HAVING FUN ALREADY AND IT JUST ARRIVED TODAY! IT IS VERY IMPORTANT HOWEVER TO STUDY UP ON THE WAY TO USE THIS ELECTRIC MACHINE SO THAT IT DOES NOT GET A SANDWICH STUCK OR BREAK AS ONE BUYER REPORTED WITH ONE STAR. GO TO: THE DO'S & DON'TS OF THE SIZZIX BIG SHOT & TIM HOLTZ VAGABOND. STACY OF SCRAPBOOKING-MADE-SIMPLE TELLS YOU ALL YOU N E E D TO KNOW SO THAT YOU DO NOT ABUSE THIS QUALITY MACHINE. DO THIS BEFORE READING THE INSTRUCTION BOOK. IT IS FUN PUTTING ON THE STICKERS! THIS WAS A DEAL FROM OVERSTOCK AND DELIVERED QUICKLY. THE MACHINE IS HEAVY, BUT STURDY. LEARN THE SIMPLE INSTUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN FOR BEST RESULTS.
Because I have crippling in both hands, this appealed to me. And what a joy to find out just how simple it is now to die-cut fabric, paper, and felt for projects. I would recommend this to anyone who needs - or wants - the ease of a die-cutting machine that works electronically!
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.