New Machine from Lifestyle Crafts ( Quickutz): Evolution Die cutting, Embossing and Letterpress

Well… have very mixed and RESERVED feelings on this one. I got sucked into coveting Quickutz “Love” electronic die cutting machine– a “manual” die cut machine with a motor- and that was a DISASTER. Next came the long anticipated QuicKutz Epic 6 . another BOMB . Mine lasted 2 weeks before handle fell off and my LSS looked at me with two heads when i tried to return. Still waiting for the 12 inch version of the Epic we were promised.

I loathe the Epic 6. The ONLY redeeming factor about it – the 2 plates to use for embossing and die cuts. There were only 2 of them.. as opposed to Cuttlebug and the 3 plate system that I could never follow.

I pretty much never use my Epic for die cuts- I use them for kids classes.. however I use often for embossing. The broken handle drives me crazy but not enough to go buy another machine. Looking at the new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution I can’t see a compelling reason to buy- especially at the 119.00 mark. OUCH.

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A Cuttlebugwhich is a little workhorse once you figure out the different plates works great and right now at Amazon is 49.00 AND free shipping.
Sizzix’s Sizzix Big Shot is about 59.00. Still used 3 plates but a very solid build.

The new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution is priced at 119.00. Not sure what it does differently- I don’t see people clamouring to do their own letterpressing.
I am totally perplexed as to why Quickutz ( Lifestyle Crafts) keeps changing their branding and coming out with machines that don’t work or are too little too late.
The Silhouette was a great machine 6 years a go- cutting edge ( pun intended!). They just keep re-working the same machine over and over again. Oh- I know lets add an SD slot ( useless) lets make it wider ( The Cameo) 6 years later the Cameo is STILL the same machine as the Silhouette- same cutting force, same blade, same insides- just larger cutting area.
I don’t mean to trash Quickutz- I have been a fan of MOST of their products for along time- they just seem to be WAY off on what their customer base is looking for in cutting machines and seem to have lost direction.

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How likely are you to buy the new Lifestyle Crafts Evolution?


  1. melanie says

    I guess I am one of the rare few who loves my Epic and still uses it. yes my handle came off, but my husband put it right back on and I went right back work. I also loved my Silhouette and couldn’t wait for the Cameo so I could start using my 12 inch paper. My friends are amazed when I show them all the tricks I can do and all the things I’ve made. How likely am I to buy the Evolution. Pretty likely. If it is truely replacing the Epic then I will have to upgrade at some point since I won’t be able to get supplies and my Epic will eventually give out. I realize that it may have some bugs when it first comes out, lots of things do but I have found that this company has excellent customer service so if I get one and there are kinks, I’ll just roll with it. I like that there are different tools out there because we are all different, but I love I have always been happy with their products.

  2. Lisa-Free Cutting Files and Craft Ideas says

    @Melanie- I think I have been very hard on the Epic! The thing I do like about it and like VERY much are the platforms- I like only having 2 platforms to worry about rather than 3 with Cuttlebug. . Its the little things that make such a difference tho- I agree QuickKutz has amazing customer service- i would just rather not call at all and need customer service for a design flaw :-) !

    I am not the only person with handle issue- I had Cuttlebug for 4 years and not a single problem and this broke with in days of using. I would rather have a well made something that took a bit longer rather than a releases prototyped that needs fixing or overhauling :-)

  3. says

    I just wanted to let all of you know that I also love lifestyle crafts products. I have not had a problem with my Epic 6 my handle is still attached and has never fell off and I just recieved the evolution and I love it and it has met all of the expectations that they said it would it’s just as strong and sturdy as the big shot

  4. JaneH says

    I still don’t get what makes this Evolution different from, for example, the Big Shot. Is it wider? Is it longer? I love my Big Shot but haven’t seen anything to make me go to the Evolution…yet.

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