Never underestimate the value of the cutting pad. Without these amazing high-quality polycarbonate plastic shapes, your Sizzix Quilting and Applique Machines -Big Shot, Big Shot Plus and Big Shot Pro are unable to give the amazing cuts they are famous for. These see-through Cutting Pads allow for easy die-cutting, Sizzix work with a sandwich system - one cutting pad below die and one on top of the fabric, we use one on top until we see it is no longer giving us the perfect cut and then change them around.
Always have a spare cutting pad - for large projects you are so much more efficient with newer cutting pads, worn out mats give us skipping and uncut areas. Always try to have the cutting pad that is closest in size to the die you are using -- you will find it easier to work with and you are assured more control of the cutting process
The only time you are not using the sandwich system - when you are cutting the large Surecut dies which are the same as the AccuQuilt Studio -- these dies are thicker -- they do not need the adapter that normally sits on the tray and they do not need a cutting mat below the die.
Trays! What does the Tray do? the Sliding Tray moves dies, big and small, through the rollers of the machine, ensuring smooth, accurate die-cut shapes, because of the strength of the tray - you do not need to become concerned over the placement of the die on the tray - unlike other companies trays.
Oh my! The strength of Sizzix Trays are fantastic! Made of High Quality Steel. You get the large tray with the Big Shot Pro machine for quilters! Then you can buy the smaller tray at the same time or later as it suits you. Why I am so excited? these trays never need replaced!
Accuquilt have trays for their large machines but this is what they say:
The part requiring periodic replacement is the die tray.
Trays last about one year with average use.
With very heavy use, the tray must be replaced more often.
Forget it! I do not want to spend the money on a large machine with a tray that will (bow) wrap and distort with use - I want to know that the once off purchase of trays is all I ever need - EVER!
No hidden costs with Sizzix - we all know that the cutting mats come in sets of 2 - and these are replaced after being used for thousands of cuts!