When Your Die Cutting Machine Dies

Do you remember the day you bought your first die cutting machine?  If you’ve been scrapbooking or making cards a good long time, you might remember the QuicKutz blue hand tool.  A friend of mine suggested I try hers at a crop and before I knew it I was hooked.  I remember thinking it would take forever to save up enough money to buy a full set of alphabet dies.

And then there was the Revolution.  My trusty machine with her adorable train case cranked out letters and shapes at crop after crop.  She was by my side for years but I was tempted by the Epic Six with her wider plate.

QuicKutz seemed to change their focus to letterpress, but gorgeous dies were everywhere…Sizzix, Spellbinders and so many more.  I had invested in the original Cricut and even upgraded it to the Expression 2, but I never gave up the Epic Six.  Even if I could part with my metal dies, I would still want it for my embossing folders.

In fact, it was an embossing folder I was putting through when I somehow jammed the machine and broke the internal gears.  My Dad bravely attempted a repair but sadly I could not find a replacement gear.  It’s time to say goodbye to my Epic Six.

Now I find myself shopping machines and thinking back on how excited I was when I purchased my favorite tools and cartridges.  There is nothing like something new and versatile to ramp up my scrapbooking mojo!  Help me choose my new machine.  Post your recommendations in the comments.


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