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That is perfectly normal, to extend the life of your cutting pads rotate them. You can get exta's at Joann's or Mikes they are in the sizzix section. The pads are made for both the big shot and the big kick. I usually wait until they are on sale or use a coupon.
Our j's doesn't carry any sizzix stuff. I guess whenever I'm in a M's (not often) or other store I should get a couple of extras just to have on hand.
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Our j's doesn't carry any sizzix stuff. I guess whenever I'm in a M's (not often) or other store I should get a couple of extras just to have on hand.
They would also have them online so you could wait for free shipping or use your coupon that way.

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New storage just added to the sizzix website. It's a rolling cart with dawers and extendable work surface.

You can see it HERE

I've also attached a photo

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were can you buy the texturz starter pack? I don't see it in the SU mini catalogue?
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Thank you, for some reason I thought that they were! Thanks again!
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Sizzlets aren't going to cut through more than one sheet at a time. They are not steel rule dies like the originals or bigz.

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Michael's JoAnn's Hobby Lobby, ACMoore and many online retailers.

www.sizzix.com is the main Sizzix website. They have Specials on Tuesdays every week.

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You can find it at Michael, JoAnn's, AC Moore, Archivers, Hobby Lobby. There are many online retailers that sell them as well.

You can get the Starter Pack or you can buy the Impressions Pad and Silicone Mat separately.

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This is a post from a yahoo group I am on From Jane in San Diego

Steel Rule Dies (i.e Sizzix Originals, Bigz, Thick Cuts, Cross-Cuts, Accucut retired wood mounted dies for ZEM, etc. All are the same height, but
they are different in width and length.)

* oldest style of die
* can cut through the widest variety of materials
* designs not very detailed

Low Profile (i.e. Sizzlet, Sizzlet border dies and ThinCuts, Cuttlebug*)

* second oldest style of die
* Limited to what type of materials you can cut (mainly cardstock)
* Cuttlebug dies are etched not ruled & can cut thicker materials than the Sizzlet Dies
* Some detailed designs available

Wafer Thin (i.e. Spellbinders, Quickutz, Bosskutz, SAR, ZEM)

* newest style of die
* can cut thin chipboard and pulpboard
* can come with or without a release liner
* Most detailed designs available
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Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful tips!
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you ROCK!!!!! thanks so much for being so diligent on this info....I've consulted this post a number of times, since I just bought the BK...and am scared to use it, but have been reading a lot of this!! Ok, deep breath....off to try to cut something.
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Will the SU bigshot dies work in a Wizard machine??
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Yes they will

it's the Steel Rule Sandwich
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Using Other Dies in the Spellbinders Wizard

Sizzix dies are the first 2 sandwiches shown

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Thank-you! Do you know if the big SU exclusive dies will fit in the wizard? Are they too wide, or will it be a tight squeeze.
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Thank-you! Do you know if the big SU exclusive dies will fit in the wizard? Are they too wide, or will it be a tight squeeze.
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The answer is: Yes. You should be able to run the items being branded SU! through Sizzix in the Wizard. Their dies are mostly steel rule, so you would use our universal mat and Steel rule sandwich. It's the universal mat, material to be cut, die. That's it

The Premium Crease pad and Extended Cutting mat work in the Wizard. I've used them on their Bigs XL which are the same size and run them through without a problem. This is not true for Big Shot Standard Cutting mats (they are a hair too wide).

On a special note, just be aware that just because an image is on an XL die that it is 'big'. I have a couple of these where the image is only just slightly longer than an image on a regular Bigz die. About 50% of the die space was blank!

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Nesties Question with the big shot. I have read about 3 differnt ways to sandwhich the nesties. I want the best one. One is the tan mats and white spacer from spell binders Two the plate and silicone from sizzix, 3 was the crease pad from the big shot. I have never cut a nestie and I just ordered some and I want to get the big shot with my next order. I am so confused please help me out Newbie to Big shot to nesties. So far things are as clear as mud
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Nesties Question with the big shot. I have read about 3 differnt ways to sandwhich the nesties. I want the best one. One is the tan mats and white spacer from spell binders Two the plate and silicone from sizzix, 3 was the crease pad from the big shot. I have never cut a nestie and I just ordered some and I want to get the big shot with my next order. I am so confused please help me out Newbie to Big shot to nesties. So far things are as clear as mud
Well there is no "best" sandwich because every machine will be different. You have to find the one that will work best in your machine. That's why you will see so many different ways of doing the same sandwich stack.

I use the spellbinders accessories when I'm cutting with my nestabilities in my big shot. That is not the sandwich you have to use but it's what works for me and my machine.

Don't be afraid to experiment!

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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.
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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.
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Hi Stasia!

I will research this further and let you know what I find out.

I believe the the Accucut is more industrial than the Big Shot but I will see what I can find out for you!

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Ok I know I saw the answer to this somewhere but I can't find it now. I have an open house tomorrow which I'm showing off the big shot. I want to do a few things and don't want to really screw up.

1. Can I run somechipboard through my Xryon and attach DSP to it and then go through the BS?
2. If I do will the dies get gunky and how do you clean them?
3. This one is really ridculous but here goes. Does the DSP go up away from the cutting edge or right next to the cutting edge. I promise I will right that on my mat so I know and do do it backward when I demo it.

