Disappointed in the Gemini
I recently got my Gemini ..with Flex pay so I am actually still paying for it in my monthly payment plan….I just got it in September and I have already had to purchase a cutting plate and possibly will have to but another one…they are buckling in the middle..my first one actually cracked..I know I am putting them together right to run them through the machine..because I follow the Crafters Companion YouTube channel and stack them just like they do…so what is wrong..I can’t keep buying cutting plates..is there possibly something wrong with my Gemini..PLEASE reply!!!
I have the larger Gemini and love it… but I would watch some YouTube vids and watch Sara closely when she’s cutting on air here on HSN… she does stack it a bit differently than the manual shows. It’s basically upside down from the manual, but the way she’s stacking on air is imho, the best way to protect your magnetic/embossing mats and other mats/shims. They are on top of the die, not touching the cutting surface of the die and seems to work, I have found that works pretty darn well, as these mats are just too thin imho.
Someone did ask Sara on air about her cutting stack and she said it was for the camera, so we could see what was going on.. IIRC, she said it was basically upside down from the usual stack. Still the same order just not having the dies cutting into the mat/shim, just the paper and the thick plastic sandwich mat only.
I’ve also used the thicker Green Anna Griffin embossing mat too. 🙂
Sara has said in the past shows that the Gemini will cut any of the thin dies on the market, including the Anna Griffin dies, which tend to be a bit thicker, and she’s cut them on air b4 too.
As for the Jr. I was so tempted to get it because I wanted the purple, but couldn’t justify it and have read a lot of the reviews which weren’t too kind, so think I’m glad I passed on this round.
Sorry to hear about your disappointment… I have had my Gemini for several years now and LOVE it! I have never had to use new plates although I do have spares that I have on hand for when I do. They were purchased at AC Moore with a coupon for next to nothing. It is very important that you flip and rotate your plates to stop them from warping. It is very natural for this to happen, there is a lot of pressure needed to make those cuts. Also, you might want to experiment with less pressure, removing the magnetic sheet or the metal sheet. Again sorry to hear you are disappointed love my machine and now I love my Gemini Junior even more.
I’ve used my Gemini only a few times and the plates are bending. I was told to flip them each time I use them to prevent them from bending more. I have the large machine. If yours are cracked, you definitely have bad plates. I would call Crafters Companion direct and explain it to them.
PLATES FOR THE GEMINI JR. I like having back up items for my new purchases,
(before I need them). I recently purchased 2 Gemini Jr machines. (One for someone dear to me).
I notice HSN didn’t have the plates for this model yet. So I went to CC web site today and found all the replacement plates for the Gemini JR. I thought someone might need this info I usually buy and keep on hand, 2 sets of additional plates for all my machines. This way I don’t lose time when crafting, due to lack of cutting plates. I guess I could be labeled the queen of overkill (LOL). I’m almost obsessive about this I believe in buy a lot of, what you use a lot of. We ( crafters) usually run out of things we need, when they are least accessible due to time, weather, finances, etc.
PS. I bought my Gemini on the first airing, I think that was about 2-3 years ago
I’m not sure why you’re having these problems (If I lived closer) I’m certain I could I could fix your plates (if they aren’t defective) and show you how to prevent the problem from re-occurring. Having said that. It isn’t a ‘natural part of the wear and tear for your plates to crack, I’d contact Cust. Serv.. right away!!!. It is natural for them to bend. If you are using thick dies not meant for the Gemini that may cause cracking. The Gemini is for cutting “Thin Metal dies only”. While it is possible to run thicker dies through, I remember Sara saying many times ” for cutting thin metal dies” The brand doesn’t matter, my rule is they dies I use on the Gemini shouldn’t be thicker than any dies she sells. Some of her dies are a bit thick, but are still thin metal dies. If it would help, use her thickest die you own as a guide. This is what I do. Your placement strategy is good for even pressure control on your cuts and your wear on the plates. It was hard at first for me to remember to flip the plates. I flip and rotate each time I use it. That way I don’t forget. :If I make (50 or more cuts or passes in one craft session), I rotate and flip every time (It’s automatic now. Like blinkers when driving). I too am on my 1st set of plates with a few scratches, they’re are almost like new .(except that thin metal plate). at first, I bent that all kinds of ways. Cust Service explained, I was using it to often.). I have however invested in, (to date) 5 extra complete sets of new plates, I never have to stop for plate problems. I just grab a new one, deal with problem when I finish. I do customized crafts and card making using homemade paper. This can’t be cut on machines (only punched, die cut or with scissors.) My clients like to have certain items added into the paper, not glued, taped or stapled. Sometimes I can’t use my Gemini to complete a project, due to the added paper thickness. I tell you this to give more perspective to my earlier statement. I hope this helps. God Bless
I’m sorry to hear about that. I bought mine when it was first launched and my original plates are very well used but they still maintain their straight shape. What I did was wrote on each corner of the plates with a sharpie a number and rotate and flip the plate every time is use it. In other words, I first start at one, the next one to be up is 2 which is located at the bottom left corner and continue my whole way through. Also, I place my dies and paper to be cut all around the plate and not always in the middle. I have never had to replace my cutting plates and I figured out a special sandwich to emboss with the rubber mat that comes with Anna Griffin dies (the green one). Hopefully my tips help you. I did buy replacement plates but they are still in the box as I have not yet changed them. My Gemini is about 2 years old.
I would contact Crafters Companion directly. Go to their website and at top of the opening page click onto Need Help. You can call or email them. I would take pictures of the items your talking about and email the pictures to them. Their customer service are really helpful.
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01.10.18 7:49 AM