How to fix a Big Shot

July was such a busy month, I haven’t had a chance to make anything to post so I’m going to let you know how I fixed my Big Shot.


Last Fall when I was making all of those cards to showcase the Beautiful Blizzard bundle, my Big Shot broke.  It felt like my heart was being crushed.  Now, since I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I hold classes I have two Big Shots.  *sigh*  It was still so sad that my original 10 year old Big Shot was now a glorified paperweight.  I didn’t want to get a new one but I often need at least two for classes.  So, I decided to see if I could fix it.  I mean, why not how could it get worse.

I found these two sites to walk me through it.

http://crafterscornerindia.blogspot.com/2014/12/big-shot-use-and-repair.html

https://www.instructables.com/id/Sizzix-Big-Shot-Bearing-Replacement/

The links will tell you that the markings on the bearings inside your Big Shot are wrong and you need to get a 12 x 30 x 9 metal shielded bearing.  So I found a place on Ebay that had the specific bearings I needed.  I ordered 4 since they were cheap and waited a month for them to arrive.  It took me another month before I attempted the fix, and they didn’t fit.  😦  So it took another month for me to explain to the seller that these were not what I ordered including sending pictures before getting new parts shipped.  Then it took another month for those bearings to arrive.  In the meantime, I found this one on Amazon and ordered it. Yes!  I had my part in a week!  It was the wrong part!  *sigh*  They were great though and sent the replacement correct part immediately.

On a side note, I now have a pile of bearings if anyone needs an correct or incorrect one.  🙂

I will tell you that taking apart a Big Shot is not easy.  Those bottom screws are really tight and the plastic sides are hard to pop off when you are trying not to break them.

I was fortunate to have a spot where this could sit for a while as I waited for the correct bearing.

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This is what a new bearing looks like put in place.  Notice the code 6200Z-12, the original Big Shot bearings are missing the -12.

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This is what my old bearing looked like, I really crushed it!

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The moral of the story is don’t use too many shims in your Big Shot, it could be that the die isn’t working properly.

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