I never was very interested in embossing, but as I got more into making cards it was clear I needed it. After much reasearching, I made the decision on the ebosser. I was nervous as it was pricey, but now that Ive had it for a month, I cannot stop using it! I'm totally in love with the machine!!! Easy to use, it's UNIVERSAL and can use pretty much any folder or die out there. So, glad I didn't do the Big Shot!