Product Questions for Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray

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  • I am looking for a machine that will cut felt and foam. However, I have my own pattern. What do I need to be able to cut my own pattern and how do you do it?   By: klstacy1 (24-Feb-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Most machines will cut felt and foam, it depends on the dies you use, the chunky foam dies like what Tim Holtz has cut just about any material. I have cut out foam and made my own stamps By: cwenker (29-Apr-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I've not tried the two materials that you are asking about but if you go to the company's website there are videos for the materials that crafters use and the correct cutting templetes/ platforms By: annmariedemotto (28-Feb-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • An Anonymous User
    Sun., 2/10/2019
    To Support Group:
    I just got my "Brand New" Sizzix Big Shot Plus Everyday Machine Bundle!!! The only thing is that I am having trouble getting it to work. The layers are either too thin or it won't even go through, because it is too thick.
    The only thing I got to try was the embossing folder and it came out Awesome!!!!
    I believe I need to speak to a representative, ASAP, so I can get Going on my projects. I would appreciate your timely help and cooperation!!!!!!!
    Thank you kindly,
    [email protected]   By: User (10-Feb-19) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Does this machine cut metal and leather?   By: clbrackeen (26-Jun-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Here’s a list of material it does cut: Cardstock , Craft Plastic, Grunge paper, Vellum, Chipboard, Mat Board, Fabric, Leather, Vinyl, Felt, Poly Foam, Wood, Veneer, Cork, Flexible Magnet, Rubber, Craft Metal, Grungeboard, Shrink Plastic.
      For more info you can go to Sizzix.com➡️ Sizzix 101 By: Blakat71 (27-Jun-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Can you get the magnet sheet with this machine. Are the dies limited, or can any die be used on this machine.   By: nasushill (27-Sep-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • You can purchase the magnet plate separately, but is not necessary just handy and any die can be used with the big shot. By: Jobron (02-Oct-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I am getting ready to order a Big shot die cutting machine. I have a magnetic plate, that is 6" wide. Hopefully it will fit. am I correct? was worried if this was the right one, or the big shot plus, which has a 9 opening is the one. please help.   By: janetrm1940 (01-Sep-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I just got a big shot. It came with 2 cutting pads and a die. What all do I need to cut wafer thin dies and use embossing folders?   By: Sakers2 (31-Dec-15) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • In addition to 2 cutting pads, the machine should also include a multi-purpose platform. The platform tells you how many parts of it should be open for different types of dies. I cut wafer thin dies with the platform completely closed. I think that I have to open the top "leaf" for embossing folders. Enjoy your big shot - I've gotten a lot of use from mine! By: ddcmsmom (03-Jan-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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    Can you cut 3D dies on the Big Shot or just the Big Shot Plus   By: User (06-Sep-19) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hello! If you are referring to the Bigz dies then as long as they don't say "Bigz Plus" they can be used on the regular Big Shot machine as well. Hope this helps! By: Scrapbook.com (06-Sep-19) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • An Anonymous User
    I just bought a Sizzix Big Shot and am learning how to use it.
