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Old 10-30-2008, 04:00 AM   #321
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Default and somemore questions

do the bigz dies go on/fit the multipurpose platform or is there another set of plates and platforms to buy?
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Default when using the xl dies, do they go thru the machine

between the 2 clear acrylic pads only or is there a platform needed. I keep looking on the sizzix site and don't see a longer platform (the white part?)
am I missing it somewhere?
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i looked at some of these pages yesterday since my brand new big shot came in the mail and there is sooo much info. I'm sure it is on here somewhere, but could someone give me a quick answer......I saw reference to the texturez starter kit, the silicone rubber mat, the premium crease pad....could someone tell me what goes with what? in what instance do you need each of these items? Do you only need the silicone and texturez pad for embossing? is that only for embossing the sizzix texturez plates or do you also need the same for nesties and embossing templates? when would you use the premium crease pad?
sorry, i'm sure this has been asked before, but help!!!
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Ok here's the breakdown

You use the impressions pad and silicone rubber mat when using the Texture Plates. The sandwich is listed on your MPP (Multipurpose Platform) or you can print of the PDF file that I have listed in the First post in this thread.

If you want to EMBOSS your Nesties you can use the Silicone rubber mat for that also. The sandwich is also listed in the PDF file!

Also if you want to cut and emboss your nestabilites in ONE pass see this blog
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do the bigz dies go on/fit the multipurpose platform or is there another set of plates and platforms to buy? When using the XL dies do they go through the machine between the 2 clear acrylic pads only or is there a platform needed. I keep looking on the sizzix site and don't see a longer platform (the white part?) am I missing it somewhere? tracyg
When using an Original, Bigz or Bigz XL die you do not need the MPP (Multipurpose Platform)

Sandwich is from bottom up

Cutting Pad
Die Blade side up
Paper
Cutting Pad
Roll through Big Shot

For the XL dies same sandwich but you use the Extended Cutting Pads
Extended Cutting Pad
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Extended Cutting Pad
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clear as mud?

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I just got my BS last night too - I'm so excited. I was a bit alarmed when the die also cut into the cutting pad... is this normal?

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Oh YES!!!! it is very normal. I've had mine for about 3 years now and the cutting pads are "well Loved". I have had the same cutting pads. If they bend too much in one direction, just flip them over to reverse the distortion.

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I just got my BS last night too - I'm so excited. I was a bit alarmed when the die also cut into the cutting pad... is this normal?

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SAME HERE! I just got mine yesterday and made my first die cut just a few minutes ago . . . I was alarmed too when I saw a perfect scallop on the cutting pad. Of course, I came right here to SCS and found this thread . . . thank you so much for this!!
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love that i can use the big shot/stampin up dies in my cuttlebug!!!
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Yes but be careful! Many people have broken bugs and plates when using the XL dies.

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so far so good! i will watch out and be careful though
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Smile homemade magnetic mat for nestabilities

I totally felt like MacGyver yesterday. Firstly, I don't have the Big Shot but I have the Cuttlebug and I LOVE all the new dies from Stampin Up! Anywho... I wanted to have a magnetic mat for my nestibilities so I could create a perfect scallop frame. I used one of those magnetic photo sleeves (that I got 2 for 50cents at some sale a year ago!). I also store the nestabilities sets on the magnetic piece in a cd case. Just wanted to share in case anyone wanted to play MacGyver!
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Can two Decorative Strip Dies be put through a Big Kick at the same time -- side-by-side?
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Smile SU mini envelopes in the Big Shot

Use your Big Shot to emboss the image of the mini envelopes:

You know that template that has something like 5 mini envelopes that you trace and then cut out made by Stampin Up? Well I cut the template up-into 5 little templates. I could have then simply traced the border of each template but NO... I decided to send it through my Cuttlebug (I'm holding out....) (in otherwords through your Big Shot).... and voila, the envelope image is embossed on the card stock. I get out the old scissors and cut out the envelope.

But wait there's more! I then pulled out my scallop edge punch and punched the folding down lip and it almost looked like the extremely cute envelope die cut that SU offers in their Big Shot gear. So cute!

