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Old 10-07-2019, 01:33 PM   #1
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After 10 years my Big Shot Express is dieing.


Should I get the Big Shot Express or a Vagabond?
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:31 AM   #2
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I don't know anything about the Big Shot Express, but I have the original Vagabond and LOVE it. I have never had a problem with it. I would replace it with the same if anything happened to it....although I am somewhat negative about Sizzix lately.
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If you want more ideas, do a search in this forum on "electronic die cutting" and on "gemini". That should bring up several threads with people sharing info on what they have, what they like and don't.
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Are you definitely only open to one company or are you not aware that other companies make electronic die cutting machines as well. I don't have electronic but maybe others can give some suggestions if you are interested. Sorry your machine is dying, picking a new one is so hard because we use it so much & get very attached.


fyi, some of us are boycotting Sizzix which may be why you are not getting many responses to your question.
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Are you definitely only open to one company or are you not aware that other companies make electronic die cutting machines as well. I don't have electronic but maybe others can give some suggestions if you are interested. Sorry your machine is dying, picking a new one is so hard because we use it so much & get very attached.


fyi, some of us are boycotting Sizzix which may be why you are not getting many responses to your question.
I'm aware of others but I have all the "extras" for the Big Shot. Size and weight are also a consideration for me. Doing a little more research.
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I'm aware of others but I have all the "extras" for the Big Shot. Size and weight are also a consideration for me. Doing a little more research.
I was just going to post that if size a factor, comparing may help. Plus if you plan on moving it.

I have the Germini Junior on a corner of my computer desk, which is also where I die cut. So the compact size works perfectly.

A friend has the full size Gemini because she teaches classes, is a die cut diva and can load up the large plates. It doesn’t take up that much more room, though it is heavier and takes an extra couple seconds for the much longer plates to go through, not that it’s slow. Though you can also get small plates that are made for the Gem Junior and put them through sideways.

I haven’t watched these videos, but they compare the two for size and function, if you’re considering a Gemini.

- 2 minute video - shows size difference

- Prairie Paper and Ink (who I like but haven’t seen this) with a longer video comparing the two.
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Are you definitely only open to one company or are you not aware that other companies make electronic die cutting machines as well. I don't have electronic but maybe others can give some suggestions if you are interested. Sorry your machine is dying, picking a new one is so hard because we use it so much & get very attached.

fyi, some of us are boycotting Sizzix which may be why you are not getting many responses to your question.

Do you mean electronic like the Silhouette? Or other electric ones similar to the Gemini, Big Shot Express, etc?
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?are you asking me or the thread starter??
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?are you asking me or the thread starter??
Oh, you, Stacy, since you had mentioned electronic machines. I thought the , the OP was only interested in electric. (I sometimes wonder if anyone has completely stepped away from electric and just gone electronic, but that’s for another thread. I got rid of my Silhouette so it’s not relevant to me. Just curious aka nosy about All Things paper crafting. So ignore me.)
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Sorry I misspoke didn't I. I have only ever have non-electric hand crank so in my mind the other options are all the same. What can I say, my mind can be a scary mixed up place
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Sorry I misspoke didn't I. I have only ever have non-electric hand crank so in my mind the other options are all the same. What can I say, my mind can be a scary mixed up place

Welcome to my world...
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I purchased the Empress electric cut and emboss machine from Anna Griffin via HSN. It is a dream machine for me. A smaller version, the Mini, is being launched on HSN's craft day on November 5th. The plate opening is 4.5 inches and so many of my dies will fit that opening. She offers 5 plates for both machines: magnetic, clear (2), metal shim and rubber embossing mat. I also own a Gemini junior but have not used it as much because I am cutting and embossing with larger dies and folders on the Empress. I also own a big shot plus, a diamond press mini, and a cuttlebug. I think my cranking days are behind me!
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I have the Gemini Jr and love it. As soon as it arrived I donated my Cuttlebug to an assisted living facility.. just couldn't crank it. I do have the little Diamond Press with the 2 inch opening, and hope to look into the new Diamond Press with the 4 inch opening - both hand cranked but so tiny they don't take much to crank. Love my Diamond Press too...
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