I received my Big Shot early in March and have used it to emboss only. i will soon be cutting some wafer-thin dies. I have to say that this is the best manual embossing machine I have ever used! I leave it sitting out on my table and it is so stable and heavy that the embossing folders just roll right through with no wiggle and very little effort on my part. I will be doing a lot more embossing and die cutting with this machine. The convenience of having it right on hand and always ready to go is a real treat for me. I am less likely to use a product if it is a big production to get it down off the shelf, open it up, hang on to it while I roll folders or dies through, etc, Access is really important. I love my Big Shot!
I love this product!! It is fun, so easy to use, and provides you with the die cuts you want, period. If you are a multi-crafter (you sew, knit, paint, scrap, whatever), you may not be looking to spend hundreds on an electronic machine. If you are concerned that you would not use the electronic machines enough to make it worth the investment (as I was), this is the machine for you!! It uses die cuts from all of the major manual platforms (I love the Cuttlebug embossing folders! Worked like a charm!), and the accessories are very reasonably priced. It is extremely stable--heavy enough to stay put on your table while using, but is not too heavy to take with you to crops. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone!
I researched die cut machines & pretty much had my mind made up to get one that needed to be hooked to PC. After much thought I realized that i did not want be on the PC while doing my scrapbooking, I would end up checking email ! So I started checking the machines that took all dies & decided on the BIG SHOT. I am so happy I did.
It is soooo easy to use. Basic directions & no cords!!! It went from box to layout in just a matter of minutes. By using the MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM you can also cut thinner dies.
The roller is so easy... not hard to turn. The machine has enough weight that it does not wiggle when cutting, yet is light enough that it is very portable.
I highly reccommend this! Plus I love the colors :)
I admit, I bought this because the new design was just too cute to pass up. :-) I have used a Cuttle Bug for several years and been happy with it, but decided to treat myself to a Big Shot. I'm so glad I did! It takes up more room on my desk than the Cuttle Bug but it seems like dies and folders just glide through whereas with the Cuttlebug. I had to hold it in place (suction cups no longer work) and really work the crank to get some dies to go through! I also can use an extra thin die I've had for awhile but could never get it to work with my CB, as well as the thick Sizzix dies and over sized ones too. Very happy with my purchase!