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In view of the disappointment that many Cricut fans are feeling right now, let's talk about other electronic cutter options. Most people have heard of Provo Craft's Cricut, and/or Silhouette's Cameo (or Portrait). But feel free to "enable" scrappers here, regardless.

What electronic cutter(s) do you have that you want to promote? If you are still a Cricut fan, that's okay. I have one and like some things about it, but I am totally disgusted with Provo Craft, and as the owner of 4 (yes, FOUR) electronic cutters, I know from personal experience that Cricut has never been the best electronic cutter on the market. It wins the "most expensive" cutting system award, but not the best. Here are the electronic cutters that I have and why:

My first electronic cutter was a blue Wishblade, which I bought in 2005, when it was the only electronic cutter available to US crafters. A lot of people hated because of the learning curve and lack of video tutorials. There were written tutorials on the Wishblade Yahoo Group, which helped me learn to use my machine. It was made by the same company that made the original Silhouette (which came later), but they had different software. I assume that Graphtec still makes the Silhouette machines. I loved my Wishblade! I could make literally anything I wanted with it, and I did. I used to design files for sale and unique projects for classes at the LSS. My endeavors not only made the Wishblade essentially pay for itself, but they also paid for my next machine, a BossKut Gazelle.

The Gazelle has more cutting pressure, so it cuts heavier materials than my Wishblade did, and I wanted the 12 inch width. If you buy the embossing kit, you can use it to emboss, but I never bought the kit. It has a rhinestone feature, perhaps one of the first machines to do so. It can do a lot of cool things, although to be honest, I really used it just for scrapping and never got around to some of those cool features. It still had a learning curve, but I loved it.

I bought a Cricut when we started renovating our home. I wanted the convenience, and I didn't have a lot of time for designing my own files for awhile. I looked at the Silhouette store, and looked at Cricut designs, and at that time, I liked many of the Cricut designs better. However, other than CTMH cartridges, I haven't been interested in Provo Craft's cartridge releases for about the last year or so. I started using my Gazelle a bit more again recently, but for some reason, the Gazelle and computer wouldn't always communicate with each other, which meant I could design a cutting file, but not always cut it. I wasn't sure if the problem was my laptop or the Gazelle.

So my DH gave me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, which is connected to our desktop. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a lot of designs in the Silhouette store that I like, so I got a subscription that works out to about 11 cents per design (my time is worth a lot more than that). What I love most, though, are the Silhouette tools. It has a lot more capability for designing than the Wishblade did, but it is similar enough that I found it easy to learn to use. It seems more user friendly in general than any machine I have ever had, with the exception of the Cricut (easy IS one of the advantages of the Cricut system). I really love the Cameo!

I had thought that when I got another machine, it would be the KNK Zing. But the Cameo was more affordable, and mainly I needed the ability to design my own cutting files for scrapping again.

I invite Zing owners to tell the wonders of their machine.

I also invite anyone else to tell what electronic cutter they have and love, and why they love it.

Scrappers need a chance to see that there are lots of options when it comes to electronic cutters.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 5:55:41 PM
The software has changed so much since they came to market! When they initially came out, the ease of the cricut cartridge system was great because the machines that required software were often more complicated, and tutorials were limited. But with the vast amount of tutorials and more user-friendly software, there are more options.

I still think Provo Craft should have just released a software program allowing their existing machines to cut TT fonts. I mean, if a third party could do it, they could have! I'd have even paid for it!! Their loss though, as many people have switched because they were so stubborn.

There is also the Brother Scan N Cut. That's pretty nifty, but I'm not buying anything else. One is more than enough for me, I don't have room or budget for more. LOL

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:04:41 PM
I started with the little Xyron cutter that used the books. I ADORED that little thing and it ALWAYS worked. I still kinda miss it.

I've never had any interest in the cricut.

A couple years ago my friend gave me her original silhouette. I liked it so much that I purchased a cameo and haven't looked back. It's easy to use, their file library rocks, and I can get such lovely, delicate cuts.
I'm purchasing a Zing to cut heavier stuff with. I can't wait to get it.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:27:11 PM

I'm purchasing a Zing to cut heavier stuff with. I can't wait to get it.


Please let us know how you like it! How soon do you plan to get it?


