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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: Sizzix Big Shot

I was pleased to have the chance to test out the traditional die cutter, Big Shot by Sizzix and some of the Westminster Fabric dies which are specially designed for fabric and quilting. There is nothing that compares to a die cutter when one needs to dependably cut a large amount of shapes that are exactly sized and shaped.

I received the Big Shot Machine, which will cut with dies up to 6 inches wide. The package includes two clear Standard Cutting Pads, and the Multipurpose Platform which is used to accommodate various specialty dies like Sizzix Texturz, Embosslits, Clearlits, and Textured Impressions, or any product offered by Sizzix. The Big Shot is sturdy and with the crank on the side (instead of a lever that swings across the top) the Big Shot stores easily. The handle makes it convenient to move around to various workstations.


I also received three Westminster Fibers Dies: 2 1/2 Inch Hexagons, Plain Leaves, and 5 Inch Half-Square Triangles. Dies are most useful for fabric when they are simple shapes with gentle angles and curves. Anyone who is going to be sewing with their die cut shapes will need to quickly make a large pile of cutouts. The best tool for this job is a die cutting machine.

The 2 1/2 Inch Hexagons die cuts four hexagons at a time. The first thing I thought to try with this die was English Paper Piecing which is a hand sewing technique that stabilizes fabric around a paper template. Generally, one has to purchase the paper templates from quilt shops or other sources. With my own die, I can cut piles and piles of them and maybe even achieve my very own handsewn Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.

Holy Moley! I can’t wait! Okay, before I get ahead of myself, I’ll just try making one flower. I die cut a pile of 2 1/2 inch hexagons, and in the Big Shot, I was able to cut several layers of paper at a time. Next I used scissors to cut fabric pieces about 1/4 inch larger than the paper template and pinned the paper to the center of the fabric piece:

Now I baste the fabric around the paper. You really only need a few stitches to hold it together. I’ll need seven basted hexagons to achieve one flower. When they are all basted, I whip stitch the hexagons right sides together:

I forgot how much I love handstitching! In just a short time, I stitched a whole flower and a border around it. This is the underside before I finished the whole block. When a hexagon is totally surrounded, you can remove the basting and use the paper for another fabric hexagon. I started die cutting any scrap paper that entered my house, especially my daughter’s finished and graded school papers.

I’m telling you, I really got addicted to this and I started making calculations for a whole queen-sized bed quilt. My friends in my craft club recommended I try die cutting freezer paper hexagons and skip the basting altogether. Freezer paper worked great! I made about 45 hexagon flowers before I realized I was going to have to set this aside and try out the other Westminster Fiber dies. I know I never would have tried out this traditional technique if I didn’t have this terrific die from Sizzix.

Sizzix sells Bigz Hexagon dies in 4 different sizes, so if these are too large for you, there are several other options.

I got so excited about those hexagons, I forgot to show you how to actually use the Big Shot with Bigz dies. Bigz dies are 6 inches wide. You can use any other Sizzix product in the Big Shot, as long as it is not wider than 6 inches. When die cutting with the Big Shot and a Bigz die, sandwich the die and your fabric, paper, felt, or other material, face up between the two sheets of plexiglass.

I’m using 2 layers of felt here and the Plain Leaves die which cuts 8 simple leaves of various sizes. The largest leaf is about 3.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The smallest is the same proportion at just 1.5 inches long. With the Big Shot, you can cut several layers of material at a time. If you pack in too much, you will not be able to pass it through the Big Shot.With a die cutting machine you can get large piles of perfect shapes in a flash. I cut a nice selection of felt leaves. There is very little waste of my precious wool blend felt using this die.

Felt is awesome and the Big Shot cuts it just like butter. For my project, I’m going to also cut some leaves from fabric and iron-on fusible webbing. Lickety-split, I have a pretty pile of fabric leaves exactly the same size as the felt I just cut.

I ironed fusible web backed fabric leaves to felt with floral wire between to make this leafy fabric sprig. I can make a lot of these and make them into a wreath, or this would make a nice bow for a special wrapped package

Bigz dies can also cut aluminum cans!

I backed my tin with sticky foam to soften the edges and make it easier to craft with.


My daughter loves her new hairclip made with a plain leaf and some circles from another Sizzix Originals die I already own. Don’t fret! My Sizzix dies still work like a charm on felt and fabric even after cutting paper or aluminum.

People who already own a Big Shot and are ready to try quilting will want to try out the 5 Inch Half Square Triangle die. The 5 inch measurement is unfinished. Your sewn square will measure 4 1/8 inches in a finished quilt block, depending on the size of your seam allowance and how aggressively you iron your block open.

I cut strips of fabric about 6 inches wide. I’m going to stick with reds and whites in this project, so each time I made a cut, I layered a red strip right sides together with a white strip so the units would all be matched up and ready for the sewing machine.

I was able to cut about 6 to 8 layers of fabric at a time, but if I loaded too much, bits of fabric and fuzz stuck in the corners of the die. Occasionally, there were threads along the outside that didn’t cut, but this was not a problem as I was able to cut them quickly with my seam ripper.

