Reported by Martha Bonneau
So when I first started scrapping a little over 2 years ago and was accumulating all of the tools of the trade as far as scrapping goes, I delved into the world of die-cuters and purchased a pink Quickutz Squeeze.
At the time my choices were basically between the Sizzix system and the Quickutz Squeeze, this was before the introduction of the Provo Craft Cuttlebug or the other Quickutz die cutter the Revolution. I decided on the Squeeze for a couple of reasons, I found the alphabets and shapes to be a little more sophisticated than those of the Sizzix system, and honstly I found a really good deal on the Squeeze with an alphabet at the time.
Over time, the Squeeze has found it’s way on and off my scrapping table for the following reasons….first the positive, the Squeeze is incredible easy to use. All you have to do to prep the dies for use is apply the ejection foam and off you go. The die is held in the tool by a magnetic plate, you then slide a piece of paper or cardstock between the die and the bottom plate and squeeze. I almost always get a clean, crisp cut. On the occasion where the die did not cut through completely, I flipped the placement of the die and that solved the problem. One of the other reasons I was attracted to the Squeeze was the fact that it doesn’t take up a ton of room on my work surface, it has a relatively small footprint plus it is very portable and very easy to pack up and take to a crop, it wieghs only about 3 lbs. Quickutz does a great job of offering dies that keep up with the current trends, for instance this month they are right on track with the woodland trend with the intruduction of their mushroom, butterfly and bird dies, I am also loving the rainbow die with has a very 80’s Rainbow Brite feeling to it. They also have a very easy to navigate website with a great idea gallery.
So there are also a few reasons that the Squeeze does not have a permanent home on my scrapping table. First of all, it’s incredible tippy, even when it is in it’s cradle. I can’t tell you how many times I have knocked it over while I had it sitting out. The good news is that it is incredibly well made being all metal construction, and was not damaged when knocked over. The next drawback is that to get the leverage to get a good clean cut, you really need to be standing to use the tool, plus after mutliple cuts the tool becomes uncomfortable to use. Quickutz does offer a KomfyKutz which is a pad that fits over the handle to make cutting more comfortable. I have to admit I have not invested in one of these, but wished that I had last Christmas when I spent about an hour using the tool and ended up with blisters on my right hand. Other drawbacks are that it does not cut through felt or chipboard like other systems, I have had limited success cutting through thinner chipboard, but it was very difficult and not something that I would want to have to do in multiples due to the amount of pressure needed to cut through the chipboard.
The Squeeze with a small unicase alphabet has a MSRP of $89.99 and can be found at various places online, they also carry it at Archiver’s and have just started carrying the tool and limited dies at Hobby Lobby.