Depending on your die cutting system, you may be able to use dies from other manufacturers to expand your library of shapes and turn this machine into an invaluable tool for your sewing and quilting. Read on to learn how!
One of the most common questions I get from people is, “Can I use X dies on Y machine?” The answer is usually too complex to answer with a short yes or no, and a while back I developed this infographic (which I talk about in this post) as sort of a fun way to determine compatibility.
Still, I’ve been constantly thinking about how to make this easier for people to understand and practice, and I think I’ve finally come up with something: Die Cutter Recipes!
By looking at each combination of die and die cutter, I’ve come up with all the “ingredients” needed to build the proper die sandwich, and put them on their own recipe card.
Is that adorable or what?
The idea here is that the colored title on each recipe card represents a type of die followed by the machine being used for that die. All recipes read from the bottom of the machine bed up to the top layer (which is always a cutting mat or pad.) Now, all you have to do is flip to the recipe that matches the die and machine you want to use, and the recipe tells you how to build it!
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When you download the recipe cards, there’s a page of instructions that explains more about how to read the recipe cards, why there might not be a card for every situation, and where to get specialized adapters if you need them.
The cards are formatted to print on regular Letter paper; print them on card stock or laminate the page before you cut them apart. There’s a spot to hole punch them, and then you can put them on a chain and keep them close to your die cutter. I have mine on a hook near the die cutting machine:
Ready to get your own set? Click here to download the Recipe Cards.
Let me know what you think of them in the comments below! What other sandwich recipes would you like to have?