Do you have an accuquilt go? Do you love it or do you wonder why you bought it? What dies do you use the most? Anything you can think to tell me about your opinion of it would be appreciated.
I don't have one, but I've watched them demonstrated plenty of times at various meetings & shows. My impressions were that yes, they are a time saver...yes, they might help if you couldn't hold a rotary cutter well...but no, because they can leave strange scraps behind (waste?), and no, because I don't do much applique so I wouldn't be cutting those shapes.
So it's 50-50. I haven't invested in one yet & may not. Price & die price is another factor probably in the "no" column for me.
Will be interested to read what owners say. Just don't think I will ever get one. Just don't use shapes very much. More strings or strip piecing and cutting the size I need from strata... Chris
I do not have one and will not have one. I find it an unnecessary expense. The shapes just do not fit the majority of work I do,way too small and it is just a money pit IMO...I have 3 friends that have them and they just gather dust.
DH bought me one several years ago. I have used it a lot but not since last Christmas. I love to applique. I am thinking I will use it more when I retire.
I have a go baby.....i like it. BUT, I am wanting the die to cut out the rag squares.....and it only goes in the GO and the Studio GO.....not the go baby.....so ...thinking i may have to get the GO.....with arthritic hands....it would be cool to have the rag quilt die and not cut them out with a rotary and snip scissors.
Don't have one but thought about it. Gary's DSIL has the Go! Baby and she loves it. She has whipped through her stash and cut out those pieces she uses the most. She is making quilts like nobody's business with all the pre-cuts. I haven't seen her do any quilts with appliques so I'm pretty sure she doesn't fuss with those dies.
I would guess, you have to decide what you will be using it for before you make your mind up. Just like everything else we buy. She knew what she would use it for and loves it because she is using it for exactly that.
I have the Go! and I have to say I love it. I have most of the geometric dies (no applique) and I find I can cut out so much faster and more accurately then using a cutter and ruler. My back is bad and I would have to stop and start cutting again another day when doing a scrappy quilt like a Bonnie Hunter mystery. With the GO, strips, triangles, etc are a piece of cake for me.
I had thought of upgrading to the Studio, buy the dies are so much more expensive.
I have also been toying with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, because you can use dies made for them as well as the Accuquilt dies. It will cut more layers, but it does not fold up like the GO, which is very convenient for storing it.
I asked for a Go Baby for xmas - got the big one instead. Bought a bunch of dies. Haven't used it yet
The cost is prohibitive in my opinion unless you have plenty of disoposable income. I also hate the fabric wastage. I am a product of my parents in that I am pretty frugal.
However I know other quilters who love using it.
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Tom Russell shows you what to do with all the scraps you have left over. Go look at his site. He makes some cool quilts out of his scraps.
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