Review of the X-Cut XPress!

October 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm 28 comments

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Hola!

I’m imagining its warm and I’m sitting somewhere beautifully sunny. Instead I’m wrapped in a snuggly fleece and blanket & trying to type to keep my fingers from ceasing up completely! Seriously though- this post was supposed to be all singing and dancing (in fact, neither of the two!).

I wanted to post a video with a little walk through of the XPRESS machine. Things were going well until I tried to upload it- it took 20 minutes to get to 96.4%- and , you guessed it, promptly crashed. So I’m hoping to upload the two quickies onto YouTube & just post the link. In order to be a good reviewer- I should declare all biases. I do demonstrate for Docrafts & so in some ways that makes me a little biased- HOWEVER- those of you that know me a little know I like to  be honest- so what I say, I do actually think is accurate and fair.

So—

What is it? It’s a machine with the capacity to take A4 sized folders/dies. There is no die or embossing folder known to man that it can’t cope with. (I wish the same could be said for me and my kids 😉 ). It will take any manufacturers dies & happily chomps through fabric, foam, light chipboard, cardstock etc. If you can get scissors through a product, then you should be able to use the X-Press for it (dies allowing).

One of its greatest features is that you can fold it up. Most of us don’t own craft studios (sigh!) and so space is at a premium. This folds up and down as much as you need.
Ok- here’s part 1 of the walk through ( before my phone dies and I had to make part 2!)
Part 1
And after …
Part 2
Yes- I’m squished down trying to fit into the frame (no rude comments please!) and I guess I should have smartened myself up a little but here’s the lowdown:

Pros
A4 machine- stack up loads of dies in one rotation. Saves you getting RSI (!!) & will handle the bigger A4 folders and dies.

No more ‘sandwiches’- just a dial that will allow for every different thickness of cardstock without having to add multiple shims etc.
Cuts a variety of materials

Great product guarantee. This is important. Having worked for them- they are brilliant at sorting out queries- and of course, I’m like your 24 hour help line too 😉

Able to use dies facing up or down (although  the manufacturer shows them facing up & the cutting pad will be much less expensive to replace than the base pad.

It’s a nice neutral colour. Some recent machines have colours & designs that are pretty let’s say ‘bold’!!

No electrical elements to stop working (we all know of difficulties this has caused)

Cons

Pads are not see through- although I’ve heard a whisper they might be bringing out transparent pads- which are so good for placement & partial cutting of dies (such as in Joy cards etc.)

So- in conclusion- the lowdown… this is an investment. It’s not a ‘pop out and buy with your pocket money’ piece of kit but its well worth its price. It’s priced at less than the eBosser- roughly £50 below both RRP’s although obviously you’ll find different places doing different deals.

Do I think its a good machine- yes. I love it so much, I gave my Big Shot to my Mum!!

Better dash- I’ve another post coming about my jaunt to Bournemouth!

See you soon, x

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28 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ros Crawford  |  November 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Great videos … If my BS breaks down I will invest in one of these … I like that it does A4 … Lovely card too Keren … hope all is well with you

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  • 2. cardmakingclasses  |  November 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Fantastic review Karen, you are a really deserved winner! Enjoy your dies. Gill x

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  • 3. Jenny Thorpe  |  December 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I have invested in a Xcut Xpress, but it has seized up and I cannot turn handle, even with nothing in it. – any suggestions?

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    • 4. kerenbaker  |  December 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Hey. Docrafts have brilliant customer service- contact them directly- they’ll sort you out. I’ve not heard of that. There’s nothing stuck between the rollers is there?

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    • 5. cardmakingclasses  |  December 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hi Jenny, Ditto what Keren says, or take it back to the shop you bought it from and they will return it, there is a 2 year guarantee. Hope it hasn’t spoilt your Christmas Die cutting Schedule, perhaps the shops should do a courtesy Die cutter when yours breaks like the garages LOL. Gill x

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      • 6. Jenny Thorpe  |  December 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Thanks for your speedy responses. I managed to find a phone number for docrafts customer service, but all they did was tell me to contact the supplier. I had bought the machine online from Craft Superstore, but managed to find a phone number for them. Apparently they have had a few people contact them with the same problem, and they have been advised that there has been a faulty batch. However they are going to collect the faulty machine and deliver a new one tomorrow afternoon – fantastic customer service!

