Pat sent me the announcement she'd been watching for and anticipating -- the development of another, less expensive but considerably limited model, the Go! Baby.
After seeing so many of my fellow bloggers somehow magically being awarded Go!s of their very own and another one to give away, I was beginning to feel like a character from "Left Behind" (not that I've ever seen it; I'm just imagining). Could it be that I am the last surviving person to be using a rotary cutter and trimming my dog ears? (Sorry, Blackberry -- not a good image.)
The reviews on the Go! -- among bloggers who have received them for free, anyway -- are glowing. Well, what else would one expect? I've not heard any negative comments whatsoever about these gadgets, but I don't think I've read anything written by anyone who went out and purchased one. So I'm feeling somewhat ambiguous.
Dear organized Pat did her homework, and has located places that sell Go! for considerably less than the manufacturer's price of $349, and I'd begun to think a little more favorably about going and trying one out. The thing is, I wouldn't really use most of the dies that they have -- the ones for appliques. Kind of like the embroidery option on a sewing machine -- yes, it's wonderful, but I know I would never use it. But Go! does come with the dies I'd be most likely to use for piecing 12" blocks. Oh, the efficiency of cutting lots of the same units. Oh, the kindness to the carpal tunnels! But, oh, the price! Oh, but the possibility of making a tumbler quilt! Would it actually get used or end up being something else to find a place for a la that darned quesadilla maker.
Can you see that I'm in a muddle about Go!?
And now, to complicate things further, is the announcement of Go! Baby, just in time for Santa and at a price I think he would find attractive, even though all dies would have to be purchased separately.
It's not clear to me whether one can cut just 2.5" HSTs or whether the die simultaneously has to cut the other two sizes. And I'm concerned about wasted fabric (remember, I'm the one who was incensed that The Farmer's Wife template CD printed out one template to a page for a total of over 100 pieces of paper), though I know my buddy Turbo would urge me not to worry there but just let her handle that problem. And then there's the question of whether it cuts enough of a unit at one time to really be more efficient than my rotary. Beg Santa to bite the bullet and go for the Go! vs. show some restraint and request Go! Baby? Or just go out and by some new blades and forget the whole thing? So many questions. Such a muddle.
Is there anyone out there who actually bought (i.e., did not receive it free from the manufacturer or via a blog give-away) a Go! and would provide an unbiased (yes, pun intended) review?
I'm all ears. And I bet Pat is, too.
Not to even mention Blackberry, who really is mostly ears.