Well… have very mixed and RESERVED feelings on this one. I got sucked into coveting Quickutz “Love” electronic die cutting machine– a “manual” die cut machine with a motor- and that was a DISASTER. Next came the long anticipated QuicKutz Epic 6 . another BOMB . Mine lasted 2 weeks before handle fell off and my LSS looked at me with two heads when i tried to return. Still waiting for the 12 inch version of the Epic we were promised.
I loathe the Epic 6. The ONLY redeeming factor about it – the 2 plates to use for embossing and die cuts. There were only 2 of them.. as opposed to Cuttlebug and the 3 plate system that I could never follow.
I pretty much never use my Epic for die cuts- I use them for kids classes.. however I use often for embossing. The broken handle drives me crazy but not enough to go buy another machine. Looking at the new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution I can’t see a compelling reason to buy- especially at the 119.00 mark. OUCH.
A Cuttlebugwhich is a little workhorse once you figure out the different plates works great and right now at Amazon is 49.00 AND free shipping.
Sizzix’s Sizzix Big Shot is about 59.00. Still used 3 plates but a very solid build.
The new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution is priced at 119.00. Not sure what it does differently- I don’t see people clamouring to do their own letterpressing.
I am totally perplexed as to why Quickutz ( Lifestyle Crafts) keeps changing their branding and coming out with machines that don’t work or are too little too late.
The Silhouette was a great machine 6 years a go- cutting edge ( pun intended!). They just keep re-working the same machine over and over again. Oh- I know lets add an SD slot ( useless) lets make it wider ( The Cameo) 6 years later the Cameo is STILL the same machine as the Silhouette- same cutting force, same blade, same insides- just larger cutting area.
I don’t mean to trash Quickutz- I have been a fan of MOST of their products for along time- they just seem to be WAY off on what their customer base is looking for in cutting machines and seem to have lost direction.
How likely are you to buy the new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution?