Originally Posted by Dede
The Chinese dies don't appear to include (circle) cutters, which would lower the price. I'm not actually sure if this style machine can accommodate a cutter -- it might, I'm just not sure.
This machine (and its dies) appear to be specifically Continental. They work differently than American machines and dies -- they are not compatible with each other.
You are right; it didn't come with a circle cutter and the differences are very subtle. I am going to have to ask about one because I might want one. So far though, for my purposes, it works. My plan was to make buttons as embellishments for headbands...some personalized and some simply to complement the ribbon on the band.
You have some valid points for others who may be interested in getting one for more robust uses (upholstery, drapery, etc.) and I sincerely appreciate your knowledge and input. Thanks again, Dede.