The possibilities are endless when you craft with the Gemini Die Cutting and Embossing Machine by Crafter's Companion! The package includes
I bought this machine about 7 months ago and have been THRILLED with it since day 1!! It cuts like a dream and is a true work horse when it comes to die cutting for multiple cards and classes. As I get older there is no way I can cut like that on my manual machines without neck and shoulder pain. It is now my #1 go to machine for cardmaking, treat boxes, scrapbooking, acetate, vinyl, fabric, felt and so much more. I would recommend this machine in a heartbeat.
I broke my wrist a year ago in February and have struggled using my Big Shot since. I dabbled on YouTube to find a suitable replacement and finally selected the Gemini due to its simplicity and remarkable results. Although the machine is heavier than the Big Shot, it has produced impressive results with a very complicated die which I actually replaced since it never seemed to cut regardless of how many shims and passes through the Big Shot. I highly recommend this for those who do a lot of die cutting. I'm concerned about the layers required for the Stampin' Up 3D embossing folders, but will try based on YouTube videos from Crafter's Companion.
in theory, this machine should be great.
No more fussy cutting, no handcranking a die cutter, just pop it in and go.
In reality .... well.
The machine is heavy so you need a place to keep it out all the time , with enough room front & back for the plates.
The plates warp & crack ridiculously fast and it will be a very large cost to constantly replace them.
(Yes I follow the manual, yes I tried self healing mats and all the tricks, makes no difference)
And the machine is a bit finicky, I often feel like I really need to push the plates in, they don't feed themselves in well.
Finally having to play with different plate sandwiches & also use the die cuts only face up (when they fit around the stamp face down, thus needing to be flipped) is annoying.
Really expect better from such a costly machine, including better customer service.
I have a tendency to listen when Jennifer McGuire speaks and she loves the Gemini. And again, she was right! It’s a fabulous machine-easy to use and does a fabulous job. LOTS of room on the cutting plate makes cutting jobs shorter!
I received the machine yesterday. It shipped quickly which was nice. The machine has so far cut the dies perfectly. My Big Kick and Spellbinders machines did not handle most of my dies well.
One...I received several dies and one embossing folder. The description states 3 embossing folders and 16 Die'sire dies. The dies are not Die'sire dies and there was just one embossing folder. It was a little disappointing to receive what was listed.
Two...The one set of dies that was included was the multi-media hexagon dies. When I used them to cut some fabric (what they are meant to cut), they severely warped all of the cutting plates. I'm not sure I recommend using those type of dies.
The machine definitely has some high pressure for cutting which tends to warp the plates quickly. But it is nice to not have to crank and to have everything cut the first time. Especially the intricate dies.
Overall the machine works great for cutting. However, the plates warp too easily. I am wondering if the Big Shot would work better since it has a heavy plate on the bottom. And it stopped working after 13 months. I would say I use it about 6 hours a month. Crafter's Companion took 3 weeks to get back to me and couldn't give me any help because it is out of warranty.
I had the Gemini Jr but I needed to get a larger one. I tried a manuel one but it was just too hard to crank so I went ahead and got this one with my Christmas gift certificate. Glad I did. Not crazy about the order of the sandwich but I can live with that.
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