Fiskars Fuse Review

The Fiskars Fuse Creativity System is no longer available through Fiskars, but because it’s still popular, we felt the need to write a review. You can still buy the Fiskars Fuse new from Amazon for a fraction of the retail price. The Fiskars Fuse is a die cut machine has a wide 12″ opening. Not only can the Fuse die cut and emboss, but also letterpress, which is a process of making inked impressions.

Fiskars Fuse Review

Amazon Price

Machine Features

The Fiskars Die-cut and Letterpress Creativity System is a manual die cut machine, which means it is hand operated. There is no batteries or electricity needed for this machine. Materials are sent through the machine by cranking the handle, which is easy to turn.

The Fiskars die cutting machine allows users to mix and match capabilities, such as:

  • Die cut (die only)
  • Die cut + letter press (die, plate + ink)
  • Die cut + deboss (die, plate)
  • deboss (plate only)
  • letterpress (plate + ink)

To see how the Fiskars Fuse can die cut and letter press, see the following video:

Users have had very good results die cutting and letter pressing with the Fuse machine. When die cutting, the material is cut with nice crisp edges. When letter pressing, the ink is very vibrant and vivid.

Some other neat features about the Fiskars die cut machine is that it has a storage compartment underneath the base and the machine folds up like a suitcase. The Fuse machine weighs about 26 pounds, which is heavier than your typical manual die cut machine, but it’s still transportable. Because of it’s weight, the machine is very stable. The Fuse is also durable and is the quality that we would expect from Fiskars.

Cutting dies

The Fiskars Fuse has a 12-inch cutting width, which is much larger than the Sizzix Big Shot and Cricut Cuttlebug machines. The Fuse can take a wide variety of dies from other manufacturers, however, to do so, the machine requires the Adapter Kit.

Fiskars Fuse Adapter Plates The Adapter Kit is made up of various plates and shims, so you can use dies from other companies such as Sizzix, Provocraft, and Accuquilt. Keep in mind, the adapter plate measures 7 inches wide and 13 inches long. If you have dies bigger than this, the plates won’t work.

Some users have had success making their own plates and shims out of plexiglass and gasket sheets.

Check out the Adapter Kit Sandwich guide below.

Fiskars Fuse Adapter Kit Recipes

Letterpress and Embossing

For either letterpress or embossing, once you have a design set, you can buy purchase expansion sets. Expansion sets have the same shape as the design set, but have a different design. For example,you may have the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System Tag Design Set, which comes with a die and two letter press designs. If you wanted more letter press designs, you can purchase the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System Tag Desing Plate Expansion Pack.

Overall Review

Overall, the Fiskars Fuse is a versatile and well-built machine. It has been discontinued, but you can buy it for a fraction of the original price, which makes it quite appealing. It has some weight to it, but it can fold up, making it more portable. The main appeal of the machine is its compatibility with dies from other companies and letter pressing capabilities.

Amazon Price

If you are aren’t interested in letter pressing and don’t need such a large size, consider the Sizzix Big Shot instead. The Big Shot is a smaller die cutting and embossing machine, and it can work with dies from other companies too.

If you are looking for something even bigger and rugged, consider the Sizzix Big Shot Pro. The Big Shot Pro is designed to be stationary and has a 14-inch wide opening. It’s also more expensive than the Fuse.

We hope this Fiskars Fuse Review has helped! Do you have any questions or comments? Do you own a Fuse machine? Let us know what you think and leave a comment below!

14 thoughts on “Fiskars Fuse Review”

  1. I purchased this machine as a bundle on Hsn. I havent had and luck creating with it. It has been very complicated to use…not user friendly. I tried using it twice with no real success. This machine is in its original box collecting dust.
    I would like to get rid of it but nobody I know wants it.
    This product in my oppinion was a “flop”.
    The question is “what do I do with it, after spending $145.. I could have gotten two Sixxix.
    Very disappointed with the company.
    Truly
    Ayeshaah

  2. I bought this machine when it first came out and I just LOVE it. It is sturdy and super easy to use. The adapter kit allows me to use ALL my metal dies that I have purchased from Aliexpress, Stampin Up etc.. It is quite heavy though, but you can always leave it set up on a bench in the craftroom. I keep mine under one of the tables and have no issues lifting it up when I need it.
    One of my best investments to my craftroom.
    Kat

  3. I bought this machine when it first came out and I just LOVE it. It is sturdy and super easy to use. The adapter kit allows me to use ALL my metal dies that I have purchased from Aliexpress, Stampin Up etc.. It is quite heavy though, but you can always leave it set up on a bench in the craftroom. I keep mine under one of the tables and have no issues lifting it up when I need it.
    One of my best investments to my craftroom.
    Kat

  4. I bought this machine over a 1 yr,now I have time to use it and the roller does not turn ….where can I get it fix….

    • just write to fiskars. They take care of aftersell really well. I had some small issue with mat and they simply just sent a new one. I think fiskars has two-year policy in global scale. 🙂

  5. I have used it hugely lot. I have the big set of pillow case. I found it in the beginning difficult to place the cutting mat to go through the machine. Then I figured out just place mat’s edge little bit over (about 2cm) the die set so mat’s edge goes through the machine first (that 2cm) and then the whole set goes through the press so easily. I have made so many pillow cases by the machine and just them as some small gifts, like candies, seeds bags… Just so nice.

    However, I don’t apply ink onto big die sets. I have found it difficult, especially for those complicated patterns. It often came out messed up or not very evenly distributed. But for simple patterns like dots, it still works well and gives the pillow cases lot of interest.

  6. My family bought me the Fuse and a bunch of the design sets and cutting plates a few years ago. I think I opened the box around everyone on Christmas morning and ran one thing through. It has been sitting in my craft room ever since. I have considered selling everything for $500 but haven’t because of shipping concerns. Do you all still use the machine? Should I just keep and use it? I have Cricut and a Cameo and just figure I can do much the same thing with those.

  7. I happen to purchase mine when the local store was clearing it out of stock to make room for new crafting items, I love it. I wish they had had the adapter plates so I could use my other dies with it. My daughter and I learned to use it in just about 15 minutes, at a demo, 2 years before; the employee had not a clue. We looked at the instruction up online and were able to help her. I think the letterpress is what confuses so many, as it is not any more difficult than any other die machine. But I will warn, if you have not seen it, it is very heavy, it is not one you will want to carry around; find it a home where you can use it where it is.

  8. I just received this as a Christmas gift, but never heard of it before. For those that have it do you like it?? I already have the Big Shot & magnetic plate with all kinds of TH Bigz dies do these all work in here??? Its very heavy so I can see once you put it down it’s there to stay!!! How does it work for 12×12 paper if there is no plate for it?? Wondering should I return this or keep it ??? THOUGHTS????

Comments are closed.