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I have gone through a series of diecutting machines: Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Vagabond, Grand Calibur, Silhouette Portrait and Artisan X-plorer. .
You go, girl LOL I see you are also a member of the 'Somebody stop me from buying cutting machines' club bwahahaha
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LOL - Yes!

I think for me it's the never-ending quest for "the perfect machine."

On the positive side, I purchased them all at good prices. . . and was able to resell with little or no loss.
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is the pressure truly more than the big shot? even using shims w/BS?
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is the pressure truly more than the big shot? even using shims w/BS?
From what I READ, the pressure is more than the big shot but I don't have this machine so I really don't know firsthand, but.....................

Phantom/Nancy, you had/have the Artisan X-Plorer - do you know the answer to snowcountry311's question?
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Ok, I'm almost there.....can it fussy cut out images from background paper say like G45? And how?
I just found this YouTube video re: how to fussy cut images from background paper like G45 - check it out WOOHOO heheheeeeee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgyn-VtwDIQ
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From what I READ, the pressure is more than the big shot but I don't have this machine so I really don't know firsthand, but.....................

Phantom/Nancy, you had/have the Artisan X-Plorer - do you know the answer to snowcountry311's question?
I can't really answer that - I haven't used the Big Shot for years :-/ . I'll link up any comparisons or info I come across though.
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I just found this YouTube video re: how to fussy cut images from background paper like G45 - check it out WOOHOO heheheeeeee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgyn-VtwDIQ
Yes, because I need one more reason to buy even more paper. (Ironically, the sample used is one of my all-time favorite G45 lines.)
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Yes, because I need one more reason to buy even more paper. (Ironically, the sample used is one of my all-time favorite G45 lines.)
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Phantom/Nancy........Cheery Lynn is releasing a new cutting machine and I had to let you know since you only have 10 or 20 cutting machines at this point bwahahahaha

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I have had my new ScanNCut from my local Brother dealer and am really enjoying the ease of learning to run this. I love that it cuts out my digi's and doesn't leave space outside the lines. Brother has some good tutorials and so does YouTube. Mine is also for sewing as I make quilts and such. I have the Cricket, but not very happy with it. It sits on the shelf and I need to get rid of it.
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I ordered from the Brother website. It was a few dollars more but I chose to do it in 4 payments instead of one.

I am now stamping a pile of images to cut tomorrow when it gets here.
Which model did you get from the Brother site?
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Phantom/Nancy........Cheery Lynn is releasing a new cutting machine and I had to let you know since you only have 10 or 20 cutting machines at this point bwahahahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm-XfBHPvgQ

Haha!!! Yeah... I do not need that!

But it's "have had," not "have." Right now, all I have is the Silhouette Portrait and the Artisan X-p. And the Scan and Cut is quickly winning me over.

I started with a Cuttlebug .... would only grip on my wood floor and really tipsy.... didn't love it at all.

Moved on to Big Shot ... much more fun to use, but awkward to store...

and then I met ....

The Vagabond .... liked the look, easy-store shape, and loved not cranking... but why wasn't I using it more?? I have no idea. I often worried about breaking it. I ended up not doing much mass production either .... and then became an A Muse consultant so ....

Grand Calibur. Reliable, sturdy, basic - a good workhorse . . . but I left A Muse, and began some serious downsizing of my workspace.

In came the Artisan X-plorer. Tiny. SO easy to grab and get a quick emboss or diecut. Made me start thinking more about other materials and working with metal ... and thinking in a smaller scale. But ...

Wow, that Silhouette Portrait is such a deal! And look at all it can do - AND I can cut out hand-drawn and stamped images. And vinyl. And fonts.

Well, with the Silhouette, do I really need the Vagabond and Grand Calibur? I should say not.

I did make good use of every machine but have eliminated all but the two.

I can barely remember but I'm pretty sure I gave the Cuttlebug to my sister; sold or gave (and apparently my memory with it) the Big Shot to a friend; sold the Vagabond for barely under what I paid for it; and made my $ back on the G.C.

I'm really hoping that my story ends with one more addition, the Scan and Cut, and a great big happily ever after .
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LOL - QueenOfInkland, Barbara Jay just posted about ANOTHER machine in a new thread!

