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Thread: Who has an accu go cutter???

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    I was planning on getting one for my birthday and i am just curious who has one and how much you use it etc. Any pro's - Cons etc.

    TIA

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    I have one and like it. I recommend shopping around online for a good price; someone recently posted they found it for $224 online.

    Mine was hard to crank at first; it gets easier to crank with use. I never cut more than 4 layers at a time. Have heard that the rag die can be a pain because it needs frequent cleaning, although people still like using it.

    What I *really* like my Go! for is cutting out triangles -- fast, very accurate, and all the dog ears are cut off! Makes for easy accurate piecing of triangles. Also like it for strip cutting because it is a little faster than my Shape Cut, although I also like the Shape Cut.

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    I agree--I like the accuracy and the ease. I love the strip die for binding etc... I have learned to press my material first--I've had a few crooked strips.

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    I've had mine since before last Christmas. I use it a lot, have been adding in the different dies. I love the strip cutters, and also have made several rag quilts with the rag die. I think it's great for everything. Mine was hard to crank at first too, but had loosened up now.

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    I have one and I just love it!! My favorite dies are the strip cutters -- fast and accurate.

    It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to get my fabric on the straight of grain but finally figured it out....just takes practice. Don't think you'll regret getting one!

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    I just ordered mine today. Can't wait now to get it. There are lots of options when purchasing, make sure you order which dies you will use.

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    Right now you can get the cutter & all the strip sets plus the basics for $399.00 a $635.00 value. Its on their site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    I was planning on getting one for my birthday and i am just curious who has one and how much you use it etc. Any pro's - Cons etc.

    TIA
    Hi, I got one of these for Christmas, cut out 1 quilt and SOLD it on ebay. why? By the time I pre cut the strips, and folded them and then cut them I could have done it the old way, Also it wastes fabric so you have to calculate the waste factor in, I was fortunate to have purchased extra fabric. Yes it does cut accurately, and is great for their cut outs, I also had to look at how many dies and pads I had to purchase to make things, and decided it was too pricey long run so I bought an Alto cutter instead, no fabric waste and faster! :-)

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    I have had mine for a couple of months and love the strip dies. I have bought many of the dies but haven't used them all yet but the ones I have used I really like. You can work with it so that there isn't that much waste. I think it is a time saver.

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    I pre-cut my fabric just 1/2-inch wider than the die's cutting blade, so my only waste is 1/4" strips. I haven't found any more waste of fabric with the Go! than with my rotary cutting. Most of the demos show fabric that is cut much wider than is actually needed, and that does make for more fabric waste.

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    I think someone said that Joann's has them on sale this week

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    Me! I bought it the first week it was available to buy. I was looking into getting the big Studio cutter like the quilt shop has and found out the Go was being made. Much cheaper and easier to store then the Studio. I have most all the dies except the rag quilt, I've use it and it's a hassle. All the other are great. For all gift giving days I ask for new dies. That's how I have most of them. I use the basic die shapes the most and the strip cutter. I really like the Tumbler die. Accucut gives a Go away every Friday on their Facebook page and has lots of info there. Now they have a die coversion chart, to covert most any quilt pattern to fit the dies. I think die cut machines will be just as normal in the next few years as the rotary cutter is now.

    I have about 1/4" to 1/2" waste. I don't understand how anyone can have more waste. If you cover the whole die then you will have lots of waste. They do that in demos to save time and I think that gives the wrong impression. It's not going to please everyone but I'm glad it pleases me. :D No more aches from rotary cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Now they have a die coversion chart, to covert most any quilt pattern to fit the dies.
    Sweet! This could be very handy info! Is the conversion chart on their website?

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    Where do you get the conversion chart?

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    You can download the conversion chart in PDF format from this page:
    http://www.accuquilt.com/cuttingtips.asp

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    Hi, re the waste I figured it out a half inch waste on a 2 inch square is 25%, so depending on how many squares are the die at one time it could add up to be quite a bit, and yes I realize that some of the dies abut, but even if you just calculate only 2 edges it would be at least 10 to12% and if you left more than 1/4 inch on each of 2 edges the number went up. Like I said, I was just glad that I had extra fabric. Had 1 fabric that stretched like crazy with the die (triangular)and had to abandon it altogether. Maybe I just had a bad first experience, but its gone now. OH well. :?

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    I went there, but it said search showed nothing about a die coversion chart.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    You can download the conversion chart in PDF format from this page:
    http://www.accuquilt.com/cuttingtips.asp

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    Look under free stuff, left side of site about 1/2 way down the page click on charts

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    Got it....thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by LUANNH
    Look under free stuff, left side of site about 1/2 way down the page click on charts

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    Quote Originally Posted by patdesign
    Quote Originally Posted by taiboo
    I was planning on getting one for my birthday and i am just curious who has one and how much you use it etc. Any pro's - Cons etc.

    TIA
    Hi, I got one of these for Christmas, cut out 1 quilt and SOLD it on ebay. why? By the time I pre cut the strips, and folded them and then cut them I could have done it the old way, Also it wastes fabric so you have to calculate the waste factor in, I was fortunate to have purchased extra fabric. Yes it does cut accurately, and is great for their cut outs, I also had to look at how many dies and pads I had to purchase to make things, and decided it was too pricey long run so I bought an Alto cutter instead, no fabric waste and faster! :-)
    What is an Alto cutter? :)

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    I have the Go and ordered the Go Baby. I use mine for 99% of all the quilts I make. I bought all the pieced block dies. Not many of the applique ones. I like the tumbler die, it uses up a lot scraps.

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    I have the GO and love it...Try shoppersrule.com... they have the cutters and dies at great prices...I also love the tumbler and the apple core...It is great for using scraps..I have lots of Thimbleberry scraps and hate to discard them...I even cut the 2 inch squares...It is really wonderful for that...and I use the 2 inch ones for leader and enders....I alrady have a bag full of these without much effort..

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    I used a rotary cutter and ruler today to cut strips and squares without my Go and it was as bad as using scissors to cut them out. The Go has spoiled me for good.

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    I am considering getting one however was wondering, if between those of you who have the cutter, who has arthritis of the hands and do you still have trouble cutting? Thank you.

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    Hope mine will ease the back pains I get from cutting.I also have mild arthritis in fingers.DH is willing to lift it for me.....so just hope it works out.
    Alot of LQSs have them, so maybe you could find one that would do a demo? Hopefully you'll also hear from ppl with arthritis who are also Go owners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Thumbs
    I am considering getting one however was wondering, if between those of you who have the cutter, who has arthritis of the hands and do you still have trouble cutting? Thank you.

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