Sunday, August 8, 2010

answering a few questions...

After my post the other day, I had a couple of questions posted in the comments... I wanted to take a minute to answer them. ^_^ 
Regarding diecutting machines:
I recently made a decision to purchase two diecutting machines: the Cuttlebug and the Slice. I'm not generally a "tool" person. I don't purchase everything out there - in fact, I have limited space, so I don't really purchase many tools at all. I own a crop-a-dile and a trimmer, and that's about it! lol When I purchase a tool, I want to know that it will a.) do what I need and b.) be multi-purpose. 

I would never be the person to tell you to go out and purchase something, but I can let you know my reasoning behind my purchase! So far, I'm loving my Slice. I haven't owned it long enough to give you a top to bottom review, but I'm finding that it's a perfect fit for me. It doesn't take a lot of storage space, and I adore the shapes {I'm not fond of the cricut shapes and size...personal taste.}Even the design cards are tiny and easy to store. ^_^ 

Only thing is - the electronic cutter will only cut paper. Which takes me to the Cuttlebug. I like to have the option to cut other materials like fabric and chipboard. And also wanted the ability to emboss. That's where the cuttlebug came in. I researched and found that that little machine took the dies from cuttlebug, and sizzix - and because I love the diecuts from Tim Holtz, that was the total package for me.

So far, I'm loving both. They fit the purposes I bought them for, and they are easy to use and store. I'm sure I'll be able to update more as I use them...


The other question I had was regarding my sewing machine. Yep. I'm a sewist/seamstress. I have been since I was young. I've sewn many, many things including my wedding dress. ^_^ That said, I don't really count it as a scrapping tool - it's a multi-purpose tool for me. At the moment, I just have an inexpensive Singer. It's the brand I've worked with for almost 20 years {yikes!}, and I've always had a great experience. If the machine that you have won't sew on paper, it may need some adjusting - I'd try the tension first - because if the tension is too tight, it'll tear the  paper as you try to sew. Otherwise, it should sew on paper just as easily as fabric. You just have to adjust a bit yourself, because the paper isn't as flexible as fabric is...

I hope that helps to answer a few of your questions!

Enjoy your Sunday! We'll be off to get the boys' new furniture later today and spend some time with family!

3 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I have the spellbinders (and that's it...lol!) I like it cuz it works with different dies too!! I loveeeeeeeeee that cute photo of you! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jessica said...

Gorgeous pic of you Leah! And love that you are finding tools to work for you. You are so great and level headed when it comes to making those purchases and I just know you'll be creating great things with them.

Heather said...

Congrats on making the AC design team - you local celebrity you!

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