My Ellison dies don't cut anymore!


I have die cuts that don't cut. How do I sharpen the blades on my dies?

This is the question everyone is asking; however, the truth is... you don't.

I know it is hard to believe but you probably only need a few simple, replaceable parts to make your machine cut like new again.

In 99% of cases, all your machine needs is to have the cutting pad and/or the shims replaced.

Find your machine below for proper use and care instructions.

~RETIRED Machine~
The Original LetterMachine must have: an "I" Shim in place at all times; plus 0-3 Mylar Shims and a cutting pad. Cutting pads should be turned over (flipped) routinely for even wear on both sides.

Original LetterMachine Supplies
"I" Shim
Mylar Shims
Cutting Pad
Quick Change Kit
(includes: Cutting Pad, "I" Shim, Mylar Shims, 4 quick change pins and hex wrench)
Think you need a Tune-Up Kit? Click Here
Click here for instructions

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~RETIRED Machine~
The XL LetterMachine must have: a Step Shim in place at all times; plus 0-3 Mylar Shims and a cutting pad. Cutting pads should be turned over (flipped) routinely for even wear on both sides.

XL LetterMachine Supplies
Step Shim
Mylar Shims
Cutting Pad
Quick Change Kit
(includes: Cutting Pad, Step Shim, Mylar Shims, 4 quick change pins and hex wrench)
Think you need a Tune-Up Kit? Click Here.
Click here for instructions

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~RETIRED Machine~
The Prestige SpaceSaver must have: a tabbed "I" Shim in place at all times; plus 0-3 Mylar Shims and a cutting pad. Cutting pads should be turned over (flipped) routinely for even wear on both sides. Also be sure to use the entire surface of the cutting pad to get the longest life.

Prestige SpaceSaver Supplies
"I" Shim
Mylar Shims
Cutting Pad


Click here for instructions

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The Prestige Pro must have: a tabbed Step Shim in place at all times; plus 0-3 Mylar Shims and a cutting pad. Cutting pads should be turned over (flipped) routinely for even wear on both sides. Also be sure to use the entire surface of the cutting pad to get the longest life.

Prestige Pro Supplies
Step Shim
Mylar Shims
Cutting Pad


Click here for instructions

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Additional tips to keep your Ellison Die Cutting Machine working for years:

  • Using the hex wrench provided (or a 1/8" Hex or Allen wrench) tighten all screws every six months.
  • After each use the dies should be cleaned using an Ellison die pick.
  • Every 6 months clean your machine with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol

With an easy adjustment or two, and some inexpensive replaceable parts your Ellison machine and dies will give you great cuts for years... without sharpening!

If you don't see your machine listed above or are not sure, please call us. We'd love to help you get the right product the first time!

Have a roller machine? See below for your supplies or call us for information on the cutting pads you may need for your machine. 877-434-3288

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The SuperStar Excel comes with the extended sliding tray and adapter pad. this allows you to cut the wooden SureCut dies you have know and loved for years, plus the AllStar/Bigz dies that will steal your heart.

SuperStar Excel Supplies
SuperStar Excel Accessory - Cutting Pad, Standard Pro, 1 Pair
Ellison/Sizzix - Cutting Pad, Extended, 1 Pair
SuperStar Machine Accessory - Cutting Pad, Standard, 1 Pair