I settled into a rhythm of 4 layers at a time. With the long strips of fabric, I could conserve by making my cut, then sliding the die to the next area and cutting again. I had very little waste.

So many triangles! My grandma would be pleased to see me using the fabric she bequeathed me from her sizable stash. Be careful handling these triangles because the diagonal edge is the stretchy bias and you don’t want to end up sewing a bunch of wonky squares. The other method of cutting half square triangles would be with a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. I am not sure if this method is faster, but it certainly is more precise.

Crafters with a Big Shot who want to dabble in quilting can make a whole quilt with just this die and no investment in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. You don’t even need a good pair of fabric scissors if you use these quilting dies.

Just stitch up the diagonal of each set keeping an accurate 1/4 inch seam.

There are so many pleasing possibilities with Half Square Triangle units!

I settled on this setting which measures about 33 inches square and uses 64 Half Square Triangle units. You may keep a slightly different 1/4 inch seam allowance than I do so your finished top may have a slightly different measurement.

Pros:
  • Portable, durable, dependable, affordable.
  • Doesn’t require electricity, sticky mats that lose their stickiness, or computer programming.
  • Cuts a wide variety of materials interchangeably. Obviously, use discretion when choosing what to cut and don’t overload the dies. If a material doesn’t cut with scissors, it isn’t likely to cut with the Big Shot.
  • Useful selection of dies available for quilt making, felt craft, and fabric.
  • Westminster Fiber dies are well designed to make effective use of a fabric supply with little wasted fabric.
  • Nothing compares to a traditional die cutter like this when a large supply of shaped cutouts is desired.
  • New quilters can design a whole quilt using just one of the Westminster Fiber Bigz dies with no investment in many of the traditionally necessary tools for quilt making.
Cons:
  • Shapes are not customizable
  • Bigz dies are thick, so a collection of them will take up space in the craft closet.
  • Dies are labeled on the side. It would be helpful if they also had an image of the shape on the top of the die.
  • It is not necessarily quicker to cut all the pieces of a quilt with the Big Shot, but the accuracy and precision cannot be beat.

 

GIVEAWAY!
It’s Sizzix Week at Craft Critique! Our friends at Sizzix have graciously provided some of their products for us to giveaway to our very lucky readers. We have a Big Shot and an eClips to give away, both of which you can read about in upcoming reviews. Just answer the following question to be entered in the giveaway:Do you own a die cutting machine? Which one(s)? What crafts would you use the Big Shot for?

One comment, per person, per Sizzix article, please. Winners will be selected on Saturday, July 16, 2011.

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165 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: Sizzix Big Shot

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    Eileen Hull July 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Susie what a great review… and I love all of your projects! Looks like you had fun with it- enjoy your new friend- the Big Shot 🙂

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    jjocarlson July 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Wow awesome review! I have a Big-Kick and I luv it!

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    Sue McRae July 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Fantastic review. I never realized how handy the machine would be for quilters. I own a Cuttlebug and wish I had held out for a bigger machine. I have trouble cutting felt and fabric but it looks like a breeze with the Big Shot!

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    Melissa July 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I have a BigShot, and I love it. I haven’t tried cutting fabric with it though, I might need to find myself one of those fabric dies – or do a little experimenting with the ones I have!

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    Christel July 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Great review and I love what you did with the quilting dies. I may have to give those a try sometime as I do have and love my Big Shot.

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    cutiephinphin July 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    The review of the Big Shot is great! Love the details. I don’t own a Big Shot but I’ve surely heard of it.

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    Stacy July 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I have a Cuttlebug. I’d use the BigShot to cut fabric for applique.

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    Dollie July 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Your projects are awesome! I have a cuttlebug, but have been thinking of upgrading.
    I love how this machine seems to be able to cut more pieces at one time.

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    Annette July 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    wow I did not know it could cut fabric.. So cool. I do not have one but really would LOVE to win one. Thanks for the great review of this product..

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    Linda July 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

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    Linda July 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I own a Big Shot and use it almost daily. I have cut thin wood, cardstock, chipboard, rubber, metal and fabric with this little wonder. I now have my eye on the eClips. Great review!

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    Anita July 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    This is stunning. I have a Big Shot and love it for cutting paper.

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    Regina aka Mrs. Ham July 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I own (2) Cricut, a Cuttlebut, a Spellbinders Grand Calibur, and the original Sizzix level machine. I know, I’m a tools junkie. I would use the Big Shot for cardmaking, scrapbooking and other paper crafting projects.

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    Lindy July 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Great review. I own a big shot express and use it on every layout and card I do; pretty much daily! My daughter also loves using it to make magnets for the fridge.

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    Isabel Z July 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    I have been wishing for a die cut machine and would love to own this one after reading your review. Thank you.

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    Louise Brown July 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Great review!! I love the Big Shot. I use my for cards and scrapbooking. Haven’t tried all the materials you used, but use mostly cs and chipboard. Will have to try the felt and fabric.

