it does cut, but if you're buying a new
machine i would recommend a sizzix or regular cuttlebug. this way you can use larger dies later, including the ones that have many shapes in one for your bows and clips
I purchased and then had to go get the sizzix.
now that I have a reg.sizzix i realize i need a bigz cutter.
i don't know about the smaller dies, though, from other companies.. when used in the cuttlebug. if that makes sense!