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I have been using the Big Shot for a long time now. But as soon as I recently heard that Sizzix is going to make quite a few products for this machine, I just had to buy it! They've already released some items recently. And their stunning!!!
I compared prices and Scrapbook.com has the best prices out there on this machine. One thing I have noticed compared to the regular Big Shot, is that it really seems to give more pressure. It just seems to cut better. idk why. And the size of the machine is perfect for your regular 8.5 x 11 inch card stock. No doubt this is my now go to machine for cutting. Its amazing once you get it home, how small the big shot is compared to it. I only wish I bought it sooner. There is a lot of crafts I couldn't make due to the small size of the Big Shot. But thats okay. I will use my small machine for cutting flowers etc. I Love my new machine very much, Thank You Scrapbook.com!
The big selling point for me was the great big cutting platform which means I don't have to cut down a piece of paper to fit through like the Big Shot. It also means I can cut multiple dies at one time-great time saver! And I really like that the large platform isn't hinged like the multi-surface platform for the Big Shot. I'm also glad that it ISN'T magnetic! Cranks smoothly, and because of the additional weight, there isn't as much need to hold the machine in place while you crank. Over-all, I'm loving it!
I have had a Big Shot for at least a couple years and love it but I wanted a machine that could use the wider dies and also have a bigger footprint where I could make multiple cuts. I expected the Big Shot Plus to weigh more, but it feels lighter, or at least it isn't any heavier than the regular Big Shot, so I am very pleased with that. I am also happy the wider footprint has created the unit to be more stable so I don't have to hold the top handle and can use my free hand to guide the plates in so there is no side to side wobble like I sometimes get with the Big Shot. I also love the platform where I don't fold it to the tab number I need but instead use the independent pieces to create my sandwich. This allows me to use the BS Plus in a smaller area! The regular BS platform when folded out takes up an additional 12 inches and that is a huge problem when I am attending crops where space is premium.
Although I already own an electronic cutter, I wanted to have the option of embossing as well. I ordered the 'Plus' as I didn't want to be limited on the size of the embossing folders or paper than an 'emboss only' machine would, and I am so glad I did! The results are exquisite and very detailed and more prominent than I had expected. I have not tried the die-cutting aspect, but based on the results of the embossing I have done, I have no doubt it will perform top-notch! If you're reading this, you've been pondering and putting off buying one...JUST DO IT! HIT THAT ORDER NOW BUTTON!
I am so happy with the Big Shot Plus machine. Being able to use the larger dies and/or being able to cut several smaller dies at once due to the larger cutting space makes projects move along at a much faster pace. It comes with the clearly marked sandwich board, cutting pads and instructional pamphlet. The cuts are crisp and easy to pop out of the dies. I have the smaller Big Shot and the Pro just adds so much more to all you can do whether you are using paper, cardboard, or fabric. A great value!
I really have not used my new Big Shot Plus much, but took it out of the box, set it up and tried an intricate die and it worked like a charm--no hesitation and the die glided through very smoothly. I am looking forward to having fun with my new die-cutting machine! It is heavy enough that it does not slide around as some of the other machines do. It stays in place and seems to cut effortlessly! I am very happy with my purchase! The price on Scrapbook.com was the best I could find!
I am over the moon about this new, larger Big Shot. It is as awesome as my smaller, original, but allows me to get into bigger dies which I have been wanting to do for the longest time. I would highly recommend it, and this site, for the great price and very quick shipping. The machine arrived in stellar condition.
This machine can cut various sized dies such as Sizzix original, bigZ, sizzlets, thin dies, etc., You can also use it with embossing folders. I own four other Sizzix machines, but this one is the best because now I can do everything with one machine. The 9" opening allows me to fit letter sized paper through the machine.
Love the larger "work" area! Also like that the noise of the "speed bump" that you would get with the Big Shot ,........when you run the "sandwich" through.....is not as loud.
A good tip is......when you do have your "sandwich" formed....just tilt the "sandwich" a tad either way....then run it through......and you don't get the noise at all!!!!!
I'm giving this NEW TOY 5 Stars because when I received it I was pleasantly surprised. It is sturdy and well built. Haven't started using this yet, but, I'm sure once I begin, I will be hooked. Trying to gather all the materials I will be using and can't forget to mention all the informative videos I've been watching. This is my first time I have ever used a die machine. So, I am excited and a little cautious at the same time.
AND, so many dies out there!
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