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#1 Posted : Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:52:40 PM(UTC)
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My Sizzix Vagabond died tonight and I want to know what everyone out there is using and loving! I have my Cuttlebug but don't think it is as perfect for dies like the Spellbinders....any thoughts?
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:15:31 PM(UTC)
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If my vagabond dies I'll cry.
But I'd move back to my big shot.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:18:11 PM(UTC)
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Wub I LOVE my Bigshot!!
I only use it for embossing folders, don't know about the spellbinder dies.
ThumpUp The Bigshot would probably work well with the dies since it has different platform levels.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:25:26 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Illene Go to Quoted Post
If my vagabond dies I'll cry.
But I'd move back to my big shot.


Hubby has taken it apart and said there are two stripped gears....metal gears....he said he thinks he knows where he can get gears....I hope he is right, I love my Vagabond!
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:51:07 PM(UTC)
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Your lucky to have a handy hubby. I have & loved my Cuttlebug. Because I now have arthritis, my BF bought me an eBosser for Christmas and I love it & himLOL. The eBosser cuts so many different materials besides paper, such as, leather, fabric, & a few others. I can run two or three (depending on the size) embossing folders through it at one time. And, it cuts through several layers of certain materials in one pass. It's so easy to run my Sizzix dies through.

Good luck with your decision.

Best, Mary R.

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#6 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:44:28 AM(UTC)
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I too own the eBosser and looooooove it!!! I have lots of neck pain and love the idea of not having to crank the folders through the machine. It also embosses and diecuts much larger. Wub Wub

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#7 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:04:22 AM(UTC)
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I have grand calibur and big shot but i use Grand Calibur for spellibinders and i love it.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:22:03 AM(UTC)
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I use my Big Shot with the magnetic platform for Spellbinders~works great. The vagabond looks like a wonderful machine. I'm jealous. So glad you husband can fix it!!
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#9 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:02:00 AM(UTC)
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I have the Grand Calibur and the Cuttlebug. Love them both, but especially my Grand Calibur.
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#10 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:46:58 AM(UTC)
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I think the best quality machines are

Ebosser = pricey, but a great machine....largest platform of my 3 recommendations, electric

Big Shot.... make sure you get the newest version, it comes with the extended platform and my least expensive recommendation, limited to size when compared to the Ebosser

Vagabond....... pricey and limited to size when compared to the Ebosser

I have owned all three; and, my favorite is the Ebosser. The Big Shot is manual; and, is by far the sturdiest, most well-built of any of the manual machines.

My choices ........manual = Big Shot, Electric = Ebosser

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#11 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:35:00 AM(UTC)
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I have a Cuttlebug and a Big Kick, and I use both frequently. The. Big Kick is so much easier to use since i use it with the magnetic platform. I would get a Big Kick. I have had mine for years and it is nice and sturdy.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:32:02 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: garagesaler Go to Quoted Post
I have a Cuttlebug and a Big Kick, and I use both frequently. The. Big Kick is so much easier to use since i use it with the magnetic platform. I would get a Big Kick. I have had mine for years and it is nice and sturdy.


With the Big Kick and using the magnetic platform how do you layer with the spellbinder type dies?
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#13 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:42:55 AM(UTC)
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I own a Fuse and love it. Handles almost everything. You can cut and emboss your Spellbinders in one pass.
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#14 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:31:19 AM(UTC)
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Love my Big Shot, but am torn between the Pro & the Fuse for my big shot pro dies. I scored a ton of them last year for about $5 a piece and don't have a way to use them right now.
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#15 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:13:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GrammyCris Go to Quoted Post
With the Big Kick and using the magnetic platform how do you layer with the spellbinder type dies?


I have the Lifestyles Crafts platform not the new sizzix platform. It comes with 2 plates (in addition to the base). I use the thicker plate. It's perfect every time!
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#16 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:24:43 PM(UTC)
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I use the Xyron Creatopia with the Shapez drop in...will take all dies and embossing plates up to 6.5 wide.
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#17 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:52:07 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: theproc0a14c052 Go to Quoted Post
I have the Lifestyles Crafts platform not the new sizzix platform. It comes with 2 plates (in addition to the base). I use the thicker plate. It's perfect every time!


