I am rating it a four just because I have a learning curve for this one. Also, I initially had problems with my pen not printing which caused me to waste an almost completed card. I bought the updated Cricut, so I had access to writing on my pages. If I cannot figure how to work them and get them to print completely, my whole purpose for the purchase will be wasted. Overall, it's a good product.
I bought this machine with an amazing coupon and I could not be happier. It is a lot of money to invest on a machine but I have a home based business selling items on Etsy and there are dies that will make my life much much easier- I don't have them yet because all of my play money for the last 2 weeks went to the machine. But this is not something that you can get all of the dies you want at once, you have to collect them over time. They are pricey but worth it and still cheaper than Accuquilt dies. I have to tell my story quickly in case anyone is on the fence- I had bought the Accuquilt Go from my local craft store, brought it home, got right to cutting fabric out and immediately noticed it would not cut through the amount of layers my Sizzix Big Kick cuts through-like butter I might add... I go through 4-6 layers of bamboo fleece without my Bigkick giving me any grief. The Accuquilt- OH NO! I first tried with 3 of my bamboo, it was ok, I had to cut threads at the corners though-something I rarely do with my Bigkick and then I tried with 4 layers and I had to fully cut out 2 of the SIDES of all layers of the squares! Their dies are not as good of quality and that machine was flimsy feeling. I took it back to my local store and told them I don't want that $250 machine if it can't cut through the same amount as my $*** Sizzix Bigkick. I searched for a good price, knowing exactly what I was going to buy-Overstock had the best and Offer AWESOME coupons by the way... I got the machine yesterday and have played with it already and it is a monster! Nothing moves on this machine. The whole part where the top roller was encased in that Accuquilt Go MOVED... It was flimsy cheap see through plastic... This is solid metal. I have been using my Bigkick for 2 years now and it is just as solid as the Big Shot Pro. I might add the Sizzix dies LAST- I am using all of my original dies I initially bought for that machine still and they still cut like butter. They are durable machines & durable dies. They cut through fabric soooo easily it's truly amazing to be able to cut out like 200 in an hour rather than what 40 with the rotary cutter. I bought the Big Shot Pro because I needed bigger dies now. I have products I make with the large squares and this was really needed for me. Their dies are also a fraction of what the Accuquilt dies are. I am just a Sizzix fan through and through. They make great products and I will come back to Overstock for more stuff because they are just awesome. This arrived a day early and I was SO excited about that! It was packaged perfectly-brand new, not a mark on it and works beautifully. I also like that there are somany choices of dies for this machine... If you are a school teacher or caregiver of children there would be so many uses for this machine and for parties- the ability to make the nice big favor boxes-make your own gift bags. I just like knowing that my money was spent on the most versatile machine. This is a VERY different machine than the Accuquilt go machine, this is an everything Goes machine! I mean that in the very best way. Thank you for reading. This machine is great, its an investment but well worth it and I can already see this will last me years-decades to come and possibilities are endless.
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