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What is the warranty on Sizzix Machines?

Most of the Big Shot machines come with 1 year limited warranty as standard. This can be extended to 3 years, free of charge, by registering your machine on the Sizzix website. For details of which machines qualify for an extended warranty and to register your machine, click here.

What is the warranty on Sizzix Dies?

To see details and download the warranty details for each type of die, please click here.

Which machines can I register for an extended warranty?

Visit our warranties page here, for a full list of machines eligible for extended warranty.

Why am I getting an ‘invalid’ message when registering a machine?

If you are seeing this message, please check for all of the below:
That your serial number is in the correct format – as seen on the machine.

- Big Shot – Serial number will begin with BSM

- Big Shot Plus – Serial number will begin with BSP

- Big Shot Foldaway – Serial number will begin with BSF

- Big Shot Express – Serial number will begin with BSE

- Sidekick – Serial number will begin with SKM

Please ensure you are using the correct form for the machine being registered. Each of our machine types has a different form. If you are registering two different machine types, these cannot be done via the same form. To ensure you are using the correct form, please check here.
Ensure there are no hidden spaces or characters within the required fields.
If all of the above are checked and corrected, and an ‘invalid’ message is still showing, please contact customer services here.

Where will I find my serial number?

You will find your unique serial number on the sticker on the bottom of your machine.
Or the side if you have a sidekick machine.

Why does my machine not have a serial number?

If your machine is longer than 3 years old, it may not have a serial number. This means that it cannot be registered for an additional warranty.

What if I register my machine 6 months after purchasing it?

Whenever you register your machine on the website, your 3 years limited warranty starts from the date you purchased your machine.

How to I claim on my warranty?

If you have a problem with your machine which qualifies under the warranty, you should speak to the retailer from which your purchased your machine. If you bought your machine directly from Sizzix, you can contact the customer service team.

You should be ready to provide the following information;

- The type of machine

- The date your purchased your machine

- The detail of the retailer you purchased the machine from

- Your unique serial number

- Information on the fault or issue experiencing

What does the warranty cover?

This warranty covers any manufacturing defects in your authentic Sizzix Big Shot machine. This warranty does not cover damages or defects caused by misuse or abuse of dies or accessory products in the machine.

Machine & Product FAQs

What are the differences between die-cutting machines?

Decide which machine is right for you. Find more information here or watch our videos here.

What materials can I cut with my die?

This all depends on the type of die you are using. Use this material compatibility to see which dies can cut which materials.

Is a cracking sound normal when I die-cut?

Yes this is completely normal and is simply the sound of the die-cutting your paper.

My cutting plates are marking and bending when I use them, is this normal?

Cutting plates are consumable items which means eventually they will need replacing. It's completely normal for your cutting pads to become marked. Check out these videos to help you care for your cutting plates and expand their lifespan!

What is a die-cutting sandwich?

In terms of die-cutting, a sandwich is a combination of platforms that are assembled to enable the die to cut through the material. The sandwich type used is dependent on the type of die being used and the material.

What is a shim?

A shim is another term for what is usually a sheet of cardstock, with varying die complexities shims can add extra pressure or act as a wedge to enable a cleaner die-cut.

What is the difference between cutting pads and plates?

There is no difference, cutting pads and cutting plates are the same product.

Will other brand dies work in the Big Shot?

Sizzix cannot advise on competitor products that are compatible with our machines, please contact the manufacturer of the product (die/ accessory etc) for further feedback.

What accessories can I use in my machine?

Sizzix cannot advise on competitor products that are compatible with our machines, please contact the manufacturer of the product (die/ accessory etc) for further feedback. You can see the full range of Sizzix accessories available here.

Why can't the Precision Base Plate be used with the Big Shot Foldaway Machine?

As we develop new machines we look to enhance the pressure to accommodate the performance required for more intricate designs. As a result, the Big Shot Foldaway has adequate pressure without the need for the Precision Base Plate, so we don't recommend its use with the Big Shot Foldaway.
Use of the Precision Base Plate in the Big Shot Plus and Big Shot Foldaway will result in reduced cutting pad and die life. Also do NOT use the Precision Base Plate with steel-rule dies as damage may occur.)

How do I know what size a die-cut shape will be?

The dimensions for die-cut shapes are listed on the product packaging and on the website product listing under "Design Dimensions."

My Cutting Pads keep bending. Is there a way to flatten my Cutting Pads if they warp?

To extend the life of your Cutting Pads, make sure you flip the pads with each use to ensure even wear and tear. Also, be sure to use the entire surface of the pad instead of placing your dies in the same spot with each use.
See our YouTube video

My Cutting Pads are marked and are now marking my design. What can I do?

Extensive wear and tear can render Cutting Pads unusable. You can purchase replacement Cutting Pads from your local Sizzix Authorized Retailer or from the Sizzix website.

My Thinlits/Framelits/chemically etched die is curved and is not cutting properly. What can I do?

This may be the result of an overused die/general wear and tear or using an incorrect sandwich option applying too much pressure causing the warping.
We recommend watching our how to use die videos for complete guide on how to use our dies.

My card/paper sticks in the die. What should I do?

Make sure to periodically clean Bigz or Originals dies with the Die Pick. Thinlits and Framelits can be cleaned with the Die Brush. You can also use our release sheets to get an even and more effective when it comes to removing die-cutting shapes.

Buy Die Pick
Buy Die Brush
Buy Release Sheets

I use all my Big Shot Machine accessories in my Big Shot Plus Machine. Will this affect the rollers/pressure of the machine?

With the exception of the Precision Base Plate, all the accessories for the Big Shot Machine work in the Big Shot Plus Machine.

My die is cutting where it should be folding/creasing. What can I do?

When using dies with a crease rule, replace one of the Cutting Pads with a Premium Crease Pad. Crease Pads are compatible with Bigz, Movers & Shapers, Originals and ScoreBoards dies. Watch our YouTube Video

Where can I find assembly instructions for my product?

Assembly instructions are included with each die. You can also find instructions for your product here.

What is the thickest material you can cut with Bigz and Originals dies?

As a rule of thumb, anything that can be cut with a pair of scissors can be cut by Sizzix Bigz and Originals dies. You can find the exact materials using our material compatibility table.

Is there a maximum paper weight (GSM) for cutting with wafer-thin Thinlits or Framelits dies?

Approximately 66lb cardstock (300GSM) is the maximum recommended paper weight for wafer-thin dies depending on design and intricacy of the die. Thicker cardstock could result in damage to the die or the machine due to pressure.

What is the thickest metal that can be embossed?

The following gauges work best with our DecoEmboss dies:

• Copper and brass: 28G

• Alkemè and aluminum: 25G

• Nickel: 30G

• Alloy: It depends on what it is in the alloy. For example, if the alloy has a high percentage of nickel, then approximately 30G would work, but if it is high in aluminum, then 25G would work.

Can I use my machine to decorate food? I have been told you can cut very thin icing with Bigz dies. Are any Sizzix products recyclable?

Sizzix products are not designed for use with food of any kind.
Sizzix are working hard to ensure our products/packaging are recyclable and sustainable.

Are any products made with common allergens like latex?