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Haven't scrapbooked in several years. Looking into getting a Cricut but price tag! Uh! So... Is it worth it? Helpful hints? Any good coupon for reducing $. What about extra cartridges? Talk to me, I don't know much at all about it. Thanks ahead of time!
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The cricut is easy to use but you are bound to buying cartridges to get the images you want... and the retail prices are not great.

I have both the cricut and the silhouette - and I find that I am using the silhouette 10 times as much as the cricut. I can cut any font on my computer on the silhouette -- love that!


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I've been "surfing" & found a website that claims they have cartridges that they can sell some $9.99. Are they reputable?
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Posted: 9/26/2013 12:18:09 AM
The Cricut is cheap because it is obsolete. There are a lot of models that ProvoCraft is going to be dropping support for in the near future, including stopping cartridges and mats. Just something to be aware of.









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Posted: 9/26/2013 7:25:38 AM

stopping cartridges and mats


I could live with the carts I already have, but I hope they keep making the mats.

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Posted: 9/26/2013 8:29:56 AM

There are a lot of models that ProvoCraft is going to be dropping support for in the near future, including stopping cartridges and mats. Just something to be aware of.


I understand phasing out certain machines. How can they stop making mats that are needed to cut with the machine? I have a stock pile of them because they always seemed to be sold out whenever I went to buy one. I don't buy any more of the newer cartridges because Provo no longer updates their Design Studio program. I can't use my cricut without it and have no desire to use the CCR. I would like to get one of the newer die cut machines, not Provo, sometime in the future. I plan to use my machine until it dies. I can still use SVG files with mine as I got the Makes The Cut program before Provo sued them. So I still have the best of both worlds.








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Posted: 9/26/2013 8:32:39 AM
Mats are easy to clean and then reapply a tacky surface to again so they can be used for years. They'll probably last longer than the machine, or at least as long. I have several.

The only advantage of the Cricut is that it can be used without a computer. Provo Craft is being stupid again if they drop that advantage and keep trying to imitate the Silhouette and Cameo. They are probably never going to let you use your computer fonts or create your own designs. Their Cricut Craft Room software isn't as good as the Gypsy (which they stopped producing), and it ties you to the computer. Again, they lost an advantage there.

FWIW, the Cricut has NEVER been the best machine out there.

The OP asked about the places that sell cartridges for $10. Those carts are older and hardly anyone buys them except new Cricut owners. I bought one at a JoAnn's brick and mortar store two days ago, but I won't buy them online from one of those places. The one time I did, my credit card number was compromised in a very, very big way.

Silhouette or Cameo would be a much better investment and be far more versatile. The Cricut is easier to use and can be stand alone without a computer, but if Provo Craft removes the stand alone advantage (or stops making and supporting those models), then it's really not worth buying. I wouldn't waste a dime on their Cricut Mini, which was their most recent machine released. It does not use cartridges, only Cricut Craft Room, so you are tied to the computer completely.

Any of the other Cricuts, which do use cartridges are far more expensive in the long run, because the cartridges really do add up over time, even if you buy them for a cheap price.

I do have a Cricut Expression 2, and I use it a lot. I take it sometimes when I crop with my friend at the LSS. It usually goes with me about once a month. We scrap there two to three times a month. I have a lot of cartridges, far more than I ever intended to buy. If I had known up front what I would have spent on it in the long run, I would never have bought it. I thought I would be content with just a handful of cartridges. I am happy with what I have now, but I've spent a fortune.

Believe me, a Silhouette or Cameo is a much better deal, and you can do far more with it. However, it does not stand alone. It needs to be connected to a computer, and there is a little bit of a learning curve. There are tutorials, though, so as long as you are willing to learn, you will be fine.

If you want easy and want to take it places, go ahead and buy the Cricut Expression 2 (NOT the Cricut Mini!), but be aware that Provo Craft has stopped supporting some of its prior machines, and if the price suddenly drops (or has suddenly dropped already), they are probably going to discontinue the machine and the support for it. Also, if you want variety, a few $10 cartridges probably won't really satisfy you. By the time you have bought some cartridges and a Cricut, you will probably spend far more than a Cameo would cost.