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    Bev T. July 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I own a Big Shot and I use it mostly for paper projects although I have used it for cards with cloth die-cut pieces — I love my Big Shot and couldn’t craft without it.

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    ParkNSlide July 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I have a Cuttlebug and use it for papercrafts. The Big Shot looks like it would be the Cadillac of die cutters. Great review. Must put a Big Shot on my wish list!

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    Carole RB July 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I have a cuttlebug. I would use the big shot for cardmaking, altering objects, scrapbooking and try my hand with fabrics for sewing projects.

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    Caroline July 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks for a great review – shows it is a really versatile machine. I currently have the cuttlebug which I got a couple years ago. Then when all the bigger sized dies came out I couldnt use them of course in the cuttlebug and it was so sad. This past Christmas, I got the Grand Calibur. It’s nice, but it just wont cut the thick materials so well. I’d love to get the Big Shot and would use it to make my scrap pages and cards even better!

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    Bast July 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I have a big shot, the sizzix sidekick, a Cricut, and the original quickutz. I use my big shot for die cutting items for paper-crafting and decorations. Have not tried fabric or tin as of yet but now I have to give it a try!

    TFS

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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    Anne July 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I have several different die cut machines, but my Big Shot is by far my favorite. I use it to cut fabric for many techniques and multi media work. My sister who is a preschool teacher comes over and uses it to cut out items for projects to do with her class,as well as decorations for her room. She keeps threatening to sneak it out of the house one of these days-LOL!

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      Barbara Kase February 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Anne, I would love to know more about the dies that cut fabric. I purchased a Big Kick for
      Christmas and make Busy Books for children. Looking for fabric die cuts for 1 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch
      alphabet dies and /or number dies.

      I hope you receive this inquiry or anyone that can point me in the right direction. Thank you for any help.

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    gela July 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Never thought of using this product for sewing projects! Great ideas,

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    Michelle M. July 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I have been wanting to purchase a die cut machine but had no idea which one might work best for my projects. Thanks for the great review!

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    Colleen C. July 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    I own the Cuttlebug, but have heard great things about the Big Shot. I have a ton of Sizzix Bigz dies and the Big Shot would be great to use with those dies.

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    funkycrafter July 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    i have an older cuttlebug. one of the originals. still going okay but would like a newer machine and the big shot is bigger and sturdier, which is great because i like cutting and embossing metal and would like to use felt and fabric more too.

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    Clare *Littlebear* July 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    I really enjoyed this article. Thank you. I already own a Big Shot, which I love, but I have never thought about using it in this way. You have inspired me to get out my fabrics and start cutting and quilting!
    Clare x

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    Linda Brooks July 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I’ve used a friend’s BigShot and absolutely LOVE it; I recently priced one for myself and put it on my Christmas list!!! I do a lot of scrapbooking, but I have a friend who just opened a fabulous quilt shop and I’m getting ready to take lessons from her. The BigShot would be a WONDERFUL tool for both!!!

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    Rosie July 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I have the old big shot, and I love the look of the new one. I have been thinking about sewing a quilt for so long and now I can actually try it out.

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    Tamikko July 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    No, I don’t have one but do I ever want one. I want this more and more every time I learn something new you can do with it. Makes me want to hoard fabric and decorate the house with flowers and shapes. It’s truly so versatile the projects are never ending 🙂

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    AShu93 July 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I have a cuttlebug & it seems as if the big shot is better at cutting non-traditional items. Your quilting projects are fabulous.

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    Sherry of 3 Bears Designs July 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I do own a Cricut but as the review stated I lost the software in a computer crash and it is like flying blind. Left without a way to create! I would be tickled pink to own the Big Shot. What I would use it for is everything from projects for my childs Science fair to quilting I didn’t know about the fabric dies and I am thrilled! I love to quilt but can’t seem to get a perfect cut to make anything. That would be a blessing plus learning all the other things it can cut, gosh the ideals and project are just endless.

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    Scrapycandy July 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I own a Big Shot and would love to use this for a quilt! This is positively brilliant! Thank you so much!

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    Ayelet July 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I own a sizzix sidekick and would love to go for the big one. I love using it for felt and fabric, and really wish I could use the larger dies.

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    Donna Hollingsworth July 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I do not own a die cutting machine of any type. I cut all my quilting pieces by hand. I would love a chance to win this machine!!!

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    Ann July 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Susie, Thanks for the review. I have a Big Shot and a Cuttlebug. I make cards so I use both but mostly the Big Shot. I have never tried cutting a coke can.

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    4Ucards July 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    This was the best review of The Big Shot. I have been looking at the Big Shot for sometime now. I am so ready to start quilting after seeing this review. I own the Cricut Expression, Cuttlebug and The Slice. Why didn’t I purchase this instead? It cuts, it embossed and it has a larger platform. Love it!

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    Karen Lindsay July 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I would love to win a Big Shot! I like the fact that the dies will cut so many layers AND fabric. I do own other die cutting machines, but not this one. I am a card maker, but love to work with fabric and other materials. The Big Shot would be a great addition to my “collection.”

