A semi-retired professional longarm machine quilter
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend a morning cutting fabric with two really nice ladies. One of them had a GO cutter which we used to cut some of my scrap fabrics.
I had never used one before so I asked her to work with me. I was terrified I would break it or something and have to replace it, which I couldn’t afford. I loved it. I really wish I could afford one but I can’t. $250 for the go cutter and then the cost of the individual dies at about $100 each is way beyond my budget. I like the industrial one best but it is $500.
I will continue to cut my fabric the old fashioned way.
Umm…. not that far back. A little more modern than that.
Yeah, that’s better. A little easier than the early days and not quite the present ease of modern appliances. Oh my, what would our ancestors think of the way our quilts are made these days. Quilting is no longer the simple act of being very frugal. Today making quilts is almost all commercialism of the craft. Sort of like the way holidays have become all about the money instead of the original reason.
Ok, I best get off the computer before this post becomes a rant against commercialism.
My husband got me the Go Baby for Christmas one year, along with the strip cutting die. I use it a great deal and would love to purchase a few more dies.
Does it help you make more quilts than you would make without it?
I like those too but wouldn’t or couldn’t spend the cash on something like that. Now maybe if I found it on sale I would jump at it!
I think that accuquilt go and electric quilter both really constrain design, both conveniences are easy to spot when you’re at a quilt show. I’m not convinced that faster is better, especially since I’m doing it to relax, why would I want to rush through it?
My thoughts were that it would allow me to cut fabric without pain in my arm. It can be very painful for me to use a rotary cutter. Especially for a length of time.
I hadn’t thought of that, but that is a really good reason to use an accuquilt go.