The machine is sturdy and having used it a few times I am pleased with the results. However I would like a more informative guide book to be included. I am using it for die cutting and having visited some blogs I see I am not the only one that was so concerned about the damage appearing on the plates as I used them. Apparently this is normal and the plates only last a certain amount of cuts, so know that you will be replacing them at some point. Have bought some more dies so will keep playing with the machine, like I said good results. Did find it difficult to hold the plates together and turn the handle without things moving, felt like I needed 3 hands. But all in all I like it and am happy I finally made the investment, although I do think they are slightly too pricey to not come with at least 1 die and 1 embossing folder.
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.
This is the first time I've ever purchased or used a die cutting machine. Set up was easy and the machine was not difficult to learn how to use. The instructions that come with the machine are limited, but the Silhouette website offers great tutorials and guidance. I suggest you also watch and learn from you tube videos before you begin. Happy crafting!!!
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