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cannyquilter 06-25-2013 03:28 PM

Which dies should I get for Go baby
 
I am thinking of getting a Go baby to use for cutting my scraps of fabric and wonder if any users could recommend the dies to get that would be most useful. TIA

hopetoquilt 06-25-2013 05:08 PM

If you can get a GO instead, you will have more options. I bought he 5" to make my own charm packs. I also plan to get the circle die so I can make yoyos. I do not have the strip dies because it is easier in my opinion to just cut strips. Half squares and apple core could be good choices too.

RavenLunaStitch 06-25-2013 05:25 PM

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It all depends on what kinds of quilt patterns you make most often. I originally thought I should get the odd shapes that would be hard to rotary cut (circles, hearts, rag die) but now I realize that I really need the standard sizes more! I don't do much appliqué and I like to use my scraps too. So here's what I use the most for what I like to sew:
the 5" square, the 2" square, the 2.5" strip cutter (really nice!) and the 3"x6" brick block. If my scraps aren't kept in usable sizes they get out of control very easily!

Here's the drawer next to my machine filled with 2" squares (to use as leaders/enders) that are all cut perfectly and ready to go:
Attachment 421146 and what they become, just because they're handy!Attachment 421147

RavenLunaStitch 06-25-2013 05:29 PM

Also, I almost didn't buy the 2.5" strip cutter because it was more expensive than the others, but I am really glad I did. I use it ALL the time to make perfectly cut strips to use with jelly roll patterns and for binding. I use that one a LOT more than I ever thought I would!

I have the Go Baby and am not sorry that I didn't get the larger Go. The Baby is perfect for what I need and is so small you can keep it out all the time, which makes it easy and quick to use. I love love love my Go Baby!

lynda53 06-25-2013 05:30 PM

I agree with hopetoquilt..get the Go!.I thought long & hard &,after much research & watching you tube videos,I decided to spend the extra as the Go! seemed more stable with many more choices of dies.The dies I most use are the tumbler,apple core & value die which comes with the Go! I have never regretted my decision at all.Good Luck.

nanacc 06-25-2013 07:55 PM

I have the Go(thanks to DH!) and he made certain that I got the 2 1/2" strip die. Thank goodness! I have used that the most for binding and just strips of scraps and all. I suggest the 5" die also...great for your own charm squares. Have used the value die and my scraps are almost cut and sorted. Still have lots to go, but I love the Go!

cannyquilter 06-26-2013 01:25 AM

Thanks for advice, I would like the Go but it is so expensive over here, in fact the Go Baby is as well, but my sister is having a trip to Florida in a week or two so she would be able to bring the Go Baby back in her luggage but the Go would be impossible (she insists on taking clothes, I've told her she only needs one change so she has plenty of room for all the fabric she could bring me back lol). I think the 5" and the squares would be good. RavenLunaStitch thanks for the visuals, this is exactly what I want as scraps in a bag not getting used are a waste but that is just what I have. You have shown me just how easily I can get those scraps used up. Nanacc can you tell me what you get in the value dies? Hopetoquilt I agree with you although I do think the 2 1/2" strip would be useful I have a shape cutter ruler and find that easy for cutting strips. The main reason for getting the Go Baby is for all those small scrap pieces that are just too laborious to be cutting by hand.:)

cannyquilter 06-26-2013 01:29 AM

Lynda53 thanks for your input I would love the Go but it retails here for well over $300 which I can't justify for the use I would have.

peaceandjoy 06-26-2013 01:43 AM

I have the Go, am not sure what is available for the Baby. My most used dies are my 2- and 2 1/2" squares and things that have angles other than 90 degrees (where is the symbol?). So HST's, chisel and LOVE the small tumbler.

You might check with Kathy @ the yahoo group pinsandneedles; she generally sells the cutters and dies at 30% + off of MSR. Pretty sure she will ship international, not sure if it's worth it w/ postage.

Maybe get a board member to come for a visit and bring supplies, lol.

qwkslver 06-26-2013 02:53 AM

I can tell you which ones NOT to get. I got the strip cutter. It's faster to cut with a rotary cutter and no more accurate. If you don't fold the fabric just right you still get waves. Also steer clear of the Christmas one with all the little curves. You will be insane by the time you embroider around all those little turns. You might machine applique it but it would take forever too. No way to needle turn it, it has too many twists and turns. I think it's stars. I like the squares mostly. I have the Go baby. I probably wouldn't buy it again if I knew what I know now about it. I use it fairly often but it is no easier really than cutting with a rotary.


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