Originally Posted by stasiatodd
Thanks so much for this thread. I just received my Big Shot and have cut through some materials and batting(sp?) like you'd use for quilting. I could cut through 6 layers of cloth like butter. The Art teacher at my school was impressed and is thinking about buying one.
She had been interested in an Accucut, which is about $400, so if our SU Big Shot will do some of what the Accucut will do, how wonderful!!
So what do you know about the Accucut? Is it that much more powerful than the Big Shot? As much as I'd like the teacher to buy from me, I want her to buy the most useful for the school and its projects. Also how much more powerful a machine does one need to do the simple but great projects accomplished by the Big Shot?
Thanks again for your help to all of us. It takes a lot of time and interest to reseach the details that you have been providing for us.
From Jane in San Diego (Die Cutting Guru)
No comparison for Quilters that make full size quilts. Get the Accucut Baby Grand Mark or Grand Mark.
The difference is that the Accucut is a commercial machine and uses commercial dies. The size is HUGE compared to the personal machines most folks have. Accucut has a special department *just for* quilters. They have specialty dies for strip quilting, fancy piecing and other great dies that make a quilter's life so much easier and a dream.
I own a Baby GM and love it for heavy duty cutting. The other nice thing is being able to make custom dies in the big format.
A large commercial machine is not for everyone...and with the advent of electronic cutters that can cut from PC using one's own designs, most folks that use diecutting for paper type products would probably be better off with electronic. But with fabric and fabric arts, my opinion is that a commercial machine is more accurate and actually faster.
Jane in San Diego
Here is their new website dedicated to fabric art:
Check out the regular Accucut site for specials on the Grand Mark. The 'Fabric Cutting System' they talk about is just the Grand Mark model. They sometimes have a coupon online if you order so much $$$ in dies, you can either get a free or heavily discounted machine.
Check out the die sizes and you'll see what I mean. Some of these are over 12 inches wide and just as long or longer.
The dies are commercial and are meant to withstand use and 'abuse' far above what our personal dies should be subject to.
Jane in San Diego