After 9 years, my Big Shot has retired. We took it apart and tried to fix it, but the metal housing broke – for those that may not know, its the part in the picture that has the rollers and pulls the sandwich through. We took it to see if it could be welded back together, but it would cost as much to do that as it would to buy another one. So for now, I am without a Big Shot.
TIP: Only use ONE Shim, no matter how many times you have to run that sandwich through – even if its 2 AM and you’re exhausted and frustrated from popping paper out of dies!! I got away with using two shims for the Botanical Gardens dies, but when I switched dies to the butterflies, my Big Shot committed suicide and shot itself (at least that’s what the pop it made sounded like).
I would go ahead and buy another BUT, the new catalog has a new platform in it, and I was going to buy it anyway. We saw it at #OnStage2016 and it is awesome. So, I’m going to tough it out until June 1st so I can just order a new Big Shot, PLUS get the new platform included. The $$ I’m saving by waiting, and not buying the new platform itself in a few weeks = YAY MORE NEW GOODIES!!! I know $26 may not seem like much, but for us stampers, who are we kidding – that’s a new stamp set!!
Now the sad part… the demonstrator preorder has begun for the new catalog and if I buy dies, I cant use them until I get my new Big Shot. However, I CAN use the new embossing folders since I have my Textures Boutique!
When I first started stamping 9 years ago, I didnt have a Big Shot, Stampin Up didnt even sell them. Now I get to remember how to “stamp” without it – this could be fun!
Now let the waiting begin!