This is our guilds Apple Core quilt and we used the AccuQuilt GO cutter for this project. A few years ago this cutter was all the rage and we got caught up in the excitement. Our guild invested in the cutter and many dies but we are not getting the use out of it as we hoped. I also have the GO cutter and rarely touch it. I thought this could be a good opportunity to give you the good and bad of the GO cutter.
- Cuts odd shapes quickly and easily like the Apple Core or Tumbler blocks.
- Applique pieced are great to cut out using this machine and better when you have the fusible web on the fabric before hand.
- Rag Die is my favorite as it cuts all the fringes for you, no clipping afterwards
- Get consistent cutting results...if you make sure your rolling it through with the lenghtwise grain.
- Can cut up to 6 layers of cotton at once
- Wastes a lot of fabric compared to using a rotary cutter and I mean a lot!
- If you forget to load the lengthwise grain though the roller you can end up with two different size pieces. For example, if you cutting a 5" square on the crosswise grain you will get a 5" x 4 7/8" square. This can even happen on the lenghtwise grain if it is a looser weave fabrics.
- Only cuts two layers of flannel
- Dies wear out quickly and often have tiny uncut spots so have to use scissors to separate pieces.
- Can take a lot of effort to roll the fabric through with the manual versions.
So that is just my two cents on the cutter. I'm curious if you have one and what your thoughts are on it. Do you use it a lot? Is it collecting dust like mine? Do you have favorite dies? Can you add to my good list or bad list?
When our guild members were sewing the Apple Core blocks together I heard a lot of grumbling and they were very happy to finally be done and pass it along to me! The top had some fullness to it but nothing that a fluffy batting and some stippling couldn't cure!