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    Savannah O'Gwynn July 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    OH MY! I love that you cut so many fabric pieces! I had no clue this was perfect for quilting/etc.!!! I have a Cricut and a Cuttlebug.

    THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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    Jingle July 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Right now I have a Cricut, but I don’t have a manual machine. A manual would make fabric project easier!

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    Rebecca July 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    I love the quilting projects. I have a Cuttlebug, but would love something a bit larger to cut with slightly larger dies.

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    terry July 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    oh how amazing!!! i have a cuttlebug, but have been longing for a big shot. cuttlebug is not so good with fabric, and it’s tippy.
    i would use the big shot for papercrafting, but also for cutting cloth and felt to make toys for my cats. i have 4 but will be fostering a feral and her 2 kits!! toys and bedding for all!!

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    Deb July 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    I would use this for my scrapbooking and card making.
    Thank you for sharing

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    Angela Sulik July 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Bought my BigShot four years ago and just received a Cricut last May as a gift. Gotta’ say I still love the BS for it’s ease of use. You are only limited by your imagination. I use mine a lot to create boxes and other 3D items.

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    Elaine July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot and I would love to win one! I’d use it for paper crafts and I’m learning to quilt so using it to cut fabric would be a plus too! Thanks for a chance to win!

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    Denise K July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I love this. What a wonderful idea. I Don’t own a die cut…always wanted one. I’ve been wanting to try quilting and this would be a fun and easy way to get started. Beautiful flowers. :o)

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    listgirl July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I own a Silhouette machine, but the materials you can cut on it are very limited. I would use a Big Shot for making felt embellishments and cutting through acrylic and chipboard!

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    Chookarooni July 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Have cuttlebug and grand calibur – have heard big shot is great – would love to try it with the dies and embossing folders
    Mary-JUane

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    Kathy July 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I have a Wishblade that has never been out of its box. The set-up was too complex, and it required space near my computer that didn’t exist. I have a Slice, which is great but only cuts small items. I would love the Sizzix. I have a quilt kit that I have not yet opened, and being able to cut the fabric with this diecut machine would be fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    nanapayne July 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    I have a big shot and love it and I love the thicker dies .. bigz and originals particularly where you can cut heavy stuff. Love the reviews on both machines and the projects. Now if I could just remember all this.
    Just wish Our local store had more dies.
    I have cut fabric to use with the dress form die.

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    Liz July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    oh wow those quilts are awesome! i have a pazzles machine and the texture boutique. i use it for scrapbooking, cards and fun projects

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    Anonymous July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I own a Cuttlebug. I find accessories hard to find, i.e., extended plates or plates in general, and dies especially at local craft stores. I would use a Big Shot for papercrafting, mainly cardmaking. It’s size and accessories offer greater versatility when it comes to this product line. Thanks for this chance to win!

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    Elizabeth July 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Great review! I have a Grand Calibur and it works well for somethings but not for others. Requires too much turning of the handle. http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

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    Genevieve July 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Great review! I have a Cricut and I can’t get it to cut anything decent. Looks like the Big Shot will allow me to cut fabric that I can use in my bead embroidery and fabric jewelry.

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    Works From The Attic by Linda July 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I always enjoy your reviews! I have a Cuttlebug, obviously it doesn’t have the power of the Big Shot which is why I have wanted one for so long. Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    Linda Marino

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    Ladybug July 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Fantastic review, Susie! You had me sold on the “fabric cutting”, so that’s what I would use the Big Shot for, if I was lucky enough to win it.

    I have quite a few die cutting machines:- original Sizzix, Sidekick, Cricut, Cuttlebug

    Would absolutely LOVE to win a Big Shot or eClips, so thanks so much for the chance to do so. 🙂

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    Kathy July 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    I have just moved from a Cuttlebug to a Big Shotz. Love it!

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    Bunnyfreak July 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I own a cuttlebug that I use Sizzix dies in. I also have a cricut. Love what you did with the fabric die.

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    jkinney July 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Love the review. I didn’t think about using fabric. Awesome. I would love to own a Big Shot. Thanks for the give away!

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    Jun Bug House July 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Do you own a die cutting machine?
    Yes, I have the Big Red Sizzix.
    I call it the Grand Daddy of them all.
    What crafts would you use the Big Shot for?
    I think it would be easier to say what I wouldn’t use it for.
    I have two grand daughters and we craft so it would be a staple in our home when they are here.
    **U**
    Nance

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    Nitasha July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Awesome review! Love the quilt and what you’ve done w/ coke cans! Simply awesome! And, I have a cricut that I rarely use, so I would love to try out the big shot! I also have a Vagabond that I LOVE!!!

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    Amanda R July 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I have a cuttlebug but it is starting to show some wear. Would LOVE to win the Big Shot for all of my cardmaking!

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    butterfly843 July 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I would love to win a big shot.

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    Denise July 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    I do own a Bigshot, and use it for cardmaking, and yes, I also made a tumbler quilt using the SU Pennant die! I love it and the more quilty dies to be released the better!!