    The instruction book shows a silicon pad when using Thinlits. The silicon pad did not come with the machine. I've seen other instructions for cutting out those dies but not with the pad. So, do I need the pad or not?   By: User (11-Jul-19) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • The silicone pad is meant for use only when you are wanting to emboss your paper with the Thinlit dies. If you are just wanting to die cut with them, you will not need this pad. Hope this helps! By: Scrapbook.com (11-Jul-19) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Do the cutting pads get etched or am I doing it wrong   By: sauberlich (29-Jun-19) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Yes, this is completely normal. Cutting plates are considered a consumable item and will eventually need to be replaced. By: Scrapbook.com (01-Jul-19) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Can you use the bigshot with the new 3D dies? My embosser will not work for them, they get stuck.   By: placktorin (04-Jul-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • With the proper sandwich, you should be able to get 3D dies to run through this machine. By: Joanie R (13-Jul-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I have a Cricut. What does this machine do that I can't do on the Cricut? Thanks!   By: DebbiF (27-Apr-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • With the Cricut you are limited to your cartridges, and it takes time to cut something out, with a Big Shot there are tons and tons of different dies with any shape you need and nothing to set up, you just put your die and paper between the plastic pads and cut. By: cwenker (29-Apr-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Is the Vintaj machine the only machine that can emboss metal, or can you buy different plateforms for the big shot or any other to do the job?   By: askk76 (06-Apr-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • I think any Sizzix machine can be used, but I am not sure whether you need an additional platform. Perhaps someone else knows? By: moeflood (08-Apr-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • The Big Shot can emboss metal as well using normal platform By: cwenker (29-Apr-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I'm about to purchase the Big Shot and need to know what else I need to buy to emboss paper. I have some Darice embossing folders already. Can they be used and what else do I need?   By: Iyceqween (25-Mar-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • I DO NOT DO MUCH EMBOSSING BUT I LOVE MY BIG SHOT (AND I have the gemini -electronic and the cuttlebug). For embossing I believe you need 2 additional items, but not very expensive. I think less than $10 each. One is a silicone pad and the other is a texture pad, They have to be used together. I found a helpful video #129 on YouTube called something like the dos and don'ts of sizzix big shot by someone named stacy -scrapbooking made simple. I am pretty new to crafting so her video was a big help for me. Good luck and don't stress have fun, as my best friend (not a crafter) says " it is only paper!" By: cdp271 (28-Mar-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • In answer to your question..No you do not need SPECIAL PAPER for your Embossing folders..Your Embossing Folders will emboss just about any paper Foil..Special Paper... By: rustie53 (29-Mar-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Will this cut felt? I'm looking for something affordable (that isn't scissors!) to use for my felt craft projects   By: LATL (12-Jan-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • You can definitely run felt through this machine and it will cut as long as the dies you are using are made to cut this material. It's also important to remember to use the appropriate sandwich when cutting materials in the Big Shot. Thanks! By: Joanie R (13-Jan-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I have 2 questions... I currently have a Cuttlebug but have found it doesn't like certain brands of dies. Does the Big Shot machines accept most dies from various brands? Also, my second question... What are the differences in the various Big Shot Machines??   By: multiplicitycrafts (29-Dec-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • The differences between the two machines are the Big Shot has a 6" platform while the Big Shot Plus has a 9" platform. I am speaking of the width of the platform, so the bigger machine can accommodate bigger dies and provides for cutting area so you don't have to cut your paper down to a six inch width. I hope this helps. Thanks for your question! By: Joanie R (30-Dec-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I have several brands of dies and haven't found one yet that doesn't work in the Bog Shot. I don't know the differences between the different machines...sorry! By: garydeb721 (30-Dec-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • An Anonymous User
    Is there a 'life expectancy' on the cutting pads?   By: User (15-Dec-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • I've had my Big Shoot about 10 years and use it about 20 times a month, mostly with wafer thin dies. I have only replaced the cutting pads once. I plan to replace them again soon, so I guess they last about 5 years for me! By: tinkerbeth (18-Apr-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • Not sure about the life of the cutting pads. Just received my big shot. I would imagine that it depends on how often you use it. Jf used properly, it should last a long time. I love mine. By: maryrom4321 (17-Dec-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • An Anonymous User
    I have owned my big shot for years and really use it a lot! It has been really great, but lately I am having problems running my dry embossing folders through and getting a good clear image even running them through twice or changing position on the platform. It seems to me the pressure in the middle is not as firm. The outside is usually perfect and the inside is faint. Is there something I can do about it or has time and use just caused it to wear out and it's time to turn in my old machine for a new own?   By: User (05-Dec-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • This was exactly what started to happen when my first generation Big Shot (pink and black one) was at the end of its useful life. Dies started not to cut through, embossing was uneven. No matter what I added to the sandwich, it didn't help. It's likely time to upgrade to the new one. By: ChiKitty24 (06-Dec-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I currently have a cuttlebug and want to upgrade to a larger cutting surface. I'm not sure what the width of the cutting area is from the description. Can you tell me which models have a cutting or embossing area larger than 6".