(oh, and I totally found another thread about the magnetic sheets somewhere else on splitcoast... so I'm embarrassed how my MacGyver moment wasn't all that revealing.)

Anywho... hope this idea helps... so you can use your Big Shot (Cuttlebug, etc) for all your plastic template sheets. No more tracing! Yeah!
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Use your Big Shot to emboss the image of the mini envelopes:

You know that template that has something like 5 mini envelopes that you trace and then cut out made by Stampin Up? Well I cut the template up-into 5 little templates. I could have then simply traced the border of each template but NO... I decided to send it through my Cuttlebug (I'm holding out....) (in otherwords through your Big Shot).... and voila, the envelope image is embossed on the card stock. I get out the old scissors and cut out the envelope.

But wait there's more! I then pulled out my scallop edge punch and punched the folding down lip and it almost looked like the extremely cute envelope die cut that SU offers in their Big Shot gear. So cute!

(oh, and I totally found another thread about the magnetic sheets somewhere else on splitcoast... so I'm embarrassed how my MacGyver moment wasn't all that revealing.)

Anywho... hope this idea helps... so you can use your Big Shot (Cuttlebug, etc) for all your plastic template sheets. No more tracing! Yeah!
What a neat idea! What sandwich did you use?
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Use your Big Shot to emboss the image of the mini envelopes:

You know that template that has something like 5 mini envelopes that you trace and then cut out made by Stampin Up? Well I cut the template up-into 5 little templates. I could have then simply traced the border of each template but NO... I decided to send it through my Cuttlebug (I'm holding out....) (in otherwords through your Big Shot).... and voila, the envelope image is embossed on the card stock. I get out the old scissors and cut out the envelope.

But wait there's more! I then pulled out my scallop edge punch and punched the folding down lip and it almost looked like the extremely cute envelope die cut that SU offers in their Big Shot gear. So cute!

(oh, and I totally found another thread about the magnetic sheets somewhere else on splitcoast... so I'm embarrassed how my MacGyver moment wasn't all that revealing.)

Anywho... hope this idea helps... so you can use your Big Shot (Cuttlebug, etc) for all your plastic template sheets. No more tracing! Yeah!
This is awesome! I, too, would love to know about how to sandwich it in the Big Shot.TFS!!
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Use your Big Shot to emboss the image of the mini envelopes:

You know that template that has something like 5 mini envelopes that you trace and then cut out made by Stampin Up? Well I cut the template up-into 5 little templates. I could have then simply traced the border of each template but NO... I decided to send it through my Cuttlebug (I'm holding out....) (in otherwords through your Big Shot).... and voila, the envelope image is embossed on the card stock. I get out the old scissors and cut out the envelope.

But wait there's more! I then pulled out my scallop edge punch and punched the folding down lip and it almost looked like the extremely cute envelope die cut that SU offers in their Big Shot gear. So cute!

(oh, and I totally found another thread about the magnetic sheets somewhere else on splitcoast... so I'm embarrassed how my MacGyver moment wasn't all that revealing.)

Anywho... hope this idea helps... so you can use your Big Shot (Cuttlebug, etc) for all your plastic template sheets. No more tracing! Yeah!
This is great! Thanks for sharing this idea!!
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You know that template that has something like 5 mini envelopes that you trace and then cut out made by Stampin Up? Well I cut the template up-into 5 little templates. I could have then simply traced the border of each template but NO... I decided to send it through my Cuttlebug (I'm holding out....) (in otherwords through your Big Shot).... and voila, the envelope image is embossed on the card stock. I get out the old scissors and cut out the envelope.

But wait there's more! I then pulled out my scallop edge punch and punched the folding down lip and it almost looked like the extremely cute envelope die cut that SU offers in their Big Shot gear. So cute!

(oh, and I totally found another thread about the magnetic sheets somewhere else on splitcoast... so I'm embarrassed how my MacGyver moment wasn't all that revealing.)

Anywho... hope this idea helps... so you can use your Big Shot (Cuttlebug, etc) for all your plastic template sheets. No more tracing! Yeah!
My guess would be that the silicone rubber mat and impressions pad were used here. I'm going to give it a try and see if it works.

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ETA

I just couldn't bring myself to cut apart my template sheet

Sorry ladies!