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    bakogirl66 July 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I currently have the smaller Cricut but would LOVE to have the Big Shot. I would use it for my cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.

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    jody s July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    orig sizzix wld love to cut fabric though!

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    LaceTopDesigns July 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I have a Big Shot, Sillhouette and Slice machine, but the Big Shot stands out well above the rest just for the reason that it can cut through almost anything. I’ve used my Bigshot to make Mini Cushions (the embellishments), card making, easel cards, Chipboard is my all time favourite though and I cant wait for the new Jewellery Dies to be available here in the UK.

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    Charo July 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    I own a Big Shot and love it, and would like to try the eClips.

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    Deb Neerman July 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    What a fabulous review … so jealous of your quilt project!

    I have a Cuttlebug but it needs replacing and I’ve been wanting to invest in the Sizzix. This review really helped inform my decision. Thanks so much, Craft Critique!

    And thanks for the chance to win this!

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    Jessica Canham July 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I love my Big Shot! I had a Cuttlebug previously and there’s just no comparison. The BS is so much sturdy and easier to crank the handle. I’d love to win one for my friend!

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    Jeannie July 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I love my Big Shot – I’ve only used it for paper but am now really wanting to try material.

    Your projects are awesome and make me want to start something right now!

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Denise ~ Paper Ponderings July 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I have not attempted quilting with the Big Shot yet…but now I am really motivated to do so. I think I need the hexagon and triangle dies! This is awesome. I bought my Big Shot used, so would love to have a brand new one!

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    Barbara Burgess July 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Good review. I would love to use the Big Shot for many of my die cuts that I use for card making. I would also use it to emboss. I LOVE to emboss!

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    Kelly July 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Oooh the is such a great looking product!! Thanks for all your fantastic reviews! I’d love to have this machine!!!

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    wilcoxdesigns July 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    I never thought of using one of these machines for fabric. Thanks for the great review.

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    kim July 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    I have a Big Shot, which I purchased through Stampin’ Up! I was glad I did, because it started giving me problems about 2 years after my purchase, and they exchanged it for FREE. I love how it can cut through just about anything. I’ve made a couple of quilts with the scallop square die.

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    narutopenguingirl July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I own a cricut and a big shot. I bought the big shot for cardmaking, but after your review, you have me all excited about making a quilt! 🙂

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    DeborahD, OH July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    WOW! I can envision the Big Shot being delivered and me pulling out my favorite fabrics from my “stash” and going to town. I love to quilt but hand cutting all those pieces can be intimidating, the Big Shot certainly resolves that.

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    Sarah Gambrell July 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I don’t own a die cutting machine, but one would certainly come in handy for getting quilting blocks the same size. I *always* have trouble with that!

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    broadwaydiva July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I have been looking at getting a Big Shot. the cranking handle looked easy to use and I want to use the Tim Holtz dies with it for scrapping.

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    annesatx July 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Right now I have a Cuttlebug — I love it but am open to other options that I might love even more!

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    Maria Matter July 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Wow,so many fabulous projects!
    I use a little Cuttlebug. Can’t believe how many pieces you can cut with the Big Shot! I would definitely pull out some fabric to cut for crafts & some home decorating!

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    chatdumpgirl July 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    no; I don’t have one, but I NEED one! and, btw…thanks for the simple “one comment” rule. I get worn out when giveaways have you do all this complicated jazz for extra entries.

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    chinamomxtwo July 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    What an outstanding review! thank you! I want one! Better yet, to win one! To answer your question, I curently do not own one ( gasp!!)–but my oh my–I so want one now!!!

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    JJ HH July 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I have a Silhouette SD for die cutting but it doesn’t do any embossing unfortunately. A bigshot is on my list if I can’t get a hold of the Vagabond. It would make a world of difference for my paper crafts and cutting out fabric appliques. I just love the texture of embossed papers.

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    Chrisi July 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Great review! I have used a Big Shot at a friend’s house – LOVED IT. I’ve only used it for paper tho – hmmm now you’ve got me thinking.

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    Carolina July 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    I love my Big Shot, it’s so versatile you can do a million things with it!!!!

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    Jenny Lilac July 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    I have an original Sizzix, a Tag A Long, and a Slice. I would love a Big Shot – the crank would be so much easier on my carpal tunnel than the original! I would use it primarily for scrapping, but for occasional sewing projects as well.

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    mum2maggie July 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I have the original sizzix and love it but have always wanted the “big shot” –the thing i love the most is the different materials it can cut through and the layers of materials at a time!!! I would love to win a “big shot”–thanks for the opportunity!
    susan

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    Laura Stewart July 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I have a big shot and love it !!

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    rush July 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    i hav big shot, and i would love to try it with fabric. if i win it, i would definately share it with my quilt group.

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    GreenScrap July 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    I am in love with the Big Shot!! IS first on my want list!! I really want it for felt and fabric.
    TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

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    Louchia July 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    I have a cricut expression but I don’t have the patience to play with the computer every time I need a shape cut. I’m thinking of selling it to buy a cuttlebug or big shot, not decided yet. But now the bigshot sounds like a good option to me 🙂

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    Mary Roussel July 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I have a Cricut expression, but sometimes I would like the convenience of a die cutter like this. I have a Cuttlebug, but its small for some things.

