Sizzix Big Shot!

I must admit I am not big on gadgets, always adhering to the belief that all you need to stitch a quilt is needle and thread and a pair of scissors.

However, over the years I have still managed to acquire a (large) number of rulers and sewing machines (yes I know! I have more than one back up, and more than one Featherweight to take when I travel!) as well as having templates especially cut to go with some of my patterns and classes!

So when I was asked by Sizzix  if I would like to have a go of their machine, the BIg Shot that cuts shapes for patchwork I was a bit sceptical. Surely I had everything that was going to make life easier in the world of patchwork.

Well I was wrong.

This was delivered,

and duly unpacked. I had asked for the Apple Core template as I figured it was a hard shape to cut accurately and then sew together smoothly.

I layered the fabric in the template 'sandwich', inserted and wound the handle! And out came fabric cut perfectly. I was amazed! From chatting with other people over the years I had been led to believe that this winding the fabric through was a bit of a struggle with other makes of cutters. But not with a Sizzix!

So out pops the sandwich, open it up and take out your pieces. I started off cutting a single layer of fabric, but soon decided to move up to six! Still smooth and easy! 

I then sewed some patches together to see how accurate the piecing was, and you guessed it, it was great!

And in fact it was all going so well I just kept cutting. It wasn't until I actually sat down and thought about all the patches that I had cut from fabrics in my 1930's stash, that I realised I wanted to sew a project in different fabrics!

So due to my over zealous cutting, due to the user friendliness of the Sizzix, I am offering all the pieces I cut for an Apple Core top (well enough to get you started!) to anyone who comments on this post by next Monday. I will select a comment at random, but you must have commented on a patchwork gadget experience, (good or bad!)

I am happy to say that my comment regarding the Sizzix is that it is great! If you are looking for a gadget to make cutting easier, with no measuring and sharp blades, then go and look at a Sizzix Big Shot!

So, 'Happy Bank Holiday Monday', hope you have some stitching to keep you inspired!

8 replies
  1. Nicky
    Nicky says:

    Hi Carolyn – you have been busy!   I am sadly lacking in the gadget  department  but did buy a battery powered bobbin winder – it was perfect and fun but seems to be broken now – didn't last very long and yes I did change the batteries – to no effect!

  2. Paulette Doyle
    Paulette Doyle says:

    I would love to try out the Big Shot…wow!!  Just look at those Apple Cores!  I think the Big Shot just turned into the HOT Shot in my books!!  I have ALWAYS wanted to make an Apple Core quilt….SEW I would be over the SUPER Moon if I won!!  Thanks for the chance!

  3. Chris
    Chris says:

    I don't think I have many gadgets but I find my my rotating cutting mat invaluable
    Would never try to cut apple core shapes so interested to see these
    Chris x

  4. Ginny Worden
    Ginny Worden says:

    Hello Carolyn, I am a bit of a gadget girl, well at least rulers, and I have come to depend on the Fit To be Rulers  developed by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts.
    Your piecing on the apple core is impressive.

  5. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    I try to not be a gadget person, but every time I see something new I have to investigate.  So we are at a show and someone is going to demo a binding maker.  Honestly, it was painful for me to stand there while she tried to figure the thing out, but I didn't want to be rude and just walk away.  Afterwards my friend and I decided we could have had the binding made and sewn in the time it took to get this thing going.

  6. flower girl tutu
    flower girl tutu says:

    Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  7. webmaster
    webmaster says:

    Hi! I do get spam but it does not come up on my actual blog, as I filter all my comments. Also I only have comments open for one week, and then they close, so no spam then. It is not a plugin it is just in the settings section of my blog, hope that helps!

  8. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Hi, thanks for the great review on this die – I am contemplating purchasing one so it is good to know it does the job.  I have just been out to buy a new sewing machine and it has the best gadget on it – a scissor button, which cuts the thread at the end of stitching.

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