Sizzix Big SHot Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Until recently, I wasn't particularly interested in this function. My Silhouette Cameo can cut bespoke and resized designs, whereas the Big Shot requires that I invest in lots of separate and restrictive dies. What the Big Shot offers however, is speed. I'm making my friend's wedding invitations and the repetitive task of cutting an intricate design in bulk would be much quicker with the Big Shot than the Silhouette Cameo. I liken it to the speed of drawing a detailed sketch with a pencil versus stamping the same design.
I've ordered the Xcut Herringbone Patten Embossing Folder but I think I'll be getting the Sizzix Lovely Lace embossing folder imminently!
Why I decided against the Silhouette Curio
I might yet be convinced on the Curio, but until then I'll get cranking with the Big Shot and report back on my progress soon :)