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      • 7. kerenbaker  |  December 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

        I’m so pleased you got it sorted in the end. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the replacement as much as I love mine!!

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      • 8. Jenny Thorpe  |  December 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

        I am new to die-cutting, so I have been enjoying it until it stopped working! I have some Creative Expressions stencils, and I have used them to emboss with the Big Shot that we have at my craft group. Do you need a special shim to do the same with the Xcut?

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      • 9. kerenbaker  |  December 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

        I’ve been doing that kind of embossing with funky foam. Apparently XCut will have a mat out shortly. I found I could create the same effect with the foam.

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      • 10. Jenny Thorpe  |  December 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        Thanks – I must admit I did try with an old mousemat, and it did work!

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  • 11. Betty Teahan  |  February 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I have enjoyed my xpress craft machine that i bought at knit & stitch in Dublin last spring. Unfortunately the gears in it have broken is there any way that I can get new gears.I have only used it myself and that was just to make my Christmas cards. I am not a commercial card maker.Please help me. Betty

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    • 12. kerenbaker  |  February 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Betty- I’m wondering if it’s the xCut XPress you have? It only came out in Oct/Nov so if you bought it in Spring last year it’s unlikely to be the Xpress. Let me know if it is! Thanks, Keren x

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  • 13. Lynda Cross  |  March 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Karen, I live in Ireland and have purchased a xcut from the UK, which I am planning to pick up during a trip next week. I am trying to find out the dimensions of the actual machine, so that I sort out its transport, but can only find out the boxed dimensions. Can you help please? Lynda.

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    • 14. kerenbaker  |  March 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Lynda.
      Here’s the tough measurements. Folded up machine: 12cm wide, 31cm long & 28.5cm high. That’s not including the handle dimensions- Handle isn’t attached initially.
      There are 3 cutting pads, when stacked together they measure 22cm wide, 31 high and 3cm deep. There’s also a couple of information sheets & obviously the internal polystyrene packaging. Hope that’s useful to you x

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  • 15. Susan Attwood  |  March 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    My Xcut machine is not cutting a ‘happy birthday’ die.

    Sizzix have replaced the die but it still not cutting. I’ve used different weights of paper any idea what I could be doing wrong?

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    • 16. kerenbaker  |  March 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

      What type of die us it ie wafer thin? What dial no. are you using to pass it through? And which mats?

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  • 17. Kay & Roger Baynham  |  August 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Hi i have a xcut and im have problems with thev3mm bord feed up have bought 5 so far in 7 mouths told docraft and thay realy dont wont to know .i just feel cheatd out of my saveing kay

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    • 18. kerenbaker  |  August 6, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Kay- email me- I will try and help you if i can kerenjb (at) hotmail.co.uk

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      • 19. kay baynham  |  August 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

        Hi have a xcut xpress since jan 14 so far ive have bought 5 cuting bords as thay have bowd and dipt so carnt cut out most of my dies ive email do craft thay realy do not wont to no .so feeling quit upset as i feel ive waited my money thanks kay

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  • 20. rainbowfingeredcrafter  |  December 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

    What’s it like for embossing? I’m thinking of getting one. Gutted I missed it when it was in hobbycraft for £60! Doh!

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  • 23. steve cowan  |  June 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Hi karen

    Got an xcut express and the gear cogs have broken on it only had it nearly a yr do you know were I can get spare gear cogs for it

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    • 24. kerenbaker  |  June 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Steve- I wish I knew of somewhere- the only thing id recommend is talking to the retailer where you bought it about returning the machine back to Docrafts?

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  • 25. Hillie  |  November 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I bought my x cut last year and hardly used it at all but the cogs have just gone. Hubby took it apart and said they should have been made of stronger material. Loved the ease of using this machine but reluctant to buy another because of the poor quality.

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    • 26. kerenbaker  |  November 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Hi. Sorry to hear that. My personal favourite would be the Big Shot if you were looking to replace. If you want an A4 capable machine then the Big Shot Plus is the one I’d recommend. It’s a lot sturdier and I’ve never heard of any cog problems with that brand.

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      • 27. joanie  |  November 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm

        Hi I also bought the Xpress machine loved it. It was so versatile until the cog broke inside if anyone knows where you can get spare cogs please. I have now bought the bigshot pro which is really sturdy

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  • 28. rob helliker  |  March 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    you try getting spare parts when the cog’s break dont waste your money

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