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The Gemini Embossing and Die Cutting Machine-Tips and Ideas

Updated on October 7, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

The Gemini is both an embossing machine as well as a die cut one as well
The Gemini is both an embossing machine as well as a die cut one as well

About The Gemini

The attraction to the Gemini Bossing And Die cutting machine has been startling considering it has only been available for a short time. It is manufactured by Crafter's Companion.

The first feature to this machine is that it is a "stand alone" die cut and embossing unit. That means that you do not need a computer. It does all it's tasks without one.

There is only one connection from the Gemini to a wall socket. The connection is in the back of the machine.

There are three models to chose from. The original Gemini has the largest platform of the three models. The Gemini Mini is smaller, but has a good sized platform. The Gemini Go is the smallest and most portable of the models.

All of these models can use most standard sized die cuts and embossing folders.The only exception that I have found is with the older padded Cuttlebug die cut folders.

There is a reverse button that allows you to control how far the plates go into the machine. This saves you time if you are only cutting a few

It is also faster and quieter than most machines.

It will cut almost anything from vellum to heavyweight fabric. Because of the higher pressure than most machines, I am able to cut multiple layers of materials in one sweep.

It comes as a package which contains the Gemini, clear cutting platform, base cutting platform, metal cutting platform, magnetic shim, plastic shim, rubber embossing mat, 3 D die folder, 3 metal dies, user guide, power cable

Standard Gemini

And the plates or platform area is 9" by 12.5 ". That made me very happy. Because it will cut multiple dies and embossing folders at the same time.

For a big machine with a very high power motor, it takes very little space. I keep mine on a small side table. The actual size of the machine is 5.6 inches high, 14 inches wide, and 7.7 inches deep. It weighs 15.23 lbs. Basically made to be a machine for your craft room.

It features a pause, resume and reverse button.

Pass through time is about 16 seconds.

The Gemini Junior

The Gemini Junior is the smaller version of the standard size. It has the same amount of pressure as the larger model. The only difference is that it is a smaller size and the plate area is smaller. The plate area will cut edge to edge. The size is 6" by 8 7/8".

The machine itself weighs 10.6 lbs . The actual dimension of the machine is 5.4 inches high, 10.6 inches wide and 10.7 inches deep.

Pass through time is 10 seconds.

The Gemini Go

This is the smallest but the most portable of the three models. That means that you can virtually pick it up and take it anywhere. But the features are the same from the standpoint of the motor and operation. There is a 3 1/8 " opening on a side to side platform. It comes as a package with the plates, embossing mat and the corresponding shims.

The platform for this model is 3" wide by 6 " long.

The machine is 4,45 inches high, 6.38 inches wise and 7.72 inches deep. It weighs 3.97 lbs.

Pass through time is 14 seconds.

The nice thing about this model is that you can put it in it's own accessory bag (a separate purchase) and take it anywhere.

The Gemini booster cable and power pack makes this a truly portable model. This power pack is a separate purchase.

The Gemini Mini

Gemini Mini

This is the newest Gemini n the market. What's new with thus model? Well, for one thing, it is a hand cranked machine. No electricity needed.

It is small and compact which makes it very portable.It measures approx. 7.25"L x 2.75"W x 4.5"H. It weighs about 2.3 pounds. It is small but will cut and emboss beautifully.

The cost is about $40 which makes it very affordable.

Gemini For Fabric

This Gemini is built especially for those who quilt and use fabric. It is an automatic die cutting machine that cuts fabric, leather, felt and much more.

This model is different from other models of the Gemini. It has a wider opening than the other models. It also features oversized platforms to cut fabric edge-to- edge up to 8.75x12.5 inches.

It is compatible with most metal dies.

It cuts multiple layers of fabric at the same time

This package contains one Gemini machine, two clear cutting platforms, one metal cutting plate, one plastic shim, Threaders Metal Cutting Dies (18 piece set), user guide, and power cord. US Plug. Use with 110 voltage only

There are special dies in shapes that allow you to cut pieces for your quilt and other projects.

Is the machine does not seem to come on after hitting the power button or stops functioning, make sure to check that the power plug is connected

Gemini Operating Buttons

There are only actually three buttons that are used in the operation of the Gemini. I love the simplicity of this machine.

The first button is the on/off button called the power button. You press it to turn it on. You will see the buttons light when the machine is in use.

The pause and resume button will cause the machine to stop till you hit the button to resume, or tell it to reverse with the reverse button.

Do not force platforms into the Gemini. In the event that the Gemini™ senses that the combination is too thick to run through the rollers, it will stop the forward motion and reverse automatically. Verify the platform combination before feeding it into the machine again. Also check that you are not trying to cut or emboss too many layers of material at one time.

Operating Tip

Always make sure that your Gemini is on a flat dry surface. You will also want to make sure to allow enough room behind the machine for the plates to come out.

Plates And Their Uses

Because of the high level of pressure in the machine, the cutting plates will naturally bow over time – this does not affect the performance of the plates or the machine, but you can reduce bowing on the plates by rotating and flipping them between each pass.

There will also be marks on your plates. That is normal wear. However the plates will last for a long time. The marks will not hamper the use of your machine.

As you run the plates through the machine, there may be a cracking noise. That is also normal and does not affect the use, cuts or embossing features.

Shims And Their Use

When you are cutting very intricate dies, the use of shims helps you get the most amount of pressure.

  • The Metal Shim-this is a shim that can be added anywhere in your sandwich to increase the pressure. When it is placed above the material you are cutting, you get a stronger cut.
  • The Magnetic Shim-This shim is best used under your die. It is used to hold your magnetic die in place.

