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My Big Shot is my primary cutting machine which I use with Spellbinders and Sizzix dies, but I was thinking of getting a Cricut. I would love to hear what folks use their Cricuts for and which one they would recommend. Thanks!
I wouldn't get a Cricut - I have one that I never could get the hang of. Bought a Gypsy, took a couple of classes and still just never clicked with it. I ended up buying a Silhouette and like it much better. If you decide on that as an option, let me know, I have a barely used on I can make you a deal on
If you are going to go with the Cricut, I would get it off Ebay if you can. I paid $25 for my Expression that was listed by a power seller that sells "broken" machines. Thankfully my husband fixes electronics so I took a chance and got one...the only thing broken about it was that the cartridge had been installed incorrectly. If you have time, really check out the auctions, there is a lot out there if you have time to weed through them If you don't have time and must pay retail, I would go with a different machine entirely
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I would say get a Cameo. Yes the price is a bit higher, but you are not having to buy all those carts and then having to store them somewhere. With the Cameo you can purchase a single image that you need. I have a subscription that with a promo is $8 a month and I get $25 in store credit. I have had it for 2 months and have not used up each by the last few days of the month so then I go shopping off my wish list. I'll probably do it for a few more months and then just purchase as I need them. Between all the free SVG files out there and the other sites that sell them, I have quite the stash
I agree with jamiemn. I have a cricut. I don't use it much. I am always frustrated by the cool things I see people w/ silhouettes cutting out. It seems like you can buy cut files from just about any source and designer. With Cricut, you have to buy their specific cartridges and images. While many are cute, I feel constrained. Also, I haven't been able to edit very much the Cricut Craftroom computer program. I spent a long time trying to figure out how to put a half circle in a tree cut so it would have a little peek window to see a bird in the tree. I couldn't do it. Maybe there was a way, but I couldn't find one.
Also, some stamp companies offer cut files to go with the stamp set, but they won't work on a cricut. =(
Well that's my two cents. For what I like to do with paper crafts, I wish I had a silhouette, but I do really like a few of the cricut cartridges I have. I wish there was a machine that gave you the freedom of the silhouette, but let you cut your cricut cartridges too. Good luck deciding!
We have a Cricut Expression that we have not updated and can still use our SCAL with it. We also have Design Studio. One of my daughters is a whiz with SCAL and can cut just about anything she wants. I end up trying to use the Design Studio with the Cricut and I can do some of what I want, but it usually takes a lot of time and even more frustration. Yesterday I wanted to cut a simple fence. I have two cartridges with fences on them, but I could not adjust them to make them what I wanted. I spent hours and hours last winter trying to figure out how to size the envelope cuts so I could make the size envelope that I wanted. I finally gave up and bought a WRMK envelope board. Cricut simply does not allow you to create what you want, and if you can figure it out, it will not have been an easy process. If I could do it all over again, I would never purchase a Cricut. The Cameo looks great.
I have both a Cricut and Silhouette. Wish I would've learned about the Silhouette prior to my purchase of the cricut. Both machines are great - but the advantage of the Silhouette is the ability to purchase just 1 design for 99 cents (or less if subscription or on sale) vs the expensive cricut cartridges. Also, I have software that I can trace, convert files for free with Silhouette. Good luck!
I can only comment on one of them, the Cricut E2, since that's what I have! I love mine, but then, I prefer not to hunt out other files on the internet. I buy cartridges I think I will use, and now have the Craft Room to expand my design capabilities and buy individual images I may want, without having to purchase the entire cartridge. This works for me, and I have found Provo Craft Customer Support to be most helpful whenever I have had a question. I enjoy using the many features of the Craft Room with my cartridges and find those design capabilities more than enough to challenge me.
I purchase the Cricut Create almost 6-7 years ago on Black Friday and I think I've used it 5 times. I can't seem to get the hang of it. I recently bought a Big Kick and use that and my hand punches much more. I think the Cricut is great and I have about 20 cartridges, but I just can't seem to get the hang of it.
I think it's important to have a place where it stays plugged in and easily usable. That's part of my problem...have to set it up every time just to cut a single item. That makes the Big Kick easier for me. I think it's a great machine and I'm at fault. I have a friend that has more than one and has been trying to sell for a long time. Only because she doesn't need them all. I can put you in touch with her if you want to PM me.
I have owned (and sold) 2 Cricuts: didn't like the first one, never used the second one.
I treated myself last Christmas to a Silhouette Cameo, and LOVE it. I also bought an annual subscription, which was on sale, and by paying for the year up front, was reduced even more. In my opinion, there is no comparison between these 2 machines.
I'm going to echo what others having been saying and suggest a Silhouette Cameo.
I've had my Cricut for years and have only used it a handful of times because I couldn't get the results I wanted out of it. I have a Cricut Create and have had nothing but trouble with it. I had to send it back to Provocraft THREE times in the first few months of owning it to get a machine that functioned properly and would work with Cricut Craftroom.
Four months ago I decided to take the plunge and purchase a Silhouette Cameo. It has been the best papercrafting purchase I have made so far. I bought mine from one of the shopping networks because I got a lot of bang for my buck, I could break up the payment, and I knew that I could return it if it was a dud. But let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all.
You'll have to let us know what you end up with and how you're liking it!