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    New to Quilting

    Hello,
    I am new to quilting and would like to know your thoughts on the Acc-cut machine that Joann's Fabric sells.

    Thanks for the advice!

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    I have an Accuquilt Go Baby that I have only used twice. It was hard for me to use and I feel that there would be too much wasted material and I would rather cut my fabric manually. Lots of folks on the board use the Accuquilt cutters and love them.

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    I do not have one and it is not on my "want list". It seems sort of frivolous to me. There are lots of other "Necessities" to spend your money on. I think that you need to learn basics first like rotary cutting, piecing. I would spend my money on a good sewing machine before getting this.

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    Welcome from Michigan.
    i have the large Accucut Studio, but also use the Accucut GO! dies. My opinion is that there are 3 things that make a block accurate: Cutting, sewing and pressing. Anything that helps with these is worth it. If your cut is right on, your piecing is off to a good start. It is an investment, however. If you do lots of geometric quilts, the strip cutters are great. they also have lots of applique shapes, but you need to decide how much you would use a specific design. Note that your 40% off coupons are normally not applicable to the accucut cutter or dies at Jo-ann's. Check on line, you can often get a great deal. And finally, if you do a search on this board for Accucut GO, you will get lots of info.
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    My sister's quilting group (they throw in a little money each week) purchased one and after trying it, then storing it in their cabinet for a year, sold it on eBay or Craig's list. They hated that it wasted so much fabric.
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    I have one and love it. It always makes me wonder how people are cutting and what dies they are using when they say it wastes fabric. I've cut triangles, circles, appliques.... I've made at least one quilt that I never would have, if I'd had to cut out all those triangles manually. It goes SO much faster.

    The best deals I've found on dies is through a Yahoo group, pinsandneedles1.

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    Welcome from Missouri. I thought about buying one and decided I didn't need it. A rotary cutter and self healing mat that I had been using worked great for me. Investing in a 1/4" foot for accuracy makes more sense to me.
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    I bought mine on ebay MUCH cheaper. I love it. I use the regular not the baby! I have cut out at least a hundred quilts (many for others).
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    I have the GO and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.. As for the waste, I hardly have any.. It cuts perfectly once you figure out how to lay the grain line.. Ive got most of the dies, Hubby got me a few at a time for each holiday.. I do recommend you buy extra mats.. I wear mine out pretty quick and YES to me they are disposable.. I dont think the dies or mats are that expensive plus if you can find them on sale its a bonus...

    As with everything you will have love 'em and Hate 'ems.. I suggest you try it out.. I was hooked the first time i saw it..

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    J have wanted one for years but my fixed income doesn't allow me to buy one

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    Is on my wish list... I have a friend that lets me use hers... I love it!!
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    I have heard they;re overrated and waste fabric. I dont have one and dont have trouble cutting my fabric myself so Ill probably not ever have one.

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    Hi and welcome from NE Ohio. I just finished a quilt using my Accuquilt Go and found it to be so much faster.

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    I have the accuquilt Go and love it. Now I decided to sell it so I can upgrade to the sizzix BSP which cuts bigger and more layers. I don't have any waste at all. In fact many times I have about 1/4" waste when using it which is nothing and it is fast. I cut all my strips with it especially 2 1/5" then if I need 2 1/5" squares I turn the strip and cut the other way so u can get at least a hundred squares in one cut. It is an awesome cutter once you learn how to use it.
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    welcome to the board and happy quilting.
    as others have said, money would be better spent on the basics of quilting. however, if money were no object for me, i would buy one of those.
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    My DH bought the GO several years ago. I've used it to make one quilt. So far haven't been able to figure out how to cut and NOT waste a lot of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerfan View Post
    Hello,
    I am new to quilting and would like to know your thoughts on the Acc-cut machine that Joann's Fabric sells.

    Thanks for the advice!
    Thank you all for the input....I do have a Janome Sewing Machine and I have been practicing with my rotary cutter and mat. My husband seen the accuquilt and thought it was nice and would be easier and faster. Thanks for the welcome too....lots of great advice and information on this board.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    With any machine, there is a learning curve. I use a similar die cutting system for scrapbooking and have more money tied up in fancy dies than I care to think about. I think for a beginning quilter there are other supplies that I would invest in first like good scissors, rulers, cutting mat and rotary cutter and lots of spare blades.

    Cheers, K

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    If you are just beginning, it seems like a lot of money that could be spent on other things like fabric, rulers, thread, patterns, scissors, cutting mats, rotary cutters etc. but then, I don't have one, and have no plans to buy one.
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