Manual - Die Cutting
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Wed Apr 11 00:00:00 MDT 2012beejaydog Rating:5.0
Wonderful product. After using a manual die cut machine for about two years, this motorized version is a blessing. Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys die cutting and especially those who have problems with arthritic hands or poor hand strength.
Thu Mar 13 00:00:00 MDT 2014rkramadh Rating:5.0
1) Best price and service at OS, no questions! I have had it for exactly 2 weeks now. 2) Blade installation was really simple once I stopped reading the manual which doesn't simply tell you to pop it into the slot and turn the lock to the right. I saw you tube video and it was a snap. 3) Mat was way too tacky and manual doesn't say to remove tack by rubbing it on a low lint pillow or something. My first cut was good but the white residue left over by CS was a mess. Plus the blade setting was set according to the instructions but it gouged through the mat right off the bat. 4) Loading the mat was complete guess work, why no instructions on how to align? If I place it such that my 8x11 mat sits between the two white rollers, it seems to work. There are 3-4 guide lines on the machine front left but no markings on them, not sure what they are for! 5) There are markings for letter size and A4 size material placement on the mat. Align your top left and right corners of paper on the mat using them, they are hard to see but there. This will ensure perfect placement of paper on the mat. 6) Software installation is very easy and using it is intuitive. I haven't played with print/cut or other advanced features yet but will soon. 7) Free 50 designs will come through after software installation and you click on recent downloads (or is it import to library? sorry, can't remember). 8) I cut intricate vines/leaves on Coordinations textured cardstock, it came out very well but for one of the smaller sizes. I had put several sizes on one 8x11 CS to avoid wasting CS. 9) Tried a Moroccan lattice background (very detailed) on regular patterned scrapbook paper. The setting was at 3 and it didn't cut anything. I set it to 4 and then it did a beautiful job. So their blade setting recommendation is not an exact science, it's trial and error. 10) Machine is light and portable, make sure you have room on the table for the mat to go back and forth, without it being obstructed by your laptop or wall etc. 11) Silhouette should post some basic videos on their site to show basic placement of material on the mat, mat loading, blade installation etc. They are seriously lacking in that especially for new comers to die cutting world. The DVD that comes with it is not that much more useful especially regarding mat insertion. They just say align between the rollers but you could align exactly the left edge of the mat or you could load with half an inch off as they show...sigh! I have it figured out now with trial and error. 12)You can even cut .svg files WITHOUT designer edition of the software. Just use inkscape. Google for instructions. Of course you can trace and cut any jpeg too if you didn't know. Oh, and you can turn a regular cut file into a print and cut file. How cool is that? 13) Categorizing and tagging free designs is not well designed in studio software. Even the silhouette store bought designs have pnc (print and cut) on some files and not others! You can't change tags for those either. Free designs on the net can be easily tagged or categorized when you import them into your library from your HD. 14) I am already ordering a spare blade/mat because they will be consumables. Shop around for good price, enough price variation out there.
Thu Nov 01 00:00:00 MDT 2012tontomolly Rating:5.0
I was looking for a die to make tiny flowers to put on greeting cards. This die cuts both sizes at the same time. I found it very easy to make tiny little roses and used a quilling tool to wrap the paper. You need really good manual dexterity to work with this die--really makes tiny, tiny roses. Also use the smaller one as a center for larger flowers--pop it on after you roll a flower. These flowers have no center--too small.
Sat Jul 27 00:00:00 MDT 2013tiffylulu Rating:5.0
Never had a manual die cutter before but im glad i have one now. I've been debating between brands and decided to go with sizzix. Love the new color & this machine is sturdy. Cuts well with minor adjustments (adding a shim) to certain sizzlits which is common. I love using this. Just something about cranking it through manually makes me feel that i put that much more effort into my projects. Also its one less electrical plug i'd have to plug in. This kit came at a great price compared to any other site. So glad i got one.
