Manual Die Cutting Machines

A manual die cutting and embossing machine can be a great supplement to a digital die cutting machine since not all digital machines emboss. A manual die cut machine can be great for scrapbooking and making homemade cards.

Often times, you can find sales and cheaper prices by shopping at Amazon.

Use this side by side comparison guide to compare the best manual die cutting machines.

Manual Die Cutting Machine Guide

ModelOverview and FeaturesVideo
Sizzix Texture Boutique
Embossing Machine

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
The Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine is a machine designed only for embossing, so you won't be able to cut with this machine. It embosses just about up to 5 inches wide.

Best for: Beginners and affordability
Drawbacks: Does not cut
Cricut Cuttlebug
Cricut Cuttlebug review
The Cricut Cuttlebug is a popular machine that can cut and emboss up to 6 inches wide. It folds up to save space and the bottom suctions to whatever surface it's on, providing more stability. Different spacer plates make the machine compatible with most leading folders and dies.

Best for: Space savings
Drawbacks: Limited working platform
Evolution Advanced
Evolution Advanced review
The Evolution Advanced die cut machine is one of the cleverest machines on the market. It can cut and emboss up to 6 inches wide and use dies and folders from many different manufacturers. The machine comes with a dial setting to set the pressure of the rollers, eliminating the need for shims and confusing sandwiches. The crank handle can also be removed and swapped out for a motor. The sides have built in storage and fold up when not in use. When the sides are open, the base suctions to the table, providing support when cutting.

Best for: Versatility, space, and motor attachment
Drawbacks: Limited to 6 inch cutting width
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Big Shot Review
The Sizzix Big Shot is an award winning machine that can cut and emboss up to 6 inches wide. It does not fold up but has an extended multipurpose platform, which allows for more working space. The Big Shot contains solid core steel rollers and gears and has a unibody cast roller housing. Works with dies and folders from other manufacturers.
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Best for: Versatility and working working space
Drawbacks: Less portable
Spellbinders Grand Calibur
SpellBinders Grand Calibur Die Cut Embossing Machine
The Spellbinders Grand Calibur can cut, emboss, and stencil. It has a large 8.5 x 12 cutting mat, so it can fit full-size pieces of paper. It suctions to its surface for greater stability. It also works with dies and folders from other manufacturers.

Best for: Larger projects and full size paper
Drawbacks: Less well constructed
Spellbinders Platinum
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
The Spellbinders Platinum comes in two sizes. The larger machine that can cut up to 8.5 inches wide, and the smaller machine cuts up to 6 inches wide. The machines have a solid steel core making them very durable. The machines are able to cut up to 8 layers using the steel rule dies. Although the Platinum machines are big and heavy, the sides fold up saving some space.

Best for: Durability. The larger machine works with full size paper.
Drawbacks: Big and heavy
Fiskars Fuse Creativity System
Fiskars Fuse Review
The Fiskars Fuse Creativity system is discontinued but is still a fairly popular model that is worth a mention. It has a large 12" wide opening, and can not only cut and emboss but also letterpress, which is a process of making inked impressions.

Best for: Larger projects and letterpressing
Drawbacks: Accessories may be expensive
Sizzix Vagabond

Vagabond Die Cut Machine
The Vagabond machine is a neat machine that folds up into the shape of a suitcase, making it more portable. It can cut and emboss up to 6 inches wide, and it is motorized. Because it has a strong motor, one must be careful not to get the machine jammed by inserting sandwiches that are too thick.

Best for: Motorized
Drawbacks: Have to be careful not to jam plates.
Sizzix Big Shot Pro
Sizzix Big Shot Pro
The Big Shot Pro is a rugged machine that has a 13-inch wide opening. It works with every Sizzix and Ellison design ever made and almost every die on the market. The extended platforms make it great for cutting large pieces of fabric. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Best for: Large projects and fabric
Drawbacks: Heavy and more expensive
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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for the info on these products it makes choosing a little better

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  2. Jann Schott

    Will you please review the Lifestyles (aka WRMK] Evolution Advanced manual die cutting machine.

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      Hi Jann, thanks for the suggestion. We recently did a review on the Evolution Advanced die cut machine. Check it out here http://personaldiecutting.com/reviews/evolution-advance-die-cut-machine-review/

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  3. Penny Hulse

    What machine would be best to cut both paper and fabric? I would like to have it be easier to do my English Paper piecing.

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    1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

      Hi Penny, all the machines listed on the site will cut fabric and paper. What other features are you looking for? Goodluck!

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      1. Diana

        I have been go ogling like crazy I’m trying to find a GOOD BUY, AND I came across.Sizzix Fabi Personal Fabric Cutter Machine…… THIS IS JUST AS GOOD AS ANY OF THE SIZZIX LINE BUT WAS MADE FOR FABRIC VS. PAPER. Just FYI ?

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        1. Personal Die Cutting (Post author)

          Hi Diana, the Fabi and Big Shot are technically the same machine, just marketed differently! Here is a comparison of the two machines: http://personaldiecutting.com/sizzix-big-shot-vs-sizzix-fabi-machine/

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  4. Vickie

    Which machine cuts house templates (I want to make Putz houses) AND cuts word stencils (to make signs)?

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  5. georgina

    can any of these cut your own personal designs

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