I have the Sizzix Big Shot and I love, love LOVE it! I tend to be intimidated trying out new machines, but this one was super easy. From the time I took it out of the box and had my first cut felt shape in my hand, it was probably 5 minutes total--the very first time! It cuts the felt I use very well, and I've even tried it with other brands' dies and it works great! Definitely worth the money, in my opinion.
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