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Published on August 21st, 2012 | by Cut@Home


Which Sizzix Machine Is Right for You

This video is about choosing the right Sizzix machine for you to do scrapbooking and cardmaking or even quilting. Each one is unique, but all do very similar things. Let me go through them with you. We have the texture boutique embossing machine, the sizzix big kick vintaj,the big shot PRO,the vagabond, the big shot, the eclips, and the big kick machine. Each machine is a bit different. All machines except the texture boutique will CUT materials.

A question that is often asked by many is “What is the favorite machine?” Stephanie explains that this is a very LOADED QUESTION! 🙂 It really depends on what you are working on and trying to accomplish with your crafting needs. If you like to quilt or are in a school room setting and need to do big projects such as 12×12 or 12×24 inches then the Big Shot PRO would be exceptionally well and suit your needs. Or lets say you want to emboss a 12×12 sheet of paper and emboss the whole sheet, then the Sizzix Big Shot PRO would also be your best bet. But what if you are into cutting and embossing smaller items. One of the other machines like the Vagabond which is electronic push of a button die cutting machine or the big shot which is a turn of the handle or even the big kick. The Eclips is an electronic cutter with a remote that can do those as well. Getting back to the Vagabond, many like this machine because it will cut through very thick grungeboard and is an inspired design by Tim Holtz. The Big Shot will do the same with the grungeboardd, but you will have to hand crank it. So it is matter of preference between those two machines.

On to the Eclips electronic die cutting machine by Sizzix. It is perfect for one that wants to do their own designing. Or lets say you want to do a small one inch shape or all the way to a 12×24 inch shape. This is all completely doable with the Eclips ecal software and this machine along with their Eclips cartridges.

REALLY the choice is yours. Do you want to emboss? Do you want cut AND emboss? Do you want an electronic or a hand crank? Do you want to use software and do your own designing? I guess that depends on you!

We hope this post and video tutuorial done by education director of Sizzix Ellison has helped you know a little more of why carries Sizzix machines and dies! They are high quality and there is something GREAT for every crafter,scrapbooker,cardmaker on the planet!



Happy Scrappin’

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I love Scrapbooking, Rubber Stamping, and Card Making Ideas and Projects,which is why I started! I enjoy offering the Best products,ideas, & videos for Spellbinders,Sizzix,Provo Craft,Quickutz,Graphic 45,DCWV,Hero Arts,Making Memories and much more!

  • Ronald

    As someone who has extensive experience with photoshop and other image editing programs, I would be more inclined to buy the electronic cutter like the e-clips. I tend to have a need every once in a while to make greeting cards, and rather than design a typical greeting card, I would rather give it a unique touch and emboss the texture of the card.

  • Oh yes, the eclips would be fantastic for you! You can use the eclips with with illustrating programs such as CorelDraw if you have the e-cal software, which sounds right up your alley!

  • Tony

    I can’t wait to get one of these the kids in my daycare love to make things for their parents and this will make some pretty cool stuff for them. I have other machines that do different things so if we put them together we should get a really cool card or scrap book if we have enough time. Thank you for the idea I hope it works as well as I think it will.

  • These machines are fantastic for kids! The manual machines are fun and easy for them to use and they feel that they are creating the project from start to finish!

  • Randal

    I am getting in the Christmas spirit and I really want to make some really nice cards to mail out this year so I am looking at my options. It sounds like this one does more than just cards so maybe that would be my best bet so that I can doing numerous things, where a lot of others I have looked at limits you to just making cards. Thank you for this post.

  • Lorie

    I am a printmaker, quilter, sewer and designer and I have been blogging about my creations since 2009. I enjoy a wide variety of crafts but fabric and printmaking have been long standing interests of mine. Currently, I am particularly enjoying screen printing my own fabric designs, designing paper pieced patterns, and modern quilt making.

  • Honestly, none of the machines limit you to just cards. You can create embellishments for scrapbook pages as well as many other projects with all of the machines! It comes down to personal preference as to what machine will work best for your needs.

  • Wow! That is impressive! Sounds like you have a variety of interests! I would love to see your work!

  • Barbara

    Perennial scrapping and stamping favorite Tim Holtz announced today via his blog (which I visit frequently) that he will be designing a new product line for Sizzix called Tim Holtz Alterations. Holtz describes the line as “my own signature line of dies, texture/embossing folders, and yes, a new machine. The line will debut at CHA-Winter 2010, with peeks revealed in the coming days on Holtz’s blog.

  • Tim Holtz Alterations have been out since 2010 and are very popular! The machine he was referring to is the Sizzix Vagabond by Tim Holtz.

  • James

    It sounds like the Eclipse will do everything I want it to do and more. You have done an excellent job on your blog and you have made it so that you can update it with more information easily without it changing the overall look of the article. Thank you for the information though I look forward to researching these some more and possibly getting one.

  • The eclipse is a wonderful machine! I’m sure that you would be very pleased with its performance. I personally own one and find it to be very user friendly! Thanks for your comments!

  • Joe

    There are so many different machines to look into that I am not sure which ones would be for me and which ones aren’t, I know what I want to do with my machine and now I just need to do some real research to find the machine that best fits that idea. Thank you for putting this information out there because it is going to be a big help.

  • You are welcome! When it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, it really is personal preference as to what machine will fit your needs the best. We put this information out so our customers can become familiar with each one so as to make an better educated decision. We are happy it has helped you!

  • Myrtle

    I am like Tony and will be using it my Church in the children’s ministry to make gifts and things for the kids at orphanages and of course for the parents and grandparents so I am glad you replied to his comment to let him know that the machine is user friendly and easy for kids to use. Is there a chance that they could get injured or is it a pretty safe machine?

  • You really can’t go wrong with any of the manual die cutting machines and kids! They are safe to use, but of course, if you get a kid who decides to stick their fingers under the rollers while running a sandwich through, they will get their fingers pinched good, so it is always best to have adult supervision around while kids are manning the machines! 🙂

  • Anneliese Dasgupta

    How come will not the links on the top bar of the site web page that post a message work for me? Many thanks

  • Unfortunately, I am not able to answer your question, as not being able to see your computer, I am not sure what exactly you are referring to. Sorry!

  • darlene short

    I just got the little Sizzix Little Sizzles at a yard sale. where can I get a manual for it and does it work with other dies from the other machines?

  • Unfortunately, I am not at all familiar with the Sizzix Little Sizzles, so you should probably contact Sizzix directly for information about dies and a manual. Sorry I couldn’t help you more!

  • julie

    Can I use the plates from my Big Shot on the Vagabond?

  • Yes, you can use the same cutting plates in both the Big Shot and Vagabond machines. The Platform is different.

  • Carmen

    What is the difference between the Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix Vintaj Edition BIGkick? Thank you!

  • Basically the only difference between the Sizzix Big Shot and Vintage is the design and paint job. They are basically the same machine as the components are exactly the same and they will coordinate with the same dies and embossing folders. They also cut the same types of materials.

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