A Cameo bundle can be bought for about $270 at Overstock, and I am sure it's available a variety of places. You buy the individual designs, so you only pay for the ones you like, unlike cartridges.

A Cameo is the least expensive option for a cutting machine, and you have the ability to cut your computer fonts, dingbats, and more. It's a very versatile machine. It's the "popular kid on the block" as far as electronic cutters go, for good reason.


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Posted: 9/26/2013 9:02:15 AM
I actually love craft room and have been using my cricut more since I started using it. If you don't mind being tied to a computer and don't have a machine I would go with the silhouette or Cameo.



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Posted: 9/26/2013 9:29:45 AM
My Cricuts are still going strong, and I just bought the new Anna Griffin cartridge for it. I don't think they are going anywhere for a while. PC isn't making some of the older machines anymore, including the Gypsy. I don't think I should post a link here, but if you PM me your email address, I'll send you a link to where I get most of my Cricut products.



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Posted: 9/26/2013 9:29:55 AM
I like my Cricut and am pretty happy with the cartridges I have and with Cricut Craft Room. I do want the latest CTMH cartridge, then I will probably not buy anymore. Since PC is pushing CCR, I wish they would let you buy individual digital images. I would be very, very happy with my Cricut if they did.

I recommend you look closely at the Silhouette and the Cricut and decide which you want. If I didn't already have a Cricut and was making the decision today, I would probably choose the Silhouette.


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Posted: 9/26/2013 9:35:58 AM
I really like my E2. The special release cartridges by Anna G, Teresa C and CTMH have been well worth the money. Provo has released all new mats and they are nice.



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Posted: 9/26/2013 10:17:59 AM
I have a Cricut Expression and over 100 carts. I NEVER purchased cartridges at full retail and rarely paid more than $10. I bought many for less than $10 on ebay or Craigslist and even got about 20 for $2-3 each when Walmart did a huge clearance a few years ago. I purchased a Gypsy at Michaels on clearance for less than $20 (should have bought all they had LOL!) and love using it. I have yet to try CCR so I have no opinion on it.

I LOVE my Cricut! When I go to a crop, I don't typically have space for both a machine and my laptop. I like the portability of the Gypsy since it allows me to take all my cartridges with me electronically, and I can design my cuts in the car and save them if I want. For the life of me, I can't understand why that is no longer an option. (I heard a rumor once that it was because Cricut didn't properly secure the patent on the device or the copyright on the software and that those belong to someone else, but I have never seen anything to confirm that.)

That said, if I were starting over today, I would NOT start with a Cricut. While I feel like I got my money's worth out of my Cricut, I don't trust PC to be around long enough justify an investment in a new product if I also had to buy all the cartridges also. "I" might buy another Cricut (if mine dies) that uses my collection of cartridges, but only because I like the cartridges I have and would not want to start over buying images for a Silhouette or Cameo (or taking the time to learn to make them).

As long as my Cricut works, though, I have no desire to start over on a new system. I can't imagine that I would have much need for images that I couldn't otherwise find to work with the Cricut, and if that ever happens, I have friends with the other machines who I am sure would help a girl out if I asked. Plus, I am pretty well stocked with a lifetime supply of blades and mats at this point. I found a stash at a salvage store--two pack of 12 x 12 mats for $1.50 each and blades were only $1 per pack. I think I'm good for a while.

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Posted: 9/26/2013 10:59:27 AM
I think an electronic cutting machine is well worth it. Whether Cricut is the best machine for you is another issue. I have a Cricut Expression, and it's the only electronic cutting machine I have (although I have several non-electronic cutters - Sizzix, Big Shot, Quickutz). If I were buying new today, I wouldn't choose the Cricut. There are other machines out there that can do more intricate cutting and that are much more versatile. I also find it very annoying that Provo Craft does not allow you to cut true type fonts and svg files. They alienated me when they sued SCAL to prevent that software from being sold for Cricut, and I now do not buy from Provo Craft (other than things to keep my machine going, like blades and mats). That said, if you don't want to have to use the computer with your cutting machine, and you're willing to buy cartridges, Cricut is good for that. I find the cartridges cumbersome, and there are so many cartridges out there where I love just a couple elements, and I'm just not willing to pay for a whole cartridge to get the few things I want. I use SCAL2 with my Cricut much more than I use the cartridges at this point.

