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Old 06-02-2021, 12:07 AM   #1  
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I took apart my old Big Shot, intending to fix the rollers, but by the time i got a zillion nuts and bolts and screws scattered on the table, and the parts all disassembled, I realized my arthritic fingers were a hazard not for the job of reassembling the machine even if I could follow the online instructions to fix it. So I bought a new Big Shot. Amazon delivered it in 2 days. I fiddled with many different dies, failing at getting even one to cut right. So I got with Amazon and today I had a new Big Shot. Problem is, it is exactly like the ione I'm returning.. The rollers are obviously the problem, turning an inch or so and clanking then moving a bit more, a VERY rough ride that takes a whole lot of muscle. If I use fewer shims, it doesn't take alot of muscle but it also doesn't cut the die. Do you have a favorite die-cutting machine? I'm done with Big Shot.
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I have a Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine that is very easy to turn and my dies cut cleanly. Mine is a Fun Stampers Journey model, but it is the same machine. My daughter has the Platinum and she said it is harder to crank than my Platinum 6. My Big Shot Plus works fine with cutting dies, but sometime I just want to use a smaller machine.
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I use a Gemini jr. it’s a little noisy compared to a crank machine, but cuts very well. I decided to try this machine when my mom wanted my big shot (hers broke). I wanted to try something without a crank on the side since that would help with my craft space.

One of the complaints you might hear about this machine is the cost of replacing the cutting plates. However, if you purchase an ‘I crafter’ plate and cut into that, your original plates just become part of the sandwich - problem solved! It’s self-healing, so I don’t expect to need to purchase plates ever again.
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I love my Gemini Jr electronic machine. I did purchase the iCrafter plate, and I'm on my second plate. They do protect the clear plates, but in time they also warp. I turn and rotate my plates after EVERY cut, but they still warp. My machine is used daily, so it gets a LOT of use. But I highly recommend the Gemini Jr...
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