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Die Cutting Machine Buying Guide

Cut out the confusion and follow this simple guide to picking the best machine for you.


Hobbycraft Die Cutting Machine

Lightweight, simple and great for beginners

The Hobbycraft Die Cutting Machine makes it really easy to cut or emboss intricate paper designs for all your craft projects. Choose a die, material and cutting plate, and turn the manual handle to press them together under the high-pressure rollers. Its easily repeated and gives perfect results every time! Includes full instructions and a variety of dies to get you started.


Sizzix Big Shot

A compact powerhouse that can cut through several sheets of paper at once, and can even cut fabric for quilting

The award-winning Sizzix Big Shot machine is the perfect introduction and lifelong companion to die cutting and embossing. This multipurpose tool provides ultimate versatility with easy to use functions. Create beautiful shapes and textures for card making, scrapbooking, home décor, fashion, quilting, papercrafting and much more!


Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A larger version of the Big Shot, accepts paper or dies up to A4 size

As our most versatile machine, the Sizzix Big Shot Plus can be used with the entire library of Sizzix dies as well as nearly every other die available from Hobbycraft. This machine is perfect for crafting on a larger scale, offering even more creative possibilities!

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Crafter's Companion Gemini

Heavy-duty and automatic - great for bulk projects

The Gemini Die Cutting Machine makes it even easier to cut beautiful shapes - This electrical, automatic machine has no handles to turn, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy the crafting magic as it happens.


Cricut Explore Air 2

Cut your own designs, or choose from thousands more from Cricut's project library

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a digital cutting machine: instead of using dies it connects to Design Space, Cricut's online software available for PC, Mac or iOS. Thousands of projects and images are available for individual purchase or through a subscription, and you can even upload your own designs. The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut over 100 materials including cardstock, vinyl and leather.


Cricut Maker

Our ultimate machine - cuts fabric for sewing projects as well as hundreds of other materials

The Cricut Maker has everything you could possibly need from a digital cutting machine. It comes with a rotary blade for cutting through fabric with speed and precision, letting you take full advantage of the new Simplicity sewing patterns available on Cricut Design Space.


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