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Posted: 9/26/2013 12:48:45 PM
Hello! I am an avid Cricut user. I love my machine and I wouldn't trade it for a Silhouette either. The Cricut machine has hundreds of cartridges to choose from, which makes your scrapbooking and card projects so very versatile. I love using the Cricut machine because it is very easy to use and is user friendly. I have the Cricut Expression and I love it. The mat doesn't use its stick very easily, as I hear that users of the Cameo have had to purchase the Cricut cutting mat to use in their machine.

The hard thing is, it is a lot of $$$ but, I really find it as an investment and it really is an enjoyable tool to have in your scrapbook room.

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Posted: 9/26/2013 12:57:21 PM
I have a cricut & im loving mine!! I have a sizzix & a slice too but I always go to my cricut im saving for a silhouette now

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Posted: 9/26/2013 3:27:23 PM
Cricut is very easy to use and had the benefit of not needing a computer to use it. I have just ordered the ctmh art booking cartridge which I hope gets rid of my yearning for a silhouette


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I bought Cricut Mini on EBay for $40. It was one returned to QVC or HSN. It works great ! Had a slight problem with drivers, but I figured it out. I like CCR.
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Posted: 9/26/2013 4:07:28 PM
Another cricut fan here too! I do not like being tied to a computer and I have never not found the images I need on one cartridge or another. If I had to begin again, I would still go with cricut especially because now it is all so inexpensive!

I have a silhouette but it's never seen the light of day!

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Wow! You guys are terrific! I can tell I have a lot to learn about all the machines out there! I am a little confused about some abbreviations, but my brain still has a few creative learning cells left! Haha! Thanks!!!!!

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Ask yourself what you want to be able to do with a die cut machine. For me I knew that I wanted to be able to cut out letters in a lot of different fonts. I thought that at some time I might want to cut a circle or border out of 12 x 12 paper. I also didn't have room to store a lot of cartridges.

I researched the machines available when I bought (late 2008) and ended up with a Pazzles. Love that I can scan something and cut it out.

Here is a comparison chart that may help with your decision.
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Posted: 9/26/2013 7:59:49 PM
I've had several Cricuts and made the switch to Silhouette. You'll spend so much more on a Cricut and all the cartridges than you will for a Cameo.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:11:39 PM
Love my cricut! Be smart about what cartridges you'll actually use and wait for good deals. It's super simple to use and with the craft room being free you can do a lot of designing to do even more with your cuts.

The silhouette is nice but you will be tied to a computer, pay for each cut you want to make which adds up and you have to organize all the files so you can find them again.


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I have a Cricut E2 (barely used because I found out about the Cameo). You can peamail me for more info. I also have some carts that I am selling relatively cheap. I can send you a link to the list I had on CL and we could work from there.


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As far as I know, Provo craft is standing behind the Cricut machine and has no plans of discontinuing any accessories, with exception of the gypsy (from what I understand, but not sure if that's still the case or not).

The only machine they are discontinuing is the cricut imagine and those carts made for it, though the imagine carts work with any cricut machine, they just won't print the patterns.

I intend to get a cameo, but I also have an original cricut that I received not too long after they came out years ago. I didn't use it for quite a long time, but once I did, I really was happy I kept it and used it.

I think both machines have their good points. For me keeping my cricut, I love the idea of not having to use the computer for everything, I use computers all the time, so its nice to have a break from it lol! Both have designs that the other doesn't, and I like variety.



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If I were buying today, I'd get the Silhouette rather than the Cricut. At the time I bought, the Silhouette was only available to cut 8 1/2 x 11. From what I've seen on-line, the Silhouette cutters can do far more detailed images than my Cricut.


