I got this machine because of the size of the cutting base. It's works great, love the forward - backward switch. What I don't like about it is the cutting mats curled on the first use and as you know the plastic is difficult to flatten. I bought two new cutting mats and the first time I used them they curled. Curled cutting mats don't work well for tiny metal dies. So, I only use this machine for embossing folders.
Sorry. I really wanted to love this Big Shot. I already had the Big Shot Express and the Big Shot Pro (love both of them).