Hereafter, I'm going to call the Cuttlebug, um, well, I guess some people might object if I call it that ... I'll call it CB. So I found I was having trouble cutting dies with the CB. I bought the recommended thin steel shim for it. I tried using silly cone mats. I tried adding pieces of cardstock, one on top of another, and small posties right in those hard-to-cut places. Some of these shenanigans worked, some didn't.
But what did happen every time was physical injury.
I put up with this until I needed to use the CB just about every day for my holiday cards. And a lot of my holiday dies are made by MB. I was heck bent to make a card with a particularly intricate MB die and, well, let's just say I went through some gyerations. First off, I put all my considerable weight on the top of the CB with my left hand and being as how I'm still pretty agile for my age (yes, okay, thanks to Lyrica), I am able to also put my left foot up on top, along with my left hand, only slightly squishing my pinkie finger.
Even with that, and even pressing my substantial bazooms into it (risky business, being careful not to pinch the saggy bits), I still struggled to turn the handle with my right hand. Slowly it turned, ever so slowly forward and back and back and foward and forward ... I lost count until, Ureeka, I could hear the CB crunching and crackling and I knew I was finely cutting through the entire die!!
Too late, I realized that the crunching and crackling was my L4 and L5 discs and the potato cuff in my right shoulder had given way.
I can't remember which beautiful card of hers made me start a dialogue with my friend, Kelly Griglione of Notable Nest about how she liked using the Big Shot for her die cutting and embossing. Her cards almost always include some die cutting and/or embossing and they always look crispy and delicious.
So I ordered the BS. Hmm. I'm guessing that's not the accepted abbreviation for the Big Shot, right? Somebody will have to clue me on that.
I showed enormous self-restraint not opening up the package from Joann until after I had finished my calendars. (I told you I'm simple-minded and can only do ONE thing at a time!) Finally, I could give her a whirl.
First, here are the steps necessary for me to cut a MB snowflake die with the Cuttlebug.
Edited to add:
The consensus of comments is that there is no consensus. People like them both, or prefer one over the other, or like entirely different machines. I do want to pass on some great tips, in the event you don't want to read all the comments: