New to die-cutting and embossing? Have limited space for crafting? Want something that is portable and and not so bulky? Then this Gemini Jr. Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine from Crafter's Companion will be the perfect fit. This package includes one Gemini Junior Machine, two clear cutting platforms, one metal cutting platform, one magnetic shim, one plastic shim, one rubber embossing mat, one beautiful Ornate Lace 3D embossing folder, one 6 piece die set and one 5 piece die set, one user guide and one power cord. All of these products are enclosed in a 13.8 cm H x 27.1 cm W x 19.4 cm D package. The platform size is 6" x 9" and is compatible with most thin metal dies and embossing folders. This machine can cut heavyweight cardstock, papers, vinyl, foil, and multiple layers of fabric. This machine enables edge-to-edge cutting and also can pause, resume, and reverse the plates within the machine. This is definitely a great machine for beginners and experienced crafters alike.
Full confession, I didn't buy mine from here: I didn't think sc.com would be carrying the product because they carry many competitors' machines. I bought mine directly from the manufacturer, just before Christmas, and have really enjoyed using it.
It's really powerful: with the right dies (steel ruled) you can cut almost anything. It also does a beautiful job with 3D embossing folders AND it will cut with even the most annoying thin metal dies. I had a couple of intricate dies that I was about to pitch in the trash before I got this thing: they work just fine with the Gemini and the right "sandwich."
I didn't go for the larger machine because of space considerations but, if it works as well as the Junior (which I'm sure it does) I'd recommend that size for folks who want to go bigger with their die-cutting and embossing.
Used in this project: Quick & Easy Christmas Card Kit
I would recommend this machine to anyone who is a crafter and enjoys die cutting or embossing especially if they do a lot of it. This machine is an investment, but worth that investment so that should be considered before/when purchasing. I have enjoyed the times I’ve used it; I LOVE the fact that it’s electric, and just pulls the plates through without pushing any buttons. My main complaint is that the plates warp, so I would HIGHLY recommend anyone who purchases this machine to purchase a backup set of the plates. The plates can be straightened slightly after warping using different methods. I personally found the best to be to put the plates in hot water and then place something heavy on them, watch them and then repeat, as necessary. I was satisfied with my purchase from Scrapbook.com. My order came as expected. I in fact had to contact Customer Service about some questions and received EXCELLENT service and would definitely purchase from Scrapbook.com again if they had the product, I was looking for.
I've wanted one of these for quite a while. They've been out of stock and when I got the notice that they were back, I ordered immediately. I love it. It does such a good job of die-cutting. So nice that I no longer need to turn a crank but everything is electric and automatic. This was my last big purchase for my new craft room and I love it.
I have a Cricut explore machine which I love but it doesn’t cut the intricate cuts that the Gemini does so this was a very good purchase and so excited to have it in my craft room.
The only negative I have is I’m still trying to figure out the plate configuration, but I’ve only had it for a week.
I love my Gemini!!! No more cranking!!!! Which is really important when you get older! It cuts everything perfectly!!
This machine is great. I got tired of cranking away on my
Cuttlebug. Great for small jobs when I don't want to use my
larger machines. Scrapbook.com had the lowest price anywhere. As always, their service is great. Had my machine in just a few days.
Would highly recommend the Gemini Junior as well as Scrapbook.com.
I have only used this one day so far, making approx 6 cuts/pass throughs w multiple dies on the plate. Loving this machine. Its quit and takes approx 10 secinds for the plates to pass through the machine.
If you've been using a manual due cutting machine you will love how well the gemini machines work and how clean your cuts will be. Happy to get the junior at such a great price. Shipping was quick and item arrived in perfect condition.
I ordered this mini to get my Christmas cards started. I know this will help me produce cards faster. I own the larger machine but have not used it yet. I recommend this for anyone who makes greeting cards or quilting.
To be honest, not too crazy about this machine. The only thing I like is that if you were to do a lot of die cutting you don’t have to do it by cracking the machine by hand. Had sizzix for 20 years now, and if I knew iI would have buy the sizzix with the button on the side to do the die cutting, etc. Not loving embossing with it had to replace the embossing plate already.
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