Never use the magnetic die above your die. The die will cut into it. This is one common mistake in using the Gemini

For really thin dies, you can use a piece of paper between the plastic shim and the base cutting plate. This acts as an extra shim and adds more pressure to the cut.

If the die is extremely intricate, you may have to run it through the machine twice.

For simple dies, you should only use the standard sandwich. Adding extra shims will cause the cut to buckle or warp. It will also cause your plates to bow out.

If the plates and shims are not in the correct sandwich, the machine will spit the project back out at you for correction

Which Gemini Is Right For You?

Shim Size
Average Cost
Gemini Full Size
9" by 12.5 "
Gemini Junior
6" by 8 7/8".
Gemini Go
3" by 6 "
Gemini Mini
Gemini For Fabric
8.75"by 12.5"

Making Your Sandwhich

The sandwich is the placement and configuration of your plates, in other words, how they are stacked. I always build my Gemini sandwich from the bottom upwards. You always start with the cutting plate first on the bottom and then build from there depending on the project that you are working on.

Sandwich for Dies (From the bottom up )

  1. Clear Cutting Plate
  2. Material To Be Cut
  3. Die-Blade Side Up
  4. Black Magnetic Shim
  5. Frosted Plastic Shim
  6. Clear Cutting Plate

Embossing Folder Sandwich (From the bottom up)

  1. Clear Plastic Plate
  2. Embossing Folder with paper inside
  3. Clear Plastic Plate

No matter what you cut or emboss the top plate and the base cutting plate must always be included. These are the only two plates that ever touch the rollers

Thin Metal Dies

The exciting thing about the Gemini is the number of pieces you can cut with wafer thin dies. Depending on the material you are using, you can get any where from 5-7 cuts on one wafer thin die pass. Always make sure that the die is blade side up !

Thin Metal Die Sandwich (From Bottom To The Top)

  • Base Plate on the bottom
  • Plastic shim (Frosted Plate) on top of the base plate
  • Magnetic shim on top of the plastic shim. magnetic side up
  • The cutting die, blade (sharp side up), smooth side facing the magnetic shim
  • Material or paper on top of the magnetic shim
  • Clear cutting plate on top of that

Make sure to align the stack evenly. Feed the stack gently into the Gemini. Once the machine starts feeding the plates into the machine, release your hold.

Cutting The Magnetic Shim-A Common Mistake

If you place the blade of the wafer thin die down instead of up, you will cut into the magnetic shim . You still will be able to use it, but the life of the shim will be shortened

Very Intricate Dies

  • Base plate is on the bottom
  • Plastic shim on top of that
  • Magnetic shim next, magnet side up
  • The die is next, with blade or cutting side up, smooth side facing the magnet
  • Material or paper goes on top of the die
  • Metal cutting plate on top of that
  • Clear cutting plate goes on top of the metal cutting plate

No matter what project you are working on, if your sandwich is not correct, the machine will automatically tell you that. It sends the project back out to you without finishing it, At that point check your sandwich and try again

Mixed Media Dies

  • Base plate on the bottom
  • Plastic shim on top of the base plate
  • Position the cutting die, blade side up, with the smooth side facing the Plastic Shim.
  • Material goes on top of the die- (up to 6 pieces of thin fabric)
  • Clear cutting plate goes on top of the material to be cut
  • Align the plates and materials
  • Feed into the Gemini

Embossing With Dies

  • The base plate goes on the bottom
  • The plastic shim goes on top of that
  • Position the cutting die, blade side up, with the smooth side facing the Plastic Shim.
  • Place your Material on top of the die. Important: If you have just cut the die your Material will still be inside the die – do not remove it. Remove the Magnetic Shim and/or the Metal Cutting Plate, and continue as follows with your die in place:
  • The rubber embossing mat goes on top of the material
  • Place the clear cutting plate on top of the embossing mat
  • Align the plates and feed into the cutting machine
  • Once the machine has started running the plates, release your hold on the plates

Embossing With Folders

  • Base plate is on the bottom
  • Embossing folder with material in the folder is placed on top of the base plate
  • Clear cutting plate is on top

If you are embossing very thin material (such as vellum or acetate), you can decrease the pressure by placing a piece of thin copy paper inside the embossing folder.

Never run the Gemini for more than 60 continuous minutes, It has a heat sensor to protect the motor. Allow it to cool down for 25 minutes in between

It is common to hear a cracking sound when running things through the Gemini

Gemini Foil Press

This is the newest addition to the Gemini family of craft machines. It works with the Gemini Junior and the full sized Gemini with an adapter plate. ( the adapter plate is not included in the bundle and must be purchased as a separate item. It can only be used with these models.

It is generally sold as a package for in the vicinity of $180 plus shipping depending where you purchase it.

The bundle includes a base plate station, the foiling platform, a metal shim, a top plate, a silicone mat, magnetic tweezers, 2 finger grips, a roll of foil, power cord, foil press stamp dies, foil press stamp n cut dies, manual and warranty papers. ( bundles may vary depending on where you make your purchase)

Features include a built in timer. It has even temperatures throughout the plate. It a;so features an auto shut off.

It can foil the following items:Foil a host of materials, including: 300gsm card stock, 350gsm card stock, 300gsm pearlescent card stock, 135gsm vellum, 250gsm mirror card stock, 250gsm glitter card stock, 0.15gsm acetate, faux leather, cotton fabric (including denim), satin ribbon, burlap, organza ribbon and chipboard

© 2018 Linda F Correa

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