I love my Michaels too! We have a HL and Joann's just as close but the people are so much more helpful at my Micaels - and knowledgeable!
Just got a Big Shot. I only used it once - cut some Nesties and it was great but I got it and we left on vacation 2 days later. Just got home for a couple days and my son is in the hospital out of town. When we get hom, I plan to use it!