The makers of Sizzix have very kindly sent me a Big Shot, which is a fabric cutter, and some dies to try out. I will review it properly in time but here are some initial impressions and some initial trying out. Once I saw which dies they had sent me to try, I decided to start with the drunkards path since I've never tried that block as I couldn't really face the time cutting lots of neat little quarter circles. Thinking I wanted to do something different, I played around for a while with my iPad app Touchdraw and came up with an idea.
Once I'd actually taken the time to work out exactly what I was supposed to be doing with the Sizzix Big Shot, it all worked beautifully. The dies slide through the machine with ease and cut with what seems to me to be perfect precision without dragging the fabric out of shape and misaligning it. On the apple core cutter, there is even a window to look through for fussy cutting. Genius.
So after a few trial drunkards paths and apple cores, I got cutting into some Konas and have started some piecing. Four blocks made, five to make plus the sashing and border but this is going together pretty quickly so far. Apologies for the bad iPad photo taken last night when it was too dark to take the blocks outside for a decent photo.
I'm not pinning and have found that, if I put the quarter circle on top when I piece the drunkards path block, and ease it gently as I go, the pieces line up almost perfectly every time. Where they don't line up perfectly, that's just good old human error as the two pieces are cut accurately. Initial impressions of the Sizzix are very good. In spite of it being decorated in quite a girly way, it is a manly, sturdy piece of kit, easy to use and seems, on initial testing, to cut perfectly.