One of our biggest passions is messing around and experimenting with the latest and newest machines on the market, so you better believe that we have the low-down on 2020’s best die cutter machines! Our list below comprises both professional and hobby die cutting machines:
If you need a die-cut machine for less than $100, the Sizzix Big Shot is the machine for you. It’s been on the market for years, and it continues to be a favorite because of its size and portability, as well as its cheap price tag.
Of all the hand-crank machines on the market, the Sizzix Big Shot remains #1 in popularity. It cuts through all material that scissors can cut through, including felt, fabric, foam, and cardstock. You can also emboss a variety of material with it.
When you purchase the Sizzix machine, you gain access to a big library of designs by huge names in the scrapbooking scene (some of them must be purchased separately). Its rollers hold trays up to 6 inches wide. One of the other perks of this machine is its light weight and small portable size. It features a cutting length that goes as wide as 6 inches. This won’t be a problem for the majority of cardmakers and scrapbookers, because it’s big enough to create the necessary embellishments and accents.
If this is the only machine you’re able to buy, you will get an enormous amount of value out of it. You will save a lot of money making your embellishments with this machine rather than the pre-made expensive ones.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 was the hottest-selling die-cut machine of 2019, and continues to be among the best die-cut machines on the market in 2020. This product is our #1 pick for best beginner electronic die-cutter; you can connect it directly to your PC, to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, and it functions perfectly with either PC/MAC or Android/iOS devices. You’re also able to make progress on your design when not connected to an internet connection.
The machine can cut through many materials, and features a max width of 12 inches by 24 inches for its cuts (this is more than enough for entry-level cutters and users of these products). It features a Smart Set Dial that detects the material it’s cutting, and from that information can score, write, and cut over 100 different types of materials (these include vinyl, cardstock, cork, and glitter paper). You’re also able to create your own specialized designs with the Cricut library of templates. You can also design your own!
One drawback is that this machine can’t emboss nor do designs with dies, though it’s able to cut through any image you want for the software library, and/or from the creations you’ve made.
Cricut made an enormous advance from the Explore series with the versatile and powerful Cricut Maker! With it you’re able to cut far more material than the aforementioned series, and it gives you more precision cutting and cutting strength, allowing you to work seamlessly through everything from delicate fabric to heavy and dense material like balsa wood and leather. The Cricut Maker also has a rotary cutter with it that cuts through most fabric types, and a blade designed for the harder materials. Also included is a fabric pen cartridge that can trace the pattern-fitting lines right onto the fabrics you’re cutting. You can purchase even more add-ons and tools separately.
Like their Explore Air 2, the Cricut Maker is compatible with both your computer and phone/tablet. The proprietary software gives you full access to an entire library of sewing patterns and designs. The product package includes a 12 in x 12 in mat, though it can also be used with a 12 in x 24 in mat.
This is 2020’s best personal die cut machine on the market so far!
If your goal is to create your own custom and personalized designs, look no further than the Silhouette Cameo 3! It’s an upgrade from the popular and best-selling Silhouette Cameo series. It’s remarkably similar to the 2nd edition, but features some awesome new features and upgrades. We go into everything you should know about this excellent product: it’s benefits, drawbacks, and things you should know before moving forward with the purchase.
The Cameo 3’s brand-new features include Bluetooth compatibility, dual carriages, and upgrades for the Silhouette Studio, the powerful and amazing software which lets users make their own original designs. Though the Cameo 3 is not quite as powerful as some of the other machine (such as the Cricut Explore), it can cut through most of the vinyl and paper materials fine.
There have been several improvements to the Cameo product line since Cameo 2. Its cutting power continues to lag, but the vast amount of materials you can cut, its easy-to-use design, and its overall flexibility make the Cameo 3 hard to beat.
It’s of no surprise that it continues to be one of the best-selling products of its kind year after year*!
If you’re looking for the penultimate DIY cutter, look no further than the Silhouette Cameo 4! It works with more than one hundred types of material, and you can invest in the new and powerful Kraft Blade to cut through even thicker material like craft foam, burlap, and acetate!
This die-cut machine is highly recommended for those who need a cutter that can handle material up to 12 ft. x 10 ft. long.
The machine will draw any kind of image you send to it, then cut it right away for you. We absolutely love our copy of this machine*! It’s the absolute best electronic machine of its kind so far this year. It also comes in a variety of bright colors. The Cameo 4 gives you a bigger cutting surface as well.
Note that the machine will handle electronic imagery from your computer/phone/tablet or from online. Also note that it currently cannot work with dies.
We absolutely love our Cameo 4, and it remains one of our favorites today!
Cutting the fabric shapes out prior to putting them together is often a frustrating process. Though many enjoy this process, others want a product that can take care of this quickly and seamlessly. If this sounds like you, then look no further than the AccuQuilt GO! This machine is specifically designed to cut quality fabric shapes for quilting. The machine will cut through many layers at one (up to 6 on this model) and does so 90% quicker than using a rotary cutter or scissors. It comes with a starter kit that has templates for triangles and squares (2 sizes for both). You can also buy dies for more shapes and sizes separately.
The main benefit of this product is that it saves the time of quilters by taking care of the measuring/cutting of project pieces. After using this amazing product, you won’t want to return to the old cutting methods. It’ll seamlessly cut the cloths beautifully and accurately with the value die that’s included, as well as a steady and strong hand.