Hopefully the original poster will give us the low down!

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In the November 1 tutorial for Cutting Shapes with Nestabilities™ Die templates, the first subject in the Holiday Tutorial Blitz, Lori Craig uses a Magnetic Spacer Mat.

Is the Magnetic Spacer mat the same as the Magnetic Placement Mat?
Is it essential or is there a good substitute for it?
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In the November 1 tutorial for Cutting Shapes with Nestabilities™ Die templates, the first subject in the Holiday Tutorial Blitz, Lori Craig uses a Magnetic Spacer Mat.

Is the Magnetic Spacer mat the same as the Magnetic Placement Mat?
Is it essential or is there a good substitute for it?
I would be using the Nestabilties in a Big Kick.
No they are not the same thing. However they do share the same function.

The Magnetic Spacer Mat is thicker than the Magnetic Placement Mat.

The Magnetic Spacer Mat is what comes with the new Raspberry colored Wizard machine.

I believe you can still purchase the Magnetic Placement Mat separately but I'm not 100% sure...


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There is a sandwich list for using the Nestabilities dies in the very first post in this thread.

The Big Kick and Big Shot use the same sandwich!

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Smile Sandwich recipe for plastic templates in Bug or Big Shot

So... here it is... some dear soul will have to translate it to the Big Shot recipe. I just basically modified the brass template formula
For my Cuttlebug:
To squish a plastic mini envelope template (which you have to cut to do this and man, I rejoice in NEVER having to trace again so I cut like fiend for this!) (I store them all in a plastic Rubber Stamp box SU style- works marvelously).
From bottom to top:
- The "A" Plate (thick and somewhat squishy)
- A Shim (or two) of thin cardboard (work with it to figure out what works with the cardstock you are trying to emboss. Too many shims cuts the scored lines on the envelope)
- Rubber gasket (I'm using the spellbinders rubber thingy- it's softer than the plumbers gasket I have)
- Cardstock to emboss
- mini-envelope template (or any plastic template you have I would guess)
- 2 B plates
Roll on through!

Then for the bonus scallop the edge of the lip of the envelope with your straight edge scallop punch (SU, Fiskars, etc). ooooooh, or I bet you could send it though with a large Nestibilities Scallop Square positioned on the lip for an even smaller scallop. Too bad I have to go to sleep to get up to work or I'd be on it trying it out... Someone else should though!
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So... here it is... some dear soul will have to translate it to the Big Shot recipe. I just basically modified the brass template formula
For my Cuttlebug:
To squish a plastic mini envelope template (which you have to cut to do this and man, I rejoice in NEVER having to trace again so I cut like fiend for this!) (I store them all in a plastic Rubber Stamp box SU style- works marvelously).
From bottom to top:
- The "A" Plate (thick and somewhat squishy)
- A Shim (or two) of thin cardboard (work with it to figure out what works with the cardstock you are trying to emboss. Too many shims cuts the scored lines on the envelope)
- Rubber gasket (I'm using the spellbinders rubber thingy- it's softer than the plumbers gasket I have)Spellbinders Tan Emboss Mat
- Cardstock to emboss
- mini-envelope template (or any plastic template you have I would guess)
- 2 B plates
Roll on through!

Then for the bonus scallop the edge of the lip of the envelope with your straight edge scallop punch (SU, Fiskars, etc). ooooooh, or I bet you could send it though with a large Nestibilities Scallop Square positioned on the lip for an even smaller scallop. Too bad I have to go to sleep to get up to work or I'd be on it trying it out... Someone else should though!
Here's the Brass Stencil Sandwich for Big Shot Users

Multipurpose Platform Tab 1
Standard Cutting Pad
Metal Stencil
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Impressions Pad
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So you would substitute the Metal Stencil with the Envelope Template then probably need to add some shim.

If anyone does this feel free to post back here!

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Forgive me if this has already been asked.

When I use my nestabilities in my big shot, using the sandwich: Multipurpose platform Tab 2, Cutting pad, nestie (blade up), cardstock, cutting pad, I end up getting a hint of an emboss around the edges. It's good if I WANT to emboss with the nextie, but I don't always want this effect. Any way to get rid of the faint embossed edge?
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Forgive me if this has already been asked.