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    Yaritza July 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I have a big shot pro. Love it. Use it for almost every die cut I need.

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    Lindsey July 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    Oh my gosh!!! How I would love to win a Big Shot!!! I would totally use it in my card-making.

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    SuZeQ July 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I currently own a Cuttlebug but just used a Big Shot tonight and I think I like it better. I could use it for cardmaking and to cut out images for mini albums.

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    Linda July 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I have a Cricut and Cuttlebug, but I have been thinking about buying a Big Shot. I like the versatility of the bigger die cutter.

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    Melissa July 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Great review! I have a Big Shot, and love and use it all the time for paper, fabric, chipboard, felt, cork, wood sheets, etc. I would love to win one for a friend! Thanks for the chance.

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    Sue D July 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I didn’t know about the quilting dies. I own an original Sizzix and I also have a Big Kick and use them all the time for my paper crafting.

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    CuteStuffInside July 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    This is a great giveaway. I do not own and have never used a die cutting machine, but, oh my, how I would love one and this one looks P-E-R-F-E-C-T! This first thing I would try it on would be wool felt because I’m really not very fond of tracing a pattern onto that fabric!

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    Terri July 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I have a Big Kick and I use mine mostly with emossing folders for card making. I never thought about cutting fabric with one but it will be something to try in the future. Thanks for all your wonderful reviews.

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    hueisei July 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I do not own any die cutting machine. I am hoping a chance to win it for myself.. This is such a great tool for cutting fabric or craft project..
    Thanks for the chance…

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    debpaint16 July 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I loved your review! I do not own any sort of die-cutting machine, but have had my eye on this one for ages!! I want to thank you for the chance to win!!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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    mommaladystamper July 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    What a fantastic review of the Big Shot. I would love to start cutting material for starting a small quilt…I own a Cuttlebug, revolution(which I have never used) and a Cricut Expressions. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing products from an amazing company. Alice Roushia

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    nopinkhere July 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I’m a sewist who doesn’t quilt because I find some of it too fussy. Having one of these would remove quite a bit of that for me!

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    klasickewpie July 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    I do own a Sizzix Big Shot, but it has a broken tooth (gear tooth). I gimp along still using it to emboss, so I would be thrilled to win a new one. I two huge boxes of quilt material from my mother, and it would be fun to die-cut some fabric and give quilting a try.

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    Jan Castle July 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    What a great review and a giveaway too! I do have a Big Shot and use it almost every day…3 hours straight this morning! I use mine for paper crafting and sometimes for material to iris fold or weaving for my cards. Love it!!!!!

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    nana_4x July 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    I would really love to have a Sizzix Big Shot Machine. I have a Cuttlebug and now can not justify buying the Big Shot, but, if I won one it would be absolutely awesome. I love using die cuts as embellishments when I am stamping and making cards. Big Shot Rocks!

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    Barbara H July 13, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    What a great review, love seeing how versatile this machine is. Would love to be able cut fabric, felt, cork, plastic. I can think of hundreds of uses, keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway.

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    Anonymous July 13, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    I have a Big Shot and have never considered using it for quilting shapes but I love that idea….I might have to restrict my quilting piecing to the shapes available, though!
    MollyK. at mollykathleenbarry@hotmail.com

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    Diane McJannet July 13, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    such versatility — wow, this machine does it all! i have a cuttlebug but i sure would love one that can take on bigger projects.

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    Peggy July 13, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I own a Cuttlebug, which I use with dies and embossing plates for card making. I have tried it with fabric as well. This spotlight has inspired me to think outside the box and experiment with other materials. Thanks for the great report!

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    Cat Jones July 13, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    I. NEED. this…I have no die cutting machines and would love love love to get my hands on the eclipse or even a big shot, especially after reading your review…! well done.

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    Chris C July 13, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    Great projects – love the flowers.
    I have an original sizzix machine -the red one with the big handle you press down on – and it still works well!
    I would use the big shot for both paper crafting and quilting.

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    Grammykrob July 13, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    I have an old big shot and have used the fire out of it. I use it for card making and scrapbooking. I have cut some fabric with it to use also on these same type projects. I really enjoy using it. And would love to have some of these new dies.

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    Anonymous July 13, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Your review was amazing and totally changed my mind. Since I do not own any of die cut machines, I would love either a big shot or an eclips. In fact, your review has given me an interest in the quilts. Thanks you for the review and the chance to win.
    Katherina

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    Doris P. July 13, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    love your reviews!! i have wanted a big-shot but could never have one… I so WANT one and I first think of making a quilt (my hubby’s nba & nfl) teams. BUT not only that – love the dies that are useable with this awesome friend! and fabric-hmm. 🙂 I have the Cricut and use that a lot. have the cuttlebug but only for embossing. TFS this awesome giveaway!!
    parkernana5@cox.net

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    handstand July 13, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Would love a Big Shot!! I do a lot of crafts with recycled material and this would make cutting soda cans and bottles a lot easier and safer.

