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Old 02-12-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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I have decided I am worth the new machine with all the cards I make and sell at the farmers markets.  This machine will end the "crank" hand that hurts this old woman.

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I need to replace my Big Shot Express but decided against the Switch partly because you have to either grab the "sandwich" as it comes out or reverse it. I prefer the flat surface of the Big Shot Express to arrange my dies.

The Big Shot Express has allowed me to keep card making-your hands will thank you!

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I have a big kick that is bothering my arthritis with the crank. Maybe I need to check this out. 

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I switch a long time ago. I had the Vagabond 1 for 10+ years and it finally died so I got the 2 and it’s even better. And quieter. 
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I'm not sure what you are talking about? Is there a new electric big shot coming out?
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Can you stop and back-up the plates or do they have to go all the way through? (on any of the electric machines - for when you have a small die)

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Have you noticed the lack of Sizzix Big Shot in videos lately?  I'm wondering if it's in response to Sizzix suing Hero Arts and this is an "actions speak louder than words" revolt.
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Can you stop and back-up the plates or do they have to go all the way through? (on any of the electric machines - for when you have a small die)

The Big Shot Express allows that. I did sone looking and the Big Shot Express is out of stock everywhere. I’m leaning towards the Vagabond. Not sure I can wait for the new Sizzix machine as my Express is on its last legs.
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I bought the Gemini electronic machine and do love it.  Cuts intricate dies beautifully.  It takes a while to learn the sandwich though.
And one other thing....if you have those large thick dies and also the Tim Holtz 3-d folders, they will not go through it.  
But I still have my big shot, because sometimes it’s just easier!  So I use both!
Don’t know if this would be an issue with other machine or not, but may want to check before purchasing!
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My hands aren't liking the Big Kick crank anymore, either. I'm going to check out the Big Shot Express and the Vagabond. 
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I am really looking forward to the launch of the BS Switch in May.  Since it takes the Bigz dies and the thin dies and can accommodate 8 1/2 inch and A4 paper, I hope it will end my quest for the perfect machine.  
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Yes you can reverse direction as often as you like. I wore out my 1 and got a vagabond 2 which went on sale on amazon for a couple of days for about $120. Use it nearly every day.
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Can you stop and back-up the plates or do they have to go all the way through? (on any of the electric machines - for when you have a small die)

I can tell  you with the Gemini machine, you can stop it completely, back it up, go forward, with no problems.  If there is a problem with thickness, it will stop , the machine will not allow the item to go through, and you can then back it out.
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The Big Shot Switch looks like the answer to all my questions - it accepts the 8.5x11 cardstock and it works with the bigz dies to the thinlets. The videos don't mention embossing but I would think it would do that. I will keep my eye on it but will wait to see if there are improvements as most first shipments have problems and the company then makes a better unit.  I always worry when something is fully automated. 
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