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I have two. I bought a Pazzles Pro over a decade ago for my business and that is still my primary cutter for production work. I've upgraded the software a couple of times because it has improved so much over the years. Right now I'm using Funtime 2010 to design and cut, but occasionally I will use Inspiration Studio Pro software for designing certain projects, save it and open the design in the Funtime to cut to my Pro. My Pro is a workhorse! It's a lot faster and much quieter than the Inspiration. I can do just about anything I need to with the Pro machine. If it ever did die I would buy another one in a heartbeat because I use it daily for my business and I couldn't work without it. After all these years it doesn't owe me a thing.

My other cutter is a Pazzles Inspiration that I bought because a) I got a great deal on it, I wanted something to have in case my big machine suddenly tanks, and c) it does a better job on heavier stock like chipboard and acrylic. I also will take that one with me to retreats if I'm just there to scrap for myself, but it's way too slow if I'm there working doing custom titles, etc. I don't use my Inspiration much, but it gives me peace of mind having it here just in case.

Both are good machines and both have been reliable. Pazzles also has their membership based CraftRoom for cutting files which is well worth the money if you don't like spending a lot of time designing. I like to join up as needed month to month if I'm going to be working at a retreat because sometimes I'll find things on there that people are asking for that I don't necessarily have time to design myself on the fly, so that alone makes it worth it for me. They also have a much less restrictive Angel policy for their designs which is nice for anyone using their machine for business purposes.

Since these two machines have pretty much done everything I've needed them to (and have paid for themselves in the process), I haven't been tempted to really even look at anything else.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 6:47:02 PM

Right now I'm using Funtime 2010 to design and cut


Funtime software is what the Gazelle uses, too.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 7:42:50 PM
I bought a Personal Cricut initially, then thought I had to have an Expression. Neither would cut a round circle. Had so much trouble with mats, PC wouldn't let you use coupons to purchase accessories and that made my hobby much more expensive. Their customer service was terrible...then I found Make-the-Cut software and I was in a cutting frenzy! We all know that didn't end well as PC doesn't play well with others and they sued MTC. (Still think they should have hired Andy!) Gave the Cricuts away and bought myself a Cameo...who plays wonderfully well with MTC! I can design, cut heavy cardstock and cereal box weight material, (have never had the need to cut anything heavier). I have never purchased Silhouette Design Studio, only use the free version and I will admit I am not truly proficient at it, because I love MTC. Most of the files I cut are svg files and I love making small paper crafts with my Cameo. The one fault I have with it, is that it is kind of noisy...perhaps Silhouette will resolve that in the future.

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Posted: 1/22/2014 9:42:09 PM
Great discussion.

I have the original Cricut and the Expression, and 20 or so cartridges. I've never used Sure cuts a lot, make the cut, or the Gypsy.
I do use CCR, and haven't had any problems with it.

I am following all of the hoopla about the new Cricut Explore, and have decided my next new cutter will be a Silhouette Portrait.

I don't need one as big as the Cameo.

I personally haven't had any problems with PC, or their machines, I just don't agree with their business practices.


I just spent some time browsing the Silhouette store, and cannot wait to order a Portrait!!



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Posted: 1/22/2014 9:57:04 PM
I have a cricut expression and 54 carts AND a gypsy - and loved it for a long time. Then, last Christmas, I mentioned to my DH that a super gift would be a silhouette if he was looking for gift ideas. Because he's awesome and always supports my hobbies, the Silhouette was under the tree. I absolutely love it - and love the company. Their customer service is wonderful. A refreshing change after PC. The ability to cut any font on my computer makes me very happy. I'm thinking of selling my cricut but they aren't fetching big prices here.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 10:09:29 PM

I still think Provo Craft should have just released a software program allowing their existing machines to cut TT fonts


I agree.

I am sticking with my Expression, I have an ancient computer so I just like the ease of sticking in a cartridge and cutting. Down the road when the kids are older and I have more time I may upgrade to something like the Silhouette.

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So other than cameo is there any other current electronic cutting machine currently on the market. TO
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Posted: 1/22/2014 10:44:18 PM
There's the Sizzix Eclips. I don't have one, but it's been getting a lot of hype, especially at CHA. Hopefully someone who owns one cat post about it.


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Posted: 1/22/2014 10:46:39 PM

So other than cameo is there any other current electronic cutting machine currently on the market.