Wed Oct 23 00:00:00 MDT 2013saythankyou Rating:5.0
This is the same machine as the Sizzix Big Shot. It is a manual die cut machine and I bought it because it was a fabulous price on Overstock with a coupon and free shipping. I got it within a week of purchase from Overstock. It comes with the extended platform, but only with the standard cutting plates. You will need to purchase the extended cutting plates if you want to use the extended bigz dies.This machine works beautifully and it works exactly like the famous BigShot, Vagabond, Big Kick die cut embossing machines. It can cut thru 10 layers of fabirc, chipboard, thin metal, felt, cardboard, and other materials as well. It cuts using other manufacturers' dies. It is a wonderfully versatile machine if you make cards, create scrapbook pages, mini albums as well as quilts. It can use Accuquilt dies for cutting up to 10 layers of fabric. It is a pleasure to use to create the art you love. I cannot recommend anything else.
Wed May 15 00:00:00 MDT 2013purpleplace Rating:5.0
I have owned a Big Shot and a Cuttlebug for the past few years and have wanted a Vagabond pretty much since the day I first saw Tim Holtz introduce it to the market. It's been on my "wish list" for about two years and I was thrilled to find one at Overstock at such an amazing price!! As a card-maker who also has arthritis and fibromyalgia, I was having more and more difficultty with the manual machines, making this a huge plus for me. I'm a huge fan of die cuts and literally own at least 100 dies. Now having the ability to push a button and cut even the most intricate die with perfect results, is a breeze. I can also cut multiples so much more quickly than ever before with any other manual machine. I highly recommend this machine and even more so, recommend you buy it HERE, because I have never seen a price this good! ENJOY and Happy Crafting!!
Thu May 31 00:00:00 MDT 2012sewmuchtodo Rating:5.0
Another great product from sizzix. No more manual cutting out ovals.
Thu Feb 21 00:00:00 MST 2013braundk Rating:5.0
This is such a great machine! I've used the Cuttlebug crank machine for years and I finally broke down to get this electric machine because it can get tiring cranking when working on big projects. I am so glad I got this! I just love it, it cuts amazing, quick, in either direction and the mats are great because they tell you the sandwich to use right on them. Just so you know, you do have to hold the button down the whole time it's going through the machine which I wasn't sure I would like, but it goes through so quick it doesn't bug me at all. I also use electronic die cutters (Silhouette and Cricut), but I think this is the best machine you can buy for your manual dies!
Sat Nov 03 00:00:00 MDT 2012jodijo Rating:5.0
I love that it is electric and I can cut several dies at one time. I guess at this time my only complaint would be that it doesn't come with the Solo Thin Die Adapter. This is a must have item and needed for most cutting situations so of course you'll have to spend more money for this additional but neccessary piece. I knew about this in advance and was able to order it from Overstock.com at the same time I purchased the Vagabond. The cute vintage stickers that came with the unit would not stay stuck on so I just threw them away. They are by no means neccessary for the function of the machine. Based on my own personal research of this machine and the owner's manual that came with, you must be VERY careful to follow the directions. You can damage the machine fairly quickly if you do not follow the instructions. I don't think it is as forgiving as the other 3 hand crank machines that I own.
Fri Feb 15 00:00:00 MST 2013zanner58 Rating:1.0
Machine died after 2 weeks while cutting a thin slice of paper. I've since read reviews that talk about the circuitry "popping" and not working for no reason at all. Poorly designed machine. Everyone involved should be ashamed. After receiving the vagabond, I went online to find out tips on how to use it. Everything warned about not putting in die "sandwiches" that were too large because they could get caught in the machine and you could never get them out again. So, I was extremely careful. I didn't experience this problem, but when sending through a normal size die "sandwich" I heard an ominous pop from the machine. It turns out to be some circuitry problem that would cost more to fix than to buy a new one. I had used this product 6 times. My recommendation is to stick with the manual versions until they come out with a version of the Vagabond that works longer than a week.
Thu Jun 12 00:00:00 MDT 20141954scrapgal Rating:1.0
This was NOT what I needed or expected!! I own an Expressions and was expecting to be purchasing a machine that was a cut above the one I already own. I have not used the machine as I intend on returning it ASAP. I did read the manual and am truly disappointed. The screen is so small I cannot read it and to have to keep a stylus n hand to maneuver the controls is a pain. I have at least 40 cricut cartridges and find that I can't use the keypad over-lays with this new machine!! It is also difficult to learn the new process. I would not mind spending the time learning the Expressions 2 if I thought it would be a much better machine...it is NOT! Just so you know, I taught classes on the Cricut Expressions at Michaels for 3 years so I know what a Cricut should do...this one is difficult to see the screen and to use.
