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Wed Jan 14 00:00:00 MST 2015Neiser Rating:5.0
This is an excellent, sturdily-built piece of equipment. It is heavy, weighing about 44 pounds and needs a sturdy, dedicated space to live on in your craft or sewing room. (It does have cutouts for handle to use when you need to move it...but it is heavy!). My review is targeted to the use of this machine for cutting fabric pieces (although it will cut paper, thin balsa wood, aluminum cans, etc. with ease). It works with both the Sizzix quilting dies and the Accuquilt Go! dies, along with all sorts of Sizzix papercrafting dies (some accessories may be required to use thinner dies and the Accuquilt dies). It cuts perfect quilting shapes of fabric up to 8 layers thick. The quilting dies allow for a 1/4" seam allowance. It takes very little effort to crank the die through the machine. It can be very confusing as to which version of the Big Shot PRO to purchase. Know that the quilting edition is the same exact machine as the regular Big Shot PRO - the difference with the quilting edition is that it comes with an longer or "extended" cutting "tray" in order to use the the 25" long dies. For cutting long strips (length of fabric), and 8 layers x multiples of common quilt patches, the 25" long dies work great! The extended tray set-up is interchangeable with the standard tray set-up, though, so whichever you order, you can always get the other tray later. This is not a very portable machine to take to quilting club or class - if you are looking for something to transport or if you have very limited space, consider the Big Shot - it will handle many of the quilting dies and the 25" dies (but not the extra wide dies). The dies can be expensive....from $15 to $60 or more each, but these are handcrafted cutting dies and they cut with precision and should last for thousands of cuts. You cannot use the machine without purchasing the dies. Whenever you see that a die will fit the "Big Shot," know that it will also fit the Big Shot Pro. Another confusion is about the cutting mats. The mats are a must for the machine and they are a consumable item, so you want to order extra mats. The quilting version comes with the large, extended mats. I recommend purchasing a set or two of the standard mats to use with the majority of the quilting dies and perhaps the 25" slimmer mats for the strip dies. The cutting mats are an acrylic-like material that feed through the machine and provide the pressure for the die to cut the fabric. The die also cuts into the cutting mat (as it is designed to do) so the mats eventually wear out. I love this machine because it allows me to quickly cut precise pieces with the seam allowance. (I can never get precise cuts using my rotary cutter). I can cut out 8 layers of a quilt piece in a few seconds!! There is very little waste if you plan the placement of your fabric. It was a bit pricey and was a luxury item for me as I am a casual quilter. The value compared to the costwould more likely be fully realized by someone who creates quilt kits to sell, is a highly prolific piecer, or who has physical limitations that do not allow for the use of scissors or rotary cutting. I am happy with my purchase though and recommend it to fellow quilters.
Tue Mar 18 00:00:00 MDT 2008sewhobby Rating:5.0
All I needed was a basic sewing machine for some small craft projects. What I got was a great, full-size machine that does everything I need and more for the price of a smaller, cheaper, less versatile machine. It's a solid, easy-to-use machine and it's made by Brother, which is a well-respected brand.
Tue Apr 21 00:00:00 MDT 2015stacey j. Rating:5.0
The only issue I have with this is that it does not tie the stiches off tight enough for my taste. I have an Singer machine also and it ties them all really tight when back stitching.
Wed Dec 14 00:00:00 MST 2011renniksdivad Rating:5.0
Fiskars is well known for cutting tools (lawn and garden, craft and sewing scissors). This compact, but sturdy, drill is very useful for light-duty drilling of a few holes--I even tried it with a spade-type bit to bore a 1/2" hole in thin hardwood, and it worked great!!
Wed Oct 26 00:00:00 MDT 2011kehone Rating:5.0
I use these to keep my hands warm at my job as well as when crafting. They are excellent. If you have minor arthritis or joint pain, these work wonders in allowing you freedom to do what you enjoy with sewing, crafts, etc.
Tue Feb 24 00:00:00 MST 2015mililanimama Rating:5.0
I enjoy the clear ruler. I can see the material and are able to make my line straighter. Only kind of rulers I will purchase.
Mon Nov 26 00:00:00 MST 2012terbear007 Rating:5.0
I re-purposed the craft product to store earrings, bracelets, extra jewelery, pony tail holders, make-up, q-tips, etc. Unfortunately, Overstock keeps sending me suggestions for sewing/crafts products, that I find too funny. That would be the only downfall in buying this product, they will try to sell you a sewing machine with it.
Wed Apr 22 00:00:00 MDT 2015Donna K. Rating:4.0
I bought this sewing machine for my granddaughter who has shown interest in learning to sew with Gramma. It's a great machine for beginners who are just starting out and don't need a lot of bells and whistles.
Thu Mar 13 00:00:00 MDT 2014katykins Rating:3.0
This is my third sewing machine. Despite that, I still did not read all the details before buying, mainly because it never occurred to me that they'd make a regular sewing machine (vs a toy) that you could NOT drop the feed dogs. Well, you cannot drop them on this model. I bought this because it is often hyped as a quilting and craft model. I had previously only done basic projects, nothing noteworthy, standard household stuff on my sewing machines. However, I have recently taken up free motion quilting, and it cannot really be done on this machine. It is a HUGE struggle to try it. This comes with a little plastic cover for the feed dogs, but that does nothing for FMQ. In fact, trying to move the fabric around, it punched a hole in the cover! I've tried a business card taped down as well, but that is also fairly useless. So, for regular quilting and basic sewing, it is okay. Not the easiest machine I've ever used for that either. You have to catch an almost invisible hook in the bobbin case or you'll have a bird's nest on the back. I do NOT recommend this machine at all, and if I could have returned it (I missed my return window due to when I purchased it - before the holidays, and didn't even open the box until well after the holidays because I simply didn't have the time to sew), I would have.
