Beginners Guide to Die Cutting Machines

What is a die cutting machine?

A die cutting machine is a gadget used in crafting that helps save time and money and ultimately gives your project that professional look.

It is a machine that cuts materials such as paper, card, felt, foam, thin plastic and fabric. These cut out shapes can be used in a variety of crafting projects such as card making,  scrap booking and sewing. They also emboss card when used with an embossing folder.

Generally there are 2 different types of die cutting machines, manual ones and electronic ones.

Manual ones are the cheaper option and they are usually more portable especially the lighter fold-able ones. There are a lot of brands out there and there are a number of things to consider before purchasing.

  • Budget
  • Portability
  • Simplicity of use
  • Size of the dies you want to use with the machine

An electric machine may be the preferred option if you have a medical condition that affects your hands or arms as you are  required to turn a handle to push the die through the manual machine.

The choice is a personal one taking into consideration your budget, your time (electric makes the job slightly quicker) and physical capability. A lot of crafter’s start with a manual machine and progress over time to an electronic one.

Manual Machines


Electric Die Cutting Machines



Cutting dies are the templates used to cut out the different shapes, sizes and designs. Cutting dies are bought separately to be used in the  machine.


Embossing Folders


Links to all products mentions on this post can be found below, please click on the picture which will take you to Amazon:

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