I don't know that there is much difference in cutting between machines..... they all work wonderfully well and like Don said the dies fit all machines unless they are wider than 6 inches.
Only difference is electronic or manual.......big price difference too!!
If I were just getting into (or back into) scrapbooking/cards, I would get a silhouette. You can have basically unlimited fonts and sizes of images and the only thing to store is the machine and mats. I have the original red sizzix, a big shot, a sidekick and TONS of dies to go with them. They take up TONs of space and you're stuck with the size of the dies. For the same price as a die cutter and a handful of dies, you can get a cameo 3 and a few mats.
I first got a Cuttlebug (small die cut machine) and it works well. (cheaper too) Then I got a Big Shot for the bigger dies and just leave my Cuttlebug in my crop bag to use at Crops. I have a Cricut and a Scan N cut electronic machine. But I use them...never. The dies are easier to use and faster too.
Hello fellow scrapbookers, I desperately need your help!!! I just received my spellbinder platinum 6 and I was so excited to use my tools but when I tried my Tim Holtz's embossing folders sandwich it didn't work. I tried to put as indicated in operation instructions book: platform - double sided embossing folder with paper inside - standard cutting plate ; but nothing happened! then I tried with the embossing plate: nothing, the tan embossing mat: nothing. and I have 8 Tim holtz embossing folders :-( Is it compatible, is there a way to make it work ? Please help me!!!
Embossing Sandwich for Em-bossing Fold’ers™ - (Stack from bottom up)
2. Em-bossing Fold’er™ with paper inside
3a. Clear cutting plate (for single or double-sided Em-bossing Fold’ers™) OR
3b. 3D Embossing Plate (for 3D Em-bossing Fold’ers™)
4. Run through the Platinum™ machine