    Also what is the difference between the electric Big Shot and the Vagabond besides the look?   By: wjn (01-Dec-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • The Big Shot Plus has a 9" opening. The Big Shot is not an electric machine, it is a manual hand crank machine. The Vagabond is an electric machine. By: Joanie R (09-Dec-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Is this machine compatible with thin metal dies? Or only plastic ones? The description of the machine led me to believe you can only use plastic dies. I have several D-Lites By spellbinders.   By: specialk9224 (24-Jun-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I have the Sizzix Big Shot. Can it accommodate Bigz dies?   By: ndgardens (27-May-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Yes, it will. Most Bigz dies are 6 inches in width so it will fit with the correct sandwich. By: Joanie R (09-Dec-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • What are the basic essentials needed for the big shot. I have a lot of wafer thin dies and want to be able to emboss. I would like to know what is needed for basic die cutting vs specific uses.

    Thank you
    Beyh   By: Bethas (27-May-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Your machine should have come with a multi-purpose platform which will allow you to cut with your thin metal dies. If you want to emboss with your thin metal dies you will need the silicone rubber mat and a texture plate (black). You might even be able to fiddle with your sandwiching and get away with just the silicone mat. If you want to emboss with embossing folders, you already have what you need. Take a look at the instructions on your multi-purpose platform. It shows what you need for each use. By: 123_Tamara (27-Jun-16) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • What is the mouth dimension on both the big shot and the big shot plus?   By: daughteroflight (17-Dec-15) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Can you use the thick Tim Holtz dies in it? I have the old electric version but looking for newer one   By: bettylou1 (26-Aug-15) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • The Platform seems larger. Is it larger and if so how big is it. Using the teal one at the moment and really loving it. Would consider a second if the platform is bigger. Using it for scrapbooking and larger is better as the smaller platform means the pieces used must be cut to size.   By: eambrey (09-Apr-15) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • From Sizzix: "The platform is the exact same as the older extended multipurpose platform. If they want bigger I am sure the Big Shot Plus would be a good suggestion as it is a 9” opening! "

      http://store.scrapbook.com/sz-660340.html By: Janna L (10-Apr-15) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • An Anonymous User
    I am just getting into card making and am at the scissors and stickers stage I want to move on and am considering the Big Shot. It appears to be reasonably easy to use. Is it? Also, I would appreciate advice on which dies would be the most useful to purchase first.   By: User (17-Feb-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • I love my Big Shot. It is really easy to use and makes perfect cuts every time. I always look for "stamp and die" sets because of the versatility. I would also recommend layering sets so you can produce a layered look using a particular shape. By: cindybrophy (20-Feb-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Just ordered the Big Shot. Says it comes with the extended multi-purpose platform and with one pair of Standard Cutting Pads. Will the Cutting Pads be long enough to use with the extended platform? Many thanks.   By: honeydew66 (04-Jun-16) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I have always had Cuttlebugs but am now ordering the new Big Shot. What pads do I need to order for it?   By: marilynmac (07-Apr-15) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • It will come with the extended multipurpose platform and two standard cutting pads. If you want your cutting pads to match your platform, you'll need the extended cutting pads. Otherwise, you have everything you'll need for most due cutting and embossing!! Enjoy your new Big Shot!! I hope you love it as much as I love mine!! By: garkarlon (08-Apr-15) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I recently bought a Big Shot and am extremely pleased with it. I've read that it will accommodate a variety of dies from other brands. I'm wondering if there is a difference in placement (face up or down) or sandwiching....? Any help is greatly appreciated and thank you!   By: inthepages (15-Aug-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Hadn't really thought about it. I mix it up the best I can. Because you can get then on Amazon fair cheap, I don't worry on how long they last. Sorry I don't think I was helpful By: Kems32 (19-Aug-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Will the extended magnetic platform work with this? And if so, is there any other accessory I should buy with the extended magnetic platform to cut thin dies?   By: iris_sparkup (17-Apr-15) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Yes it will work in the machine. It is thinner than the machine opening but it works the same way as it would in the big shot. By: Janna L (20-Apr-15) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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