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Mary,

I run my DSP through the Xyron then attach to chopboard. With DSP facing the die to cut. No gunk on die afterwards!!!
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I'm trying to get a snowflake image cut out on a card front (I want the negative, not the snowflake itself if that makes sense) but always end up with the shape of the die around it. Does anyone know of a way around this???
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I run my DSP through the Xyron then attach to chopboard. With DSP facing the die to cut. No gunk on die afterwards!!!
Thank You Thank you Thank You. I only have a limited amount of Halloween paper left and have a great idea but didn't want to waste trying.
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My mom has an 'old' original sizzix design that uses the handle that you have to swing down instead of roll the paper through the machine. Will our new dies work with her 'old' machine design? I know previously, you would just push the extended die through the machine and cut it a portion at a time. Sorry if this has already been asked. I could not find it. Thanks, Jen
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My mom has an 'old' original sizzix design that uses the handle that you have to swing down instead of roll the paper through the machine. Will our new dies work with her 'old' machine design? I know previously, you would just push the extended die through the machine and cut it a portion at a time. Sorry if this has already been asked. I could not find it. Thanks, Jen
My understanding is that the Originals and Sizzlets will work but not the Bigz XL dies.

I'll research this and see what I can find out.

Ok here's a video that should help answer your questions Sizzix Die Compatibility

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please forgive me if this question has been asked...There are a lot of posts to read through

I am doing the basket for my open house and wondered if anyone could tell me a good way to get the bottom in the basket and also what kind of adhesive you used. I don't want this to be difficult because I want everyone to love it!

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it's in the new mini that just came out. can start ordering 9/01. but, i
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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.
Stasia
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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.

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Here is their new website dedicated to fabric art:

http://www.accucutquilt.com/Starter-Sets-C7.aspx

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.

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I think I saw that the Flowers and Loopy Flowers dies are 12 inches long but can anyone tell me how tall at the tallest flower?
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Forgive me if this question has been asked...this is a very long thread. On various blogs I see recipes for die-cut sandwiches depending on what machine you are using. For using Nestabilities with the Big Shot, part of the sandwich calls for acrylic mats. Do these come with the Big Shot...is this just another name for the cutting mats?
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Forgive me if this question has been asked...this is a very long thread. On various blogs I see recipes for die-cut sandwiches depending on what machine you are using. For using Nestabilities with the Big Shot, part of the sandwich calls for acrylic mats. Do these come with the Big Shot...is this just another name for the cutting mats?
TIA!

The cutting mats or acrylic mat are one in the same and they come with the big shot. You can purchase extra mats at Micheal's or Joann's, they will be in the sizzix section. The big kick cutting mats work in the big shot. The big kick and the big shot are essentially the same machine. I like to use my 40% off coupon.
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Forgive me if this question has been asked...this is a very long thread. On various blogs I see recipes for die-cut sandwiches depending on what machine you are using. For using Nestabilities with the Big Shot, part of the sandwich calls for acrylic mats. Do these come with the Big Shot...is this just another name for the cutting mats?
TIA!
Yep they are the same!

Standard Cutting Pads come in a set of 2. They come with the Big Kick and the Big Shot. They are Acrylic mats so they may be referred to as such.

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My understanding is that the Originals and Sizzlets will work but not the Bigz XL dies.

I'll research this and see what I can find out.

Ok here's a video that should help answer your questions Sizzix Die Compatibility

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Just a wording question: are "Bigz" dies the same as "Bigz XL" dies?

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Old 09-01-2008, 11:03 PM   #155
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Bigz XL dies are the longer ones, about 6" x almost 14". They need the extended cutting pads (although I think some put two regular pads end to end to cut them).
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:11 PM   #156
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Thanks so much for all the info everyone and especially Alicia! I am going to be getting the Big Shot and am so happy to see that I can use my Quikutz dies too! YEAH! I won't demonstrate them but will be easier to use.

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My mom has an 'old' original sizzix design that uses the handle that you have to swing down instead of roll the paper through the machine. Will our new dies work with her 'old' machine design? I know previously, you would just push the extended die through the machine and cut it a portion at a time. Sorry if this has already been asked. I could not find it. Thanks, Jen
I just got off the phone with Demo Support. I was told that I can use all the dies EXCEPT the Pennant and Baskets & Blooms on page 29 of the mini. I really want that Top Note Bigz die and she told me I can use it in my old, original Sizzix machine. I sure hope she's right!! I just can't possibly afford the Big Shot now, unless I splurge and don't get anything else from the mini. I figure it's better to get a whole bunch of stuff from the mini- stamps, flurries, ribbons, and a die or two that I can let customers know can be used in the older machines since I know most of my customers do have them.
Having said that, after reading all the wonderful info here I am really thinking I want a Big Shot! Oh, what's a girl to do?!
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I am pretty sure the bigz dies, even the smaller ones, are all too big for the sizzix. Not too thick but too large to fit underneath the pull-down thing.
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A week or so ago, I called Sizzix directly and talked with their customer service and they confirmed that the bigz dies would be too thick (not wide) to fit under the handle. It's all terribly confusing for me because I was a Michael's this past weekend and they had some bigz dies which looked like they would work perfectly fine.

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It will not work in the red sizzix. The white pad is just under 5" wide (I have one and just measured it) and the narrowest dimension on the top note die is 5-1/2". Sorry.
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