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Sooooo the Sizzix Big Shot

(13 Posts)
UncomfortablyDumb Wed 23-Oct-13 11:24:50

I am coveting this machine. There is currently an offer on at Hobbycraft

BigShot which I have almost talked myself into.

But, but, but. Even with the offer it's still a fair wodge of cash, and I've only just started crafting really. Initially I'd imagine using it for cutting felt and fabric shapes for accessories, clothes etc, maybe get into quilting later with more experience & confidence. It's possible I could use it for years, or never really get on with it.

So I'm wavering. I've seen some go for sale on ebay, so if I don't get the use out of it I could recoup some of the cost later maybe. I also think that maybe I should just save some cash & get a sharper pair of scissors (tried to cut circles earlier in the week and made a terrible mess).

I need to decide soon as the offer is up tomorrow. Any opinions or advice?

MinesAPintOfTea Wed 23-Oct-13 13:11:34

Well what projects do you wasn't to do in the next year? I sew clothing and don't feel I would have any use for it. Presumably some people use them tooth.

UncomfortablyDumb Wed 23-Oct-13 13:39:04

My initial thoughts were for cut shapes to use in jewellery, hair bands and such. Also shapes onto other things - kids clothes, bags, purses etc. Decorative items.

Not really sure tbh.

HumpdaySelfieinaWitchesHat Wed 23-Oct-13 18:44:06

<waves at UD>

I speak from experience. If you're new to all this, and don't really have a plan for what you'd use it for, you should probably not buy it.

When you start out with a new thing, it's really easy to get carried away with the shopping bit of it, imagining that one day when you're a bit more experienced you'll be able to throw all these things together and make something beautiful. You probably won't.

Earn your stripes on projects that don't need fancy equipment and if you still love your new craft in a few months, then buy yourself your Xizzsit (or whatever. Stupid name.)

HumpdaySelfieinaWitchesHat Wed 23-Oct-13 18:44:38

Also,

Psssst, wanna buy some second hand crafty stuff? wink

Reprint Wed 23-Oct-13 19:12:36

I'd suggest waiting for a while. If its on sale now then its fairly sure to come up as a sale item again - at which point you might be certain that you really are going to get some use from it.
Otherwise its just going to take up cupboard space and look at you very reproachfully for years.....because you can;t ever quite bring yourself to say you won't try it again at some point!
and I speak as the proud previous owner of a very fancy piece of must-have breadmaking equipment that did nothing but gather dust and glare at me, for years

UncomfortablyDumb Wed 23-Oct-13 19:19:38

Thanks both. Rationally I know you're right. And sensible.

My irrational side has already planned (and madehmm) a host of beautiful goodies with it. All in time for Christmas (doncha know) and saved me heaps on Christmas presents....ridiculous.

I have some birthday money put aside, but I think I will definitely probably wait.

UncomfortablyDumb Wed 23-Oct-13 19:20:14

Hump if you don't mind me asking, what is/was your crafty pleasure?

Snog Wed 23-Oct-13 19:23:14

I have one and I do use it. But it takes up quite a lot of space and the dies are expensive.
I suggest buy one second hand. There is nothing to go wrong with them so a safe buy.

HumpdaySelfieinaWitchesHat Wed 23-Oct-13 20:03:36

Making jewellery with beads. Started when I was between jobs one time, bought the world, got a new job, had no time.

Plus whatever I make had an unfortunate habit of falling apart/catching on things. Plus there's only so many necklaces you can give away.

I keep thinking I'll give it another shot one time. I know I won't.

UncomfortablyDumb Wed 23-Oct-13 20:36:13

Hmm, second hand you say Snog <hurtles off to ebay to check it out>

A craft shop near where I live has one that you can hire for the weekend.

It might be worth investigating if a shop near you does something similar. Try before you buy smile

UncomfortablyDumb Wed 23-Oct-13 23:00:38

Oh, that's interesting. Didn't know that was possible, will have to look into it. Thanks Woolly

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