Accuquilt’s GO

I’m frequently asked questions about using the Accuquilt GO in my quilting and I’ve responded in posts before – this one I will pin to the How To page so I can refer people back to it when new questions are asked. If you’re not interested in the GO, you will want to skip this long wordy post!

I bought the original GO pretty soon after it came out and have been using it in my quilting for years — I’ve collected dies over the years, some that I use more than others, and the GO works for the way I quilt. I’ve read reviews from other quilters who don’t like it so I can just tell you that it works for me and gets me to the piecing part of quilting faster.

The two biggest complaints I read about the GO is accuracy and fabric waste.

Because we’re cutting fabric rather than paper there will be some stretch as the die goes through the rollers. Accuquilt does a pretty good job of educating quilters on ways to get the most accurate cut but for me it boils down to ONE THING – send your fabric through on the lengthwise grain – it has less stretch.

The 2nd complaint is about fabric waste and in my experience it does use more fabric than traditional rotary cutting but I’ve got more fabric than I’ll ever use and I typically make scrap quilts so if I need more fabric, I just pull more off the shelf. There are ways to minimize the waste also – again, Accuquilt does a pretty good job with education – both written materials and videos. So check them out.

The next question I frequently get is about what dies someone should buy and really that’s not a question I can answer. I can show people the quilts I’ve made and the dies I’ve used. Click the link to go to my webpage and see examples.

GO Friendly Quilts.

I first bought the dies that cut unusual blocks that weren’t as easily rotary cut – Apple Core (haven’t finished that quilt yet!), Drunkard’s Path (LOVE the 7 inch one, haven’t used the 3.5 inch one yet), the Dresden Plate, the Tumblers – another favorite.

Then I bought Strip dies – I use my 2.5 and 2 inch strips dies the most but I also have the 1.5 inch and the 1.75 inch ones and use those less frequently.

The 3, 4, and 6 inch finished half square triangles have been some of my most frequently used dies.

I always recommend that people think in terms of which dies work together. I have the 3 inch half square triangle, the 2 inch strip die (finishes at 1.5 inches), the 3 inch finished square, the 6 inch finished half square triangle, the chevron die, the half rectangle die …. all of these work together to create blocks and quilts.

Accuquilt has tried to group these together in their QUBE’s but although I bought the 8 inch one for here in FL since most of my dies were in GA, I find myself a little frustrated because they don’t cut as many shapes at a pass as the individual dies. For example, I’m working on a quilt with 16 half square triangles in each block. The QUBE 4 inch half square triangle cuts 2 at a time x the 6 layers – just 12 triangles – I need to cut 16 background and 16 focus triangles for each block. My 4 inch finished half square triangle that’s in GA – cuts 4 at a time x 6 layers which is 24 – the cutting is done twice as fast.

So for my purposes the QUBE’s are not ideal for how I quilt and I won’t buy another one but will buy individual dies that have more shapes per die.

The latest question is whether someone should buy the regular GO or the electric GO. There’s a difference in price so if the regular GO is what you can afford, I say go for it! I used it for years and will still use it in GA to cut quilts. If you can afford the electric GO, that’s the one I would recommend you buy. I recently replaced Mom’s GO with the electric one, she’s never been able to crank the handle as easily as I can on the regular GO and as a result she would cut fewer layers at a time. The electric GO is very easy to use with no cranking needed so that’s another plus in its favor.

So, hopefully this answered some questions for you but I encourage anyone thinking about a GO to explore the Accuquilt website and their many videos.

10 thoughts on “Accuquilt’s GO

  1. Debbie Lee

    Agree with everything you wrote. I am a big fan as I like the accuracy but I do the straight of grain and don’t over load layers. I also am looking for more cuts per die area in my purchases, otherwise I will cut my own pieces to save fabric. I think curves are done much easier with the GO cutter and also look forward to the Drunkards Path. My girlfriend did a Double Wedding Ring with GO and it was very easy but you must follow the You Tube instructions as there is a trick to accuracy.

  2. Julia

    Mary, I love my Go cutter also. I make up many kits for QOV events and the Go saves time, blades and wear on my carpel tunnel wrists. If you pay attention to the grain, I’ve never had stretching. I have not used the electric Go so can not comment on that.

  3. Marilyn

    I also love my GO. I seriously looked at the Studio cutter but felt since I only quilt for myself and family that the Studio was too expensive and I did not have room to set it up or to store it. I am very interested in the electric GO as a future purchase.

  4. Jackie

    Thanks for your post. I’m one of the ones with questions. I appreciate that you list the GO quilts and the dies you used. Still have not used it much, but I considered it to be a lone term investment.

  5. Julierose

    I love my my “Go! Baby”–I use the strip cutters and square dies more than any other–but this year want to use my applique dies a lot more for hand sewing…It is hard for me to figure out if i can use the cutter for certain parts of blocks…but–it is so much easier on my shoulders and arthritic hands…
    Hugs, julierose

  6. Linda H

    Love my GO but recently tried to put too many layers through and stripped one of the “gears”. Called my local AccuQuilt rep and was instructed to send it back to them. Paid $30 shipping and they fixed it like new!! If I were able to I’d get the electric GO as arthritis has started to settle in and cranking is a little hard at times (though the hubby is always willing to help … there is something about men and cranking things and gears …. LOL). Great machines … made a huge difference in my productivity!

  7. Ann Parks

    I love my GO! cutter! I bought several sizes of strip cutters (1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, 3.5″) because these are sizes I use the most. I also purchased a 6″ Qube which I like but have not used it as much as my strip cutters. When I mentioned I have shoulder issues as I was buying my cutter, the sales person encouraged me to try the electric version. I declined because at that point I wasn’t sure how much I would use it and the investment in that meant far fewer dies. Now it is on my wish list! Although the cutter will do up to six layers of fabric at one time, I tend to do no more than four layers at a time as that is easier on my shoulder. Your blog post is spot on, especially your comments on accuracy and fabric waste.

  8. Bonnie in Virgia

    Excellent review. I bought the 9″ cube. My rational is I make smaller quilts and 3 or 4 blocks across with borders makes a good size and I could make it square or rectangular. What I should have realized is I tend to make less complicated blocks but the cube gives me the choice of making more complicated blocks if I want. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Now to go look at your web page for Go based quilts.

  9. Kate

    I’m a “NO GO” gal. Bought it, tried it, went back to rotary cutting. For me it is quicker and easier just to cut the old way. But I love to hear other people talk about how much they enjoy it – something for everyone !

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