Get info on what to consider when buying a die cutting machine. Plus, hear our chat with talented designer Lori Miller.

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Episode 511

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Do You Need a Die Cutting Machine?

Jody, the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, shares the basics on what a die cutting machine is, how it can help in your sewing room, and what to consider before buying one. Here are a few benefits:

  1. It is faster. You can cut 6 layers of cotton fabric at a time.
  2. Accuracy is important in patchwork and the die creates consistent pieces each time.
  3. Appliqué shapes can be time consuming and tricky to cut. A die cutter will give perfect cuts for intricate shapes.
  4. If you have dexterity issues with your hands, for example arthritis or an injury, a die cutter may be easier for you to use.

Getting Sewcial

Lori Miller

Lindsay chats with Lori Miller, a talented quilter, pattern designer, and educator. Lori shares how she started sewing and where her inspiration comes from when she's designing quilt patterns. Lori is also an AccuQuilt Go Getter, and blogs for AccuQuilt by sharing project ideas and tutorials. (If you're wondering about her fave die cuts, they are the Qubes, the Block on Boards, the owl, and the camper.) Lori is also an educator of Electric Quilt and teaches classes and workshops about EQ8. She combined her love of both die cutting and quilt design software to make EQ8 Block Library Files for AccuQuilt dies, which you can buy here. Lori also shares details about her sewing space, storage ideas, and more!

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