Tool Review Tuesday: Sizzix Big Shot Plus

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.

Featured Tool: Sizzix Big Shot Plus by Sizzix, product # 82418

Connecting Threads Reviewer: Ann

What is this tool typically used for?

Cutting fabric shapes for piecing and appliqué.

Upon first glance at the Sizzix Big Shot Plus, what were your initial thoughts?

Why would I use this instead of rotary-cutting?

How did you use it?

I used the Sizzix Big Shot Plus to cut various shapes for quilted projects. I made table runners with the Apple Core and Tumbler shapes and cut circles for Yo-Yos. My favorite project was a pillow using the Honeycomb & Square die. The coolest thing about the tool was that the same die cut both the smaller shapes for English Paper Piecing and larger fabric shapes.

How long did it take you to learn how to use it?

Not long. I read the simple instruction pamphlet and got started. Everything worked the first time around!

What did you like best?

The Sizzix Big Shot Plus can easily cut eight layers of quilting cotton fabric at a time. Easy way to use up scraps for a scrappy project. It is particularly useful for cutting a large number of repeated piecing or appliqué shapes – especially those not amenable to rotary cutting or tiresome to cut with scissors. Also, the cutting is consistently accurate.

What did you like the least?

Depending on the shape/s being cut, there can be more fabric waste than with rotary cutting or cutting by hand.

Could you see another potential use for a Sizzix Big Shot Plus?

I could also see using this for cutting flannel, wool, batting, felt, leather, paper, cardstock, and stabilizers. It’d be great for scrap-booking! I can see this being extremely useful for someone who has difficulty using rotary cutting tools and scissors. It would also considerably cut down the amount of time spent on prepping Bazaar projects with lots of cutting.

Why do you NEED a Sizzix Big Shot Plus?

As a scrappy quilter with lots of scraps and FQs, it is a good way to cut numerous shapes at one time…speedy and accurate.

Any additional thoughts?

The Big Shot Plus cuts dies up to 9″. There is a larger machine (the Big Shot Pro) and the smaller machine, named Big Shot. You could also try the Sizzix Eclips2 Fabric Starter Kit – a Blue Tooth compatible, laser-cutting machine that does not require dies.

Can I see one in action?

Yes! Check the Bonus Media section on our product page to see the Sizzix in use.

Who would appreciate a Sizzix Big Shot Plus most?

These are perfect for:

  • Appliqué enthusiasts
  • Quilters who also scrapbook
  • Anyone who has trouble using scissors and/or rotary cutting tools
  • Quilters who need to cut shapes in bulk


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  1. Dana - June 20, 2017

    I have both the Sizzix Pro and just purchased the Big Shot Plus. I use both Accuquilt and Sizzix dies so that is why I love the Sizzix cutters best, along with the fact they are heavier and don’t move around while cutting like the Go! cutters do. The Sizzix dies are slightly thicker than the Accquuilt so to use them you have either had shims or use Sizzix Adapter G to raise the dies so they will cut. I’ve never regretted any of purchases( and even with the fabric waste), I’m not spending as much time cutting, and the biggest reward is I’ve noticed the quality of my work has improved greatly. I’m seeing pinwheels and triangles with points where they should be because of the accurately cut pieces. Plus I don’t wake up in the middle of night because my hands ache!

  2. Molly Pitts - November 20, 2017

    I owned a Big Shot Plus for a long time before I started using it. I am blown away by how fast you can knock down your prep work for a quilt. Hexagons, tumblers and half square triangle can literally be cut for a whole quilt in minutes. I think if more bloggers and pattern writers used a Sizzix then more folks would realize they are kind of essential. I LOVE mine. I don’t find that I waste fabric.

  3. Antoinette Gutkowski - January 1, 2018

    Want to purchase a cutter for my birthday in 7days 🎂

  4. Jan - March 1, 2018

    I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to quilting. Also, i have trouble getting things exactly the same size and shape. The Sizzix Big Shot makes all the difference for beginners. My improvement suggestion would be to make it to cut larger shapes. I love patterns with a variety of sizes. I end up having to hand cut the larger pieces. That is still a challenge for me.