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Old 04-13-2008, 07:25 PM   #1  
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Hi there!

I just received my first set of Nesties!! I have an Ellison Bigshot and used my Nesties for the first time in it and every cut came out embossed. Is that normal? I followed the Nestabilities suggestions for the Big Shot.

Does the cuttlebug emboss every cut? I am just weighing whether it is worth my while to buy yet another die cutting machine.

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Old 04-13-2008, 08:15 PM   #2  
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I have a Big Shot and have the same problem. I think it is, in my situation, because of the white spacer plate being just a hair too thick. I recently purchased the long nesties and had to get a bigger spacer plate which as it happens to be, is a little thinner than the smaller white spacer plate. I am having better luck with the W017 white spacer plate as apposed to the 4 1/4 x 6" white(forgot the item number) spacer plate. I think you will get different results with every machine so my advice would be to experiment with your machine to get the right sandwich recipe for cutting and for embossing.
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I have a Zip'e'mate and it works fine with it. No embossing although it does imprint into the covering plastic plate but I've read that is normal.
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I love using the Nestabilities in my Cuttlebug, but you might not want to spend the extra dollars without doing some experimenting first.

Sounds like the plates in your Big Shot are a very tight fit. If you have any extra spacer plates, or other options such as thin particle board try those first.

If you can't get it to work without embossing the edges, then you could look into the Wizard (which is made for Nestabilities) or the Cuttlebug.
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the cuttlebug is on sale this week at HL, so it would not be that bad...

I will try other things. I have the special cutting platform that allows me to cut the big QK dies and it is a very tight fit. I will try the regular cutting mat that came with it and see.

It's kind of funny that I am complaining that it cuts 'too well'!! LOL!
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I have a Big Shot and I found most sandwich recipes out there recommend using tab 2 of the platform. When I did that, I got the embossing marks too. So I experimented with CS shims and having the platform open at tab 1 and I've found what works for my machine.

I use 5 pieces of thin CS as shims with the platform at tab 1 - I get perfect cutting every time now, no embossing marks! I also use tab 1 and the same 5 CS shims when I emboss with my Nesties - and I get perfect embossing results. The CS I use is nowhere near as thick as SU! CS - it was just thin pearlescent card I had in my stash that just happened to be the perfect size for shims. I added a piece at a time until I got the results I wanted.

I'd say try experimenting using tab 1 on the platform and adding CS shims until you get perfect results with your particular machine - rather than getting a new one! Good luck!
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thanks for the help w/ that. I don't know that many people that have the BS, so this is so helpful. I will play around with recipes!!
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I just got my nesties and they worked just great in my cuttlebug! They worked both way, just cut and or embossed!
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Believe it or not, I love the Nesties in my original Sizzix machine. I have the big kick but the dies tended to slide around a bit in the sandwich and I would get the emboss when I didn't want it. I read on SCS that people had used Nesties in the original Sizzix and they work perfectly. Plus, there is no sandwich for them to slide around in. The only issue was getting an acrylic plate to use with the original sizzix and I ended up using the acrylic plates from my SideKick. I use one for the smaller Nesties and two for the larger ones.
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