When I use my nestabilities in my big shot, using the sandwich: Multipurpose platform Tab 2, Cutting pad, nestie (blade up), cardstock, cutting pad, I end up getting a hint of an emboss around the edges. It's good if I WANT to emboss with the nextie, but I don't always want this effect. Any way to get rid of the faint embossed edge?
Here's a link to Jay's Blog that should help you out
Indigo Inklings no Emboss lines from Nestabilities

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Thank you so much! I'll try that!
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I'm trying to read thru this whole thread, but I haven't found this answer yet....

I'm trying to cut SU! chipboard with my top note die and having trouble. Either, the regular sandwich is so thick it won't even budge thru the machine or it's not thick enough to cut all the way thru the chipboard. Can someone tell me what sandwich works for this?

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I have a question - my cutting plates for my BIGKick keep bending a lot and warping. I've noticed that it happens the most when I use my Nesties (and oh how I love my Nesties!). The sandwich I use for the Nesties is the platform on tab 2, then a cutting plate, then my Nestie with the blade up, the paper face up, then the second cutting plate. I've also tried it with the Nestie with the blade down but it didn't make a difference. I use my Nesties a lot - at least 5 cuts a day with them - and my cutting plates that are only 3 weeks old are already very warped. Any ideas? Thanks so much.

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I have a question - my cutting plates for my BIGKick keep bending a lot and warping. I've noticed that it happens the most when I use my Nesties (and oh how I love my Nesties!). The sandwich I use for the Nesties is the platform on tab 2, then a cutting plate, then my Nestie with the blade up, the paper face up, then the second Nestie. I've also tried it with the Nestie with the blade down but it didn't make a difference. I use my Nesties a lot - at least 5 cuts a day with them - and my cutting plates that are only 3 weeks old are already very warped. Any ideas? Thanks so much.
Are you flipping your mats after each use?

Are you positioning the die in a different spot on the mat each time?

Are you storing the Mats underneath something to weigh them down?

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I'm trying to read thru this whole thread, but I haven't found this answer yet....

I'm trying to cut SU! chipboard with my top note die and having trouble. Either, the regular sandwich is so thick it won't even budge thru the machine or it's not thick enough to cut all the way thru the chipboard. Can someone tell me what sandwich works for this?

Thanks so much!!
is your sandwich from the bottom up
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Is that too thick for you to roll through your machine?

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:35 PM   #350
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Are you flipping your mats after each use?

Are you positioning the die in a different spot on the mat each time?

Are you storing the Mats underneath something to weigh them down?

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Alicia, thanks for the help! I flip them a lot so that each side gets used, and I use the die in all sorts of different positions, but I haven't tried storing them under something heavy. I'll give that a shot. Thanks so much!
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:42 PM   #351
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is your sandwich from the bottom up
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die blade up
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Is that too thick for you to roll through your machine?

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Yes. It's so thick, I can't seem to get it to budge thru the machine at all. So I eliminated the bottom plate and instead used another piece of the chipboard on the bottom and then it wouldn't cut all the way thru the chipboard.
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:48 PM   #352
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Yes. It's so thick, I can't seem to get it to budge thru the machine at all. So I eliminated the bottom plate and instead used another piece of the chipboard on the bottom and then it wouldn't cut all the way thru the chipboard.
Sound like you need more shim to increase the pressure then.

Another thing to try would be to flip the sandwich so the die is blade down.

Trying using 2 pieces of chipboard as shim. I havent cut chipboard with my top note die yet so I can't give you more help

Also which SU chipboard are you trying to cut the board book or the longboard that was specifically designed to be used in the Big Shot?

Hopefully someone who has done this successfully will chime in here!

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:57 PM   #353
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Sound like you need more shim to increase the pressure then.

Another thing to try would be to flip the sandwich so the die is blade down.

Trying using 2 pieces of chipboard as shim. I havent cut chipboard with my top note die yet so I can't give you more help

Also which SU chipboard are you trying to cut the board book or the longboard that was specifically designed to be used in the Big Shot?

Hopefully someone who has done this successfully will chime in here!