BossKut Gazelle

Sizzix EClips

KNK Zing

Brother Scan n Cut

Pazzles Inspiration

There are others (more powerful & more expensive), but these are the ones that come first to mind for me.

The following review site also mentions a few more, including one called Silver Bullet that I have not heard of. If anyone has that one, I hope they will chime in.

Reviews for electronic cutters


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Posted: 1/22/2014 10:51:55 PM
I currently have the Cricut Expression. I love having an electronic cutter, and although the Cricut sometimes drives me nuts with the occasional ragged cut, cut that doesn't line up, or circle that's not round, overall I've been happy with it. My biggest beef with PC is the lawsuit against MTC and SCAL. I only own 13 cartridges but I use SCAL2, and I'm unhappy that I can't upgrade my SCAL to a newer, better version and that I can't use CCR because I'm afraid to update my firmware for fear that SCAL2 won't work on my Expression if I do. I do have Cricut Design Studio, but that is some of the lamest software I've ever used and I don't think it's being supported by PC anymore.

I'm currently in the market for a new cutter, and I've been thinking about either the Cameo or the Sizzix Eclips. I haven't found many people who've used both and can give me a comparison of the two, though. Because I didn't buy a lot of cartridges for my Cricut, I have no reservations about moving on to a new system. I'll probably keep the Cricut in case I want to cut images on my cartridges.

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I have several Cricut machines, and a Cameo. I like my Cameo, but don't like that my laptop take up half of my desk in my craft area. I wish we had the ability to cut from our IPads. I was interested in the new Cricut machine until I learned more about it. It would have been nice if they had listened to the people who actually use their machines. I never hear much about the Eclips, I would like to know more about it.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:54:27 AM
Started with the Pink Wishblade. I loved that cutter but back then we did not have the blogs, YouTube videos & Pinterest inspiration we do today. The Wishblade was very hard to learn.

When the Cricut first came out I didn't want that silly CryCut. That is what I called it. My DH thought it was cool and he wanted me to have one. I loved the Cricut forum. The girls were so sweet, over the top talented, innovative and were always helping. I was getting ideas. My DH bought me a Cricut. It changed my die cutting life.

I bought SCAL a few months later and actually learned how to use my Wishblade because of all the great Inkscape videos the girls were posting to use with their Cricut's & SCAL.

Next I bought a Gazelle. I loved the machine and then didn't. I hated the dongle. I loved Funtime. Even though I highly recommended the machine I never quite felt it was right for me. I finally gave it away.

I have also owned a Silhouette SD. Loved it but my DH broke it, lol. He replaced it with a Cameo.

Cricuts- I have the baby bug, Expressions, Create, Imagine & now the Aqua Cricut. I ran them all in the ground except my Aqua Cricut. I rebuilt my Aqua Cricut to be my own custom cutter.

Did I mention I was taking apart all my die cutters and rebuilding them. I got into the geek aspect of cutters hard. I learned so much.

Now, I own a Cameo & Aqua Cricut Expression. I use MTC & Silhouette Studio. I also still use Inkscape. I am in a good place with my cutter. My next cutter will be one that has iPad support. It also must have powerful iPad software that fits my needs.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:58:15 AM
I started with Wishblade and Craft Robo but used Illustrator CS2 for designing. Bought the Craft Robo Pro to cut the 12 x 12 paper. Still used Illustrator CS2. Bought a Pazzles because of their deal of payment plan and because the Zing wasn't on the market yet. I had discovered SCAL software and liked it but almost right after I bought SCAL, MTC came out and I now only use it. Once in a blue moon I'll use Illustrator to do a monogram file. I purchased the KNK Zing because of the affiliation with MTC's designer. If you like POP UP cards the designer of MTC recently released a program that is really good. I think if I were to buy another machine it would be another KNK machine. Oh I forgot I bought the Cricut because of MTC not the cartridges. My grandkids use the Cricut but Provo Craft will not get any more money from me because they should make the original products work before selling the newer machines. I am smart enough to not fall for their practices again.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 1:58:29 AM
I started with Wishblade and Craft Robo but used Illustrator CS2 for designing. Bought the Craft Robo Pro to cut the 12 x 12 paper. Still used Illustrator CS2. Bought a Pazzles because of their deal of payment plan and because the Zing wasn't on the market yet. I had discovered SCAL software and liked it but almost right after I bought SCAL, MTC came out and I now only use it. Once in a blue moon I'll use Illustrator to do a monogram file. I purchased the KNK Zing because of the affiliation with MTC's designer. If you like POP UP cards the designer of MTC recently released a program that is really good. I think if I were to buy another machine it would be another KNK machine. Oh I forgot I bought the Cricut because of MTC not the cartridges. My grandkids use the Cricut but Provo Craft will not get any more money from me because they should make the original products work before selling the newer machines. I am smart enough to not fall for their practices again.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 3:06:09 AM
I have had many cutters. Used to own a xyron pcs and a wishblade sold those and was happy with my 3 Cricuts for years. I have like close to 200 carts and love my gypsy.

