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Sizzix Big Shot Q's

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SewCrafty Tue 16-Aug-11 22:01:45

I might be interested in getting one but does it cut:

- fabric (pretreated with Bondaweb)
- felt
- leather

I'm not interested in paper or card as I don't think I'd use it much for that. I might be able have a look at one in Hobbycraft this week.

Where is cheapest to buy one? 2nd hand on ebay any good or do they wear?

Are the dies v. expensive?

Ta, SewCrafty.

NorksAreMessy Wed 17-Aug-11 01:33:32

Hello. I have second hand Sizzix.
It does cut bondawebbed fabric, but you might need a sheet of plastic underneath

It cuts felt really well

Have not tried leather

I use mine for jewelry making...mostly brooches, and love it
Have fun

BetsyBoop Thu 18-Aug-11 08:53:11

I've had a BS for years & LOVE it.

What you can cut is really down to which die you use.

Thin dies (sizzlits etc) will only cut paper/card etc

Thick Steel blade dies (Bigz/Sizzix original etc) will "cut almost anything including cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum, and many other materials." according to the sizzix website.

I have cut felt, fabric, craft foam, leather, chipboard, thin balsa wood (as well as paper & card!) on mine with no problems.

The BS will also cut any make of die (cuttlebug etc)

There is also the new(ish) BS Pro - which cuts up 12"x12" but they are expensive (around £230 last time I looked) as are the dies - just mentioning it in case you were needing this option.

If a machine has not been abused (not sure what would happen if you "force" something throughthat is too think) then there is nothing to go wrong really. You just need to change the cutting mats periodically as they do wear & break eventually (I'm on my 3rd set after about 6 years and I use mine a lot - they are only a few pounds)

The cheapest place online I've found is
cuttingedgecrafts I've bought too much loads from them - their P&P is free & they always ship quickly, quite often same day.

Hope that helps, if you have any more questions please let me know smile

BetsyBoop Thu 18-Aug-11 08:55:08

too think

too thick blush

NorksAreMessy Fri 19-Aug-11 23:10:34

Ooh, balsa wood, Betsy, please tell me thick and where do you get it from. I like the sound of that

BetsyBoop Sat 20-Aug-11 15:58:30

It was just some really thin stuff DH had knocking about in his workshop, so I thought I would steal it and try it, and it worked fine smile Not sure how thin it was (I used it for cutting out stars to decorate for the local kids group I run, but it was Xmas 2008 or 2009, so I've got none left now to measure...) but I've found this list which says it must be no more than 3/32", which is about 2.4mm if my maths is right.

I think Fred Aldous do balsa wood as I saw it when I was in there the other day (they are an online store too) - but there are probably numerous places you can buy it.

Hope that helps

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