Okay, I just got my Sizzix Big Shot (regular not the pro). It is my first and only experience with a machine of this type.
I bought several of the compatable dies as well. They were the size that just required them to be sandwiched between the pads & paper. And I'm sure I had it placed right. The die was so thick nothing else could have gone in with it nor any platform used.
So anyway, I am using plain cardstock (standard) and the machine does cut with ease-BUT the shape is still sticking to the cardstock and is not cut out. (Not sure if that's normal or not.) Which wouldn't be an issue, except that when I VERY carefully punch it out (tried several times) it either rips, pulls the paper and rips it or leaves "messy" unfinished edges with tiny bits of paper sticking to it that I can't remove. It does not look neat and clean. To be fair on some of them, it's relatively minor, but for the most part it's not.
I thought I might have a bad die. So I tried one with rectangles. It did the same thing. Even worse this die was supposed to be nice, neat rectangles. I got it because I'm not a very good cutter with scissors and can't make my cuts look neat. I was disappointed with the same results above-and even more so that the rectangles which look neat on the package & on the die-are crooked. They look like I cut them badly by hand!
I decide to try my embossing folder. It was a lovely chandiler. The embossing was LOVELY! However out of all the tries I made (cardstock) it punched it out and seperated it from the paper on the edge all along one side. Which I don't think was normal. I could live with it and just use it as an element, but it's a messy tear.
So, is this normal with the Sizzix Big Shot (not pro)? Am I doing something wrong?
I couldn't be more disappointed. I feel like I was cheated by the crappy machine and dies.