Sun Jan 12 00:00:00 MST 2014tamdeva Rating:4.0
This is a nice machine, works very well. sews nice. Has enough options for most jobs. I only mend and do craft projects or simple pattern sewing. So this is enough for me right now. I am a senior and my old machine is a Kenmore from 1973, and it started to not work so well anymore, so wanted a new one. It comes with button hole foot, 1/4 foot, has just about everything my old one has except fancy pattern stitching that I rarely used. It does not have a tread cutter, so have to use scissors, and I can deal with that. It would make a nice machine for a beginner, or an old novice like me.
Sat Apr 18 00:00:00 MDT 2015Tasa S. Rating:5.0
Love this machine, have used consistently since October. Has features just like machines 4x the price. Been sewing 50 years, it makes sewing and creativity fun again. No mechanical issues, very happy A+A+A+A+
Mon Jan 20 00:00:00 MST 2014goldilost Rating:3.0
I bought this machine for my daughter. That is all she wanted for Christmas. I will say that she is 5 1/2 and I was worried that it would be too much for her, but I didn't want to spend **** on a "toy" machine. My daughter loves it and it does do a great job a sewing. However there are a few features that I really wish it had: 1. An on/off switch. We have to keep unplugging the power cord from the machine, especially since she is learning and I don't want her to accidently step on the pedal. 2. A light. I've taken for granted the light and on/off switch on my basic Kenmore machine. It would be very helpful especially when you are threading the machine. 3. A thread cutter. This one isn't that big of a deal since we can easily use scissors. I think I would have been better off spending a tiny bit more and getting the Brother http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Brother-XL2600i-Free-Arm-Sewing-Machine-Refurbished/2667435/product.html?refccid=NNOATBW5HY5ZBZ2FZDSOJIM3QI&searchidx=9 My daughter loves the color and I do like the compact size of it, especially for her age. Overall it's okay, but not sure if it's worth it.
Thu Apr 04 00:00:00 MDT 2013karbear2511 Rating:5.0
A lot of craft patterns I get have the instruction on the same sheet as the pattern piece. Others just give you directions to cut certain lengths. Often I use those patterns multiple times for gift items. I like to have a pattern to pin on my fabric and cut out and re-use again. I like the grids which are invaluable to making a straight line. This is a staple in my sewing supplies.
Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 MST 2015hibiscus42 Rating:4.0
I ordered this rack for my craft room since I do gift wrapping for my sewing business. It really looks nice, and holds enough rolls and has a few bars that I hang ribbon and tissue paper from. I don't have room to stand it on the floor, so I have it mounted on the wall which works perfectly for me. The quality is good, and the delivery was quick!
Thu Oct 27 00:00:00 MDT 2011jb2001 Rating:5.0
This craft sheet does everything its description promises. It's well-constructed, easy to use, portable and easy to store. I received it a couple of weeks ago and it's been the most-used item in my sewing room since then, save the sewing machines, that is. You NEED this product.
Wed Apr 10 00:00:00 MDT 2013thatterigirl Rating:5.0
I was looking for a machine with which I could do costume garment construction and another crafts of that sort. I've since completed 2 costume projects with this machine. To be clear: this is a no-frills machine. With its limited number of stitches and the limited number of "fancy" features, the machine itself performs perfectly. It will sew through multiple, thick layers (I did 8 layers of poplin without trouble) but also handles fine fabrics (like silks) without snags. I'm trying to avoid having a machine with electronics - not only is that one more thing that can break and limit the life of your machine, my sewing needs don't really require it. If you're looking to do fancy quilting, this machine probably isn't what you're going for. But if you're looking to sew garments, costumes or other crafts that require nothing more than some zig-zag and straight pastiches, this is your machine. I have no doubt I'll be able to keep this machine and use it for my lifetime.
Tue Apr 21 00:00:00 MDT 2015very pleased Rating:5.0
this is a great little cart that holds an amazing amount. works wonderfully in my craft room and I appreciate the mobility
Tue Apr 21 00:00:00 MDT 2015srehmks Rating:5.0
Perfect for my grand-daughter to have for her very first machine to learn on.
Sat Apr 11 00:00:00 MDT 2015lsk12 Rating:5.0
this fusible interfacing is perfect for my sewing and craft projects!
Wed Apr 08 00:00:00 MDT 2015shedmond Rating:4.0
I like the simplicity of this machine. I am quilting with it and the table adds everything I need to complete a King-size. The only thing that is bothersome is a little hesitancy when starting to sew.
Mon Sep 30 00:00:00 MDT 2013smithsd Rating:4.0
My table is used for a serger and sewing machine. I wanted something sturdy and portable that would roll into my basement closet out of site. This is perfect. This was not difficult to assemble, the instructions were very easy to follow. Just lay everything out, have extra glue and a wet cloth to wipe excess glue away. I replaced the junky off-white plastic drawer pulls with silver ones in the same style from the hardware store. Definitely made it look nicer! Yes, the drawers are really cheeeeap, the thin MDB strips that hold the drawers are laughable! And yes they don't all push and pull out smoothly. That's an easy fix, take a sanding block and lightly sand the bottom of the drawers until they fit smoothly, a little wax on the bottom also helps. This is not expensive furniture, but it works very well for a craft/sewing table. And it looks very nice. It does not vibrate or shake, it has an adequate melamine top. And it rolls where you want it to go! I am happy with my table and I am one of the most particular people on the planet. Good value for the price.
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