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Which die-cutting machine is best for you?

Crafter's Companion – 25/02/20

When you’re getting started in die-cutting, it can be a little bit overwhelming because there’s just so much to learn. There’s all of the plate combinations and the different types of dies, but at the base of it all is the machine. Finding the right machine for you is essential and there are a lot of factors to consider before you make a purchase. Thankfully, we’ve put together this handy post that gives you all the details that you need about our different Gemini die-cutting machines.

Our Geminis have taken the world by storm and each of them have their own characteristics that will suit a variety of needs, so have a read and see which would be best for you. This is also a great post if your craft room is in need of a refresh – if you’ve been thinking about buying a new machine, take this as your sign!

Original Gemini

Our original Gemini, or the ‘big daddy’, as it’s affectionately known amongst Crafter’s customers, is our largest die-cutting machine to date. This is a machine that is ideal for keeping in the craft room and isn’t suitable for transporting about. It’s perfect for cutting through paper, card, vellum, fabric, acetate, faux leather and a whole host of other materials.

Platform size: 9″ x 12.5″

Features: edge to edge A4 cutting, pause, resume and reverse buttons, enough space for multiple dies

In the box: Gemini Machine, Clear Cutting Plate x 2, Metal Cutting Plate, Magnetic Shim, Plastic Shim, Rubber Embossing Mat, Ornate Lace 3D Embossing Folder, Hexagons Multi Media Dies, Floral Frame Dies, Blossoming Borders Dies, Flourishing Elements Dies, User Guide and Power Cable

Who is this machine for?: heavy duty die-cutters who have a large space to fill in their craft room

Gemini Junior

As the name might suggest, the Junior is the slightly smaller sister of the original machine. It still features the same purple and white colourway, but in a more compact design. This makes it ideal for taking on short journeys to craft classes or crafty friends’ homes, or for stashing in your craft room in a small area. Despite it’s smaller size, it doesn’t compromise on cutting power!

Platform size: 6″ x 9″

Features: edge to edge pressure, pause, resume and reverse buttons, lightweight

In the box: Gemini Junior Machine, Clear Cutting Plate x 2, Metal Cutting Plate, Magnetic Shim, Plastic Shim, Rubber Embossing Mat, 3D Embossing Folder, Die Set, User Guide and Power Cable

Who is this machine for?: crafters who would like to take their die-cutting machine to classes or have a small space for crafting

Gemini GO

The GO is our smallest electronic machine to date and is the perfect companion for travelling with. With a much smaller mouth than the other electronic machines, it’s perfect for little projects and lightweight die-cutting. While this machine is portable, it doesn’t run on batteries, so you will also need to be near a power source to plug in the cable. But if a Junior is still too large for you, a GO might be for you!

Platform size: 3″ x 6″

Features: edge to edge pressure, pause, resume and reverse buttons, super small build, tiny platform

In the box: Gemini GO Machine, Clear Cutting Plate x 2, Metal Cutting Plate, Magnetic Shim, Plastic Shim, Rubber Embossing Mat, User Guide and Power Cable

Who is this machine for?: crafters who would like to take their die-cutting machine on the move (to classes, on holiday or even in the garden)

Gemini Mini

The Mini is our first hand-powered machine and quite possibly the cutest member of our entire Gemini family. Perfect for beginners, this powerful little machine is compact, lightweight and so easy to use. Because you don’t need a power source, this machine allows you to die-cut absolutely anywhere you fancy. However, its small size means that you can only use properly sized dies and embossing folders.

Platform size: 3″ x 6″

Features: edge to edge pressure, a manual handle for your preferred cutting speed, tiny build and platform, lightweight

In the box: Gemini Mini Machine, Plastic Shim, Plastic Folder

Who is this machine for?: newbies in die-cutting and embossing who would like to try out a small machine before they commit to a larger one


We hope that this little post about Gemini machines has helped you to decide which would be best for you. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask us on Facebook UKFacebook USA,  TwitterInstagram UKInstagram USPinterest UK or Pinterest US using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.