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Old 09-17-2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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I was interested in purchasing a cutting machine but have no idea which one...
what is the difference amongst them. I see that there are THREE cricut machines.. whats the difference amongst those three? is the sizzix big shot better?
do they all cut through felt? what about fabric? I dont make cards but I wanted to use it for crafting I'd love some help
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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I have the original Cricut and love it, if I was to go back I would spend the extra and get the Expression. You can do fabric and other material. The Expression is just so much larger and can cut up to 24 inches, where the original and create only can do 5. You can use the same cartridges in both. HTH
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:33 AM   #3
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Can anyone tell me the benefits of having a die cutting machine and what you can use it for?

I read somewhere that the cricut doesn't cut through chipboard but the big shot does, do you think that is an important feature it lacks?
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Can anyone tell me the benefits of having a die cutting machine and what you can use it for?

I read somewhere that the cricut doesn't cut through chipboard but the big shot does, do you think that is an important feature it lacks?
I guess that would depend on the person. Do you usually buy a lot of chipboard and want to be able to cut it out yourself? Just to clarify the cricut does cut chipboard but it is a thinner chipboard. For me I am not a chipboard fan. It's not something I use so it was not a factor for me. I got the Cricut Expression as a christmas present. I love mine! I use it all the time. It is so great to not have to worry about buying 12 different punches just to layer them. As long as the cartridge I own has the shape I am looking for I can layer to my hear content! (LOL).
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:18 PM   #5
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Can anyone tell me the limitations of cricut vs other machines?

Hmmm I would wanna use chipboard sometimes. I wonder the thickest chipboard the cricut can cut? Can u make stacked flowers and stuff? I wonder if there is a blog or website showcasing all the things the cricut can do. It's so expensive
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:57 AM   #6
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If You could choose just one which would it be and why
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:25 AM   #7
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I have the Cricut expression and the Big Shot. They are different in what they do, so it is like comparing apples to oranges! If I could ONLY have 1, I would choose the Big Shot.
Reason, because you can use any die with them and it does not run on electricity, so less stuff to break down over time. However, as much as I love my Cricut, in a power outage, its useless and even if that is a *dramatic* example, because it is basically a computer, it is more likely to have less of a life span. The biggest PLUS is that since I teach classes, I can cut multiples with the push of a button, and not having to change dies is nice when printing out a word.
Other than than it has no other advange for me, but that is just MY personal need.
I know that the Cricut cartridges have many images you can use, but I usually only use a few favorites, the other ones are never used.
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Old 09-19-2009, 11:34 AM   #8
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i read on someones blog that the cricuit doesnt cut through felt... is that true
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I have 2 die cut machines in my craft room. A Circut Expressions and a Big Shot. I like the Cricut for cutting multiple shapes in a variety of sizes. I like the Big Shot for embossing and cutting different kinds of paper, even chipboard, felt, and other thicker material.

For practicality, and you just want a die cut machine, I'd recommend a Cricut (the Expressions if you have the budget), for the variety of shapes and sizes you can cut (up to 23.75 inches).

Also I'd say if you are more of a scrapbooker and paper crafter, get the Cricut. If you are a card maker, get the Big Shot. I prefer the Big Shot than the Cuttlebug for its stability. But I know they both accept other manufacturer's dies.

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Old 09-20-2009, 04:49 AM   #10
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I love my Cricut Expressions. I use it alot. I am not a scrapbooker but, a card maker. I love to use the shapes as add ons to my cards. There are lots of ladies who just use the Cricut for cards and they are beautiful. I have never been successful in getting my Cricut to cut chipboard. But all the functions of the Cricut make up for this. I have cut vinyl and all type of paper and material. I just ordered the Big Shot Express to replace my defunct Spellbinders machine and I am hopeful this one will cut chipboard. My Spellbinders never did. Good luck. You can't go wrong with either machine. Both a good invesment in your craft!
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