Die cutting Machines
Which machine will cut all Dies? The Gemini or The Empress by Anna Griffin?
I read so many different reviews and now I am so confused. Would like to purchase one during Craft Day today. Your help is greatly appreciated.
I love the Big Gemini……….I love and use my Cuttlebug often. I use my little Diamond Press quite often it is great when making cards and using the little dies. These are my go to die cutting machines. (I don’t have a Crafting Room, so I do my crafting on my kitchen table.) no where to set up my Gemini permanently.)
Thank you so much ladies for all your time & info. It is greatly appreciated!
I have the Diamond Press, the Anna Griffin mini, the Cuttlebug, the Empress, the Gemini (large), the Gemini Mini, and the Sizzix Big Shot. For all around accessibility of all types of dies from wafer thin to thick steel dies like Bigz, the Sizzix Big Shot, a handcrank, is the best and it also embosses well. Drawback is a complex platform that has multiple parts, lots of plates that can add to the price. The Cuttlebug is a great handcrank, but it is not quite 6 inches wide. Larger dies can be hard to crank but the machine embosses very well. The Anna Griffin mini is a plate system that cuts and embosses ok, but can only handle, small thin dies. The Diamond Press uses soft plastic folders that have a short life span and must be replaced. It has the smallest opening. The Gemini Mini is an electric cutter with a small opening. It has power. But like the original Gemini, it tears its embossing mats and embosses poorly. The powerful Gemini tends to emboss the release holes into the design. I have just begun to use the Anna Griffin Empress, and it cuts and embosses beautifully Anna Griffin dies and folders, but will not take thick folders like the Crafter Companion 3D embossing folders. It is quiet unlike the Gemini. Both machines are heavy, and warp their plates which will become heavily etched as expected. It’s too early to say how long the lifespan of the Empress plates will be, but as with all the machines, constant rotation of the plate that cuts needs to be practiced. Which is the best? The electric machines are wonderful, but pricey. If you do not mind cranking, the Sizzix Big Shot with it’s wide platform, versatility with die thickness, reliability, and ease of use once you know the system, is the best of the handcrank, but more expensive than the Cuttlebug.
I have the Gemini, the older Cuttlebug and a Diamond Press.
I use all of them. I like the Gemini (the larger one) because the opening is 9″ wide
and I can cut several dies at once and it cuts intricate dies very nicely. My old cuttlebug I use for die cutting and embossing but the opening is 6″.
The empress opening is in the 6″ range I think. But you can use the thin dies on all the various machines. Even the Diamond Press, is on my craft table and I use it
for words and smaller dies. I think it depends on price and how much you would use it, since the electric machines are so expensive. This is my opinion, hope it helps.
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01.10.19 5:43 PM