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Date: 11/18/12 9:29 PM

I've barely used the thing, so I don't understand this! Not only was it not cutting well, they were coming out a bit off - not exactly 5 inches! One way was exactly 5, the other was 4 7/8! I was using a new mat, and alligned the fabric on grain.

I took out my large tumbler die, used a sheet of paper as recommended, but while I guess those came out the right size, I had to cut the tops and bottoms using my rotary cutter. There was a mark to follow, but definitely no cut!
I'm really bummed out! Just wondering if anyone has a clue, or has had this happen.

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Date: 11/18/12 9:39 PM

http://www.gwennypenny.com/2011/09/accuquilt-go-baby-review.html

Hi Stitch: At the above blog is maybe an answer about the tumbler die not cutting all the way. She ended up using a thin piece of cardboard. I wonder if you could try cardstock instead of paper. She mentioned on her blog that she contacted accuquilt directly. Will check back to see if you get this resolved. I have used mine with no problems, but then I was only doing squares and strips. Good luck.

PS I was hoping to do a rag quilt after Christmas, and haven't bought the die yet. If your having problems I don't know that I want to purchase the die.

Eta: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/quilt/msg0116291411769.html?9

Down on the page there is a entry that the cuts were not accurate, she contacted accuquilt and they said it was because the straight of grain of fabric. The selvages have to run parallel to the go, not the rollers. HTH. I am learning too, I think I had problems with some layer cakes I cut, this explains the shorter cuts for me.
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Date: 11/18/12 10:00 PM

I just got one - I cut about 10,000 squares with it.

I never even thought to measure one to see what size they were.

But, when I was piecing I did notice some of them were off size a bit -- It was my first time using the machine. I only watched a few videos and started right up ...

So many were the same size that I did not mind tossing the ones that were smaller into my scrap pile b/c the ones that were right were so much better than the ones I could have cut myself.

But -- Ill be watching in the future!

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Date: 11/18/12 10:48 PM

Thanks for the links. I will have to pay more attention to how I'm putting the fabric on there I think. There is a girl, Ebony, at Lovebugstudios.com that has several videos!
And yes, I see others who are having troubles with the tumbler dies. I think if you send it through the machine at an angle that might help. it's problematic because the top and bottom are straight, and not angled in any way.

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Date: 11/18/12 11:11 PM

There are also lots and lots of videos at the accuquilt site -

I like ebonys vids, too!

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Date: 11/18/12 11:22 PM

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I was hoping to do a rag quilt after Christmas, and haven't bought the die yet. If your having problems I don't know that I want to purchase the die.

I just saw a pic of a rag quilt cut with an accuquilt! It was great!

The really wonderful thing about rag quilts is you don't HAVE to have precision to make them. They are VERY forgiving!

How much is the die for the rag square?

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Date: 11/19/12 0:29 AM

30 percent off at Joann's next week. I think the 5 inch (double) is $62 regular, they also had I think it was an 8 inch (1 cut) too, can't remember the price. I know I would use it at least 3 times, and my friend at least twice. I understand you really need to clean out the die afterwards because of all the thread from the fringing with that pokey thing - stylus or whatever its called. I think it would be worth it to get, save my hands all that cutting, more time to sew.

Thanks Portland and Stitch on the utube videos contacts.

ETA: 8.5 INCH rag die is $36.96 on Amazon, $33.00 at quilter's warehouse. I think I would go with 8.5 rag die?
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Date: 11/19/12 9:41 AM

Quote: PattyGee
30 percent off at Joann's next week. I think the 5 inch (double) is $62 regular, they also had I think it was an 8 inch (1 cut) too, can't remember the price. I know I would use it at least 3 times, and my friend at least twice. I understand you really need to clean out the die afterwards because of all the thread from the fringing with that pokey thing - stylus or whatever its called. I think it would be worth it to get, save my hands all that cutting, more time to sew.



Thanks Portland and Stitch on the utube videos contacts.



ETA: 8.5 INCH rag die is $36.96 on Amazon, $33.00 at quilter's warehouse. I think I would go with 8.5 rag die?

I paid $20 for the snips, I think even the $37 is worth it, squares cut AND snipped all at once??

It took me an hour to cut the squares, and another hour to snip when it was done, and that was for just a 45" quilt.

I think 8.5" is a very nice size for a rag square! Is that including the fringe?

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Date: 11/19/12 10:44 AM

Yup. I just saw they also have flower and circles rag dies. Okay now the ideas are endless. I think owning the rag dies are worth it, definitely a hand saver.

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Date: 11/19/12 10:49 AM

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Yup. I just saw they also have flower and circles rag dies. Okay now the ideas are endless. I think owning the rag dies are worth it, definitely a hand saver.

The other REALLY nice thing also is you don't have to worry about snipping your stitching!

I would LOVE the flowers and circles.

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