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I just bought a Sizzix Big Kick machine, (not a Big Shot) and I am wondering if I can use non-Stampin' Up dies with it. It only provides instructions for Bigz Dies, embossilits, etc. I do not want to wreck my machine, so any advice is appreciated. I'm just hoping I didn't waste a bunch of money, if this thing CAN'T use other dies.
You can use most dies in the Big Kick. As the OP said the BK is just the Big Shot in a different housing (exterior casing). Just check the dies dimension-cannot use dies wider than the opening where the plates go through. No wider than about 6". You cannot use the Big Shot Pro dies or the largest Grand Nestabilies and there are probably others but for the most part, you can use most companies dies.
Thank you. Good to know. My only other concern is that since the cutting plates are clear plastic, will they not eventually get all scratched up and affect the quality of my die cuts? This is what happened with my Epic 6 machine. So, I guess I'll just have to hope that I don't have to replace the cutting plates/pads too often.
The plates do get scratched but try to remember to designate one as the one the the die blade will cut into. Keep flipping the plates-front to back, flip over top/bottom. When the plate gets too scratch so that it affects the 'look' of the cut image (some people use the scratched effect to make leaves more realistic looking) than start using the other one as the one to get scratch and start using a brand new plate as the 'other' plate. If you do this-flipping plates and having one be the one that get scratched, the plates last a long time. I have had a Cuttlebug and Big Shot for 4-5 yrs and have only had one break and have replaced scratched plates once for each machine.