accuquilt go?

on some of the other quilting forum places, lots and lots of raves
about the accuquilt go. i like gadgets , but i'm thinking "will i
really use it".
so.....what's the opinions?????
betsey
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betsey
hi Barbara- this is their website. it's a cutting tool--uses dies to cut fabric.
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betsey
I'd say that it depends on how many shapes you want to cut at one time..it is expensive and the various cutting dies are exhorbitant...$120 for the one which cuts 2-1/2" strips. I've seen them demonstrated on a couple of tv quilty shows and I'm sure there was steam and bad language coming from the users, even with a smile. Personally, I would invest the costs into getting a sewing machine out of layaway sooner! barnyowl
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barnyowl
"betsey" "betsey"
hi Barbara- this is their website. it's a cutting tool--uses dies to cut fabric.
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Thanks for letting me know! Barbara in SC
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Bobbie Sews More
Depends how much you want to cut out and how easy that it is for you to do this by hand. Its always the extras that get you, you want a particular shape size etc for a project......
I have seen something similar in action, used by a small shop who made up kits, so it worked out cost efficient for them to use this.
Personally, I think that the novelty would soon wear off for me.
Janner France
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Janner
i do tend to agree with you Barnyoul---part of me is curious, part of me thinks 'i'll never use it enough to make it worth the cost". there seems to be a contingent of those who think its the greatest thing since sliced bread. so, i thought I'd ask here.
and yes, i am working on getting the bernina out of layaway (clever of you to remember!). it will be another month or two--hit with some expenses i was not anticipating, but it's coming.
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betsey
On Apr 26, 5:39=A0pm, Janner wrote:
Janner- you nailed it. i had no idea the cost of the strip die. yikes!
betsey
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betsey
I have owned the larger Studio version of the AccuCut Go die cutting machine for many years. It was originally purchased to mass product craft kits for camps. When they re-engineered the paper cutting machine to better cut fabric I upgraded to the new model. Over the years I have purchased many dies. The dies for the Studio machine are much more expense than the ones for the Go machine because the Studio machine is meant for more heavy duty work such as cutting kits for stores. I am wondering if the $200 price quoted on RCTQ for the strip cutter was for the studio version?
There is now an adaptor to use with the Studio machine allowing you to use the less expensive Go dies with the larger machine. This will be great for dies I know I won't use that much. When purchasing dies I concentrated mainly on designs which would be more time consuming to cut using other methods such as the Double Wedding Ring, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul and hexagons. I also pre-cut kits to be used for charity sewing days with my guild and other sewing friends. The Take Five die is a great charity quilt as is the Tumbler. Engineered corners on most of the triangle and odd shaped pieces really speed cutting. If you do a lot of fusible applique you can iron the fusible to your fabric before running it through the die machine for a crisp edge.
If you have trouble cutting the Go is a great tool. A friend with MS can cut out her own quilts now that she has a Go. She no longer has the strength to use a rotary cutter or regular scissors. What little cutting she did for herself before she bought the GO she used electric scissors.
Yes, you will be able to live without buying a Go machine but it does speed much of the cutting process. I am no longer associated with the company but about 15 years ago I did consult with them on why they needed to upgrade the paper machine so it more accurately cut fabric. The paper machine would cut fabric but there would be as much as a 1/16 th of an inch difference between the top and bottom piece when cutting eight layers at a time. At first the company laughed and asked why 1/16 th of an inch made any difference. I had to explain the process and show them how that 1/16 inch would multiply across the width of the quilt. Fortunately they saw the light and changed the machine. Now with the addition of the Go machine they have brought the technology down to a price level that is more manageable for the average quilter.
Susan Laity Price
Susan Laity Price On Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:55:41 -0700 (PDT), betsey wrote:
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Susan Laity Price
Howdy!
Machine costs $350 - $600 (are you really going to choose the little Baby cutter?); the dies run $111 - $600. Cutting mats $7- $20 (the guy in the demo suggests having more than one, & you'll have to have a mat that matches the size of the die). So, reckon $600 or more for the machinery to set yourself up in business, and I'm thinking: that's a lot of fabric allowance!
But, to each her own.
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Lee's really cranking out the piecs:
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Quilting: what's the hurry?
Ragmop/Sandy
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Sandy E
Howdy Sandy, I am with you on this. While sewing with the 'blanket ladies', as my dad refers to us, we were talking about some speedy quilting idea. Finally I had to just shake my head and suggest at some point we need to just go buy 'blankets' if we don't enjoy the process. To be fair the group of blanket ladies do a lot of charity quilts for kids and vets, etc. Still I just have to think it is the process that brings me to quilting. That said, some folks have a tough time with cutters and scissors. I know of sharing of these systems and that seems more reasonable. If it can extend the ability for a quilter to quilt I get that. Taria
Howdy!
Machine costs $350 - $600 (are you really going to choose the little Baby cutter?); the dies run $111 - $600. Cutting mats $7- $20 (the guy in the demo suggests having more than one, & you'll have to have a mat that matches the size of the die). So, reckon $600 or more for the machinery to set yourself up in business, and I'm thinking: that's a lot of fabric allowance!
But, to each her own.
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Lee's really cranking out the piecs:
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Quilting: what's the hurry?
Ragmop/Sandy
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Taria
Sandy--yep, i came to the same conclusion. plus it's made in a place I try had not to buy from.
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betsey
I got really lucky, I went on Craigslist and found an Accuquilt GO, with 13 dies for $350 ( on 2 dies were used).. Just look around you just might fin d a great deal like I did. Btw, yes it's def worth even purchasing it. Chec k Joann.com sometimes the GO! Is on sale for 40%+ off and they have sales o n the dies all the time. Hope this helps :)
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