Your Guide to Better Fabric Cutting
Wondering what kind of cutter would be best for you? We can help you out. This article gives the lowdown on AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine options—from the specs to how to use them. Plus, you’ll get links to resources where you can learn more if you still have questions. We want you to get the cutter that’s right for you.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy a Fabric Cutting Machine
When choosing a fabric cutter, the first thing to look at is you. You’ll be the one operating it, and we want your experience to be outstanding. Here are a few questions you should keep in mind while researching:
- What types of projects are you creating?
- Are you doing more fabric crafting? Applique work? Home décor? Quilts?
- How many projects do you typically do?
- Are you working on one or two projects per year? One or two per month? Or are you a large-scale quilter making upwards of forty per year?
- What is your space situation? Do you have dedicated space for your cutter, or will you be getting it out to use on the kitchen or craft table, and then putting it away when you’re finished using it?
- What is your storage situation?
- Will you be taking it with you to classes or clinics? How portable does it need to be?
- Do you have any mobility or strength issues, such as arthritis?
Choosing your Dream Fabric Cutting Machine
No matter which die cutter you choose, it’s going to save you time. All AccuQuilt fabric cutters reduce cutting time by 90%, and those cuts are perfect every time. They make cutting easier, reducing hand-strain for those quilters and crafters with arthritis or mobility issues. And each cutter comes with a guide, a mat, and a pattern book, so you’ll be ready to start cutting right out of the box. Each cutter has their own advantages, so let’s talk about those.
The Go! Baby is the smallest, most portable manual cutter. Weighing in at a lean 8-pounds, it’s completely portable—perfect for the quilter on the go. It’s also the most affordable option, making it great for beginners. The Go! Baby is ideal for small pieces, applique, and just right for the occasional quilter. It’s easy to store and put away.
The Go! Cutter is what you’d call a workhorse. It’s perfect for quilters and crafters of all skill levels. This medium-sized manual cutter is perfect for strip work and accommodates larger die boards. It weighs 15-pounds, so while heavier than the Go! Baby, it’s still completely portable. Even with the bigger size, it’s super easy to store and take with you.
Our Go! Big is a super easy electric cutter. It’s perfect for quilters with arthritis or limited mobility. It features a bigger opening, and can use both the regular Go! dies as well as the Go! Big dies—giving you an array of options. It is heavier, at 23-pounds, but it is still portable. Go! Big features the ability to use two dies at once, reducing cutting time even further.
The Studio 2 Cutter is a commercial option, ideal for retail shop owners, avid quilters, and any large-volume quilter. It uses AccuQuilt Studio dies—which are heavy duty and made for extensive use—and features multiple shapes. It’s built for production and can cut up to 10 layers at a time. You can also get a Go! die adaptor for the Studio cutter, making any of the dies an option. This is a big boy—and at 43-pounds you’ll need dedicated space.
If you have further questions, or want to learn more about our cutters, visit our website.
You can find tips on our Go! dies here.
And if you have any questions you don’t see an answer to on our FAQ page, customer service is always happy to help. You can reach them at 888-258-7913.