The extent of my scrapbooking-related "machines" is a Xyron 250, 900 and 510, a Zutter Bind-it-All and a Crop-a-dile. I have never purchased any die-cutting machine, because every time one would come out, by the time I would research it, another one was on the market! I could never make up my mind on what to buy.
When I was at the rubberstamp convention last Saturday in Carson, Tim Holtz was using this electric machine (above photo) that he was putting his Grungeboard through, and with the click of a button, out came embossed patterned Grungeboard! It was sooooooooo cool.
Tim had a box of these folder-looking things that he was putting the Grungeboard in and each one had different patterns. The pattern was embossed on whatever piece he ran through this machine. I think I'm going to NEED one of these.
Ok, so I've started my research on this machine - Sizzix Big Shot Express. What I've read is that it can do everything the regular Big Shot does, but it is electric. Just plug it in, and then with a push of a button the dies automatically go through. AND, I read that you can die cut stuff like fabric! Being electric and all, I think this would be good for someone with arthritis (ah, that would be me).
I found this video on a website that shows how it all works http://scraptime.ca/blogpage/?p=374.
Seeing as I'm new to this whole Big Shot thing, are there any of you out there that can give me some guidance? Do you have one of these electric things? The price tag is a little steep for me to just run out and pick one up, so I need to know if this is something I just "have to have". And if it IS something I need to have, where's the best place to get one?