The TB is great, but yeah - it ONLY does embossing. If you really think you can resist the pull of Nesties and the like, I say go for it. I have a Gazelle, and for the same reason as you're thinking I got a TB. This only lasted a few months, lol. Now I have both a Gazelle and a Big Shot and I wouldn't give up either one. A manual die-cutting machine is so nice to have for papers and fabrics that don't do well in an electronic cutter. Also sometimes I like to cut a precisely aligned photo or a specific pattern out of a piece of patterned paper, and it's infinitely easier to do this with a manual machine.