If you are a serious quilter, or just want a cutting machine for fabric, we will show some of the best die cut machines for fabric and felt. The best kind of machine for cutting fabric and felt is going to be a manual die cut machine. A digital die cut machine will work, and it may be a good option if you only need a few pieces cut now and then, but if you want to cut anything more than a few pieces of fabric, a manual die cut machine is better.
Why manual die cut machines are best for cutting fabric
- No cutting mat. A manual die cut machine, unlike a digital machine, does not require a mat. If you do use a digital die cut machine to cut fabric, you have to make sure the mat is very sticky.
- Simplicity. There are no blades that can become dull and no need to spend time experimenting with various pressure and blade depth settings.
- Cut multiple layers of fabric. A manual die cut machine can cut multiple layers of fabric at once. With a digital die cut machine, users are limited to cutting one layer piece at a time, but some manual machines can cut up to 10 layers at once.
- Freedom to cut bigger dies. With the Bigz dies from Sizzix, users can cut pieces 2 feet in length.
Top die cut machines for cutting fabric
Machines like the Cricut Cuttlebug and Spellbinders Grand Calibur are some manual die cut machines for cutting fabric, but they aren’t the best. These machines don’t have a large working platform and aren’t as well built as some other machines on the market.
Here are the best die cut machines for fabric:
Sizzix Big Shot
The Sizzix Big Shot is a great machine. It’s one of the smallest Sizzix machines, being able to cut 6″ wide, so if you are looking to cut larger pieces of fabric, there’s also the Big Shot Plus machine (cuts 8.5″ x 11″), or the Big Shot Pro, which has a 13″ wide opening.
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Accucquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
The Accuquilt GO! Baby is an affordable and great solution for beginners. The sides of the machine fold up and weighs only 8.5lbs, making it super easy to use the carry handle to carry it around. This Accuquilt cutter can cut up to 6 layers of cotton at once.
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Accucquilt GO! Fabric Cutter
The Accuquilt GO! is a step up from the Accuquilt GO! Baby. The sides of the machine fold up and weighs only 15lbs. This Accuquilt cutter can also cut up to 6 layers of cotton at once, but can take 10″ x 24″ inch dies.
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Sizzix Big Shot Pro
The Sizzix Big Shot Pro is the Big Shot’s bigger brother. If you are interested in a Sizzix machine but want a larger machine for quilting, then the Big Shot Pro is a good choice. The machine is heavy, weighing 44lbs, so it’s not as transportable, but it certainly is sturdy. The machine has a wide 13″ opening and a large working platform, making it easier to prepare your cutting dies. The Big Shot Pro can cut up to 8 pieces of fabric, which means huge time savings.
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The Big Shot Pro comes in two packages:
If you are planning on cutting long pieces of fabric that are 2 feet in length, then you’ll want to get the machine with the extended accessories.
Accuquilt GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter
If you really want some automation for lots of fabric cutouts, consider the Accuquilt GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter. This fabric cutter machine is automatic, which means there is no handle to crank. The Accuquilt GO! Big Electric has a wide 14″ opening, which means it can handle two dies at once, cutting up to 6 layers of fabric on each die.
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Accuquilt Studio 2 Fabric Cutter
The Accuquilt Studio Fabric Cutter is specifically designed for quilt shop owners and professional and avid quilters. The Studio machine has the largest cutting width on the market, being able to cut up to 16 inches wide. The machine can also cut up to 10 layers of fabric at once. When you are using multiple dies, that means you can make hundreds of pieces quickly. To save space, the machine has a foldable base, making it easier for storage.
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What die cut machine is best for cutting fabric?
The best die cut machine for fabric is going to depend on a few factors. How much fabric will you be cutting? If you aren’t going to be cutting a lot of fabric, consider the Sizzix Big Shot. The Big Shot can die cut, and also emboss. It can also work with dies from other manufacturers. However, if saving space is more important to you, consider the Accuquilt GO! Baby instead. If you are looking for something that is larger and you don’t need anything fancy, the Sizzix Big Shot Pro and Accuquilt GO! are great machines that are wide and can cut several layers at once. If you are looking for something even more heavy duty, then consider the Accuquilt Studio, which can cut up to 10 layers at once.
What machine do you like best? Leave us a comment!