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Old 04-16-2019, 05:49 AM   #1
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I know this question have been asked before but the technology seems to be ever evolving so...

What die cutting machine besides Crafters Companion or Sizzix would you recommend these days and why? I am so confused. FYI, I am not interested in a computerized cutter like Brothers.
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I don't have the funds for a new machine but I'm hearing good things about the Spellbinders Platinum, with its wider platform and ability to fold up.

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Well I like my old Sizzix Big Kick (Big Shot), but if you want something different you could check out Jennifer McGuire's blog. She gives recommendations each year on tools, and all kinds of things. I'm not sure if she has tested a die-cutting machine.
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I have the We R Memory Evolution Advantage. I bought the motor for it, but it can be used manually, too. I like it because it isn't too heavy and folds to make a smaller footprint. I don't have a lot of room. Guess it will be my go to manual cutter when I can't get cuttlebug plates.
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Stacy, here’s the latest Jennifer McGuire review. Manual machines are at the bottom. Electric (not electronic/computerized like the Brother) are at the top.

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Not an every day machine, but the tiny Sidekick that she mentions has been surprisingly useful for small dies. The handle motion is very smooth and easy, given that I bought a Gemini Junior electric machine due to hand pain when cranking manual machines. (I bought the white one on sale.)

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Thanks for the replies. So far it seems my only options other that the 2 companies I have eliminated are Spellbinder or We Are Memory Keepers.

Anyone else want to chime in with a NON Sizzix or Crafters Companion recommendation?

Bjeans I'll be sure to check out the video, thxs.
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I don’t think there are many (any?) other companies here. Jennifer McGuire likes the Spellbinders Platinum 6 - she writes about it on her blog at link above and uses it in some videos.

Just my take so take it with a grain of salt - I’d be cautious about any WRMK (aka American Crafts) tool with moving parts, read reviews on impartial sites and wait to see how it’s doing over the long haul, including customer service response to problems. (I’m not ruling out that it could be a really good machine.)

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Has anyone used or seen this machine? From searching, it seems like it's being marketed more to quilters. The adjustable pressure is an interesting feature.

http://craftersedge.com/shop/die-cut...hine-supplies/
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Have not heard of it but did a quick search and found it is made by Tattered Lace. It was introduced during/on Create and Craft's anniversary celebration and Joanns carries it I think. I'm going to have to do a search on YouTube when I get time, hmmmm.
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It's actually made by the company that owns Dies Direct, Cheery Lynn, and Maker's Movement. Looks like I may have the opportunity to review one - would that interest anyone?
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Yes, yes, yes Please.

I thought of another question for those who own multiple machines. Which machines' cutting plates seem to hold up longer or is there not that much difference.
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The one from Tattered Lace is just "Crossover" - I'm assuming there are some improvements to the "II". Not sure.
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It's actually made by the company that owns Dies Direct, Cheery Lynn, and Maker's Movement. Looks like I may have the opportunity to review one - would that interest anyone?

Another, yes PLEASE!
I really like the adjustable pressure. I guess that's what we do with plates, shims, etc, but it would be nice if this machine is easier to use where that is concerned. I have a Gemini, Jr. and getting the pressure right on different kinds of embossing folders can be tricky.
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Yes, yes, yes Please.

I thought of another question for those who own multiple machines. Which machines' cutting plates seem to hold up longer or is there not that much difference.

I know you've ruled out Crafter's Companion; however, I purchased the Gemini Jr when it first came out, and I've really put it to the test, including mass producing Christmas cards, and so far no warping of the plates! I've been real happy with the performance of this machine. I own a Cuttlebug, Vagabond, and a Big Shot Plus, and I pull out my Gemini Jr the most, then the Big Shot. Ive been very happy with them both as far as plate warping.
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