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Thread: Opinions needed about Accuquilt, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I don't love mine (and am disappointeyd that I don't love it). I can't get it to cut the fabric without stretching. And I do have the length/widthwise grains positioned correctly, I do send it through at an angle, I do only send 1 layer of fabric through, etc, and my squares are always slightly rectangular. Which I can cut squares that are slightly rectangular on my own! I did appreciate it when I was teaching 88 students to cut and was able to quickly cut 176 triangles and 88 squares, since the kids didn't care/know that they weren't perfectly accurate. But I don't know if I would buy it again
    I had problems with one die stretching fabrics. The company told me to put the mat slightly ahead of the fabric....now no problems!

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    I love mine! I bought all of the BASIC dies and find myself mostly making blocks that are for the dies. I am in a block swap so that comes in handy. It was pretty nice cutting out all my pieces for my nieces kaleidoscope quilt all at once. I DID waste a lot of one color until I realized I was folding to many times and on the double triangle die I was coming out with large corner scraps. When I quit foldin and stacked pieces, then slid them over to get the next set, I wasn't wasting anything but the barest edge.

    It does have a learning curve when it comes to making it work for YOU. Your not going to find any really wierd shapes. They are pretty standard so if you are doing a quilt with odd shapes it probably won't do you any good. Like I said, I just choose patterns that I CAN cut with it :)

    Be aware that if you decide on a Baby Go that you can only get the skinny dies. The larger ones won't fit it.

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    I have the Go and I like it a lot. Not sure if I love it yet. I hate that it only takes accuquilt Go dies while other cutters take several companies' dies. I don't worry much about the waste. I waste more when I try to rotary cut and mess up.

    I am hoping to save for the Big Shot Pro but only if I find other companies' dies that I want. Also I've read (but not verified) that the BSP rolls fabric through more easily. The Go kills my arm and shoulder.

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    I am an elementary school teacher.....Hmmmmm, we who work with children need quilting to help us destress??? LOL

    I have the Accuquilt Studio and I love, love, love it. It does for quilting what the Ellison machines did for bulletin boards!!! Seriously, it is well worth the investment. My friend has one also. This is nice as we can share the specialty dies that aren't used too often.

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    Not sure I understand your statement.:roll: :roll: I have a Go that I'm learning to use....in fact I cut 3 yds of 2 1/2" strips yesterday with no worry about fabric bowing & now have 3 yds of perfect strips.I cut 8" strips,double them & end up with 6 strips,with just the turn of the handle.There's 2 quarter inch strips left. Small enough... they go in the trash.My values are just fine,thank you.I could say more, but trying to play nice. :? :roll: :roll:



    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    We had a demo at guild, and the waste drove me nuts just watching them......it would NOT do for me with all that fabric wasted, esp. with fabric prices now!
    The guild thought about buying, but most members are like me----there was too much waste! Guess it depends on your values.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlquilter
    Hi my dear friends,
    I am a school administrator, with 12 hour work days being the norm. I spend what seems to be lots of time cutting, and it seems to take me forever.
    I saw the Accuquilt cutting machine and hmmmmmmmm......have any of you used it? On my first thought, it may save me loads of time while creating consistency with my cutting-and I can devote more time creating!
    What do you think??
    Hey cowgirlquilter:

    Thanks for starting this thread. I have been thinking about purchasing one of these machines for about a yr now. I have Fibromyalgia that affects my hands and arms, and sometimes the pain from rotary cutting is just more than I can deal with. So hearing from all these other folks is really helpful in my decision process.....

    so thanks to all who responded....this forum is the best!!
    k

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    I really love mine. I got it last year and I use it quite a bit. If you aren't sure maybe you can find a LQS that rents time on one. We have 2 quilt shops here that do that.

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    I have the go machine and barely used it, infact i'm giving it to my bff when she comes to visit, I have the june taylor which i have not really used either it sits, I bought quilt cut 2 which i'm looking forward to getting also, time will tell how I feel about it. good luck in your quest.
    Sandra

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    I got the Go about 2 weeks ago and I love it. I have cut strip with out any bows in the middle. Now I'm not wasting a bunch of fabric. I got mine on Sewingmachinesalesandservice.com. for 199.99 check them out.

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    I have the go Baby,I'm thinking of using Magic Sizing on my fabric before cutting it to see if i can do the cross grain cut.Other wise it cuts 5" squares either the top cut or the side cut comes 1/8 short.
    I have been buying Charm packs.I'm thinking about trying other pre cuts but still thinking about it.Connie in CO

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    I have the Go Baby. You do waste fabric with it. Not tons if you cut it into strips before you run it through but then how much time do you waste? I'm a MT, I don't have much time either. I like mine but it isn't accurate unless you get the fabric grain right. The dies are expensive.

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    Don't know about you, but when getting fabric ready to cut,I'd have at least 1/2'-1" or more to trim off before cutting strips, so a quarter inch on each side doesn't sound like much.But whatever works.BTW....I now have 2-3 jelly rolls I cut....instead of paying $38 for a JR.




    Hmmmm, I'll try cranking faster and see if that helps. Even if you get 1/4" waste, that adds up quickly. At my LQS, they do a class where they use their Studio to cut your fabric, you then come in and sew for a day. I gave them a single piece of fabric that I wanted in 2" squares (252 of them) and I had to give them an extra 1/4 yard from what I needed if I hand cut. I understand it's a tradeoff, but for me trying to get as little waste as possible, seeing even 1/4" with every single piece is frustrating[/quote]

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    If you are going to buy a die-cutter I highly recommend the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Westminster Edition which is pretty much like the AccuQuilt Studio and costs less than the AccuQuilt Go or AccuQuilt Studio.