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Got my machine today! I had stamped some images so that I could start cutting right away. I am very impressed with the cut out images. I stamped a boy flying a kite and it cut the string attached to the kite!

I spent my waiting time watching LOTS of Scan N Cut tutorials so was familiar with the buttons and their uses. I also read part of the User Manual. Did the 'Test' for the pressure number to use on the blade to cut the paper I was cutting. I think I'll write it down somewhere so will know what blade pressure to use on the paper I am cutting. I know, after I have used the machine for awhile, I'll just 'know' but it is new to me right now.

Had a bit of a problem with a birthday cake image. It cut some of the flames but not all and it cut off some of the candles-oops. A friend that bought it when it first can out brought it so show our paper crafting group. She had been playing with it and discovered that just by drawing a pencil line where there are breaks in stamped image gets the scanner to 'recognize' (the term used on the SNC screen) the full image. With the pencil line, it cut the flame and candles fine.

I think I am going to love this machine as I do LOTS of fussy cutting for my cards.
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I just found this YouTube video re: how to fussy cut images from background paper like G45 - check it out WOOHOO heheheeeeee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgyn-VtwDIQ
Thanks for sharing this... this is a perfect way to also cut out stamps with lots of open lines that the scanner can't recognize!
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Thanks for sharing this... this is a perfect way to also cut out stamps with lots of open lines that the scanner can't recognize!
I was thinking the same thing - that pretty much eliminates my concerns at this point, I think. Just a matter of picking a spot in the budget for this machine.

Thanks to everyone for all of the tips and videos.
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I was thinking the same thing - that pretty much eliminates my concerns at this point, I think. Just a matter of picking a spot in the budget for this machine.

Thanks to everyone for all of the tips and videos.
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Which model did you get from the Brother site?
The red one, CM100. The less expensive one. I've been playing with it off and on all day. It's my first electronic machine, so I don't have any experience with other machines to compare it to, but I think I'll be pretty happy with it.
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Brother has confirmed that the machines are the same. The only differences are what is included with them (shapes and whatnot) and the color.
Thanks for the clarification, I knew that but didn't think to mention it. Love your avatar. Firefly is awesome.
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Haha!!! Yeah... I do not need that!
Whew heehee. On a serious note, pat yourself on the back!!! You have done a GREAT keeping your machines down to the ones that you use and those which provide you will all the functionality that you need. I take my hat off to you - nice job
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Thanks QueenOfInkland (I need a nickname for you - maybe Queen?).

I am sure I'm getting this machine. I made space for it last night

This morning I was thinking about that technique using a piece of acetate to "pull" up a design outline from paper. . . If you have photopolymer stamps that come with an acetate sheet with the image printed on it, you could use that to scan in every single stamp image and save a cut file for every single stamp pretty easily, don't you think?

So many possibilities - I really am looking forward to trying some ideas with this machine.
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Can you do a repeat or "fill page" with a scan to cut larger quantities at once?
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Thanks QueenOfInkland (I need a nickname for you - maybe Queen?).

I am sure I'm getting this machine. I made space for it last night

This morning I was thinking about that technique using a piece of acetate to "pull" up a design outline from paper. . . If you have photopolymer stamps that come with an acetate sheet with the image printed on it, you could use that to scan in every single stamp image and save a cut file for every single stamp pretty easily, don't you think?

So many possibilities - I really am looking forward to trying some ideas with this machine.
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3. What a GREAT idea about using the pre-printed acetate sheet that comes with the stamps. You've got my 'wheels turning' again - yes, so many possibilities. I got a memory stick just for this machine - some crazy number of gigabytes and very inexpensive.....so "scan and save away".
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I got my ScanNCut yesterday and had a lot of fun playing with it so far. I have a question for those of you more familiar with ecutters. I tried the low tack mat and didn't think it was sticky enough. The standard mat was a little too sticky though, and my whisper white cardstock peeled and left bits on the mat I had to scrape off with the spatula. At the end of the day my mat wasn't very sticky anymore between scraping and just plain using it. At this rate I won't be able to afford to keep myself in mats. Any advice?
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Can you do a repeat or "fill page" with a scan to cut larger quantities at once?
Great question!! I checked online (Brother, YouTube) and in the machine's manual and I only saw how to cut multiples of one design using the preloaded patterns. I'll play on my machine sometime this weekend and see if I can find out. Worst case, we email Brother and ask them. Can you say 'machine upgrade' already? lol.........that's one of the downsides of getting a machine the first time it comes out, but I couldn't wait on this one- had to have it now
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I used the acetate method today....works great! You can indeed extract those images from a busy G45 page.
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I used the acetate method today....works great! You can indeed extract those images from a busy G45 page.
Awesome!!! Thanks for letting us know. This is way too much fun...
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I think I saw something about the mats - Dianne. Not home now but will try to find it.