Bought a cameo last year for a project. it does great detail cuts, nice print and cuts and not good enough cutting on heavier stock. I like the software but hate that I have to use my computer to cut anything. I also can't find anything to buy in the silhouette store so really I don't use it much for anything but print and cuts...

well until I bought my brother ScanNCut. It is the perfect machine for print and cuts. It fussy cuts my stamps. I dont have to turn on my computer to use it. Yay! And it cuts details well and has far more cutting force than the cameo. It can cut thru leather.

I also have two Slice machines which I like as well.

I am contemplating the new explore just for the scoring capability. I like to make boxes and never liked doing them on ecutters this could be the solution. However it requires a computer! Ugh I hate that.


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Posted: 1/23/2014 3:39:29 AM
I only own an Expression, and I have SCAL. I don't use SCAL often because I'm more an impulsive cutter and when I want to cut something I like to only have to push few buttons.
I was excepting a lot from the Explore, hoping for a scan system in it. But I'm disappointed : no more keypad, pen holder but limited to one type of pen, no subscription-free Ipad application (ok I was dreaming on this one), no scan, no compatibilities with other program (SCAL, MTC...),...

I think I will go with the Brother Scan-and-Cut for the next machine.


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I started with a cricut, the small one, with a few years I upgraded to the expression. Then they had the year that Provo release 100 carts, then after that year it was rough, there were hardly any difference between designs (in my opinion). I only have purchased 2 carts after that. So I was tired of waiting, I watched HSN and seen how well the machine cut, no little tabs or uncut shapes! I have had my silhouette for 3 months an have had some computer issues with a computer that isn't strong enough to keep up with the software. I can mot say how much I LOVE that machine! I mean the intricate cuts are incomparable, the silhouette is amazing. I have so much to learn with it but so far the change was for the better!
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I started with a Cricut but it is very limited. I really do not like the fact that you MUST use their files. I have updated to the Silver Bullet. I looked at the KNK but it would not cut chipboard clean enough for the projects I had in mind. The cost is a little more than most machines (about the same as KNK) but for what I use it for it is worth it.

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Posted: 1/23/2014 10:37:21 AM

I have updated to the Silver Bullet.


I would love to know more about the Silver Bullet! Can you please tell us about it?


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I may not be the best person to get your info from but I am happy to share what I know. The Silver Bullet is available in three sizes 15" 18" and 24". We have the 18". It will cut paper the full width of what ever size you buy. Ours came with the Sure Cuts a Lot software. It will easily cut fine detail using chipboard. We are just starting to market kits so we plan to cut all of our own chipboard and custom die cut pieces for our kits. You can see a sample of the cutting on our website www.scissorsandthecity.com we used it to cut the tree on the Haunted House kit.This is a 24pt chipboard. It was cut using two passes. So far the machine has performed as we expected.
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I am not a big proponent of spending a great deal of money on the electronic cutters. That said I did purchase a Slice sseveral years ago and have about 8 - 10 cartridges. I bought the Slice because it was a lower cost machine and easily portable - which was also important to me. I do like the Slice and use it often. I am interested in opinions on the various cutters. I am looking at the Silhouette and the Scan N Cut. I also want to be able to cut fabric and from what I have been reading about th Scan N Cut it seems to do a nice job with fussy cutting but I am not sure about repetitious cutting that made be needed for quilting. I do, however, feel that it is a lot of money for the machine so I have to figure out if the cost is worth it to me.

