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Date: 7/13/14 3:06 PM

I just cut a bunch of colored and white squares with my Go Baby for HST's. The white squares were cut in layers of 5 and the colored squares were cut as one or two layers. Now, that I'm putting them together, the white squares are anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch smaller.

While I was putting together the blocks, I noticed that some didn't match seams very well. I've been telling myself that it was my sewing because I was using the machine!! Now, I'm thinking that it is the cutting.

Has anyone had this happen? If I have to go back to cutting singly, I might as well do it by hand!

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Date: 7/13/14 7:57 PM

Oh drats! I am sorry to hear this about the Baby Go! I had been thinking that it would be nice to get one and put it on my Christmas list but now I am rethinking. What I do know about the cutter is that one has to set the grain of the fabric along the same line as the cutter die. I also wonder if fabric weight has anything to do with its cutting capability. I have heard such great raves about the Go and even more about the Studio Go which I don't have room for. I know SouthernStitch has one, maybe you can contact her to ask about here experience.

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Date: 7/13/14 10:00 PM

I did find the video and drew the lines on the die so the fabric would be aligned correctly. The Baby has the square on a slight angle so the guides are necessary and I didn't cut off the selvages so I could be sure I was feeding in the proper direction...the white fabric is maybe a little stiffer than the regular quilting cotton..It's the more expensive Kona from JoAnn's, not the $3.00 a yard stuff.

I guess I'll just have to cut less layers at a time, but I won't be buying any more of the dies!!

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Date: 7/13/14 11:34 PM

An alternative to the Go Baby might be a Cuttlebug, I recently learned they can use Sizzix dies.
I tried out my dd's Sizzix BigKick, she used for scrapbooking with a Sizzix tumbler die I bought from Missouri Quilt company. She showed me how it worked and we had so much fun cutting the shapes. It cut 7 layers no problem.
I ended up buying my ownBigKick/BigShot/Fabi (they're all the same) but a Cuttlebug is smaller.
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Date: 7/14/14 11:04 AM

You don't mention what die you are using. If it is the 5" square, it can be unreliable at times. Several years ago I wrote a negative review on the GO cutter due to it cutting over 100- 5" squares inaccurately at times. I was pretty upset about this revelation---even though I pressed, starched, set the fabric on the die correctly. I sold all my dies and the cutter due to this incident---

Recently I repurchased a GO cutter. Not the 'baby' one---but the regular GO just to cut 6.5" tumblers and 3.5 tumblers…that is all I use it for.

I only cut 4 layers of fabric, no matter what-----that is the limit I trust it to cut fairly accurately.

I still feel it is a great die cutter, but more for appliqué or specific cuts (like the tumbler with the angled notched corners)---but I won't use it for squares or strips. I can do those faster, and certainly more accurately with a June Tailer or Martelli strip cutter or rotary ruler.




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Date: 7/14/14 11:25 AM

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one!! I've got the value die set...it's a 4.5" square, 2.5" square and 2 2.5" triangles. I'll try again with fewer layers.

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Date: 7/14/14 12:12 PM

Jannw,

Hope you have better luck this time---do be sure to press and starch your fabrics first. Fewer layers for sure.
When I complained about inaccuracies on my blog, several quilters commented if accuracy was my forte, then the GO cutter was not probably something I would be happy with.

Some quilters like to do strip type quilts and that is why they love the GO cutter. Accuracy is not as important for those types of quilts.

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Date: 7/14/14 1:10 PM

I also will only do 4 layers. I much prefer to cut strips using it, as I don't have anything but one large Creativ Grids ruler for that sort of thing. It's fine, but sometimes it'll slip on me.
I have only cut HST on the original die that comes with the cutter, and those came out fine. I'll be cutting more, larger ones out soon. I hope that I don't have the same problem as you Jan! So sorry this happened.

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Date: 7/14/14 2:13 PM

Thanx....4 layers only it is and maybe I'll get the strip die, afterall. I do like scrap and strip quilts. I was hoping that this would improve my accuracy as that's a problem for me. I'll concentrate on my seam allowances.

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Date: 7/14/14 7:05 PM

I have a lot of the dies but not the 5 inch. I am not tremendously focused on accuracy but I would notice if something was 1/4 out. I have wondered sometimes about the die combo for flying geese as sometimes that does not seem quite right unless you are using the ambiguous scant 1/4 inch, but otherwise I haven't noticed. I also think 4 layers the limit because it can shift easy also fusible web adds bulk. I would still rather die or machine cut appliqué shapes than hand cut

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