    I purchased this for $280.00 on eBay from a retailer who I negotiated a price with. It retails for $399. The Studio goes for almost $600 and the Go for almost $350.00.

    I chose the Westminister edition because it will use ALL BRANDS of dies to cut fabric with and since I like to do applique and do purchase not just the AccuQuilt dies I also buy alot of the Sizzix, Tim Holtz, etc which cost a whole lot less than Accuquilt dies unless you do alot of research like I do and can find even Accuquilt dies for less than 50% off retail.

    I also chose this machine because it will also allow you to cut all sorts of materials from cardstock, vinyl, fabric and much more and it also doubles as an embossing machine.

    Only drawback is that this is a heavy machine like the Studio and not something you can just pick up and carry with you so if you are only using it at home I highly recommend you check into this one because of the versality of using every brand of cutting dies out there. It also uses ALL of the accuquilt studio dies on down to the Go and Baby Bug with the exception of the Jumbo and EX-large of the Studio dies but it will take all othe studio dies.

    I have seen the Accuquilt Go in action several times and it is a great little machine however the cutting mats do not last has long as the acrylic mats used on the Big Shot that I have.

    Now if you intend on taking this machine to school or anywhere else I recommend the Accuquilt Go over the Accuquilt Baby. Why waste money buying the Baby and later updating to the Go and you can get the Go for about what the Baby retails for if you shop around.

    You have to consider the type/size dies you want to cut. The Baby only allows a certain size while the Go will take the Baby and Go dies.

    If you don't want to be limited to the type cuts/dies I recommend the Sizzix Big Shot which will be similar to the AccuQuilt Go and cost less.

    Decide what it is you want it to do than search online and compare these I mention and compare them to the Accuquilt.

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    My opinion, it is the best cutting method on the market! There is very little waste, if you position your fabric correctly! I have 3/4's of the Dies and I really like it! If you can get most of the original dies with the cutter, that is the best way to go! Accuquilt Go! has alot of learning videos on You Tube! I checked all of these out before purchasing and kept learning while I was waiting on the arrival of my order! And if you are intending on cutting patterns out for alot of quilts, then I would not start with the Go! Baby! You cannot use the larger strip dies with this cutter! A new Go Die is coming out this spring! Can't wait to see what it is!! Like others said, Search for Accuquilt Go, and you will see what others have to say about it! It is the best quilting tool that I have ever purchased and I have a lot of rulers and had trouble getting the pieces cut straight and accurate! This is a very accurate tool! I also have problems with my hands and thumbs, so this helps alot! Good Luck with choosing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    We had a demo at guild, and the waste drove me nuts just watching them......it would NOT do for me with all that fabric wasted, esp. with fabric prices now!
    The guild thought about buying, but most members are like me----there was too much waste! Guess it depends on your values.....
    our guild had this in mind too and took some opinions on the use of it, the ending result was no...the appliquers didn't think they would use it at all and the piecers said it was no big deal to rotary cut strips...my thoughts too.

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    LOVE my GO! I bought all the strip dies as it seems every quilt I make has some strips in it. They come out PERFECT every time, and I feel the waste is minute.

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    I love mine! especially the strip cutter. Strips are consistent and I have limited space for cutting long strips.

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    I have the Accuquilt Go and when I first started using it I did waste fabric because I waan't savvy on the placement of fabric to get the most bang for my buck. Now, I use it and have the same waste as when I rotary cut. I LOVE it because I can always rely on accurately cut pieces in a quick fashion.

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    Our LQS bought one and rented it to customers. In about six months she had it for sale along with the die cuts. I didn't use it, but was told the cutter was hard to turn and wasted some fabric.

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    I've had mine nearly two years; I love it! I've cut up many of my scraps and have been able to use them up too. I think it is a very wise investment.

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    Here it is again.

    I would use the Accuquilt sometimes but don't want to invest in one. The cost keeps adding up.

    I absolutely LOVE my Alto's QuiltCut2!!! I can do so much with it, it stores nicely, and is easily portable.

    If I want a special template I go to a local plastic company and they will cut whatever I want our of the 1/4" acryllic and that costs a whole lot less than the accuquilt!

    I also have the something I bought many years ago after seeing it on Alex Anderson. It was by a Mr. Quilt and called a Third Hand. There was a clamp that came down on the center of a revolving rotary mat that held the templates in place while I am still able to rotate the mat to access all sides of the template. Really neat. Still in use.

    ali

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    I don't believe you waste much fabric if you cut your strips to 1/4 inch bigger than the strips on the die.You waste that much fabric to straighten out fabric after so many cuts and it is definetly faster.I recently cut all the strips for a king size triple irish chain except for the plaid the lady wanted, those had to be cut by hand to keep plaid stright.

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    I have the Go and love it. It saves me so much time and frustration in cutting, especially strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    We had a demo at guild, and the waste drove me nuts just watching them......it would NOT do for me with all that fabric wasted, esp. with fabric prices now!
    The guild thought about buying, but most members are like me----there was too much waste! Guess it depends on your values.....

    That's sad all you and some other members only zeroed in on some fabric waste and dismissing the potential of the product, the innovation, the fun. :? :? :?

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    You can use an adpater with the Studio so that you can use dies from other cutters. I believe the adapter is 25.00 http://www.thriftyideastoday.com/201...lt-studio.html

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