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Old 07-26-2019, 04:44 PM   #1
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Question Mini die cutting comparison?

Have seen both the Tim Holtz Sidekick and the WRMK Mini Evolution. I think one of these might be handy- anyone have any info or comparisons for me?
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:55 PM   #2
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I have the Sidekick - which I noticed was advertised a bit ago at Tuesday Morning, so worth checking if you’re near one. It’s surprisingly smooth and handier than I thought it would be. It's very stable, doesn’t move when the lever to hold it still is engaged.

I have a minor, permanent injury and arthritis but can crank this little machine without any problems, probably helped because it’s only a few cranks.

WRMK is owned by American Crafts now (for quite a while) and my personal take is that Customer Service is not as good as it was.

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Old 07-27-2019, 04:36 AM   #3
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I have the Gemini Go and like it. It can be plugged in or will run from a battery pack. It is more expensive but I have problems cranking any kind of manual machine so it has really been a blessing for me. Got it from a craft day on HSN
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Old 07-27-2019, 02:18 PM   #4
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I have the Sidekick and love it! I also have the Gemini Go that I haven't used yet. Anything small and portable is a blessing for me.
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Old 07-28-2019, 12:26 AM   #5
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I have the Tim Holtz Mini Die Cutter. I have no complaints. Lots of power in that little thing. I keep it near me so when I want to cut something small, I use it. The plates have not warped at all. I don't think they will.
BUT, I bought the Gemini Go a while ago. It is indeed more mighty and mighty more expensive since it is electric. It is packed with power and won't let you down. I got it on sale, so, I was quite a happy person. It also has a wider plate size.
Now that I have been struck with right shoulder and arm dysfunction (lol) I can't crank so much. So, I have to use the electronic die cutters of which I have.
So, in ending, if your budget will allow, go for the Gemini Go. But it is a bit larger and heavier than Tim's mini. However, if you want something that you can put right along side you in a small space, Tim is it.
Hope I have been helpful.
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Not listed as an option in the original post, but I have the Baby Blue from Tattered Lace and love it! Small but mighty, lol...
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I have the Diamond Press. it's very small, hand cranked, and only dies under 2" can be used. But, I use it just as much as my Gemini Jr and love them both. HSN has all kinds of Diamond Press dies, some come with stamps to match. I always order something on their HSN Craft Days and have never had a problem with the machine nor dies. Some of the reviews on the machine said the handles broke after a few uses and the dies don't cut clean. I've had mine over a year now and it's awesome.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:35 PM   #8
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Many thanks for feedback- have also learned some new names of cutters to check out!
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I have Tattered Lace Baby Blue and I love it.
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I have the Spellbinders machine (Sapphire?), which I think was only available from Create and Craft TV and was the first of its kind. They say we die-cut more with small dies than with any other size. Certainly found it useful when I was die-cutting hundreds of Art Deco corners for nephew's wedding stationery a few years back. The pressure is superb: they say that the far left and right sides of die-cutting platforms has the best pressure but, as these cutters are so small, there is no centre as such.

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I'm curious, is the opening for mini machines about the same or does it vary from brand to brand.
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I'm curious, is the opening for mini machines about the same or does it vary from brand to brand.
It varies from brand to brand, if you google the different machines it should tell you the size of dies that will go through. I bought the Diamond Press, but it was too small for what I wanted and then I bought the Baby Blue, I am keeping the Diamond Press for my granddaughter.
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The Sidekick (Tim Holtz) can take dies (and tiny embossing folders) up to 2.5 inches. Starter kits vary depending on whether white or brown. Amazon happens to have both for comparison (with brown being about $6.00 less at the moment).

Amazon.com: Sizzix Sidekick Manual Die Cutting and Embossing Machine with Starter Kit, 2.5 Inch (6.35 cm) Opening, 2.5: Arts, Crafts & Sewing

Whichever die cutting machine you buy, checking that there’s excellent suction to hold onto the work surface, and that cutting pads are readily available could be worth considering. Enjoy!
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The Sidekick (Tim Holtz) can take dies (and tiny embossing folders) up to 2.5 inches. Starter kits vary depending on whether white or brown. Amazon happens to have both for comparison (with brown being about $6.00 less at the moment).

Amazon.com: Sizzix Sidekick Manual Die Cutting and Embossing Machine with Starter Kit, 2.5 Inch (6.35 cm) Opening, 2.5: Arts, Crafts & Sewing

Whichever die cutting machine you buy, checking that there’s excellent suction to hold onto the work surface, and that cutting pads are readily available could be worth considering. Enjoy!

There's also an all black one now (with starter kit) which I just ordered from Marco's. Hoping it will be a good helper to my much loved BigShot!

Sizzix Sidekick Starter Set (Black) Featuring Tim Holtz Designs - Marco's Paper
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I have the Anna Griffith mini machine. I ordered it from HSN. I love it--cuts first time, every time.
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