Nicely made machine by Sizzix; but.............Sizzix no longer makes the multipurpose cutting platform that used to come with all the Big Shot/Bigkick machines. I am a card maker/scrapbooker and that platform is essential. After much cussing and a very good YouTube video on the machines, I realized this fact and went searching for what I needed. You can either buy an extended platform, which has all you need or you can buy a thin die plate to enable machine to cut all die on the market. Why would Sizzix sell a machine to me without the basics I need to make my projects? I just don't understand it. So if you purchase this machine and have cutting the thinner dies, be aware you MUST buy the multipurpose platform or the additional platform in order to use it.
I've had several different brands of manual die cutters and this is by far my favorite. I haven't found a die made it won't cut. I highly recommend this machine to anyone that wants to cut paper or any other material.
I believe the BIG SHOT die cutting machine is an excellent tool for scrapbooking and cardmaking. It works easily, does a great job of die cutting and also works with embossing folders. I have tried other die cutting machines but this is my first choice for a die cutting machine.
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