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  • Where can I purchase just the tag and numbers dies and stamps that come along with this set? I already have a small die cutting machine.   By: janman (19-Apr-19) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • Unfortunately, it appears these are not available for sale outside of the bundle. By: sbc-julie (19-Apr-19) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • LOVE my Tim Holtz Sidekick, but what I dont love is that 1 of my plates is already cracked. :(
    And good luck finding the correct color replacements!!!   By: madewithlovebynlo (06-Apr-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • Since I saw these comments, I ordered an extra set of cutting pads (link below) with the machine bundle! With my larger Sizzix machines, I always keep one pad straight and unmarked by keeping it away from the cutting side of the dies. That way, I just have one pad that takes the brunt of the damage while the other provides a stable surface for running through the machine. Theoretically, that should give you more mileage out of a replacement set of cutting pads!
      https://www.scrapbook.com/store/sz-661769.html By: becky4230 (22-Nov-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I was thrilled when I receive my sidekick! However, after approximately 20 - 25 passes with various thinlets one of the plates is warped and even though the handle cranks nothing passes through the machine. It was wonderful while it lasted. By: Floribbean (24-Apr-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Is it just me but does the Sidekick NOT stay secured to the desk or table surface for very long? I've tried it on my wood desk and metal topped shelf and the suction releases after a few minutes - especially after I use it. Do I have a defective one? Thanks   By: SiderWhite (29-Dec-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • Few if any of the suction bottom die cut machines work well on any surface besides glass from my experience. By: deebeth89 (27-Feb-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I recently watched an FB Live with Tim Holtz this week and he spoke about this issue. (Check out his FB page for Tim Holtz Addicts to find the video.) A tip he shared was to take one of cutting pads from the larger Sizzix or Vagabond die cutting machines and secure the sidekick to that. Then when cutting out the die you can press down on the cutting pad the sidekick is secured to while turning the sidekick handle to cut the die. Hope this helps!
      Of course if you don't own a larger cutting pad you'd have to find a different solution. Perhaps a large 12x12 smooth tile? Sometimes one might have something like that laying around. (I've done a lot of different crafting so I have lots of odds and ends. Most crafters, er hoarders, do. LOL) By: gharlow_38 (16-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • What is the size of the circle die in this set? I am trying to find a co-ordinating size in a scallop circle to layer with it.   By: Jay1998 (13-Jun-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I just received my little Sidekick starter kit and it's so cute! I am new to die cutting and wondered whether it's normal to hear a cracking sound as you feed the plates and dies through the machine? It was startling the first time I used it. I also noticed that the bottom plate is marked with the shape of the die after feeding it through. I guess this is why replacement plates are available for purchase! Just hope it doesn't crack completely.   By: OntarioSue (19-Mar-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • Yes, the cracking sound and the marking of the plates are both completely normal. The plates are considered a "consumable" item and will need to be replaced eventually. Hope this helps! By: Scrapbook.com (19-Mar-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • What kind of dies exactly will this machine take? Thanks for your response, I'm very interested in this machine, seems like a great deal!   By: wendybn (08-Mar-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Can you cut felt with the sidekick?   By: Cthorses (10-Feb-20) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • In the Sidekick machine with the thin dies, you can cut a single sheet of cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum but felt will likely be too thick. By: Scrapbook.com (11-Feb-20) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • HI, is the handle supposed to be wobbly. It moves in and out at the top of the handle very easily-in fact without trying.   By: jlguilford (26-Dec-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • Friend and I ordered our Sidekicks at the same time and neither one of us has had an issue with the handle being wobbly. I wold check with Sizzix's Customer Service Department. By: My gal (27-Dec-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • Thank you for responding to my question. I'm going to exchange my machine. Looking forward to using it after my new machine arrives. T

      Thank you both again for your help!!! By: jlguilford (28-Dec-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Even though the product is out of stock can I get the sale price   By: kaboo1 (22-Nov-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Where do i order new sidekick cutting plates, embossing matt ? I just got my new little sweetie ( sidekick ) and I love it so much <3 ... so want to get more plates ahead   By: Lorett (12-Sep-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • You can purchase the cutting pads at Scrapbook.com.
      https://www.scrapbook.com/store/sz-654559.html By: Amber Boren (13-Sep-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I can't find the replacement pads and embossing matt either. Tried the website mention and its no where to be found By: snoopy2012 (09-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I had the original Sidekick and loved it. I have a huge collection of Sizzelits dies, can they be used in this new sidekick machine? thank you   By: Roselby (21-Jun-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
    • According to Sizzix's website, the Sizzlit-type dies will work, but require the purchase of a different, thinner set of cutting pads. By: aquabunny (14-Nov-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I love it so far. It can take dies up to 2 & 1/2". So i do not have to pull out the big shot for the small dies. By: terryc1992 (22-Jun-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Do you sell the pad and cutting mat separate?.. I own the red sidekick.   By: rosiereynaga18 (16-Nov-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • They said you can buy replacements, but I'm not sure if they would work in your machine. I don't know if they changed the specs on the design By: Icusissy (29-Nov-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • On the original video by Tim Holtz when his little one came out, he said the pads would work with the older (red) version. By: Patricia chance (22-Feb-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • What size is the tag die that comes with the sidekick?   By: 1bizeemom (19-Jan-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I love my Sidekick! It's so cute! I love the convince of not having to haul out my Big Shot. This is so convienent for small die projects.
    Will you let us know when Tim Holtz offers more embossing folders and dies designed for this machine?   By: Kansasks3 (31-Dec-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • The Tim Holtz Side Orders Die Sets just came out that we’re designed with this product in mind and work with the dies that came in the Sidekick bundle. You should check them out, they’re fun! By: 1bizeemom (19-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • So TH's Sidekick does not require an adapter to cut thin dies, because the cutting pads are thicker, correct?   By: sbartist (26-Jan-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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