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I like my Cricut, but I do worry about provocraft supporting it. They seem to be very fickle about what they produce. I hear about people's Cricuts breaking but so far I haven't had that happen. I have the original smaller Cricut from a long time ago and a few years ago I bought an Expression, so I guess if one breaks, I'd be ok for a while.

It's true that you need cartridges, but one cartridge has tons of images on it. When you look on the box, you don't see all the images that it has, but you can look at the Cricut website and look at the handbooks if you want to see all of the images.

scrapbookpal .com is a website I've ordered from without any problems and they have lots of cartridges $25 or less, with many that are $12.99 or 19.99. Some are "lite" or "project" versions that don't have as many images as the full cartridges, but still have tons of images and variations of the images.


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Thank you so much for this discussion! I've been wanting a Cricut ever since I went to my first weekend crop in January and saw all the ladies who had one, and everything they could do with their machines! I've been planning to get one later in the year, during one of the holiday sales. Now I'll take a closer look at the Silhouette and Cameo as well so I can make a more informed decision.

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I have an Cricut Expression and a Silhouette Cameo...to me there is no comparison. I wish I had researched more before I purchased the Cricut, but I was so anxious and then there were those info-mercials! I don't have many cartridges, cost prohibitive for me. Keep in mind, this was when the Cricut first launched and there weren't any $10 cartridges. Most of my dissatisfaction came about though because of the way ProvoCraft conducted/conducts their business. They certainly did not have quality customer service and there were so many issues in the beginning with the mats. Besides that my machine could never cut an honest circle no matter what I did! I put the Cricut on a shelf and bought a Cameo and have never looked back. My problem is I recently mentioned to a close friend that I have an Cricut Expression I don't use and she wants to buy it! I would really like to be rid of it to reclaim the space, but feel bad passing the thing off to her...even for free...when I know there is something out there so much better!

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I love my Cricut! I looked into both machines heavily before making my purchase and I definitely think I got the right one. The biggest thing I am finding with the Cricut is really getting the blade depth and pressure right. I find with the more intricate cuts going with a shallower depth and less pressure works better, if I need to fix any cuts I use the tools included in the tool kit or do a second pass. I don't have a computer in my scrap room, and am really quite happy with just using the cartridges I have. (And the gypsy I just bought that will be delivered soon.)


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I'm so amazed at everyone's advice! I really have a lot to learn! I've clicked to follow a few of your blogs! I'm really excited to be back in "the bucket"! Thanks again everyone!!!!!

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Archangel I wouldn't feel guilty passing your cricut onto a friend a lot of us still love them and the silhouette isn't always an option. I don't have many cartridges and I still have a manual die cutter and punches the combination works well for me


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Posted: 9/29/2013 11:01:48 AM
I have both the cricut and the cameo. Personally, I use the cameo more often then the cricut, since I design a lot of my own cuts. You can create your own cuts on the cricut to a point, but you have to manipulate/alter cricuts images in order to do so, where as with the cameo you do not.

With the silhouette there is a little more of a learning curve, however there are a lot of videos and other information on the net that can help you to learn it. The cricut is much easier to learn but you do have to buy carts that may only have a few images you are interested in.

It all comes down to what you'er looking for your machine to do.


The silhouette is nice but you will be tied to a computer, pay for each cut you want to make which adds up and you have to organize all the files so you can find them again.



This is not quite accurate:

The cameo is portable...all you need to do is Download your images to an SD card...and ta da, there is your "cartridge". So yes you will still need your computer, but you would also need it to a point for the cricut as well, in order to update the firm ware or a gypsy(if you are able to buy one).

You can go the silhouette online store and get an online subscription which makes images really affordable, and they offer a free weekly shape and discounted shapes weekly. There are also many other sites(including two peas) that offer free shapes to Download either daily, weekly, or monthly.

Organizing files is actually really easy to do.

OP, I wish you the best with finding the machine that's right for you


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Posted: 9/29/2013 2:05:49 PM
Look into the Silhouette cameo. Far more versatile than a circuit.




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Posted: 9/30/2013 2:47:55 AM
Cricut & Cameo are the most well known cutters in the scrapbook world. Also look at Klik n Kut's Zing, Bosskut Gazelle, Sizzix Eclips. These are three wonderful cutters that a lot of scrapbooker's love too.

