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Any Opinions on AccuQuilt Die Cutting System?

All of a sudden, I think the AccuQuilt is the next "must have" quilting tool for me.  But is it?  I'm always on a quest to achieve ever-more-perfect triangle piecing.  I think having the dogears pre-cut off with complete precision would be such a timesaver.  At first, I thought the cost of the dies was prohibitive, but they could be combined to make any number of blocks.  Does anyone here own an AccuQuilt, and do you think it's worth the investment?

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Comment by Barbara Blackwell on August 26, 2011 at 4:09am
Gene Black is an artist in Alabama.  He has a lot of good things to say about the AccuQuilt and lots of ideas for using up the scraps. He would be a great person to answer your questions. This is a link to his site.  http://blog.geneblack.com/
Comment by Char on August 25, 2011 at 6:09am
I thought waste would be a problem too. I'm a scrap quilter and don't like to waste anything, but you only need an 1/8 to 1/4 inch over the die so there isn't much waste.
Comment by Lindsey Ray on August 24, 2011 at 10:20am

Thanks for all the input, you're kind of confirming my thoughts.  I still haven't decided, but I did view some YouTube tutorials, and I found out a few things.

 

(1)  The AccuQuilt dies won't work with my Cuttlebug die cutting  machine -- they're about 1/4" too wide to fit.  There was a tutorial showing a woman cutting down the AccuQuilt die with a hack saw.  Sorry, I draw the line at carpentry tools.  (2)  Also, in the tutorials, some of the dies are crooked on the die itself, so they say to be sure to line the fabric up with the bladeline so it cuts on grain.  I'm guessing they put them slightly crooked so that the fabric feeds in a corner at a time, and results in a smoother feed.  (3)  I always thought there'd be a huge amount of fabric waste.  (I thought, why didn't they place those dies closer together on the board.)  However, the tutorials show the fabric to be pre-hand cut down to not much larger than the diecut size.  You don't need to fill the entire top of the die surface with fabric.  There's still some waste compared to rotary blade cutting, but not as much as I thought.

Comment by Traci on August 24, 2011 at 6:53am
I've been thinking about this too.  If I were to get it, I would use it mainly for applique and maybe those funny shaped pieces, drunkard path, apple core & the like.  As for strips, squares & triangles I would keep cutting those myself.  I agree, the fabric wasted would set me on edge!! 
Comment by LKC on August 23, 2011 at 5:54pm
Our quilt store allows you to rent theirs. That might be a way to try it out before spending the big $$$$. I would not buy one after seeing the fabric put into the machine off grain. Did make a kit that had been die cut and it went together fast.
Comment by Char on August 23, 2011 at 12:59pm
I just won the Go! Baby. Yesterday I used it to cut HST's. It went very fast. You're right the best part is no ears to cut off. I must say that if I was purchasing a cutter it would probably be the larger one as you are somewhat limited with block size with the Go! Baby. I got 3 dies with my cutter, Apple Core, Drunkards Path and 4'' HST. The other plus is there are notches on the AC and DP dies just like the ones on commercial sewing patterns to make piecing easy.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on August 23, 2011 at 11:23am
I too have thought of purchasing this item, but I haven't heard great things about it and some dealers say they don't get the customer support from AccuQuilt when a customer has trouble with the machine.  I personally also make cards and I have a machine similar to accuquilt but for cardmaking, and I recently used it to cut 100+ 3 inch circles for a project I am working on.  Worked great.  Check with various quilt shops in your area who have the machine and get their feedback....the dies are quite pricey.....

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