As I’m a something of a Frugal fiend, I don’t tend to say yes, very often, to reviewing products on this blog. I see my blog as depicting my journey from, quite frankly, a renegade crafter of sorts to adored self-sufficient seamstress (ahem), so product reviews just don’t really fit the bill! When, however, I was contacted on behalf of Hobbycraft and asked if I wanted to test out the latest die-cutting machine from Sizzix, I jumped at the chance to have a go and, in the process, add another string to my frugal crafty bow!
The Sizzix ‘Big Shot’ Die-Cutting Machine is available from Hobbycraft priced £74.99. It is a table-top slide machine that allows you, the avid crafter of paper and fabric wonders, to cut intricate dies and embossing patterns effortlessly. Impressed so far? You will be!
From a ‘mechanical’ point of view, the Big Shot not only looks pretty, but on receipt was incredibly easy to assemble. The machine comes pretty much in one piece with just the washer and crankshaft to screw in place – you are then ready to go! The Big Shot comes with two cutting mats and an Extendable Multi-Surface Platform – for use depending on what sort of dies you are using. Being completely new to this, I was really pleased that Hobbycraft sent me a packet of this trio of Tattered Lace Owl Dies to try out, available from Hobbycraft for £22. The next thing was to actually TRY it out! Which, in turn, happened to be pretty easy to follow too!
Whilst the instructions were easy to follow and clearly stated which dies are suitable to use with the Big Shot (I can be accused of getting a bit ‘faffy’ when it comes to new machinery), it was fairly self explanatory to work – once I’d chosen which colour paper I wanted to use – I simply popped the die in place with the paper, sandwiched between the two cutting mats and placed on the platform. Turning the washer, the platform guided the sandwich through and the results were wonderful! Each little owl was perfectly formed and intricately cut – I instantly got the bug for more. I tried cutting fabric too – which didn’t work as well with these intricate designs, but would be a lifesaver for prepping fabric patches for patchwork and quilting projects.
So, what did I do with my little owl experiments? I have a couple of very special Birthdays for very special little people coming up, so I decided to use these designs to make up some Birthday cards – I used basic glue to hold these owls in place, but they would work well in 3D form also if applied with sticky foam.
Overall, I was really impressed with the machine and with my first go at die-cutting, It all sounds so simple but I’m excited to try other dies in the appropriate ranges and also try my hand at a bit of quilting now that I have a machine that can make life a little easier! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good machine that is both simple and effective – I think it is going to become a regular little devil in the craft room and I can’t wait to try some more bits and pieces with it!
Stay Peachy x
DISCLAIMER: I was sent the Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Tattered Lace Owl Dies for the purposes of this review. I was not paid by the company for this post and all views are my own.