Saturday, August 18, 2012

My New Addition!

Look at what I got yesterday!!!  I gave a little teaser on my Facebook page with this yesterday and a few of you guessed what was in the box correctly - well done!


Can you guess what's in the boxes yet?

Yes!  I got the Accuquilt Studio cutter! I am so excited to start using this.

And I didn't just get the Studio - I got the Bread and Butter set which includes multiples of the popular geometric dies.  yey!! Why did I get the Bread and Butter set?  I took the advise of a knowledgeable Studio owner and when I looked at the different starter sets I could see that this one would be the best for me.  Aren't all of those multiples just lovely?!  The Bread and Butter set also comes with all the cutting mats and trays so that I could get cutting right away.

I know that many of you will be wondering why I upgraded from the Go!  Well, when I bought my Go! I knew that I would enjoy die cutting; but, I had no idea how much I would LOVE it!  Soon after buying my Go! I started to regret not buying the Studio - keep in mind that I have a dedicated sewing room that is quite large 21' x 14' so I have the room for this cutter.  Not everyone has the space for a cutter like this or, frankly, the budget or desire for one.  Also, the dies are HEAVY!!  This is a good thing - much like a heavy sewing machine is good.  It means the dies are sturdy and will last a long time!  But, if you have strength issues or injuries you might not be able to lift the dies for long.

What cinched the deal for me was when Accuquilt introduced the Go! Adapter pads!!!

Now none of my Go! dies will go to waste - I can use them all on the Studio.  This is what made me make up my mind to upgrade.

Now before you ask - I am keeping my Go! and the dies for it.  The Go! is portable - the Studio is not.  The Go! dies are lighter and less expensive than the Studio dies - so buying an applique die, for the Go!, that I might only use a handful of times, is still feasible. 

Why did I choose the Studio over the Sizzix Big Shot Pro you might ask?  Well frankly with the Studio I am not limited at all.  It has the largest opening and can take all manufacturers dies with the right adapters.  Also, Accuquilt has more variety of dies available than Sizzix - please keep in mind that I am not a scrap-booker and a lot of the scrap-booking dies are really not suitable for quilting so delving into that side of things didn't appeal to me.  Some dies that really appeal to me, like the new huge rag die, will not fit on the Sizzix machine.  So, my choice was clear to me.  I didn't want any limitation - this was a good choice for me.  That said I love my little Big Shot and do buy dies for it too!

I know that this is going to sound silly - but - I also love the way it looks!  It is slick!  I love the grey and black clean lines of it.  Since it is going to be out - I wanted to like the way it looks ;-)

Also, as a Canadian, we now have a Canadian Distributor Cherished Pieces who is in Southern Ontario so it will be easy for me to shop when I am down there visiting.  This will be easier than bringing it across the boarder.

Anyways that was quite a long ramble about my new addition - now to unpack everything and get it organized!

So, what do you think?  If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here!


Gene Black said...

Congrats! I am one of those who doesn't have room for a Studio, so I have a GO! (i guessed incorrectly. LOL)

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Congratulations!! I am sure you will love it! And thank you for walking us through your thought process, it is nice to know what factors you considered. And (although I am probably the last quilter on earth that doesn't have a Go!) I totally agree with you about having to love how it looks!

Vicki W said...

Oh what fun!

Impera_Magna said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your sewing room! She is lovely and I know you'll enjoy working with her.

gale said...

Congrats!! That is exciting to have a new machine. I also had the Go and ended up with the Big Shot Pro. I got it for an amazing price or I probably would have gone with the Studio as well.

Marjorie said...

Congratulations - I know you're going to love it.

beaquilter said...

ohhh a STUDIO! cool, glad to hear they have the adapter, that would have been my concern.... have FUN with this one..... can't wait to see what you come up with

paulette said...

Ohhh I would love a Studio...yup, I would knock out a wall for a Studio!:o)ENJOY!!

Barb said...

HOw wonderful for you!!! I have a Go and I love it!