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Username Post: Do any of you use a cutter other than Cricut?        (Topic#327718)
Gramma - Claudia 
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07-28-13 11:26 AM - Post#4073110    

I got a CraftWell cutter a couple of years ago thinking it would be cheaper in the long run than buying the Cricut cartridges all the time.

I have to say, there was a learning curve but I love this machine. I bought the Sure Cuts a Lot program to go with it. I love the flexibility it gives me. Recently I found out that I can scan my paper piecing patterns, convert them to SVG files and cut them on the CraftWell.

Finally I can use all my paper piecing patterns without all the tedious hand cutting. It's great for when I'm leading a class and need multiple sets of the same cut.


 
buttonscrapper 
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07-28-13 02:52 PM - Post#4073156    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

I've never heard of the CraftWell.

I started with the Quickutz handle, graduated to the QK Revolution. A couple years ago I finally bought the Cricut Expression, and more recently I got the Cuttlebug just to use for embossing. Then I started buying Spellbinder Nestabilities and used them in the Revolution, but finally had to use the Cuttlebug for cutting the wider dies that didn't fit in the Revolution.

I've never used the Cricut to it's fullest capabilities yet, but still happy with my choices. At this point, I don't see a need for any other die cutting system....

 
Scrapjanny 
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07-28-13 03:10 PM - Post#4073162    
    In response to buttonscrapper

Is the Craftwell machine the one that doesn't use mats? I was wondering how people were liking that one. It's good to know that it works well. I use Cricut machines, but SCAL 2 still works on my Expression, so I can use SVG files too. Love it!

 
scrapanda 
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07-28-13 03:31 PM - Post#4073182    
    In response to Scrapjanny

I've never heard of the CraftWell. I just have the Cricut and recently discovered Cricut Craft Room which I love! I am using my Cricut a lot more now!

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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07-28-13 03:55 PM - Post#4073194    
    In response to Scrapjanny

Yes it's the one that does not use mats. But if I am cutting very fine or small designs I use a mat. I just trimmed the side off of a Cricut mat to make it fit.

And - I still use my Cricut.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-28-13 04:47 PM - Post#4073214    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

All I have is the Cuttlebug. Although, my sil texted me yesterday asking if I would want her Slice. Her dd bought a Cricut. I'm trying to decide if I want it. One of the reasons she didn't want it anymore was because you have to order the replacement blades online. Plus the Cricut is more convenient. I don't know.

 
luvscrappin 
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07-28-13 08:05 PM - Post#4073232    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Jen are you getting the slice? Is it the elite or the first one that came out? I have the elite but don't use it as much as I should!! Need to use it more. Oh and I love mines!!

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-28-13 08:39 PM - Post#4073238    
    In response to luvscrappin

I'm not sure. I'll ask her tomorrow. She and my niece said they would drop it off Wednesday and show me how to use it.

 
RedSquirrel 
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07-29-13 02:21 AM - Post#4073252    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

I have a Silhouette, the original one. I love how it can cut any font on the computer, and any image I create, for free. No cartridge costs.

 
Kiwifarmer 
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07-29-13 01:56 PM - Post#4073406    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I have the original cricut, then I bought the slice, upgraded to the elite, bought a cuttlebug, then got the vagabond. Now I have the silhouette cameo.

The cameo.....I LOVE.
For the same reasons that Rosey outlined.

Have not used the cricut for years. It annoyed my that the carts were/ are so expensive here.

Bought the slice for the portability. I tend to only use it at crops. But I like it a lot. It's so simple to put that baby in my crop bag!

The cuttlebug bug.....well, who hasn't got one!!!!! Love that too. Have used it a heap in my teaching of classes. Bough the vagabond, six months ago, and have not even plugged it in. It was super cheap, but I admit I got sucked in. I thought it would be better for cutting multiples for my classes. .....but have found i intend to use the silhouette instead.
Have recently bough the design studio software which is awesome. It allows me to cut svg files with ease, and it also is great for doing some more advanced design cuts.

If I have to choose one? The silhouette for sure.

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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07-31-13 11:01 AM - Post#4073724    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I have a Silhouette, the original one. I love how it can cut any font on the computer, and any image I create, for free. No cartridge costs.

Does it cut SVG files? That's what my machine uses.

