Originally Posted by lylacfey
I do love my Gazelle. You have such valid and important points. Kind of long post.
I have known the girls on the Gazelle forum a long time. Most of them were around when the Gazelle was being created. Back then I didn't have any interest in one. Those girls are just sweeties but they are really hard core in the industry. I agree there is too much hand holding on the forum. Have a problem? Call. Need an answer? Call and go through steps with the machine. That is great for so many people. It's a powerful machine and people do need that type of customer service. I on the other hand absolutely HATE that. Give me an answer and let me figure it out myself. I have felt stupid asking a question too and a little hurt.
When I said the machine was too loud I was told to stick it on a towel. I was really hurt by that answer. It made me feel discriminated against that I have ear damage that causes sensitivity to sound. I told them that and they still made me feel stupid. The towel would muffle the sound. The machine is not really that loud. Yes, it is! Jin did a decibel test it's LOUD! The machine has been in our garage ever since used for vinyl heavy duty work. That's where loud machines go. I still use it for my design machine but I am tired of the garage. I am a girly girl. That's the man domain.
I do recommend the videos because well, there are no videos for the Gazelle out there. I am not going to make any, lol. I also recommend the videos because Funtime has a huge learning curve. I hope watching the videos helps people decide if that cutter is for them or not. I do agree the videos have no sound and the pop up boxes are an annoyance. I am like you I need to find videos my style. I am listening to a Hello Kitty haul video right now and she's playing Backstreet Boys on her radio. I am in heaven. I know I am an earth geek girl BSB/HK fan. Sorry girls.
I can give the Gazelle some bad pointers to make you feel better.
The USB cord looks like a snake. One of my friends almost had a cardiac arrest when she saw the cord on my desk. I am not joking. She's terrified of snakes. I donated the cord after that. It leaves these little black streaks on your desk from the feet. I have an antique desk I don't want black streaks on my desk or risk hurting my desk trying to get the black streaks off. The machine is loud. I hate the dongle. Who uses dongle's anymore? My new embroidery machine doesn't even use a dongle.
I love the Gazelle because I can use it in a variety of software programs. I can throw the thing and it bounces right back. I can cut heavy items with it. I don't have to worry about my DH's car friends getting grease on it since it's got black steaky lines already, lol. It's a great accurate cutter and she's small, metal and well built. DH & I are thinking of selling it next year for a heavy duty Roland Cutter on a rolling stand that can make car skins.
lol you sound like you could be my sister
I am always looking at things and hate seeing needless waste, like BSB and have a need for Pink( went through HK thing with my girls haha). To bad your not , I could try all your machines!
And if your in Ozarks your not tremendously far from me , but then my hubby wouldn't like for me to see all the fun gadgets for fear I would want yo buy them all! lol (He is actually very good with me about my stuff- he knows it makes me happy).
Anyway.... I know I couldn't get the Gazelle mostly because of the cost. I know that sounds silly , and since I do such a wide variety of crafts and love trying new things, there may come a day that I regret not getting a machine that would cut Balsa wood , etc... :/ eCraft is still tempting and have mixed feelings about the Cameo. Cameo probably would work out good for me though because I do like some intricate details and lace things. ...
I should scroll up and read because you have probably said something about the Cricut line, but I can't remember sorry. Just curious at this point if the Cricut may be less complicated since if I happen to be by a chain store that sells supplies, I may have more ease of purchase and returning if need be?? My husbands niece has a Cricut Create and LOVES it! ... but then she is also just into scrapbooking and is more simple with crafting ideas, so it's hard for me to go with what she likes in itself. (She doesn't even know what model she has, I had to figure it out myself by questions I asked).
HSN has a really good deal on ecraft. Tempting, but sale may be over when I am ready to buy(next month).
I really appreciate the input!!