Fri Apr 23 00:00:00 MDT 2010miracle08 Rating:4.0
I did a lot of research on this blade and read mixed reviews on buy it works great to dont buy it. I have only used my Cricut a couple of times because I have a busy schedule so I am still learning how to use it. I have to say when I make all the adjustments to cut card stock it seems at random times not to cut right on one letter. I also read you can cut felt with this blade not so true. You have to keep in mind your machine will only cut items that sit securely to the mat (just use common sense). I tried the felt that is stiff and it made the cut out but not very clean cut (yes I had the right adjustments). Also if you read your manual it has a suggestion not to use your Cricut all the time with thick items because it is not good for the machine, it will wear it down fast. The price you pay for the deep cut blade on Overstock is fantastic. I am a firm believer sometimes you will just have to buy the product and try it for yourself.
Thu Jan 16 00:00:00 MST 2014sashja2413 Rating:1.0
It has been a total waste of my time and money! I have ruined all the vinyl that came with the starter package. My plain stock has been ruined, all the vinyl has been ruined! The cutting mat has been ruined! The sliders aka rollers do not catch i've tried tips from You Tube to add tape to the ends and the vinyl still slides sideways! I am so upset at the purchase of this machine. I've watched countless videos from you tube along with the dvd that came with it, and it's nothing that I'm doing I'm following the instructions to the "T". From the manual i tried the settings there and it ruined my vinyl, i tried attempts with the you tubers suggested and it ruined the vinyl. I sent an email to the support team for them to only send me a response that had absolutely nothing to do with my question or concerns. The needle tears the vinyl to shreds i've changed the settings. I've done everything imaginable this machine is garbage! I even went out and purchased two more vinyls to give it another try and today i'm just upset at how much money i've wasted on this. Im new to the Cameo but I'm not new to crafting. As a beginner which I'm extremely intelligent this is a default! I should be able to complete the smallest and simplest project. I have a pile of shredded vinyl and watching my money go down the drain. Each time i have created a logo or spelled out words it rips right through the vinyl or my card stock .. totally NOT happy with this! It's an expensive shredder!
Tue May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2014donnacipfromla Rating:1.0
When I bought this machine I was told by a few people not to get it because you had to be very careful because if you didn't sandwich it properly it would get stuck. I am a very careful and precise person and I didn't think this would happen to me...so I bought the machine, bought all the extra pieces that I needed to buy, that didn't come included in the box so I brought my total up to quite a large sum of money. I didn't care because I had a very nice functioning dye cut machine that was going to last me years. Well, low and behold 2 month later, when I picked up my solo shim and my plastic plates to make a sandwich, my solo thin shim was stuck to the bottom of my solo shim and I did not see it, I made my sandwich with my dye and paper and proceeded to put it through the machine by pressing the button...it started to go through, and then suddenly made a quick stop...I couldn't imagine what happened...I checked online again to make sure what I put into the sandwich was correct for the dye I was doing and everything was right, so why did this get stuck? I tried repeatedly to back it out with the button and it did not work, pushing the button either way...well, I guess this was what everyone was talking about. All of a sudden I saw the solo thin dye adapter way on the bottom of the sandwich...I was so upset...it was stuck to the bottom of my solo shim...I knew this was wrong, but I thought if I called sizzix and told the truth about what happened they would understand and replace the machine, I mean we're not talking about a cheap thing here, we're talking a substantial amount of money...to cut to the chase here, they told me no, it was my mistake, if I wanted they would fix it if I wanted to send it back to them but I would have to pay postage and pay them $100.00 Well, the postage would be a ridiculous amount, that machine weighs a lot and the lady actually said if I shopped around I could probably buy one for the same price and have a brand new one....So not only did I loose my Tim Holtz Vagabond Machine, I lost my Solo Shim Dye Adapter, my 2 extra long cutting plates, the dye that I was using to make a piece of brass jewelry and the piece of brass also...quite a lot for a mistake that a big company like Sizzix has been letting go for the last few years because they don't try to fix the problem...I am not a happy person after this, I had to buy another machine, but I bought a manual one...I probably will not buy an electric one again unless they fix the problem or cover the problem under a warranty.
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