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Thank you so much for your help, Alicia.

You know, I'm using the board book. I assumed they were the same thickness but maybe the board book is thicker than the longboard??
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:18 AM   #354
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Can't believe I just got through ALL the posts here! Thanks for everyone's input and advice.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:43 PM   #355
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OMG- I am so freaking out right now!

I have been using my Big Shot for weeks and have been totally loving it.
Monday night I am having a workshop where we'll be doing cards all using the Big Shot. Well, maybe not

I was just trying to use my "Join In The Cheer" decorative strip die for the first time. I followed the sandwich recipe exactly as shown in the instructions (all items brand new): extended spacer platform on the bottom, then a decorative strip cutting pad, then the strip die, then the paper- it was SU card stock, then the other cutting pad on top. I went to put it through and it seemed very snug. I got a little scared but remembered hearing that some sandwiches are really tight and not to worry. Well, I made it almost half way through but it was seriously getting so hard to turn the handle that I chickened out PLUS I don't think I could have done it. It was too hard! I went backwards because I felt like it was stuck. Well, when I got it out I freaked! It not only cut real deep, but everything was a mess! The spacer platform had a decal on it (it says "do not remove") and that is all scrunched up and all messy and sticky on it. You can see and feel the glue from it on the metal roller if you peer under the handle part of the machine, where is says "Big Shot". I just can't believe this. The cutting pad is so deeply cut. You should see it. I kept looking at the directions and I am sure I did everything right, so what the heck happened? And WHAT do I do NOW???

Oh, gosh- I hope someone who knows something about the Big Shot and what I should do is "on" now! I will never sleep tonight. I am so freaked out!
Plus, I promised my club 3 projects Monday night using the Big Shot. At the very least I'm afraid I'll have to make all new projects tomorrow.
I think I am gonna throw up.
Someone, PLEEEEEEASE HELP!!!
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:47 PM   #356
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It's going to be all right! Take a deep breath!

Is there any chance there was something else in your sandwich, accidentally? When I first got my BS, I accidently had a scrap of cardstock stuck to the bottom of one of the cutting pads. The sandwich acted just like you described.
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It's going to be all right! Take a deep breath!

Is there any chance there was something else in your sandwich, accidentally? When I first got my BS, I accidently had a scrap of cardstock stuck to the bottom of one of the cutting pads. The sandwich acted just like you described.
Oh Amy- Thanks for "being here", lol! I feel so alone in this!
I just re-checked and no. There's not a paper or a shim or anything. I have been going over and over this. I just don't get it.
I hope by going backwards I didn't do more harm, but I don't think I had any choice. Even so, everything was getting so chewed up.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:53 PM   #358
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I am sure they'll help me at SU on Monday, but I figured you ladies likely have a lot more "real" experience with them than anyone I might get at demo support.
I just don;t know what to do about my workshop either. I really don't have the energy to come up with 3 new projects. But I guess I may have no choice.
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:00 PM   #359
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I'm sorry Sarah. I have no solutions but wanted to tell you you are not alone. I did about the same thing with mine last night. I sandwiched a sizzlet wrong and it was super tight. Like you, I kept going for a bit, remembering people saying it's supposed to be snug. Then I realized the sizzlet was not going through. I backed it out and somehow the sticker on the top of the multipurpose thingy was ripping off. I had to cut it off where it was destroyed and now it's all sticky. I didn't think to see if it messed up the actual machine. But we used it a lot after the incident so I think my machine is ok? It's the multipurpose thingy that's a mess.

I actually thought of calling SU to see if they would have any pity on me and send a new multipurpose platform. I know it's a stretch but you never know. I once sent back a whole set of 48 markers that was accidentally sent to me and I always hoped that would come back to me in a good way.

I really hope you get it all figured out. Take some NyQuil tonight.
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:02 PM   #360
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I think you should just leave it for tonite. It will all seem clearer in the morning! And if you're like me, you'll have an "Ah HA" moment in the middle of the night, and know *exactly* what to do when you wake up. {{Hugs}} Try not to stress too much! Do you have an upline/sideline close as a backup plan? Maybe you could borrow BS stuff if you have to.
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