If you are trying to decide which die-cutting machine to purchase, having all the facts may help your decision. Die-cutting machines are handy tools to have for your scrapbooking and crafting needs. The machines use metal dies to cut out shapes, letters and designs. Depending on the machine and die used, some of the machines also emboss onto the shapes, adding dimension to your projects. Die-cutting machines are made to cut paper, but some can also cut fabric and other craft materials.
Cuttlebug is made by Provo Craft. The Cuttlebug machine cuts and embosses paper. The Cuttlebug machine weighs 7 pounds and is small enough to fit on your craft table. The Cuttlebug can cut materials up to 1/8 inch thick, including fabric, foam board, corkboard, poster board and other craft materials. The Cuttlebug is a universal die-cutting machine and can cut most leading dies, including those from Sizzix, Spellbinders, QuickKutz, Ellison, Jcut and Accu-cut. Cuttlebug uses a sandwich system of spacers and plates that are rolled through the machine to cut.
Sizzix makes a variety of die-cutting machines: the Sizzix BIGkick, Big Shot and Sidekick. All three of the Sizzix machines cut and emboss paper. Sizzix machines use a sandwich system of mats and plates that are run through rollers to cut the material. The Sizzix BIGkick measures 12.25 inches by 6 inches by 14.5 inches and weighs 7.7 pounds. The machine can cut most craft material, including fabric and cardstock. The Sizzix BIGkick can cut with all Sizzix-brand dies except the BigzPro dies. The Sizzix warranty states that you may only use the BIGkick with Sizzix-brand dies. The Sizzix Big Shot is much like the BIGkick, including the dies it can cut. The difference between the Big Shot and BIGkick is that the machine is designed in partnership with Stampin' Up and weighs 7.5 pounds and measures 14.25 inches by 12.38 inches by 6.58 inches. The Sizzix warranty states that you may only use the Big Shot with Sizzix-brand dies The Sizzix Sidekick is for die cutting on the go. The machine weighs only 2 pounds and measures just 4.75 inches tall. The Sidekick is compatible with most small metal dies from other manufacturers as well as the Sizzlit and decorative strip dies from Sizzix.
Spellbinders makes the Wizard Die machine. The Wizard cuts most craft materials and is compatible with almost all of the craft dies on the market, including Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Ellison and QuickKutz. The Wizard also works with the Spellbinders Nestabilities dies that help the user make perfectly sized dies in increments of 1/8 and 1/4 inch. The Wizard cuts and embosses and some Spellbinders dies can also be used as a stencil to give the cut paper dimension and contrast. The machine measures 11.25 inches by 7.25 inches by 3 inches. Wizard requires a sandwich of cutting mats and embossing mats to run through the machine.
The QuicKutz Revolution is a die-cutting machine with a footprint of 5 inches by 7 inches. The machine has a magnetic roller mat built in and does not require sandwiching like the other die machines mentioned. The machine is compatible with all of the QuicKutz dies, which measure 2 inches by 2 inches and 4 inches by 4 inches. The Revolution can cut most craft materials and also embosses paper materials.