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Old 03-11-2009, 07:27 AM
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I have been thinking about getting this cutting system. Do any of you have this system? Would you recomend it? I know it is pricey, but I have arthiritis in my hands and thought it might help. Thank you
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:50 AM
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I bought one last year at Paducah. It's very nice but I have to say it took me a long time to get comfortable using it. The fabric has to be placed very accurately on the mat before cutting. I still can't turn the cutting guide to cut squares, diamonds, Hst, without messing up the straight cut. I really like the clamps that hold the fabric so it won't move. I think if I used it more I'd get better. I bought a fabric die cut machine because my hands were hurting rotary cutting a lot. The die cut machine has been the better of the two systems for me as far as no pain at all using it.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:52 AM
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i'm not in the market for one, but i've always wondered....aren't you restricted as far as size is concerned? do you have to keep buying different size dies for each quilt? i know that the dies are pretty expensive.

and also, does it have curved cutters like drunkard's path or gandmother's fans? how versatile is it?
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:46 AM
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Here is a website that has a video and different sizes of the die cut machines. I got the Go! portable one. The dies come in basic sizes and in every shape. One die may have several shapes but if I only want one shape I put the fabric over that one shape about 1/2 bigger then the size of the shape. I have the 2 1/2 strip cutter and it cuts strips the length of your fabric, just like rotary cutting. I haven't found any quilt pattern that I can't cut using the die cut machine. The Studio model has more die shapes but it's bigger and more for quilt shops. New dies are coming out several times a year for the Go portable model. It may be expensive but the value is what is important to me. I can enjoy my quilting for years to come using the die cut machine. It only takes minutes to have perfect cuts for a whole quilt top and no pain.
My husband asked me why I was carrying around that portable typewriter all the time now. I explained it was a fabric cutting machine for quilting but as soon as I said quilting his eyes glazed over and he went deaf.

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Old 03-11-2009, 11:26 AM
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I think I would spring for the Accuquilt Go! by the same company. There is an email list named accuquilt at http://groups.yahoo.com ; everyone there is very happy with the Go! I have seen the quiltcut 2 for sale used on eBay; it looks less user-friendly to me than the Go!
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:33 AM
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The yahoo group is
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/accucutquilters/

I don't think Alto is the same company as Accucut. I think Alto is part of Martelli Enterprise.
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I told my hubby that I wanted the AccuCut Go System for Christmas -- he rolled his eyes at me. Does that mean I need to go buy it for myself? :roll: :twisted:
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BellaBoo
The yahoo group is
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/accucutquilters/

I don't think Alto is the same company as Accucut. I think Alto is part of Martelli Enterprise.
Oops! I think you are right on both counts. Must need more coffee......
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:17 PM
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I remember seeing the demonstration of this Accut and was very impressed. Does anyone know of another company that sells a die cut machine that is not so pricey?
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:44 PM
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In answer to your post about the Altos system...
I bought the original when I first started quilting and I have been very pleased with the results.
I use it all the time. Not just when cutting out my pieces but I use it as my general all purpose mat.
Mine is not as fancy as the 2 but mine was a great investment when I bought mine several years ago.
I have yet to change the cutting mat, the ruler is still in good shape and I love the fabric clamps.
Kirsten

PS...I have been looking at the die cut machine as well
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