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    Storing GO Dies

    How do you store your Accuquilt dies? Thanks for the pictures & your ideas!

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    I will be watching this - I have several of the long strip dies and don't have a good system for storage. I have read that they should be stored flat and not stacked due to the weight possibly damaging the die.
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    Not flat or stacked but,on their sides - like pieces of toast. The long ones are stored on their long side, not their short side. I need to get a rack for mine - the ines the Go! People carry are ridiculously expensive - a dish rack has been mentioned,

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    One of the other members here mentioned she hangs hers from peg board -- that is what I have been doing but I do have 2 dish racks that I put my longer strip dies -- I have one rack at each end to provide enough support -- since I am concerned that hanging the long dies may put too much pressure on the small edge of the long dies. The cubes all store the dies vertically.
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    I store mine in something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Officemate-In...sorter+plastic

    only I got mine at the Goodwill for .99 cents.
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    I have a strong wicker bin that sits on the floor. It's basically a wicker box without a lid about 2' square and tall. I have the dies sitting in it, stacked from shortest to longest. I have written the die information on the end with a Sharpie. I flip through the bin to find the one I need and try to make sure the dies in front remain leaning forward and the ones behind remain leaning back until I replace the die I am using. I haven't found a way that works much better for me. I have many dies and for the last year, it seems pretty efficient.
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    There is a sticker on the side that says what it is. When I first got my Go I had taken some of the stickers off. Guess I wasn't wearing my glasses to see that they were already labeled. When I want to use it I seem to have to go through all the dyes anyway looking for the correct one.

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    I don't have a huge collection of dies (about 25 in total) so I store them in a Sterilite bin with locking sides. I can pick up the bin and move it off my shelf when I want to use them and just lock the top and slide it back in when I'm done. The dies can stand up on end in the bin, which is what is recommended (so the foam doesn't get compressed).

    It's similar to these:
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite...of-10/44785807

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    I store mine in a metal office file thing by laying them on the side. They keep very well in this position and I bought the metal file holder at a thrift store.

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    I have mine stored in a rack for folders we had. I also wrote the size on the back so it's easier to get the one I want. Here's a picture of them on a shelf.

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    I have lots of dies.....so, first I printed out the current list of dies from accuquilt website..this is now 2 yrs ago, and checked off what I had. Then I went to goodwill, bought an entertainment center for $10, put an additional shelf where tv was......now three shelves on side, and two created in tv space. Since these dies are of different shapes, I sorted that way, tagged each shelf a,b,c, etc. I had already purchased over time various stackers to set them on edge...so I marked on the side of each die a, b, c, d and did the same on the "inventory sheet". Put them on their respective shelves and now when I need one, I check the inv. sheet to see what shelf...and there it is.... Oh, long dies sit on top of unit in a stacker too. This works well for me. GO itself lives in the bottom doored part along with some pattern books I've accumulated. Btw, I also have the Sizzix big shot with not as many dies.....and they "live" in this unit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I have lots of dies.....so, first I printed out the current list of dies from accuquilt website..this is now 2 yrs ago, and checked off what I had. Then I went to goodwill, bought an entertainment center for $10, put an additional shelf where tv was......now three shelves on side, and two created in tv space. Since these dies are of different shapes, I sorted that way, tagged each shelf a,b,c, etc. I had already purchased over time various stackers to set them on edge...so I marked on the side of each die a, b, c, d and did the same on the "inventory sheet". Put them on their respective shelves and now when I need one, I check the inv. sheet to see what shelf...and there it is.... Oh, long dies sit on top of unit in a stacker too. This works well for me. GO itself lives in the bottom doored part along with some pattern books I've accumulated. Btw, I also have the Sizzix big shot with not as many dies.....and they "live" in this unit too.
    Geri, this is exactly what I was thinking of doing - could you post a picture of your cabinet?
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    You can get lid racks at WalMart for just a few dollars each and they look a lot like the expensive ones from acuquilt. Work very well

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    I bought one rack from Accuquilt because they were on sale and I had points to use. I was concerned about the weight of the dies on a rack made for paper not being strong enough but after I got the one rack, it didn't seem any different than the one I had from my office, so I use both of them together. I have 2 strip dies and they fit in the back between the 2 and the other dies fit in front.

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    I second the request for a photo of Geri's system... sounds awesome!

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    Chimes in for the pic of Geri's system

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    I have done it many ways on the side but found laeds rolling clothes basket that is as tall as dies and narrow. I write on the top edge what it is then place them in order. Easy to get 1 I want quickly. the baby ones are in a drawer and the others are sorted on a shelf.
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    forgot to say these are in a tv cabnet too. most of the shelves are now filled. I also heve studio dies sorted the same way.

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    i have the studio, ive had it for 1 1/2 years and still havent opened it, i cannot remember how many dies i purchased but i guess i better check this machine out and figure on what to do, thank you for all the tips
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    I don't have a GO but I do have a big shot pro plus some GO dies. I built this cart to hold my big shot pro on top and dies on the bottom. The top shelf has a tub with my smaller dies in it. The bigger dies go on the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftymatt2 View Post
    i have the studio, ive had it for 1 1/2 years and still havent opened it, i cannot remember how many dies i purchased but i guess i better check this machine out and figure on what to do, thank you for all the tips
    may I ask why you haven't opened that box for 1 1/2yrs? Unless illness or disaster were the culprits, you have a very strong will. Open that box and enjoy yourself...

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    Just received my Studio today. Wow! I cut a stack of strips in an hour. It would have taken all evening with a rotary cutter. I purchased one of the storage racks, but will need to get more. The dies are larger than I expected. Am getting ready to buy some type of shelving as well. Was thinking of looking at IKEA.

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    [QUOTE=DonnaC;7772174]I don't have a huge collection of dies (about 25 in total) so I store them in a Sterilite bin with locking sides. I can pick up the bin and move it off my shelf when I want to use them and just lock the top and slide it back in when I'm done. The dies can stand up on end in the bin, which is what is recommended (so the foam doesn't get compressed).

    It's similar to these:
    [url]https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite

    Look for these at JoAnns when they have their sales or use your coupons!

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    Store them like you would your books on a shelf....

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