About the Sizzix Big Shot Machine

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About the Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Die cuts for paper crafts can be quickly produced by products like the Sizzix Big Shot Machine. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Die cutting machines are instruments used to quickly and efficiently make cut-out designs in paper and other materials such as fabric or vinyl. They are commonly used for making embellishments for scrapbooking, paper crafting and card making. Some schools, especially grade schools, use die-cutting machines for educational and classroom purposes. The Sizzix Big Shot Machine is one of the many different manual die-cutting machines available on the market today.


The Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine is 14 1/4 inches long, 12 3/8 inches wide and by 6 5/8 high. Being just a little over one square foot, it's compact size is an attractive feature that most crafters find practical. The machine weighs 3.4 Kilogram and can be moved easily for cleaning or portability.


The design of this machine is a plastic, rectangular shaped platform. A plastic turn handle guides a flat tray on steel rolling casters. Colour options are black ad pink.

How it Works

To create a die-cut, you must buy shape cutting dies to go with the machine. These are pads made of foam and metal that cut a design into a material when pressure is applied. There are many styles and designs available. The Sizzix Big Shot machine comes prepackaged with two plastic cutting pads. These pads create a barrier and apply pressure to the die cut. To cut a design out of paper, card stock or another thin material, place the cutting pad and material in between two cutting pads and put the stack into the back of the machine. Turn the handle until the tray rolls to the end of the machine. Take the stack out and the material will be cut into the shape of the design of the die cut.


The machine itself, which comes with a set of cutting pads, retails for approximately $60.00. Die cutting pads can range in price from $3.99 for a single pad to upwards of $200.00 for a large set of pads. Used machines can occasionally be found at a discounted price in online or local classified ads or at scrapbook stores.

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