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    Janet L. July 13, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Great article. I’d never thought about using a Big Shot for cutting material for quilts!! I have a Wizard and wish it would take the thick dies.

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    Cheryl Leong July 13, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    I don’t own any die cutting machine. But I know the awesomeness of the Big Shot!! I would die to have a Big Shot for my big project in my University…

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    Carol T July 13, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I have a Cricut. I love the fact that you can cut fabric with the Big Shot.

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    Tina M July 13, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Great review! I currently have the little Side Kick and the ORIGINAL Sizzix machine,boy would I love the Big Shot for larger choices on my projects!!

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    Stephanie July 13, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I don’t own a bigshot. Been lusting after one for years now for my quilting and scrapbooking.

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    catnap July 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I don’t own any die cutter machines. It would be fun to cut shapes for embellishing cards, clothes and decorations. I suspect if I this machine I’d be tempted to start quilting, though. Looks like fun.

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    Amanda July 13, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    How cool that you can use it on fabric. I do not own a die cutting machine. Looks like a lot of fun!!

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    Nancy S July 13, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Wow! I have learned to much about using the Big Shot these past 2 days that my head is spinning! I don’t sew but have a stash of fabric that would be great to cut w the Sizzix dies. I wonder how shimmery fabrics like lame would do…

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    Jessica Y. July 13, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    What a great review with the kind of craft you can use the machine with. I have been borrowing the big shot from my mom. this will be a great time for me to have my own! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    Mary Chappell July 13, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I belong to a quilt group that uses english paper piecing to make quilts. We make them to raise money for fight cancer and support women’s health. We have raised nearly $20,000.

    We could use this machine to make the paper pieces.

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    Justin and Kitara July 13, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Right now I have a cricut. I have always wanted to try quilting, and I would use the big shot to cut all the pieces.

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    babyjsmom July 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I have a silhouette sd but love the big shot. The fabric projects are amazing. How easy my quilting would be if I didn’t have to cut everything by hand.

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    Karen July 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I have a cricut but I have been wanting a Sizzix because it can cut thru so much more than a cricut!!!Love all you have done with it,
    Have a happy crafting day!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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    no1nct July 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Thanks for the informative review. I just got my Big Shot. I also own a Cricut, Sidekick, and Cuttlekids. The Cuttlekids is actually my kids but I use it sometimes. I wanted the Big Shot so I could cut chipboard. I also wanted to make fabric appliques and now will be trying the aluminum.

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    Larissa Heskett July 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    WOW!! I LOVED your review!! I have NEVER used the pieces for making a quilt, but think it would be fun!! I would like to make a quilt!! I also think it would be fun to try and make some cute clothes!! Challenging yourself to just use the shapes of the dies!! THANKS for the FABULLOUS REVIEW and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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    Larimore2 July 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    I have a Big Shot (thanks to the generosity of my WONDERFUL HUSBAND!) and it’s making quick time on cutting things that I thought at age 45, I was no longer able to do because of RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and Fybromyalgia. My Big Shot allows me to make multiple lots of the same cut for projects in Jr. Church, and Ladies Meeting events, tags for gifts, and so many other things I thought I’d no longer be able to do by hand because using scissors can be tough on your joints. I was diagnosed at 41 with RA and Fybro and have had heart defect and have been deaf since I was 11. I still have alot to give…and DO ! THANKS, SIZZIX !!! AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE TIM HOLTZ AND RANGER STUFF !! KEEP IT COMING !!!

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    rudie2shoes July 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Oh my, your crafts look fantastic. I would never have thought to use the big shot for fabric like that. I own a big shot & now I must try this out!

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    Melody (lacyquilter) July 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Great projects. I love that you can cut fabric with these.

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    Lori July 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    I have a Cuttlebug and it’s really easy to use. I’d love to use this for quilting.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) July 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Do you own a die cutting machine? Which one(s)? What crafts would you use the Big Shot for?

    I own the Cuttlebug and Cricut.

    I don’t own a BigShot but would LOVE to win one. I have seen some of the dies at the store where you can make gift boxes, etc. and they look so neat!!! I would definitely use it for paper crafting 🙂 My mom does quilting, so I’d definitely let her borrow it to use it for that 🙂

    Great review and TFS the give-a-way! -Sam 🙂

    SamanthaJDesigns @ hotmail.com

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    Nana Jo July 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    I don’t have a big shot but have wanted one for so long. I would use it for card making and cutting for scrapping also.

    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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    rilojane July 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    GASP! I had no idea that this machine could do that!! I don’t have a die cutter currently but keep tucking money aside to splurge on one. With the versatility of this one, I think we have a winner! This machine seems amazing.

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    LoriM July 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    WOW! Never knew you cut cut all of these materials with a BS!!!
    I have a cuttlebug, Big Shot looks more steady and cuts through A LOT!! And accepts THICK dies. Love your projects!
    Thanks!

