I’ve been on the fence for a while now about upgrading from my manual Sizzix die cutting machine to a powered/electric die cut machine. Two reasons behind that line of thinking is that 1) I’ve been doing more die cutting and feeling limited by the size of my platform and 2) With that much die cutting + my age, my hands and wrists are feeling the strain.
I was looking seriously at two machines… the Sizzix Switch Plus and the Gemini. Then some set of circumstances landed me on the HSN shopping website and there was the brand new Gemini II machine. While my hesitation all this time had been the price of these machines, I decided now was the time. If I was going to make the switch, I was going to do it with the latest model with the most up to date features.
So the new machine landed on my doorstep. As an aside, I bought the machine at a high price and when HSN put it on sale days later, THEY emailed me to say they refunded the difference in price. I’ve never shopped HSN before, but that type of customer service definitely makes me re-consider my anti-TV shopping point of view. A little.
I knew I was going to put this machine to the test, so why not film it and share it. As you can see in the picture above, I really threw everything at this machine. That was a lot of filming, and even more editing to make the video manageable. I could have been two hours long, but then no one would watch. LOL.
If you don’t want to watch the video, the end story is I like this machine and am happy I bought it. There are a few niggly things that are less than ideal, but nothing is life is perfect. For this machine, the instructions had a couple of unclear points. No big deal. However, the larger thing is that the problem with electric machines warping cutting plates is real! I’m working on learning to adjust my workflow to paying more attention to cutting plate care. Even so, I have been making die cutting projects aplenty! Here is a quick look at the one I shared at the end of the video.
And that brings us to the close of another post. I hope you found this review helpful. Until next
- Scrapbook.com, Sprigs Die (cuts various foliage): https://shrsl.com/40sdg
- Scrapbook.com, Berry Sweet die set (used for basket) :https://shrsl.com/40sd8
- Concord & 9th, Grateful Blooms (used to cut felt): https://shrsl.com/40scs
- Concord & 9th, Eclectic Garden (tall flower bunch): https://shrsl.com/40scz
- Simple Stories, Heart & Home Stencil: https://shrsl.com/40sdq
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