The Gemini Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Before the Gemini
Prior to my purchase of the Gemini, like many Papercrafters, I have had my fair share of die cutting and embossing machines. I got my first one ( the original Big Shot) probably ten to fifteen years ago and loved what I could do with it. Let’s face it even before the Fibro came along I wasn’t a big fan of using scissors for long periods of time. Maybe due to being left handed and being able to purchase either left-handed general scissors or craft scissors, but not left-handed craft scissors. Maybe, also because since my early twenties I have had the beginning of arthritis in my hands. Of course, as much as I loved the Big Shot I didn’t really have a large collection of dies as they were so expensive when they first launched, to get an alphabet set you were talking about over a hundred pounds… Embossing Folders were more affordable but still a somewhat considered purchase (or maybe I had or allowed myself, a smaller budget back then…)
Using a variety of machines
My Big Shot lasted me a few years until I got to the point that I wanted to use larger Embossing Folders and Dies and I didn’t need need to use the chunky dies so I moved over to a Spellbinder’s Grand Calibur, the claret coloured one to be exact. This machine got quite a lot of use until the arrival of the electronic machines and an Ebosser. My Ebosser kept me going until I found that some of the more intricated dies were not cutting very cleanly (I was unaware of the metal shim to help with this) so I got another Grand Calibur (this time a Teal coloured one) and happily used the ebosser for the embossing folders and basic shape dies and the Grand Calibur for the intricate dies.
How Fibro changed my crafting ability
When Fibro arrived the thick platform with the Ebosser was simply too heavy to keep lifting. I could at a pinch run it though once myself and then I would need Michael to do it for me which wasn’t ideal if I needed a few cuts and he was busy (or even worse out!) and the Grand Calibur was no easier due to having to crank the handle round.
The Gemini which changed everything
Luckily as this problem was coming to a head Crafter’s Companion released the Gemini which totally solved the problem. The boards are thin enough for me to lift and the machine is electronic so no hand winding necessary. If anyone has Fibro, Arthritis or anything similar I can genuinely recommend the Gemini as a way of including embossing and die cutting in your craft work.
I also have a Spellbinder’s Sapphire which is quite manageable as it is so much smaller so there is not as much turning needed. If you are on a limited budget and only use small dies this may also provide a solution. I am now really happy with these two machines (alongside my ScanNCut) and they allow me to keep up with the ever-increasing world of dies. Which if I am honest is becoming a bit too saturated, although that doesn’t stop me wanting to find out what is out there and try them out.
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