Thursday, 27 October 2016

Die cutting machine help please.

Hoping you can advise me please.

I have a very old Wizard and the plates are bent and not cutting properly ( or maybe I'm not doing it correctly?).

It will cost the best part of £30 to replace the plates so I'm thinking of a new machine but not sure which one. It only needs to be basic A5 size, not one of those fancy electronic things!

Which one do you use and/or recommend please?


A xx


  1. Hi Alison I have got a Sizzix Big Shot it is the one I got first and it is still going. In the meantime I have broken 3 Grand Calibers. There are lots of machines out there I hope you get some other advice. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Hi Alison. Have you had a look on ebay to see if the plates are any cheaper. I buy my sizzix big shot replacement plates much cheaper there. I am onto my second Bigshot now and would buy another if this one broke. I have seen some cheap die cutting machines in Aldi recently but have no idea what they are like. I bet they are probably every bit as good as any fancy machine. Worth doing a bit of research online.

  3. I have a big shot and use it practically every day I had the grand calibre but sold it and kept the big shot-I also have an ebosser which is rarely used!!!Have you googled it because I am sure someone recommended putting them in an oven on low and if you are buying a new one you have nothing to lose by trying it
    Carol x

  4. I have a cuttlebug Alison, and have had it for about 7 years now, I have had to replace my b plates, but you know how much die cutting I do, I have found the cuttlebug to be very good and sturdy
    Kevin xx

  5. I have spellbinder grand calibur machine it is much better than the cuttlebug I had before as the plates do not bend. I had to replace the place a couple of times on the cuttlebug. It is best to Google best price for these machines normally a deal somewhere Ginny x
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  6. For me its my e-bosser. Good clean cuts, A4 size and no winding as its electric.
    HOWEVER HAVE YOU TRIED :- soak your plates in hot water for a while then leave them overnight underneath something very heavy. This is worth a try as it should straighten them and will save a lot of money. Another tip (once you have flat plates) is as soon as you see the plate starting to bend very slightly then turn it over and use the other side so your machine starts to bend it back the other way.
    Oh and sorry but my Grand Calibur bent the plates, most machines will if they are inserting good pressure.


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