Are you thinking of taking the plunge into the world of fabric cutting machines? Do you want to spend way less time cutting fabric and spend more time actually sewing? I am here to help introduce you to AccuQuilt and answer all your fabric cutting machine questions!
AccuQuilt Cutting Machine Frequently Asked Questions
First off, lets begin with some FAQs about AccuQuilt in general. In this article I’ll share my thoughts on all of these topics:
- How does AccuQuilt compare to other cutting systems?
- Do AccuQuilt cutting machines actually save time?
- Does the AccuQuilt cutting machine help with joint pain?
- Is buying an AccuQuilt machine necessary?
- How do I choose which AccuQuilt machine is best for me?
- Which AccuQuilt dies should I start with?
- Do I need anything else besides the machine and dies?
- What quilt patterns can I use with AccuQuilt?
- Can I create my own quilt patterns to use with AccuQuilt?
- How do I reduce fabric waste while using AccuQuilt?
How does AccuQuilt compare to other systems?
I personally have both an AccuQuilt Go! and a Cricut Maker cutting system and they are both wonderful for different features! Because those are the two that I have, those are the key ones I can really speak to. I use my Cricut when I want to cut a complex shape only one (or maybe a few) times, but the AccuQuilt gets used for cutting out hundreds and hundreds and thousands of the same shapes for patchwork. While the Cricut Maker machines can cut fabric, I would not use it for cutting out all the pieces for a quilt as you can only cut one layer of fabric at a time and it can be very time consuming. (If you are looking for something to cut out very unique shapes, then cricut may be the way to go.)
Do AccuQuilt cutting machines actually save time?
I’ll be honest with you, as I always promise to be, and say that when I first heard of AccuQuilt fabric cutting machines I really did think it was just something that would be a hassle to learn and end up collecting dust on the shelf – but BOY WAS I WRONG! I use my AccuQuilt for nearly every quilt I work on and am always finding new ways to use it to save me time while quilting. My personal favorite time-saving blocks are the Half Square Triangles because I can completely skip the trimming step (which has always been my least favorite!) Find out all my Half Square Triangle secrets HERE.
Does the AccuQuilt machine help with Arthritis?
AccuQuilt cutting machines actually help a lot of people with a wide variety of health related issues that can get in the way of cutting. I’ve met people who use it due to poor eyesight, joint pain, back pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, muscle weakness, etc. You name it, there’s a good chance someone has tried to use AccuQuilt to solve the problem! LOL ok maybe AccuQuilt won’t heal your health problems but it may make cutting your fabrics a bit less difficult than other methods.
Personally, I find my arthritic joints are much happier with me when I use my AccuQuilt, so if you struggle with aches and pains while cutting quilts the traditional way, I really recommend that you find a way to at least try out an AccuQuilt to see if it works better for your body.
Is buying an AccuQuilt machine necessary for quilting?
While I sometimes say that “I could never live without my AccuQuilt”, I have to say that buying and/or using an AccuQuilt cutting machine is definitely NOT a necessity! Quilting is expensive already and I am a huge advocate for living within your means and making do with what we already have. I value the benefits of expressing creativity through crafts, quilts, and other hobbies, and it is important to me that we do it in a way that fits each of our lifestyles and budgets. For many people, rotary blades and rulers are great tools to get the job done within budget!
Here are some low-cost options to consider if you want to use AccuQuilt:
- See if a local quilt guild has one that they let members use
- Find a nearby friend who has one and is willing to share
- Reach out to your local quilt shops to ask if rent out time on their AccuQuilt machines
- Join a group for die-trading so you can always have new fresh dies to use
Which AccuQuilt machine is best for me?
AccuQuilt offers a few different machines, each with their own merits. I personally use the AccuQuilt Go! but here are some highlights of each model:
AccuQuilt Go! ME Fabric Cutter – Can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at a time. Can take many of the smaller dies from the AccuQuilt site, up to a 6″ die. Uses a crank handle to push dies & fabric through the machine. Smaller, lighter weight, and at a lower price point than the other models.
AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter – Can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at a time. It is great for cutting most die sizes from the AccuQuilt site. Uses a crank handle to push dies & fabric through the machine (which can be hard on the wrists for some people, but does not rely on constant electricity which can also be a bonus)
AccuQuilt Go! BIG Electric Fabric Cutter – Can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at a time. It is great for cutting die sizes from the AccuQuilt site. Works electronically to rotate dies & fabric through the machine. This electric version is the best one for people with arthritis, joint pain, shoulder injuries, or other health related concerns that might make rotating the crank handle difficult on the other models.
AccuQuilt Studio 2 Fabric Cutter – Can cut up to 10 layers of fabric at a time! It originally designed for fabric shops making pre-cut quilt kits but is wonderful for home use if you have the space to set aside to leave it out. This one is known for being very sturdy and is compatible with more than 600 dies. One positive about the Studio Cutter is that the dies for it tend to go on sale more than the Go! dies.
To find a full, comprehensive comparison between all of AccuQuilt’s current models, visit their website here.
Which AccuQuilt dies should I start with?
The AccuQuilt dies that you choose will depend on which machine you get and what your preferences are for quilting. One thing I love about AccuQuilt is that the possibilities really are endless and they are constantly coming out with new dies nearly every month!
If you love appliqué and fun designs, the options are so plentiful! You can browse all the adorable appliqué die options here.
Do I need anything else besides the AccuQuilt Cutting Machine and Dies?
Yes – do not forget your mats! The mats do not come with all the dies, so you’ll want to grab one (or a few) of those in your order as well. An exception to this is if you purchase a set of dies like the Qube, then it will come with one cutting mat for those dies. I recommend to have one mat for each size/shape of die that you have and then replace the mats as they get worn out.
What patterns can I use with AccuQuilt?
Nearly any traditionally pieced pattern can be adapted to work with AccuQuilt dies! It may require a little bit more mental math but it’s so worth it! Check out my Indian Summer Quilt or Vintage Lace Quilt to read how I used my AccuQuilt to make quilts from modern designer patterns.
Can I design my own quilt patterns to use with AccuQuilt?
You can absolutely design your own quilt patterns very easily with AccuQuilt! AccuQuilt even has a software program to help you let your creativity run wild. Find out more about Go! Quilt here.
How do I reduce fabric waste with AccuQuilt?
Wasting fabric is bad on the budget and the environment, and while I do think using my AccuQuilt tends to use a tiny bit more fabric than traditional methods, I have found myself a really good system for feeding fabric through my machine without much excess at all!
Before feeding your fabric & dies through your AccuQuilt machine you will make “rough cuts” of your fabric. I like to make my rough cuts about 1/2″ wider than the shape on the die itself. I find that a 1/2″ is wide enough to provide some wiggle room but still skinny enough to limit the waste – only teeny tiny scraps come out when I am done with cutting the shapes!
Now’s Your Chance: Get Started with AccuQuilt
Are you ready to get started with your own fabric cutting machine? Most purchases for new cutting machines made through AccuQuilt.com also come with a 30-day risk free guarantee. I hope you get one and I hope you love yours as much as I love mine! Shop current AccuQuilt deals here.
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