That's the one I have too...the Genius? I love it!
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I currently have a Vagabond, which I love, but I was able to use an Ebosser at a LSS, and boy oh boy was that ever nice! Drool Drool You turn the machine on, build your sandwich, and run it through, you don't even have to hold a button down like you do with the vagabond! If I didn't already have a vagabond, I would definitely buy the ebosser, BigGrin BigGrin

Oh, and I forgot to add, HSN has the Ebosser on flex pay. BigGrin

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I do not want to think what life will be like without my Vagabond.

It is to powerful for using my embossing folders, it cuts them. So, I use my Cuttlebug for embossing folders and everything else I use my Vagabond. It does a wonderful job.

I currently have not needed larger paper sizes as I mainly make cards. So, pushing a button is not problem for me.
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#20 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:11:52 PM(UTC)
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Use just the two clear plates with the magnetic platform from Sizzix to cut. I have used the clear cuttlebug plates sometimes with the Big Kick. I grab whatever is nearest to me.

HL carries the sizzix magnetic platform for $34.+ and you can use the 40% off coupon.

I like to use a mousepad (with the A and two B plates-Cuttlebug) to emboss my spellbinder dies after cutting.
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Originally Posted by: GrammyCris Go to Quoted Post
My Sizzix Vagabond died tonight and I want to know what everyone out there is using and loving! I have my Cuttlebug but don't think it is as perfect for dies like the Spellbinders....any thoughts?


I just got the Craftwell Ebosser. Totally electric. 8 1/2 x 11. I looooooove it. No more shoulder pain from cranking
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#22 Posted : Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:18:27 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GrammySue Go to Quoted Post
I just got the Craftwell Ebosser. Totally electric. 8 1/2 x 11. I looooooove it. No more shoulder pain from cranking


The more I read and the more research online I do I am really leaning towards the Ebosser.....I just do not want to go back to hand cranking. That is the one reason hubby bought me the Vagabond...I overloaded the Cuttlebug once and tried to force it through, my hand slipped and the handle flipped back around and broke my finger....not a smart thing to be doing.
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#23 Posted : Friday, February 21, 2014 12:35:00 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GrammyCris Go to Quoted Post
Hubby has taken it apart and said there are two stripped gears....metal gears....he said he thinks he knows where he can get gears....I hope he is right, I love my Vagabond!


How long have you had yours? How often or how much, have you used your Vagabond?

I love my Vagabond, so I hope it doesn't give out, with the arthritis in my hands, I need it. I did buy recently the Spellbinder Grand Calibur, for the bigger cuts I need. I really wanted the Ebosser but too expensive.
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Originally Posted by: Annabella Go to Quoted Post
I do not want to think what life will be like without my Vagabond.

It is to powerful for using my embossing folders, it cuts them. So, I use my Cuttlebug for embossing folders and everything else I use my Vagabond. It does a wonderful job.

I currently have not needed larger paper sizes as I mainly make cards. So, pushing a button is not problem for me.


WOW! I use my embossing folders with my Vagabond all the time and have never had any issues.


The more I read and the more research online I do I am really leaning towards the Ebosser.....I just do not want to go back to hand cranking. That is the one reason hubby bought me the Vagabond...I overloaded the Cuttlebug once and tried to force it through, my hand slipped and the handle flipped back around and broke my finger....not a smart thing to be doing.

My DH got me the Vagabond last year for mother's day. I have problems with nerve damage in both arms/hands and he saw how hard I struggled with the hand cranking. The vagabond makes it all a breeze.Love I never want to go back to hand cranking either. BigGrin Of course I keep my cuttlebug around just in case some kind of apocalypse happens and the whole world somehow ends up with no power. LOL LOL LOL
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Blink You guys are making me want an electric die cutter....Laugh Laugh Laugh
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Originally Posted by: Calmom Go to Quoted Post
How long have you had yours? How often or how much, have you used your Vagabond?

I love my Vagabond, so I hope it doesn't give out, with the arthritis in my hands, I need it. I did buy recently the Spellbinder Grand Calibur, for the bigger cuts I need. I really wanted the Ebosser but too expensive.


I have had my Vagabond a little over two years, but I have to confess that I have a bad habit of making my sandwich stacks a little thick sometimes.....but I am still surprised to see metal teeth stripped right off the gears! I didn't know I was that hard on my machine.

I used my Vagabond a lot! I had a small used bookstore and made cards to sell in it so my embossing/cutting use was almost daily.
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BigShot. Good Luck! GG
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I love my Vagabond...I, too, tried sending too much through one time and my machine quit. They replaced it for me!!
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