Machines & Dies

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  1. What are the differences between die-cutting machines? Decide which machine is right for you. Find more information here or watch our videos here.
  2. What materials can I cut with my die? This all depends on the type of die you are using. To see which dies you can cut with each material, take a look here.
  3. Is a cracking sound normal when I die-cut? If you are new to die-cutting and are worried you may have broken your machine because it is making cracking noises, this is completely normal so don't worry. It is just the sound of your machine applying pressure to the Cutting Pads and die to cut through the material.
  4. My cutting plates are marking and bending when I use them, is this normal? Cutting plates are consumable items which means eventually they will need replacing. It’s completely normal for your cutting pads to become marked. Check out these videos to help you care for your cutting plates and expand their lifespan!
  5. What is a die-cutting sandwich? In terms of die-cutting, a sandwich is a combination of platforms that are assembled to enable the die to cut through the material. The sandwich type used is dependent on the type of die being used and the material.
  6. What is a shim? A shim is another term for what is usually an additional sheet of cardstock. With varying die complexities shims can add extra pressure or act as a wedge to enable a cleaner die-cut through your materials.
  7. What is the difference between cutting pads and plates? Simple, there is no difference! Cutting pads and cutting plates are the same product.
  8. Will other brand products work in the Big Shot? Sizzix can't advise on competitor products, instead please contact the manufacturer of the product (die/ accessory, etc) for further feedback.
  9. Why can't the Precision Base Plate be used with the Big Shot Foldaway or Sizzix Plus Machine? As we develop new machines we look to enhance the pressure to accommodate the performance required for more intricate designs. As a result, the Big Shot Foldaway has adequate ... Read More
  10. How do I know what size a die-cut shape will be? The dimensions for die-cut shapes are listed on the product packaging and on the website product listing under "Design Dimensions."

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