The Best Die Cutting Machines of 2021!

Hello! Today I am sharing my top three recommendations for die cutting machines.

[Warning: This video is LONG. Lots to share! All products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails below. Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Please note that I purchased these die cutting machines personally. The decision to include them in this list was my own. For more info, visit HERE.]

Please watch my video to learn more about my top three die cutting machine recommendations for 2020/2021:

For my video on Gemini cutting plates, head HERE.

I hope this info is helpful!


This post was going to be a part of My Favorite Crafty Things series for 2020, but I felt it was best to feature it separately. But to check out more of this series, head HERE. I hope it is helpful!


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All machines were personally purchased. Some stamps and dies shown were received from the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post nor am I on any design teams. I only use products I love!) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Anna Griffin Empress Die Cut Maachine
[ UQH | ANN ]
Anna Griffin Empress Machine Plates
[ HSN | ANN ]
Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine
Gemini Junior Plates
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | SPL | ELH ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Plates
[ SSS | SPL ]
Simon Says Stamp Metal Adapter Plate
[ SSS ]
Easy See Tape
[ SSS | DSG ]
I-Crafter Retractable Pick
[ SSS ]
We R Memory Keepers Weeding Tool
Clear Packing Tape
Your Next Stamp Die Cutters
[ SSS ]
Flush Wire Cutters
[ SSS ]
Sticky Mat
Tape Dispenser
Tape Dispenser
Concord & 9th Love You To Pieces Die
[ SSS | C&9 ]
Altenew Radial Hearts Die
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Scrappy Tails Assorted Leaves Dies
[ SCR ]
Lawn Fawn Thinking of You Line Die
[ SSS ]
Memory Box Stained Glass Butterfly Die
[ SSS ]
Crafters Companion Sew Lovely…
[ SSS ]
Gemini Geometric Triangles 3D…
[ SSS ]
Sunny Studio Buffalo Plaid Embossing…
[ SSS | ELH | SNN ]
Altenew Garden Harmony 3D Embossing…
[ ALTN ]

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66 thoughts on “The Best Die Cutting Machines of 2021!”

  1. Hi Jennifer I watched your review of the Empress and other 2 machines. I was so excited after your video I ordered the Empress. It’s on it’s way. Is the Empress compatible with dies from other companies such as sizzix, spellbinder, tim holtz dies? I understand it does not do bigz dies. But it was my impression it was compatible with other companies dies. You used a Lawnfawn die I believe. Some of the other reviews are saying you cannot use sizzix or tim holtz dies. So could you please verify for me that’s not true. Now I’m getting nervous that I ordered this machine.

    1. Anna Griffin Empress now available on! I have the mini, regular size on the way. Love this machine!

  2. I bought the Gemini jr at Hobby Lobby. Im a senior on a fixed income. I tried the Gemini as soon as i got it and it worked great. I put it aside and watched videos for months and slowly began aquiring supplies and dies. Come Christmas i went to use the Gemini and it made all the motor noises but refused to feed any of the plates in any grouping. A friend gave me an old old cuttlebug to get me thru the holidays.. i tried calling Crafters Companion at 800-399-5035 for months on end and phone rings then disconnects. Today i used a different phone and got thru only to be told they dont repair them and warranty ended May 20. So i wasted $150. And cant cut my dies that dont fit in the cuttlebug.

  3. Great video!
    Have you tried the new Big Shot Switch Plus? I have an old Vegabond and need a new electric use cutting machine. Considering the Empress, too.

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    I just got the Platinum 6 machine with the new Universal Plate System. So far I love it, especially with all the different thickness embossing folders. With the cost of living having gone up so much during Covid, we’re all trying to stretch our crafting budgets.
    Do you have any good tips for extending the life of the Platinum 6 die cutting plates? Is it better to always use 1 plate to cut “into” and keep the other plate in good condition so we only have to switch out 1 plate at a time, or is it better to rotate between the 2 cutting plates for “cutting into”? You may have covered this in an earlier video, but I did a quick search and nothing came up.
    I just don’t have the time to review ALL your die-cutting videos, especially this month. Perhaps you could include this subject in an
    upcoming video, because I’m sure others would like some tips in this regard. THANKS for all the great tips you share with us!

  5. Hi Jennifer, thank you for your review of your top 3 die cutting machine. I currently have the Platinum 6 machine and love it, but sometimes I find it a struggle to crank through the dies. I just ordered my Empress, can’t wait to get it.
    Do you know if you can use the 3D embossing folders with this, like the ones from Spellbhinders or SSS?

    Thank you,

    Pauline Godfrey

  6. Hi! I noticed with the Anna Griffin Empress you make the sandwich so that the dies are cutting into the clear plate, with the magnet on top. I’m having trouble with my die cuts wanting to jump up when I place that magnet piece on top of them and then they move, especially if I’ve got several small die cuts (even taped in place). Do you ever cut with the magnet piece on the bottom and then the paper and then die cuts (they’d be cutting into the magnet mat that way)??

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