QOI, I think I would just make a doc on my computer, print it out and scan & cut.

Somewhere on the Brother site I saw something about future upgrades - probably can load via USB?
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I got my ScanNCut yesterday and had a lot of fun playing with it so far. I have a question for those of you more familiar with ecutters. I tried the low tack mat and didn't think it was sticky enough. The standard mat was a little too sticky though, and my whisper white cardstock peeled and left bits on the mat I had to scrape off with the spatula. At the end of the day my mat wasn't very sticky anymore between scraping and just plain using it. At this rate I won't be able to afford to keep myself in mats. Any advice?
The Cricut mats were washable, then air dry to regain sticky.

TBH I'm interested in the consumables and ongoing costs and if the "cheats" with other machines like using cheaper mats from another vendor and retackying mats will work.

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Brother has confirmed that the machines are the same. The only differences are what is included with them (shapes and whatnot) and the color.
In addition to over 200 additional shapes, the more expensive bundle comes with accessories like the regular pens, erasable pens (my guess is that these are for use on fabric), pen holder, additional mat, book, etc.

But, yes, the machines are the same, just a different color (judging from pictures).

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On one video, the person said she had forgotten to change her blade depth when she switched paper types and cut her mat a bit - she said she put duct tape on the back.

Kristen, I've been wondering about consumables too. It's so hard to quantify when it depends so much on how often you use it, materials used, etc.
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Hi Nancy.

The quick answer is 'yes' based on my interpretation of your question. And, if you haven't figured this out yet (I bet you have), I am also QOTMI (QueenOfTooMuchInformation)....that said, here we go.........

I'm assuming that you are not asking about direct scan of an image to immediately cut the image.

I'm assuming that you are asking about scanning an image and saving the scanned image to either the machine or an external usb drive and then later recalling the saved image and creating a pattern of multiples of that one image and then cutting out all of the images in the pattern that you created at one time (I hope this makes sense to you LOL).

If I'm misinterpreting your question just let me know and then I will just have another research opportunity bwahahaha love it.

Now, in figuring out how to do this, I'm guessing there is a more efficient way, i.e. how Julie Fei-fan Balzer does it in this video using an pre-loaded image that came with the machine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBlJf8hXWck


I need to watch her video and take some notes because I have not been able to figure out how to get to the functionality that let's me select how many multiples of the image I want to cut when using an image that is not a pre-loaded image that came with the machine.

The method I figured out works, but is less efficient than just finding that screen and specifying '10' for example. If you want some detail around my inefficient method I'll be happy to share. It's not horrifically labor-intensive but it is redundant (repeating the same stamps over however many times you want to cut the image).

And the beat goes on.........
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:43 AM   #155
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That was a very helpful video, QOI!

I imagine you can do multiples the same way with any of your own saved designs. I also want to be able to cut stencils so you couldn't have chosen a better video .

Thanks so much. I've been looking at some CHA photos today and see so many dies -- and every time I do, I think to myself, well, I won't be spending any money on those . There are a lot of other great products being shown at the show.
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That was a very helpful video, QOI!
YAY!!! You are asking the best questions and I'm learning a lot from you.

Here is a different video from JFB (my new nickname for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer LOL) and in this video she includes a tip of how to get the most accurate scanned image. Pretty cool project, too, IMO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW48doWz4Ao
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I just cut my first custom, welded word using one of the fonts that came with the machine and it came out great. This machine is too much
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I was reading the SNC manual - yes, I eventually read the manuals that come with an item. The machine can do lots of awesome things. I need to take time to try cutting things other than my stamped images and use the many features built into this machine.

There are lots of YouTube and blog video tutorials. Have watched a few and they have answered some of my questions.
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I have a question about the CM110 which is being sold through Amazon - can it operate on 240V or is it for US voltage only?
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