Sorry I didn't make myself clear on my new Accu quilt go cutter. I bought the machine and added 2 dies with it in the 1 1/2" and 2" strips. I have been looking at it since it came out. MY reason for buying one was that I can cut 2" strip with my ruler and rotary cutter and if the ruler slips, even with those dots on the back of the ruler, I have a tendency to let my ruler slide a tad bit...so my 2" strips are 2" at one end and somewhere in the middle those little suckers are now slipping into 2 1/4" to 2 3/8" at the other end. So you know that small amount of waste when cutting your strips? You're going to have waste here too!
The die is either square or rectangular and the blades for cutting ARE INSIDE THE DIE. The roller is smooth and pulls the die, with the plastic cutting mat on top. The pieces are ready to sew when you roll the die thru the roller.
If you go to the Accuquilt-Go site, you can hop around and see what all they have to offer. I have seen ads in nearly all the quilt magazines for this machine and noted that Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims are spokespeople for it. When I went to the site, I found that their are these videos.....fix a box lunch, it's going to take some time to see all of them!
I searched all over and couldn't for the life of me figure out how this thing worked...so I did the video watching and finally found out! The blades of the dies are embedded into the foam of the dies, duh! Ever have one of those moments?
It isn't for everyone, I'm sure, but for me, it is for me. Hindsight is something, eh? I wish I had held out and bought the studio cutter. I do love this one but with the studio it would take more fabric then the 6 layers I am now using. But, if you use 6 layers of fabrics, you get 12 sets of 1/2 square triangles at once, pretty cool!
Like any other big purchase, do your homework. Ask yourself if cutting in large amounts is what you want/need? How much fabric can you buy for $350.00? Each machine comes with the star die and if you want to get other dies, they are separately available and also cost. When you purchase the die, you also need the plastic cutting mat. The dies don't wear out but the plastic mats will need to be replaced as they do wear out.
Would I buy it again...omg, yes! I am already cutting like crazy on the star die. I am using the large and small square for future projects and the 1/2 square triangles for pinwheels for the granddaughters.
Some of you know that I have a brick and mortar shop, and I will be stocking it as well as the dies. I am not going to offer them in my etsy shop as I don't feel that would be very nice since Accuquilt is selling them online. I would love to sell one to whomever wants one with free continental shipping in the USA, but just know, YOU HAVE TO ASK for it!
Is this helpful Michele? Any other questions? My elderly friend called and needs help in the AM to put her quilt frame together, so I am going to bed. Have a great day today, Elaine