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Does anyone know what the best machine is to use for making greeting cards?
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I make cards in many different ways. When I want to use a tool, I use a Cuttlebug, because I don't need an electronic machine. The Cuttlebug may require more work than you want to do. I did my research, and there is so much to choose from, and decided that this is all that I need, because I do such a huge variety of arting and crafting techniques. I was tempted, but I know that it would be a waste of money and space for me to buy one of the big, electronic machines.

I Googled best die cutting machines for making cards for you, and found this link to Card Making World:


Top 5 Best Die Cutting Machines Reviewed


http://www.card-making-world.com/best-die-cutting-machines-reviewed/


Hope this helps, and good luck to you, Barb!

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I make cards in many different ways. When I want to use a tool, I use a Cuttlebug, because I don't need an electronic machine. The Cuttlebug may require more work than you want to do. I did my research, and there is so much to choose from, and decided that this is all that I need, because I do such a huge variety of arting and crafting techniques. I was tempted, but I know that it would be a waste of money and space for me to buy one of the big, electronic machines.

I Googled best die cutting machines for making cards for you, and found this link to Card Making World:


Top 5 Best Die Cutting Machines Reviewed


http://www.card-making-world.com/best-die-cutting-machines-reviewed/


Hope this helps, and good luck to you, Barb![/QUO


thanks, I appreciate that.
the #1 is the one I ordered. Can't wait to try it out. It is supposed to be here Thursday


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I use an Accuquilt Studio machine and absolutely love it!  I am mostly cutting fabric, although it will cut everything else.
It uses commercial dies though, so gets expensive.  I'm glad you found one to make your cards with!  I'm sure you'll be happy with it!
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I think I will love it once I get it and learn to use it
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I make cards in many different ways. When I want to use a tool, I use a Cuttlebug, because I don't need an electronic machine. The Cuttlebug may require more work than you want to do. I did my research, and there is so much to choose from, and decided that this is all that I need, because I do such a huge variety of arting and crafting techniques. I was tempted, but I know that it would be a waste of money and space for me to buy one of the big, electronic machines.

I Googled best die cutting machines for making cards for you, and found this link to Card Making World:


Top 5 Best Die Cutting Machines Reviewed


http://www.card-making-world.com/best-die-cutting-machines-reviewed/


Hope this helps, and good luck to you, Barb![/QUO


thanks, I appreciate that.
the #1 is the one I ordered. Can't wait to try it out. It is supposed to be here Thursday



Wow, Barb! You are SERIOUS lady! You're saying you got the Sizzix Big Shot? Didn't know you'd like a crank, like my Cuttlebug. Thought you'd want that big 'ole expensive Cricut Explore Air 2, or something like that. As that article said, that would be overkill for me. I did look at the Sizzix Big Shot but liked the Cricut Cuttlebug better.

Where did you order from, and does it come with accessories, or did you order some separately?

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I use an Accuquilt Studio machine and absolutely love it!  I am mostly cutting fabric, although it will cut everything else.
It uses commercial dies though, so gets expensive.  I'm glad you found one to make your cards with!  I'm sure you'll be happy with it!


What's the price on that, and the dies?

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Wow, Barb! You are SERIOUS lady! You're saying you got the Sizzix Big Shot? Didn't know you'd like a crank, like my Cuttlebug. Thought you'd want that big 'ole expensive Cricut Explore Air 2, or something like that. As that article said, that would be overkill for me. I did look at the Sizzix Big Shot but liked the Cricut Cuttlebug better.

Where did you order from, and does it come with accessories, or did you order some separately?


I ordered it from Ebay
and I ordered some accessories to go with it. Probably will get more after I get familiar with it.
I am trying to go to something that does not hurt my hands as much as sewing does.

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ArtyCrafteryStudio  The Accuquilt Studio machine is $595.00 U.S. right now, and the dies are anywhere from $60 each to $600 or so (that's the full alphabet).
They are commercial dies though, and guaranteed for 250,000 clean cuts.  I've had mine for about 15 years, and it's wonderful.  I have cut TONS
of appliques for my business.  I have a friend who tried an Accuquilt GO machine, but the dies are plastic, and ended up falling apart.
I have cut felt, vinyl, photo mattes, and fabric - always sharp, clean cuts!  I realize it's a lot of money (I've spent thousands on dies) but it never
has let me down.  You really do get what you pay for!
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I ordered it from Ebay
and I ordered some accessories to go with it. Probably will get more after I get familiar with it.
I am trying to go to something that does not hurt my hands as much as sewing does.


I ordered my Cuttlebug last year from HSN, after looking on eBay at some of the bid now and buy now listings. Bidded on one and lost. Was going to bid again, but HSN ended up beating eBay that day. Eventhough I knew I wouldn't be using my Cuttlebug often, I went ahead and bought a few extra plates, one at a time.

It uses A-B-C plates. Came with 1 A and 2 B. A is the base or spacer plate. B is the cutting plate and the die and paper are placed between 2 of these. B plate is the one that wears out the most. C is a thicker adapter plate that is used with thinner dies. Was lucky they were at Walmart.com. I got 3 stocked up, 2-Bs and a C. The Bs were $6 at that time. They went up to $9, then $10-12. They went back down, but so far never to the $6 that I paid just a short time ago.

It'll be a while before I scratch up and warp beyond use the plates that came with it, but happy I have my extras. You really can't use these machines without the plates. I wouldn't want to be in a hurry to make something, only to find out that my cutting plate gave out yesterday the last time I used it. [smile]

These machines are somewhat similar, so I hope this helps you to understand something about the supplies.

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Do any of you have the Big Shot machine. I used it yesterday when I go it and it worked fine. Today when I put the 2 cutting plates in with the die and paper in between and start turning the handle the back end of the plates start to pop up and then it won't turn. What am I doing wrong? Can anyone tell me?
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Do any of you have the Big Shot machine. I used it yesterday when I go it and it worked fine. Today when I put the 2 cutting plates in with the die and paper in between and start turning the handle the back end of the plates start to pop up and then it won't turn. What am I doing wrong? Can anyone tell me?


I went to Youtube and watched several videos on operating my Cuttlebug. You might find some help there with your Big Shot.

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I have been doing that
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I went to Youtube and watched several videos on operating my Cuttlebug. You might find some help there with your Big Shot.


The machine I go just does not work properly. I even talked to the Sizzix company and I am doing everything right.
I have put in for a return slip to send it back.
I was thinking about getting the Cuttlebug. it is probably all I need.
I think you can use the same dies with it as with the Bgi Shot from what I am reading about it.
Do you have good success with yours?

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