What to do with blue wishblade now that I have a cricut?

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Posted 1/3/2011 by lindzpea in General Scrappin'
 

lindzpea
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Posted: 1/3/2011 9:02:04 AM
I have an original, blue wishblade that I one at a convention. I only used it a few times, but never really got into it. It has sat in storage trunk for a couple of years now. What a waste, right? So while cleaning out some stuff yesterday, I came across it. I now have an Expression that I just got for Christmas and am learning to love (slowly!). What can I do with the Wishblade? Is there still a demand for them? Not sure if I could ebay it or what. I hate to just toss it, but just don't know what else I could do with it! I don't know that my sons school would be interested, although I may ask his teacher.Any suggestions?

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Posted: 1/3/2011 9:39:51 AM
Same story for me. My WB just never cut right. I can't even give it away. I brought it to a crop to give away, and no one wanted it- basically everyone had gotten a Cricut, and if they hadn't it was cuz they were intimidated by the idea of an electronic cutter- so the WB certainly would not be for them, it was so hard to use. I think I finally junked it (which for me is a big thing since I am a non-purger).

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Posted: 1/3/2011 10:47:26 AM
I've loved my blue WB but got a Cricit E too. Not sure what I'll do with it, it works just fine. Maybe someone will want to buy it cheap, I'll see.

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Posted: 1/3/2011 11:37:52 AM
I'm in the same boat as everyone else- old blue Wisblade sitting unused since I got a Cricut Expression.

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Posted: 1/3/2011 11:41:32 AM
What kind of windows system do you have? The blue wishblade won't work with anything after xp.

Honestly, if you haven't used it in years, I'd get rid of it. It is not a plug-and-play kind of cutter, there is a def. learning curve so I wouldn't recommend giving it to your ds' school.

I was in your place a few months ago. I bought my wishblade years ago and loved it. Thousands and thousands of files. Then, my computer broke and the new one had windows 7. I then had a big blue paperweight sitting on my desk.

I ended up donating it to goodwill, but I don't know what they did with it.

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Posted: 1/3/2011 11:55:04 AM
Actually, I read that someone did get it to work with Windows 7--I think it was here that I read it. I didn't bookmark it, though, because I still have a computer with XP. My Wishblade still works fine.

If you have a computer with XP, then I recommend you keep the Wishblade and use it at least for cutting your computer fonts, unless you have purchased either SCAL or MTC for your Cricut.

FWIW, I have the blue Wishblade with literally thousands of design files for it, a Gazelle with hundreds of designs, AND a Cricut Expression with several cartridges. I use them all.

I can make/design anything I want with my Wishblade & Gazelle, but I got a Cricut because I liked some of their designs.

The Wishblade takes a little more time to learn, but like the Silhouette (which is a similar machine), it's worth it if you've got a computer with XP.

If you only have Windows 7 and want to be able to use computer fonts, you can hope that whoever posted how to make Wishblade work with XP will post here again. Or you can spend more money to buy SCAL or MTC. Since you already have the Wishblade, you should put it to work if you can. It's really NOT hard to cut letters with it.

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Posted: 1/4/2011 1:59:44 AM
Yes, the Blue Wishblade does work with Windows 7 but there is a catch. You have to use the new Silhouette Studio to make it work. The big plus of this is Silhouette Studio is free.

You can refresh that old Blue Wishblade and still have all those great features like Print & Cut, Auto Trace and many more.

You can also use the Blue Wishblade with MTC or SCAL. If you already have those programs another plus.

Of course it works on Funtime but you do have to buy that and it's up there in dollars.

The Yahoo Wishblade group has the tutorial for how to use Silhouette Studio with the old WB.

HTH!
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