The Cuttlebug & Sizzix Big Shot Compared





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Published on Apr 29, 2010

Here I show you the similarities and differences between Provo Craft's Cuttlebug embossing machine and the Sizzix Big Shot embosser. I show you how they work and some of the different things they can do.
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Very good review. But, to tell the truth,, the only advantage I see for the Cuttlebug is the storage space. When you're actually using it, It's only an inch or two shorter. And the Big Shot, as you mentioned, is made better. And the Big Shot uses many more types of dies. And the Big Shot has a wider bed so you can use larger embossing folders. But, if you are going just by the size and storage capability, then the Cuttlebug is probably for you. I have both. The Cuttlebug suction works for only a few seconds, then comes loose. The Big Shot has a bigger, wider base, so is more stable. That all being said, for what the each are capable of, they both cut and emboss really well.
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Chris Fugle
Now (2015) the cuttlebug has been redesigned you may favour the Big-shot now more. The new green cuttlebug unit is now less stable with a large sticky base plate that does not extend as much as your feet do and secondly the fold down platform has shrunk by at least 30%. As my first embossing unit, I jumped in frantically to start embossing and die cutting only to find myself frustrated buy: 1-having to immediately buy new different plates to use various thicknesses of dies and embossing folders (The Big-shot has the flexible thickness base plate instead which is more flexible), 2- the Cuttlebug rocks back and forth like a seesaw when applying stronger pressure to dies using the C plate and can wreck an emboss or die-cut easily and lastly 3- the platform on the cuttlebug is just to small to easily load up base plate, b-plate die/folder, b-plate #2, embossing matt etc without having to find a way to press push the entire sandwich in for the rollers to grab them before the pressure can actually start. I find I want an extra set of hands on many occasions to stabilize the entire setup first. I create floral macro photographs that need to be mounted in cut and embossed frames and outside of buying them in bulk from a professional supplier, this solution allows me to crate as I need them with less waste or over purchasing. I have ordered the Big-shot now as it appears from your video to simple be more stable and easier to use, plus I can recycle all the existing folders and dies I have already. Thanks for the demo, more helpful than you can imagine!
Great video Thanks! I'm still leaning towards the Big Shot... 
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lucy mar
Thank u for this video I have a cuddlebug was thinking of getting a big shot but after seeing this video I think I'll wait for a while it's not something that I want to get right now I'm happy with my cuddlebug
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Joy Thank you for sharing. 
kaz gates
Thanks Joy;-) that was a massive help as i really didn't know which to buy, you gave it to us straight now im off to get the Cuttlebug x
Neo NovaStar
H there, I want to emboss 8.5" x 11" paper card stock.  Can it be done with both machines?  It's hard to tell what is the maximum size paper you can roll it into both machines. TYVM
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Southern Angels Btq.
Glad of that b/c that is the one I have!!! I love my Cuttlebug too!!! I'd like to get one of those "Crickets" but they are too expensive and then all the things to buy with it are too so I just stick with my "Cuttlebug" for now :) Like yours... mine is the old green one.. You think I could paint it and decorate it the color I want? I'd like to paint it purple.. that's my favorite color :)  Have a blessed day <3
Caroline Gilbert
Great video, thankyou for sharing, your tips are greatly appreciated, thankyou; I am a proud owner of a big shot, love it, love it. I  love how the big shot has the wider cutting platform area, I'm currently  playing with big shot dies.  I'm a new subby, happy crafting.
Hello, thanks for sharing, can you tell me if you know the difference between the big shot and the big kick vintaj? thank you
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