I had the original over 15 years ago and loved it! I gave it to my niece who is just getting into papercraft. So, when the new version came out, I had to have it! It works great for traveling to a friend's house or in your craft room when you're short on space.
I love this little baby! I use many small dies for tags, journals and memory book pages. This saves wearing out my Big Shot, and is much faster. It works well for alphabet/ number dies, small tags,Tim Holtz thinlets small flower & leaf dies, planner dies, etc.
If you are trying decide if you will use it, I suggest cutting a piece of paper that is 2 1/2 by 5 (the size of the cutting pads) then go through your die collection to see what fits. The dies & embossing folders that come with the set are really cute for labels & tags. I work on a glass mat, so the suction cup works perfectly. The unit itself is solid and well-constructed. For the type of papercrafting that I like, it was a great purchase.
Even though I already own a Vagabond I ordered this Sidekick because I thought it was cute and it might come in handy. When it arrived and I unpacked it I thought it might be little more then a toy. Not so! This little thing is a workhorse! I've been using it to cut out all the little tiny pieces needed for the snow globe Christmas cards I'm making for my six grandkids. I've also used it to cut out many of my other small dies. This little thing cuts like a champ. I love it!!!!!
How did I live without this? It is so small, lightweight, and handy to leave on my work table. I love it for cutting with small dies, especially sentiments. It only takes seconds. It will never replace my large die cutting machine which is needed for larger dies, but on the other hand, nothing will replace this either. I also like that it came in a package with accessories. Highly recommend. I also appreciate the prompt shipping from Scrapbook.com
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I love this little machine! My papercrafting involves mostly cards, so a lot of my die cutting is small items. It is nice to have this little machine instead of hauling out one of my larger machines, when I am only cutting small things! I had the old red sidekick, but it didnt cut the new style does, so when I saw this set, for such a reasonable price, I just had to get it! Not disappointed! Love it!
This is such a great companion to the bigger machines! It's lightweight, travels well to crops and arty gatherings and matches the bigshot, plus and emboss machines. I had the original way back in the day and was so excited to see the updated version and to be able to get the accessories again. Mine sits right on my worktable so I can grab it for a quick use.
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