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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?


Yes, I've had good success. As I shared, I don't use it often, but when I do, I usually do a series of die cuts for a specific project. In addition to the Cuttlebug dies, I bought a few thin dies. I did have to add cardboard shims for them to cut. Some people use rubber gaskets sheets. I haven't bought one of those kits yet. I saw one at Wmart. It's used by plumbers I think. Also, I'm pretty impatient at times, so I have to slow down and slowly and steadily crank the handle and move the plates sandwich slowly and steadily through the machine, and I crank it back through, in reverse. I had to get used to the plates seeming to pop open at the end as the front is catching and going through. Just keep cranking and it's fine.

Sometimes it feels like it's going to break, and there's popping sounds sometimes, mostly the plate being cut into, but it's ok. It will break though. Plenty of people have broken their Cuttlebug. One crafter said her's just popped apart. Main thing is to not force the plates, but you still have to use pressure to get them through. You learn to feel it. Also, flip the cutting plate regularly, because its gets bowed quickly. Once it gets too bowed it won't fit through the machine anymore. Flipping it keeps it flat as long as possible. It gets scratched up real bad from the cutting, but that is ok. Doesn't affect it's use.

Shared a couple of pics below. The Merry Christmas is a thin off-brand die that I bought from Asia through eBay. Intricate thin dies somewhat labor-intensive, but rubbing them with waxed paper before using makes the paper pieces pop out easier. The baby dies are regular Cuttlebug dies. I considered The Big Shot, but I liked that the Cuttlebug's sides fold up like a purse and it's easy to transport, and I loved that green color.

I'm so sorry for your disappointment. I hope that you find a machine that does what you want and makes you happy, Barb. You're a determined lady, and you seem like someone who never gives up. You're an inspiration!


Tried several times to reduce the size of these pics, but wouldn't work.



Merry Christmas Turquoise Circles.jpg    Precious Darlingb1.jpg


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I am going to Joanns on my way home from a dr appointment today and am going to get the cuttlebug. The guy I bought the big shot from is getting me a label to send it back.
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Did you get your machine, Barb? I'm excited to learn about what you did![smile]
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Did you get your machine, Barb? I'm excited to learn about what you did![smile]


Yes, I got it. Some of the folks there are not very friendly. No one knew anything about it so when I got home saw I would need the C plate also sp had to order it. Seams like everything is hurry up and wait lately for me.

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Hobby Lobby often has rude or unhelpful associates who ignore and avoid shoppers for as long as they can. Too bad about Joanns too. Makes you not want to go shopping in person.

You must have some really thin dies to feel that you need a C-plate right away. I bought one in case I ever needed it, but haven't even opened it. Maybe the cardboard shims that I use sometimes have been taking the place of it. Yeah, hurry up and wait. Sometimes seems like the more we hurry to start doing something, the more obstacles we run into. Good to have many other things to work on while waiting and being patient.[smile]

Did you have to get a pink one? I looked online and it showed that Joanns only had a pink special edition. They did not have a Cuttlebug at all when I was shopping for mine. And they had only a handful of supplies.

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Hobby Lobby often has rude or unhelpful associates who ignore and avoid shoppers for as long as they can. Too bad about Joanns too. Makes you not want to go shopping in person.

You must have some really thin dies to feel that you need a C-plate right away. I bought one in case I ever needed it, but haven't even opened it. Maybe the cardboard shims that I use sometimes have been taking the place of it. Yeah, hurry up and wait. Sometimes seems like the more we hurry to start doing something, the more obstacles we run into. Good to have many other things to work on while waiting and being patient.[smile]

Did you have to get a pink one? I looked online and it showed that Joanns only had a pink special edition. They did not have a Cuttlebug at all when I was shopping for mine. And they had only a handful of supplies.


Yep, had to get a pink one.
Some of the dies are wafer dies.
Where do you place your cardboard shims at to use them?

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Do you make any flowers with yours? I looked it up online about how to make them and they something about a crafters tool and an eBosser tm from Crafttwell
Know anything about these

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Yep, had to get a pink one.
Some of the dies are wafer dies.
Where do you place your cardboard shims at to use them?


I think I put them on top of the die, then put the 2nd B plate on top. I made the same regular sandwich, but just added the shim(s). When I added the first one, I ran it through, and checked to see if it cut, without taking the sandwich completely apart, because I wanted the die to cut in the exact same position again. When it didn't cut well, I added a 2nd shim, and ran it again. I had cut out 3 shims, the size of my B plates. Eventually I did get it to work. Of course with a lot of use the cardboard will flatten quickly, lol, not like the acrylic C plate.

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Do you make any flowers with yours? I looked it up online about how to make them and they something about a crafters tool and an eBosser tm from Crafttwell
Know anything about these


Haven't made any flowers with it. Don't know anything about those tools, but have seen video about making flowers. But I think it was more about die-cutting them out, and then burnishing the petal tips with a blunt tool to make them curve in or out. 

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