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I am looking at the Silhouette and the Scan N Cut. I also want to be able to cut fabric and from what I have been reading about th Scan N Cut it seems to do a nice job with fussy cutting but I am not sure about repetitious cutting that made be needed for quilting.


I am still a fairly new Cameo owner, but the Cameo info says it cuts fabric. I don't know enough about the Scan N Cut.

If you get the Cameo, you should keep a blade just for cutting fabric, and have another blade for cutting paper/cardstock. Mark them so you know which is which.

Also, the new Cricut Explore has a fabric setting, although like the other Cricut machines, I think it will prove to be a more expensive cutting system in the long run.

Just for what it's worth, if you watch for a sale (and I think they are on sale now), you should be able to get a Cameo for less than the Slice and cartridges together cost you. You can also scan and trace your quilt designs (from any patterns you have) with the Cameo software, so you wouldn't need to buy designs.


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Just thought I'd update you on the Cricut Explore, they have announced that users will be able to cut svg files for free (no subscription).

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I'm purchasing a Zing to cut heavier stuff with. I can't wait to get it.
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Please let us know how you like it! How soon do you plan to get it?


I should have it in March. I have a friend who owns an online store and she had ONE left in stock, she gave me a heck of a deal since the new one is coming out.


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There's the Sizzix Eclips. I don't have one, but it's been getting a lot of hype, especially at CHA. Hopefully someone who owns one cat post about it.


I have the original Eclips & can't say enough positive things about this machine. I started with the Expression but became frustrated like a lot of others when it came to the more delicate cuts. The Eclips cuts the paper like butter. I decided to go w/ the Eclips because of the reputation of Sizzix. eCAL is easy to use but I was already familiar with SCAL from using it w/ my Expression. It cuts heavier material that the Cameo doesn't cut well (not from personal experience but reviews I read before making my purchase). Hope this helps....

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Posted: 1/24/2014 1:10:10 AM
Scrapn Nana- If your looking for a heavy duty machine I have been researching the Silver Bullet. She looks really nice. That machine is for us power users. I also looking into the KNK Maxx Air too.

Scan n Cut was made for the quilting market. Of course you know how us paper crafter's are. We were all over it when it was released, lol. A good quilting shop should have one in their showcase room to play with. I think that is one of the best perks of the Scan n Cut we can demo the machine from a licensed dealer before buying.

The Cameo does cut fabric very well. I think it cuts fabric a lot better than the other machines on the market.


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Posted: 1/24/2014 7:42:16 AM
Yes, at some point I want a heavy duty machine. I honestly don't need another cutter right now, but at some point, I do want a really powerful cutter.

My Gazelle has twice the cutting pressure of the Cameo, but I want even more. The Silver Bullet is looking rather good at the moment. I have been considering the Zing, too, or another KNK machine. The fact is, to do what I want, I will probably need even more pressure than the Zing offers.

It will be awhile, though. Those machines are definitely more expensive, so I am going to have to save up!


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Posted: 1/24/2014 8:06:34 AM
You all sure know your stuff! I don't have an electronic cutter, but I'm not sure I'd be smart enuff to operate one after reading all this!
My budget is quite small but I would like to eventually purchase a e.cutter. Is there one that operates w/o being hooked up to your computer that can cut fonts that you've downloaded onto a flash-drive? I don't think that I'd want one that is tied to the computer but would like to be able to cut downloadable fonts or designs. I'd probably never do anything really fancy like some of you can do, but would like to have more variety than the 3 font designs that I can cut on my BigKick. Thanks so much for all this information. Maria

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Posted: 1/24/2014 8:21:32 AM
Just chiming in here to say that if you want more info on the Silver Bullet line, a crafter/blogger by the name of Penny Duncan uses one. She is an amazing artist and does all sorts of things with that machine.

I started with the Expression, quickly moved to using Sure Cuts A Lot with it, and ended up with a Cameo for the print and cut feature and to cut my vast library of svg designs. I bought the designer software when it was on sale, and just really love that machine. I sold my cartridges to scrappy friends, and finally sold the E last year to a friend. I don't think I would have had such a good experience with the Cameo without first using SCAL with the E.

One reason I would buy the Brother machine someday would be the ability to cut my stamps! That is SO cool!


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Posted: 1/24/2014 10:36:10 AM
I have a Cricut and a Slice that collect dust for about 11 months and 28 days of the year....