Edited by Gramma on 07-31-13 11:02 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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07-31-13 06:02 PM - Post#4073752    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

  • 3 Little Ladies Said:
All I have is the Cuttlebug. Although, my sil texted me yesterday asking if I would want her Slice. Her dd bought a Cricut. I'm trying to decide if I want it. One of the reasons she didn't want it anymore was because you have to order the replacement blades online. Plus the Cricut is more convenient. I don't know.




Well they came by today, but didn't bring the Slice. Instead my niece brought over a Thirty One magazine/order for me to look through. When I brought up the Slice they said that they've decided to keep it for awhile.

 
RedSquirrel 
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08-01-13 01:47 AM - Post#4073802    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

  • Gramma Said:
I have a Silhouette, the original one. I love how it can cut any font on the computer, and any image I create, for free. No cartridge costs.

Does it cut SVG files? That's what my machine uses.


No, it cuts GSD files.

 
Miss Giebel 
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08-22-13 01:03 PM - Post#4075582    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I have an Original baby Cricut, a Cricut Expression and the E2.

This past spring I got a Silhouette Portrait which I adore. I love that little machine and all the SVG's and fonts I can cut.

But, I still LOVE my Cricuts too! I take my Expression to crops and use my E2 at home with the CCR!

I love all my cutters and wouldn't trade them for anything!! I LOVE how I never have to buy embellishments or titles ever!!

 
darlawelch 
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08-26-13 10:22 AM - Post#4075930    
    In response to Miss Giebel

Well, you sure made me feel better. I was embarrassed to admit to having multiple Cricuts! I have the original "Baby Bug", the Cricut Create, and the Expression. Believe it or not, I use the original one most of all because it's so small that it sits nicely on my desktop. The others sit on a shelf in Cricut covers, and it's just easier for me to use the original! I think I must be lazy. The only other cutter I have is the Big Shot. I do use it all the time, but mostly with embossing folders.

 
2deep4me 
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09-22-13 08:38 PM - Post#4079526    
    In response to darlawelch

I am trying to figure out which cutter to upgrade to. I have looked alot at the Cameo. But one thing I'd like to cut is stencils that I can use for painting. So, I would like to use a sturdy material. I am not sure what that is called that stencils are usually made out of- just some sort of plastic- so am not sure how to look it up on the chart comparisons. I am thinking tho the KNK Zing or the Gazelle may do a better job with that b/c they have higher cutting pressure. Does anyone know? Thanks!!

Another thing is I have a TON of GSD files, which I know the Cameo uses. Not sure if I would have to convert them one by one to another format for the others.

Edited by 2deep4me on 09-22-13 08:38 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
RedSquirrel 
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09-23-13 01:33 AM - Post#4079538    
    In response to 2deep4me

My original Silhouette cuts acetate with no problems, and I've made stencils using that method. I don't know for sure, but I would be very surprised if the newer Cameo and Portrait machines wouldn't do that too.

 
Kazzam 
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09-24-13 12:29 AM - Post#4079688    
    In response to 2deep4me

Kelly I would check out the MTC board to see if anyone has cut acetate. I have the Zing and I'm really impressed with what it can cut. I have cut thin paper up to Chipboard 1200um. My machine loves the craft foam and I use it to make my own alpha craft stickers. It does a great job on intricate cuts. I haven't cut acetate as yet.

The MTC program that the Zing uses has the feature to convert your GSD files to MTC compatible. It also reduces the size of the files by cleaning up the number of nodes.

I really love my zing. There is a learning curve but the Zing Manual walks you through the steps and there is also videos available. If you are still having trouble the forum at MTC is great for help and advice. Also Andy is always listening to the users and updating and improving the program. There is also a Yahoo Group that has step by step tuts from the basic to the advanced.

 
Kazzam 
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09-24-13 12:33 AM - Post#4079690    
    In response to Kazzam

Kelly, I just checked the manual and it does. Here is the link to what the zing can cut.

http://www.iloveknk.com/0um/KNKZing/KNKZingwi thMTC...

You need to go to page 40.

 
2deep4me 
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09-25-13 07:15 PM - Post#4080060    
    In response to Kazzam

Thanks so much Kaz and Red!! I really appreciate it:) Trying to take care of catching up on some bills and such for a little bit, but I cannot wait to get one of these machines!! I will ponder for a bit. It doesn't seem like newer models come out super super often. I always hate when I buy something and the newer one comes out right after that :P

 
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