Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine Review


This excellent cutter’s name says it all: the Sizzix Big Shot is a smaller die cutter specifically designed to punch far above its weight. This cutter features an opening six inches wide which, while not as large as normal cutters, is more than enough to handle most of your cutting needs.

One appealing feature of the Sizzix is its easy-to-use design. Anyone can learn how to use it! You’ll just need to put the material you need cut between the cutting plate, then select the correct thickness in a couple quick steps. Then send this material into the machine and it does the rest for you.

It also has an ergonomic and seamless handle that makes for easy turning. The handle bearings move easily when it operates on lighter material. However, it can be challenging to turn when fed tougher materials like metal and leather.

What Materials Can It Cut?

This die cutter can handle many materials, so rest assured you’ll be able to put your sole focus into the creative part of the cutting process. Some of the materials you can cut with the Big Shot include Foam, Cardstock, Felt, Fabric, Magnet, Leather, Aluminum, Chipboard, Metallica Foil, Vellum, and many more!

We do want to point out that certain dyes are recommended for materials. For example, the Embosslits and Slizzlits are best suited for the cutting of vellum and metallic foil, while Thinlits and Framelits are best used with paper and cardstock.

What’s more, the Big Shot – unlike many other competing cutters on the market – is not limited to Sizzix-brand dies. It works with a wide variety of dye brands including Spellbinders, Cuttlebug, Anna Griffin, QuicKut, and Acquiquilt. All the folders that are less than 6 inches will work easily with the Big Shot.

If you’re looking for a versatile and powerful die-cutter machine check out the Sizzix Big Shot! It’s more than worth your attention.

The Big Shot’s Best Features

A Solid Machine Core

The Big Shot’s core is composed of steel rollers. Steel remains one of the world’s toughest metals, and the Big Shot is an absolute beast from this alone. But there’s even more: the Big Shot has solid steel gears that do an amazing job cutting through what normally would be tough material.

A Multi-Purpose and Powerful Platform

The Big Shot has a sturdy platform with hinged tabs, designed specifically for the Sizzix product line (including Vagabond, BigKick, etc.) If you take a close look, you’ll see that it’s made up of a mix of steel, mylar, PP plastic, and POM plastic. The best part is that you can utilize the platform with very thin dies and the pads will still all work together. And the platform includes diagram that show what page you should use and the types of embossing folders and dies to use.

A Compact and Sturdy Design

The Big Shot is sturdy and compact, though unfortunately the sides don’t fold up, which can make it less appealing to those seeking solid portability. On the update, the large sides are an advantage to those who need extra space for working on. The Big Shot’s weight is around 7.5 pounds, so it’s easy to move around. This is a big plus to those who want to work out of many locations.

The Bottom Line on the Big Shot

We absolutely love this die cutter, which accomplishes almost everything it claims it can do. You’re able to use it to cut many different household fabrics. It is amazing at making hats, jewelry, tags, paper cards, gift cards, and many different types of accessories. Though an imperfect machine (for example, the non-folding sides can be annoying for transportation purposes) we endorse it and believe it’ll give you enormous value!