That being said, while at CHA this year, a friend and I took the Brother Scan n Cut class and......WOW!!!! I am fairly anti-machine as I find I just never use them but that class really did change my mind. The range of things it can do is crazy. Brother was very smart when they planned the class as every one of us had our own machine to use. I am fairly techy and had no problems whatsoever with it. My friend that was with me is not at all techy and she said that she found it very easy to use. We cut a very lightweight fabric, a very heavyweight fabric, and paper using designs or scans as well as fussy cut out several designs.

They aren't available wholesale yet in Canada...so I am waiting



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My budget is quite small but I would like to eventually purchase a e.cutter. Is there one that operates w/o being hooked up to your computer that can cut fonts that you've downloaded onto a flash-drive? I don't think that I'd want one that is tied to the computer but would like to be able to cut downloadable fonts or designs. I'd probably never do anything really fancy like some of you can do, but would like to have more variety than the 3 font designs that I can cut on my BigKick. Thanks so much for all this information. Maria


I don't know of any that work quite like this. If you want to use your computer fonts, I think you need to be tied to a computer.

For a smaller budget, you might look at the Silhouette Portrait. Especially on sale, it is a less expensive machine, but it does need a computer. It lets you use all your computer fonts and dingbats, and there are a lot of free designs available for it. The software is pretty easy, but there are also a lot of YouTube tutorials for it.

Perhaps the Brother scan and cut has option that I don't know about, though, for using computer fonts from a flash drive? Anyone who can answer that?


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Posted: 1/24/2014 1:39:56 PM
"Perhaps the Brother scan and cut has option that I don't know about, though, for using computer fonts from a flash drive? Anyone who can answer that?"

Not yet (I'm hoping - that's one of the things I suggested to Brother) but you can do what we did in the early days of the Wishblade - type out the alphabet on your computer and save it as a svg file, then convert it.

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Posted: 1/24/2014 4:24:55 PM
I gave away my Cricut and my Silhouette. Needed to get to only one machine as we move to a much smaller house. For what I want, decorations for my cards and scrapbook pages, the Slice works great for me.


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Posted: 1/24/2014 6:12:11 PM
When I bought my electronis cutter several years ago I first thought about what I wanted to be able to do with it. I knew that I wanted to be able to cut lots of different fonts and that I didn't have room to store a lot of cartridges. I also knew that I wanted to be able to cut 12 x 12. I ended up getting a Pazzles because at the time the Silhouette didn't cut that large.

Here is a website with a chart that may help with a decision. It is a little outdated and there may be more current information on the web - haven't looked lately.

http://www.paperthreads.com/bonus/paperthreads_machine_compare_112008.html

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Posted: 1/24/2014 7:42:19 PM
Thanks ScrapnNana and Camomoftwins for the information. I'm not that good with computer fenaggling so I was hoping that there might be an option for cutting w/o the computer. (And w/o having to have a Cricut with so many different cartridges. I can see where that would be really expensive in the long run.) I'm going to check out the comparison chart that Travelscrapper2 listed and see how much more confused I can get! Thanks again, Maria

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Posted: 1/25/2014 2:44:35 AM
Scrapn Nana- I know what you mean about heavy duty machine. I bought the Gazelle too for my heavy duty cutter. She just didn't fit my needs. I am looking into machines with triple GSM's. I need one that is at least 1500-2500 gsm. Of course a machine like that is not going into my little art studio I do paper crafting in. That one will be going out in my DH's art studio.

pcrfn- The Cameo does have an SD slot you can load your designs into. It is limited in design function. For your needs I think that would be a perfect machine. The software for the computer is very easy to use. You can download it for free to play. Please don't be intimidated. You don't need the machine to have the software if you want to see how it works. You will need the software if you get the machine to transfer your files to the flash drive. I hope I am making sense. I haven't had a lot of sleep this week. If you have other questions don't be shy and ask away. I know that electronic die cutting is confusing. Once you get into it's like running a sewing machine.


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Posted: 1/25/2014 8:07:50 AM
Thanks Lylacfey - I guess I'll have to start saving up $$ for the Cameo. It does seem like it might be the closest machine to what I'm looking for. And hopefully, with one of the easiest learning curves. I don't want to do anything really complicated with it. There are so many talented Peas and Garden Girls here that make such amazing things with theirs. Maria
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