. You will love using the machine. Have you checked the pattern pages on AC? Register for account and keep a list of your dies. It also keeps your downloads. I keep a list on my ipad for reference when I find a deal.

    The cubes offer easy storage for the dies. I have the individual dies that make up each cube so lots of options. You can also do FG iwth 2 dies instead of the specific FG die.

    Do you have an EMB machine too. There are EMB designs available to match the dies. They are are fun and add creativity to your projects. The designs match the dies perfect.

    Start thinking how you want to store them. I keep them in the plastic/idea sheet in a large plastic bin. The long strip dies are stored in an upright hamper with one of the racks from AC. The plastic envelope is a pain to get back on the die so I might take all those off. They need to be stored upright and not stacked on each other.

    Always check the dies and do a few sample cuts when you first purchase. Make sure the cuts are smooth.

    I found the link for you with information and cross reference. I keep it in a notebook.

    https://www.accuquilt.com/go-mix-mat...n-booklet.html

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    Congrats on your find! I've had mine GO a long time and have invested in many dies...hint-to store on end as recommended, go to goodwill or dollar store and look for pot lids racks...work well for storage. My suggestion is buy the value die first - basic square and hst, I believe, and don't forget to buy the mat for it too! Have fun.

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    I recently bought the go too; as expensive as the dies are I feel the appropriate mat should be included; most aren't that pricey and am sure they make a mint on the dies, so why not include the appropriate mat. I'm making a raggy quilt for my daughter; and am using the dies. I don't see that it is faster other than doing the clipping for me but then I'd never cut mine 1/4" apart. But it is a great system. Enjoy.

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    I DON'T see my previous post so will write again and add a few more comments.
    Look at the size dies you will use the most and then what is in the cubes and decide which way would be the best for you to go to start with. If you have a dealer close by pick up a catalog so you can compare prices from Accuquilt and also on line. Online prices from what I have found are not always cheaper, but most likely the same price as accuquilt prices and sometimes higher, plus when you order from Accuquilt you get points to use in the future. They are not a lot but every little bit helps in my book. You have a year to use the points on future orders.

    I have three blocks of the churndash block I have made from cuts from an Accuquilt and I have never had my points etc. match so well as I do those. The accuracy is amazing and while we think we are being accurate hand cutting, there is no comparison in my book, plus you can cut up to 6 layers of cloth on the Electric Go Big, maybe 4 or so on some of the others, so look how much faster you can get blocks cut out.

    Do your homework on prices, shipping etc. and look at you will use the most and watch for sales. I have not found ebay to be cheaper on what dies I would use so again do your homework. Enjoy.

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    I bought the Studio and didn't have a clue which dies to buy. I decided to buy the dies that are common to pre-cuts because I know there are plenty of patterns for pre-cuts. I think I use my 2 1/2 inch strip die more than any others.
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    I use the strip dies all the time, I also love the half square triangle dies as they clip of the corners for you. If I want to make a particular quilt, I will buy the dies that I need for that specific project. I find better prices on e bay sometimes

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    Congratulations! I have had my Go since 2006 when they first came on the market. I have over 100 dies now. My favorite is the BOB dies. I can have four blocks cut in one pass. I started buying the dies as I wanted them for a quilt pattern. I keep a good supply of mats on hand bought when I find a good sale.
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    Don't store your dies laying down. You don't want anything to be laying on top of them. Either I did that or I wore out my 5" die. It leaves lots of spots uncut on the top layer even with a new mat.

    Your fabric should be on the length of the grain as it goes through the length of the cutter. Otherwise, the cut won't be accurate.

    I'm not a prolific quilter, but the only dies I've used are the 5" square and the 2 1/2" strip. I have a 4" hst die, plus the dies that came with the cutter. I've not used them.

    I find I don't use it as much as I did when I first bought it. I get better strips with my Shape Cut ruler, plus you can use it for most any size strip. That said, my cousin uses hers for most of her cutting. She has arthritis in her hands, so it's a big help to her.

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    I had the original Go but had trouble turning the handle so after many years I bought the Go BIG and love it. I bought the dies mostly from amazon.com as they were less expensive and free shipping with Amazon prime.
    I've received specific dies for Christmas presents after I gave a list to my husband and sons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Congratulations! I have had my Go since 2006 when they first came on the market. I have over 100 dies now. My favorite is the BOB dies. I can have four blocks cut in one pass. I started buying the dies as I wanted them for a quilt pattern. I keep a good supply of mats on hand bought when I find a good sale.
    I know I will feel really stupid when someone tells me what are BOB dies.....what are they?

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    I always wait for a sale on die's thru "GO" since they give you points that add up and you use as money for your next purchase.
    I had the "Go" handle turn for yrs and just upgraded to the "Big Go" have yet to remove from box so busy...Maybe this wkend. I only buy dies I know I'll use allot which are usually Sq's, tumblers, triangles and recently bought the Ohio Star.

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    I cannot seem to find any bargain prices on accuquilt dies...it seems that the company has some sort of rule on pricing....I only always see same price as their website, never lower....shipping cost charge would be my way of deciding who to get dies from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I cannot seem to find any bargain prices on accuquilt dies...it seems that the company has some sort of rule on pricing....I only always see same price as their website, never lower....shipping cost charge would be my way of deciding who to get dies from.
    Subscribe to their newsletter...they will send you emails when they have a sale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Diana View Post
    I know I will feel really stupid when someone tells me what are BOB dies.....what are they?
    I don't think you will, as it's a little obscure unless you are familiar with them, lol. "Block on Board" https://www.accuquilt.com/blog/blog/...ials/meet-bob/

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