Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: explains the option of die cutting fabric for your quilting strips.
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Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting – Yay or Nay?

Hi friends!

In today’s post on fabric cutting, we are going to chat a bit about fabric die cutting. 

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs

Some quilters find that the repetitive motion of cutting with a rotary cutter can, over time, become tiring on their hands. So they turn to fabric die cutting. One of the more popular die cutting machines for quilters is the line of AccuQuilt Go! cutters. 

Go! Cutters by Accuquilt

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs explores the option of die cutting fabric for your quilting strips and squares.
Die that cuts squares and triangles.

They have 3 sizes – the small Go! Me (pretty much the same size as the older version- the Go! baby), the Go! machine, and the Go! Big electric machine.

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs explores the option of die cutting fabric using the Go! cutters.
Go! Big Electric and the Go! cutter.

They also have a heavy, professional machine called the Studio 2 die cutter. 

I have a couple of Go! machines and while I don’t use them all the time, I love being able to use them to cut a lot of strips, or a bunch of squares from my scraps or for fun shapes!

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs explores the option of die cutting fabric for fun shapes for your quilting projects.
Cutting trees for my new holiday placemats!

 They are also great for being able to cut curves with ease.

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs explains the option of die cutting fabric for your curved pieces for quilting.
Cut curves easy peasy!

Another Option for Fabric Die Cutting:

Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix Big Shot Pro machines are great alternatives. The nice thing about the Sizzix is you can use the dies from the AccuQuilt Go! cutters in your Sizzix!

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs

(And no, you cannot use the Sizzix dies in your Go! machines- the Sizzix dies are too thick.)

The Accuquilt Go! machines and the Sizzix machines are great for using premade dies. 

Another Consideration when Fabric Die Cutting

But what if you want to create your own shape to cut?

Now, this is another story! Then you have to consider some of the machines that let you upload your own designs, like the Cricut, the Brother Scan ’n Cut or the Siloutte. This article I found mentions some of the die cutting machines and which ones they like best!

Or for more information on die cutters and adaptability, my friend Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios has a great post on die cutters. 

Fabric Die Cutting: the Bottom Line

Before you decide on a machine, you need to decide if you want to design your own shapes and have access to commercial designs or just use shapes that are available from the manufacturer. 

Exploring the Basics: Fabric Die Cutting featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs: explains the option of die cutting fabric for your quilting strips.
Cutting strips is easy.

If you find that your hands get tired cutting fabric with your rotary cutter, you might find that the AccuQuilt Go! electric machine is just what the doctor ordered!

Do you have a die cutter? What do you love about fabric die cutting? Be sure to leave a comment and let others know the good and the bad of your die cutting machine!

To read what great thoughts Tammy has on die cutting, click here to go to her post!

happy quilting,

Kate

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