    Lori M

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    oilin July 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    I don’t own any die cutting machine. I’ve been searching for one. Most people love Big Shot. I’d like to use Big Shot for making cards.

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    Kim Langston July 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    I used to own the original Sizzix and Sidekick but downsized when I moved… and have regretted getting rid of both since my move.

    I would definately use the Big Shot for cutting fabric. I am into making fabric flowers right now for jewelry and accessories but really want to get into quilting.

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    Judy Rutherford July 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    OMG! I had never thought about using die cutters to quilt with. I am an advid card maker but you have got me wanting to try quilting with it! As always, thanks for terrific reviews. So much info! To win a Big Shot would be absolutely WONDERFUL! My Cuttlebug has seen better days… lol. Again, thanks for the awesome ideas! Judy

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    Jamie S July 14, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    I have a Big Kick, and Accucut and a Wizard, and also the little sizzix one. The Big Kick is by far my favorite, and I use it almost daily. I have kind of hammered mine, so would love to win a new one. Thanks for the chance, Jamie

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    Carolyn McPherson July 14, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    I have a Big Shot which I LOVE. I use it for cardmaking and scrapbooking. After seeing this review, I’m intrigued to see how I can incorporate it into sewing!!

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    Melinda AKA medialady July 14, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    I have the Revolution by Quickutz and I use it for scrapbooking.

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    Susan Ayers July 14, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    The only thing I own is a Accuquilt Go… I would love to have one of these so I can cut other things!

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    Tamara July 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I own a big shot and a silhouette. I had NO IDEA there were dies specifically designed for fabric and quilting. Oh My Goodness! I think I have some new things on my wishlist. I love that idea 🙂

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    Elaine July 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    What a great machine. I’m particularly interested int he fabric cutting ability. What a great addition to quilting and sewing. Thank you. Elaine

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    Kathy Renz July 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I have a big shot and love it. Besides all the joy I get from it for personal projects I use it with the projects for my students. I teach multiply-handicapped children and have done some great projects with them. Would love to have an eclips!

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    dorism6220 July 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot but I like the fact that you can cut all this fabric out using it.

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    Shelley Germann July 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Wow! I had no idea Sizzix was making these quilter friendly dies. I am so excited because I have a Big Shot. I’ve used (and loved) it for years to make cards and 3D projects. No I can get even more use out of it! Thanks for the great review.

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    Brenda July 15, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Wow, I don’t have a big shot. I have a cuttlebug and Grand Calibur. I have recently found an addiction for Tim Holtz dies which really needs a big shot. I am running them through my cuttlebug with 2 B plates. I broke my C plate trying to find what works! oops. A big shot would be fabulous! Especially in pink. Oh and I really want to cut fabric!!!

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    Suzie Button July 15, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I have a Slice and use it for small projects but I love the size of this and would use it for the fabric cutouts just as you demonstrated! Thanks for a chance to win! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

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    Megan July 15, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I don’t own any cutting machines, but I’d love to own this one! I’d use it to cut out flowers for bows, and that’s just to start! Megan supermeg1718 at yahoo dot com

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    Kayla and Samuel July 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I just purchased a sewing machine finally, and to be able to skip the whole process of cutting with scissors to quilt; oh how marvelous! I don’t own any kind of die cutter, I would love to own one!

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    miatagal July 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Thanks for the great review. I started out with a Cuttlebug and liked it, although being handicapped from a stroke with use of only one hand/arm it was difficult to hold to hold it and crank at the same time. My sister now has my Cuttlebug and I have a Big Shot Express that I love!! I have not yet tried cutting fabric or felt but will soon!

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    Kit July 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I own a cuttlebug. A bigger machine would be nice. probably would use it for papercrafting. mainly to cut cardstock and chipboard for shapes and boxes.

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    Sheri S sherik421@gmail.com July 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I have the Big Shot and love it! I have used it for papercrafting- cards and boxes,embellisments. It comes in so handy! I’ve never thought about cutting fabric. I bet the circle die for quilting would come in handy for cuttting 1″ circles for other things like pins? My Big Shot is getting worn out though, so I appreciate the chance to win a replacement!
    Sheri

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    Laney's Legacy's July 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Great review I learned a lot. Here are my answers:

    Do you own a die cutting machine? Yes I do.
    Which one(s)? I own a Big Shot and a Cricut Expression.
    What crafts would you use the Big Shot for? just about everything.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    later tater,
    laney
    laneyhollo@yahoo.com

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    Bella-Boutique August 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Fab review, just what I’ve been looking for because I’m hoping the birthday fairy might be kind and bring me a big shot (or if I were lucky enough to win one might bring me lots of dies)! I don’t have any cutting machine at the minute but the big shot seems to be the best for cutting fabric which is what I’d use it for, making special little felt christmas decorations and appliques on my little girls clothing.

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    Rose April 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I do not own one of these but I sure wish I did! I’m on a very fixed income (retired) so I’m not sure I can afford one but it would be great for yoyo’s which I do a lot of and other items for my collage and crazy quilt projects!