Cuttlebug Machine Reviews
See What Cuttlebug Owners
Here you will find what Cuttlebug owners have to say about their machines, what they like,
don't like, and what they would like to see in the future.
We scoured the internet for Cuttlebug information, poured over hundreds of reviews, did our research, and found out
what Cuttlebug owners had to say about their machines.
Overall: The Cuttlebug Die Cutting and Embossing Machine earned a solid and
respectable 4 and a half stars from its owners. That's pretty good from a multi use machine for
We own, use, and review about every die cutting and embossing machine from the hand
operated to the computer controlled. We agree this machine earns at least 4 stars. But you came here
to see how others reviewed the Cuttlebug, after seeing what they say read our in depth review.
Impressions: About 9 of 10 Cuttlebug owners reported a high degree of satisfaction with their decision
to purchase the Cuttlebug. That accurately mirrors the 4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars most retailers and online
merchants assign the Cuttlebug machine in the overall ratings. Most users give the Cuttlebug high marks in its
price, construction, ease of use, compatibility in using industry wide dies, and especially its compact
portability. But there are a few things you need to know before you buy.
Most Cuttlebug Machine owners reported they were able to find the Cuttlebug at well under $80.00 and seemed
genuinely very pleased with what they got for their money. For the price many people found themselves choosing
between the Cuttlebug and similar models from Sizzix. Lots of owners cited the affordability of the Cuttlebug as
a major factor in their purchase.
As pointed out by many users perspective owners should keep in mind that die cutting sets,
embossing folders, and the occasional replacement cutting plate are purchases you will make down the road.
However this is true of any die cutting and embossing machine.
Many users also commented on the savings realized when they were able to use die cut templates
they already had for use in other brand machines.
Use: For most users the Cuttlebug Machine proved easy to set up and use. Both the crank handle and the
paper feeder trays fold in and stay secure making the Cuttlebug easy to store. Weighing in at about 7 pounds
this die cutter is reportedly a breeze to carry around. Ease of storing, moving, and set up were factors in some
of the owner’s decision to buy.
Given the Cuttlebug’s slim profile and light weight some users questioned the stability of the
machine; concerned it might move around during use. Provocraft’s solution is a suction system mounted on the
bottom pad of the machine. The suction system activates when the paper feeders are folded down into
A few owners reported that the suction system did not hold as well as they would like and
should be used on flat non-porous surfaces for maximum hold. Some crafters use a flat plastic or glass
cutting pad to cut on, the suction system seems to work well for them on these surfaces.
Some reviews said the machine can require some strength to
crank the plates through the rollers, yet others said kids from age 8 to teen years could easily use the
Cuttlebug. The best suggestion seems to be that users stand when they feel the crank handle is difficult to
Durability: Very few owners reported any problems with
durability of the Cuttlebug; most felt the machine is built well for its price. A couple users reported “broken
machines” but it was not clear if this was due to damage in shipping or during regular use. Fortunately either
the vendor or Provocraft replaced the machines for most of those users.
Some users commented that the cutting plates bent, warped, and got scratched over time and
needed replacement. Unfortunately we could not find out how many times the plates were used before needing
replacement. Keep in mind that most roller type cutters and embossers of any make will require replacement of
Compatibility: Based on our research it appears that the Cuttlebug
Machine handles dies from most manufacturers well, including Quickkutz, Sizzix, Fiskars,
Spellbinders, and even brass embossing dies. A few users expressed frustration in getting compatibility with
other dies, but other users reported the key to success here is to experiment a bit with combinations of
sandwiching dies and cutting plates in different ways. So it seems that plenty of people got good results with
compatibility with non Cuttlebug dies.
: Users report the
Cuttlebug can easily handle cardstock, velum, chipboard, thin magnetic sheets, foil, thin metal, and thin
Final Pros and Cons of the Cuttlebug
Folding design makes it a
Compatible with other maker's
Easy of operation
Good quality accessories and
product support from Provocraft.
Base can become unstable if
suction pad moves
Not designed for large scale
Can require some strength to
Those are the pros and cons of the Cuttlebug direct from it's owners and users. We
hope this great information helps you out.
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