I use to really be big into die cutters. I tested them, studied them, tore them apart and rebuilt them. I was also making my own die cutter too. I got burned out on die cutting and stopped earlier this year. I also bought a home. My home is more fun than studying die cutters.

When I moved away I gave away all my cutters. I kept my Cricut Expression and my Cameo. My Cricut Expression is actually one I modded out for my needs. When I moved into my new home I was really kicking myself thinking I made a mistake keeping it because I didn't think it was going to be a good addition to my art studio. I don't mind being tied to a computer.

I am so happy I kept it now because I have to drag my laptop to my art studio now. I really like having a die cutter that is not tied to my computer. I do love my Silhouette Cameo too. I use it a lot.

Moral of the story study and research to find the perfect cutter for your needs. Make the Cut forum is a really good resource for cutters.



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Posted: 9/30/2013 7:58:42 AM
Silhouette Cameo all the way!

The initial cost may be a little bit more (although it is on the same price range as an E2) BUT you can cut ANY font! I have a couple thousand fonts - and I did not have to pay a dime for any of them. You do not need to invest in cartridges.

You can also get tons of free images to cut, or even trace your own and create your own cut files. So easy!!!

You can also "print & cut" - you use your own printer. You set it up in the Silhouette software, send it to your printer (it puts registration marks on the paper) - then you put it in the Cameo to cut. So simple!

The Silhouette Cameo also cuts much finer detail. The cuts from my Cameo compared to my Expression where night and day, especially the smaller intricate stuff.

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Posted: 9/30/2013 8:46:34 AM
Just my 2 cents worth...
Have had my Cricut (original), for about 10+ years now. Works great still, and see myself keeping it, to use what I have with it.
But JUST got a Cameo for my BDay (TY Hubs), and... It ROCKS!!
No cartridges to buy, smooth like silk cuts, can cut any font on my computer, and most images are .99??? Sold!
I'd much rather buy the exact images I want and will use. Easy peasy!
Still learning about it, TY Kerri Bradford for having super fun & easy classes (because I don't want to take the time to figure it out myslef...I'd rather play)!
Love what it can do. No mat or machine issues yet. So...
If I was choosing today, which one to get... Definitely a Cameo...for sure!
Have fun!

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Posted: 9/30/2013 10:52:53 AM
I love my cricut! I bought mine brand new in the box for $122.50 on eBay!! I get all my NEW cartridges on eBay for a fraction of what they retail. I love having a cartridge with 100's of cuts that I may pay $15-20 for! I love going through the books......and many times a shape or something will trigger an idea when I am scrapping! I do not like the computer...it's a time hog. Just my opinion.
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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:28:13 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html

gerthy
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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:28:33 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html

gerthy
PeaNut

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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:28:35 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html

gerthy
PeaNut

PeaNut 517,322
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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:28:46 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html

gerthy
PeaNut

PeaNut 517,322
August 2011
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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:28:48 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html

gerthy
PeaNut

PeaNut 517,322
August 2011
Posts: 150
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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:30:03 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html

gerthy
PeaNut

PeaNut 517,322
August 2011
Posts: 150
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Posted: 9/30/2013 11:30:04 PM
I have been using Cricut since it first came out. Tried almost all of their machines - from personal to expression to Imagine to E2.. Have been a loyal fan even after they sued MTC.. I have gypsy, and almost 200 carts! 2 yrs ago, I bought theee Cameo.. While it is much of a bigger investment, $200+ But You Will save more money in the long run. I noticed that the price has not gone down in 2yrs, which shows how it still holds up its value..

Contradictory to what other have said that you will be tied into a computer, that's not the case. I have thousands of files saved in an SD drive and cut from there.. I don't buy any files from the Silhouette store even if it's only 99cents because I have thousands of fonts and dingbats that I cut for free.

The biggest difference between the 2 is the cut. I have cut hair thin in my Cameo and shapes smaller than a penny, this I could never do with my Cricut. Check out under a Cherry tree to see how small you can cut this machine with : http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-smallest-cameo-cut.html
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