|Posted: 3/30/2013 11:22:12 PM|Hi... I've been reading through the forums here, and I don't think I saw this issue addressed yet.
I just bought myself a Big Shot, and I love it already. It was working fine, until I tried to cut with a Shapeabilites die, and it just wouldn't cut through the paper, even really thin paper. I tried out different sandwiches, but nothing worked. Everything else I tried worked totally fine until this one die. At one point, I put it through with a paper shim, and while I don't think I forced it, it was a tight squeeze. I read all the things that say not to force it, but I really wasn't sure how tight it's supposed to get. Nothing on the machine seems to have broken, everything looks sturdy. Even though it was a tight squeeze, it still didn't cut.
I kept trying and trying, and then a while later, noticed that my cutting mats now seem to be bent out of shape - they are both a little curved now. This makes for some really uneven cuts and whatnot.
To get to the point, my questions are:
a) what's with the bent out of shape mats?
how on earth do I get this Shapeabilities die to work? Is it possible the die is faulty, or is it my machine? Or just me?
c) have I done something wrong and broken something by accident?
d) how tight should the sandwich be before you're "forcing" it?
I am impatient , so I already went on Amazon and bought myself some new cutting pads. Perhaps that will help?
Thanks for any advice!
Loc: Central NJ
|Posted: 3/31/2013 12:03:08 AM|
The cutting pads do bend, it is a good habit to turn/rotate them over periodically.
Not sure what the problem is with the shapeabilities.. Is it not cutting at all or just some parts? When I make a shim I start with just a sheet of printer paper and add more as needed. It might cut through a light cardstock.. Paper sometimes is too thin..
Loc: Oklahoma City, OK
|Posted: 3/31/2013 12:42:14 AM|
I have a BigKick and love it, too. One of my favorite purchases ever, I think. Even with two Cricuts, I prefer to buy a die and do it manually.
Anyways, tho- are you sure you have the correct platform? I only ask because a friend of mine was having the same problem- recently bought a BigKick and couldn't cut a thin Spellbinders die- what it turned out to be was that the machine she just bought was the Vintaj BigKick and it came with a different platform than my regular blue BigKick came with, and she had to get the wafer thin 'Solo Die Adapter.'
Other than that, I can't imagine what the problem could be... I never had any issue cutting any die with my BigKick. I have felt it feel 'tight,' but I just cranked it all thru! I don't know if I'm careless or just convinced it's sturdy as can be- but even when I've forced a really really thick piece of chipboard thru, it did cut thru all the way just fine. The only time I couldn't force something through the thing was at a crafting party at my Aunt's house, when my cousin's wife and I decided to try to invent a sandwich to get a letterpress die thru- we tried to force it with all our might and it wouldn't budge. Since then, I've had the attitude that if it won't take it, it won't, otherwise, shim and crank!
Let me know if you figure it out! I'm curious, now!
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 3/31/2013 11:27:18 AM|
The sandwich to cut wafer thin dies is:
-Multi Purpose Platform with all the layers
-Clear cutting Plate
-Die with the cutting side up
-Paper with the good side down
-Clear cutting Plate
It isn't that tight to crank through, but it should feel like you are doing something.
Are you using the Extended Platform? Is it just one thickness, not layers? If so, the sandwich is:
-Clear Cutting Plate
-Die face up
-Paper good side down
-Clear cutting plate
|Posted: 3/31/2013 12:13:18 PM|
Thanks for all the replies so far..
So the die is the "facy lattice" design, it's rectangular and I believe it's meant to cover the front of a card. (It's about that size.)
I have the multi-purpose platform, so I was sandwiching it exactly the way BasketLady described. That didn't work, so I did some other things, including adding a cardstock shim.
The die seems to cut on the edges of the paper, but then the rest of it makes an impression but doesn't cut all the way through. This is why I thought it might have to do with my bent pads. The paper also gets really stuck to the die, which makes it kind of bubble in places and not cut. Is it possible I just got a bum die?
I think other dies are working fine... though the bent pads seem to produce some uneven results.
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 3/31/2013 3:44:25 PM|
Try flipping the bent plates, cutting with the bowed side up. They should even out with some use. If they are new, it's common and I flip my plates around every few cuts. I try and move smaller dies around on the MPP as well so that I'm not always cutting in the same spot. I also have one plate just as a spacer; I never cut on that plate. It gets scratched up, but not cut into. I think that helps, too.
When I have a die cutting like you describe, I turn it at an angle so that it goes through without hitting one long edge (like the edge of a rectangle). Think sending it through as a diamond, rather than a rectangle. That sometimes helps.
Another thing that you can try is to shim just the area where the die isn't cutting well. If the die has a solid back, you can try a layer or two of clear packing tape. If its an open die like the SB dies, try shimming in just the spot where it isn't cutting.
Hope this helps!