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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.

 
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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!!

 
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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    
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  • 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

 
Mojosmaddy 
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09-26-13 06:15 PM - Post#4080194    
    In response to 2deep4me

I have a silhouette Cameo (I found it last year at a pawn shop for $180!) and I LOVE it!!!!! I love how easy it is to use and that I can buy individual cut files. It's also great because you get a FREE cut file on Tuesdays. If I didn't find the Cameo at the pawn shop I'm sure I wouldn't have one, but I'm so glad we found each other.

I have a baby bug too and a gypsy. I found the cost of the cartridges to be a little spendy especially since I only used a few of the designs, but it was very easy to use and is way more portable than the Silhouette.

I also have a Sizzix Big Shot, but I only use it for embossing.



 
2deep4me 
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09-26-13 08:37 PM - Post#4080198    
    In response to Mojosmaddy

cool about a free cut file on tuesdays! and that is AWESOME you found it at the pawn shop! great find!!

I am not exactly sure what acetate is. I think I read one place it is like overhead transparencies. If I am leaning toward something thicker than that, it sounds like I need a Zing. At least the transparencies I am used to is kind of thin:) Does the Zing cut GSD?

 
Kazzam 
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09-29-13 01:17 AM - Post#4080420    
    In response to 2deep4me

If you check out page 78 of the manual if shows how to import the gsd file and steps to take like reducing the number of nodes and therefore the size of the cutting file.



 
Cricutgirlg 
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10-12-13 05:03 AM - Post#4082056    
    In response to 2deep4me

I own Cricut E, Cameo, Big Shot, Cuddlebug, and the new Scan N Cut, I've sold off the Baby Bug and gifted the Create to ds' old school. I use the manual die cutters and Digital Cutters daily. They do separate things, but I'm told my Scan N Cut will surprise me in what it can cut, Leather and cork paper. I'm excited about that.

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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10-12-13 09:40 AM - Post#4082074    
    In response to Cricutgirlg

H'mm - off to check out the Scan n Cut

 
RedSquirrel 
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10-12-13 10:52 AM - Post#4082082    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

This Scan'n'Cut wonder-machine has a price tag of $500.

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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10-13-13 08:57 AM - Post#4082174    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I saw that - you know, my cutter is just fine

 
qaustriangirl 
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10-14-13 11:28 AM - Post#4082356    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

I have a big shot and got a silhoutte a week ago from my dh and love both of them.

 
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10-16-13 02:48 PM - Post#4082626    
    In response to qaustriangirl

I have a small cricut (gifted for Christmas several years ago). Then I got a cuttlebug - prize on a blog.
Then I got the cake machine to use as an expression - it was on a website for $50 and they had a free shipping promo. I sold the 2 carts that came with it and so it ended up being only $10 for the machine.

I have MTC - got that before the lawsuit prevented it.

So I have the convenience of the carts (which I really like) but can use the computer to cut other fonts and images if I want to.

And I use dies in the cuttlebug, too, not just embossing. I like the nice clean cut a die gives - and sometimes embosses them, too.

 
2deep4me 
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11-10-13 12:40 AM - Post#4085498    
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I keep changing my mind every day lol. Right now I am leaning toward the Zing,altho an hour ago it was the Cameo.
My concerns with the Cameo are I want to do mostly stencils for now. I am concerned it would wear the blades out quickly since it has less cutting pressure and would have to work harder to cut.
I read mixed reviews on cutting thicker materials- that it does not do intricate cuts well. And, I would want to cut thicker material- probably a little thicker than overhead transparency would be. Think I read on the paper threads comparison that it does not do craft plastic. think i found what acetate is and that would probably work as long as it were not like overhead transparency, but still thinking it would wear out the blade doing a lot of it. hmm.

 
Kazzam 
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11-11-13 01:03 AM - Post#4085556    
    In response to 2deep4me

Hi Kelly, Here's a message board that you could try. They use Make the Cut program but it can be used with a range of electronic cutters. If you are unsure of cutting/blade wear they will answer questions. Both the Cameo and Zing can be used with MTC and the program is always being updated to make it easier to use.

I have a zing and use MTC program. There is a learning curve with the cutters and their programs but there are lots of tuts and videos out there to help.

 
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11-23-13 11:35 AM - Post#4087340    
    In response to Kazzam

thanks so much!! from what i gathered, the cameo will cut everything i need so i think i am going to do that. been going back and forth for a long time, so it is nice to have that resolved !

 
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11-23-13 06:16 PM - Post#4087354    
    In response to 2deep4me

Enjoy your machine.

 
RedSquirrel 
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11-24-13 02:16 AM - Post#4087370    
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2deep4me 
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11-24-13 10:43 PM - Post#4087462    
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On a side note, I may have (?) mentioned I am trying to do stencils with it, for painting. My paintings are on the unique side (See: http://www.pinterest.com/reveusetoujours/my-ar t/ :D), but I do want to put them on etsy at some point. I don't see any issue with that, but just wanted to see if anyone knew if there was some sort of copyright about using a file for something that is sold? Of course, it would not be files I would be selling, but just paintings.


Edited by 2deep4me on 11-24-13 10:44 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
RedSquirrel 
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11-25-13 02:23 AM - Post#4087470    
    In response to 2deep4me

No copyright issues, since it will be just one of many tools (including paint, canvas, brushes etc.) towards making your own unique art. If you were selling a straight stencil made from just a bought Silhouette image, there might be an issue.

Wow, your paintings are lovely!

 
2deep4me 
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11-30-13 09:40 PM - Post#4087942    
    In response to RedSquirrel

perfect! i wasn't sure since sometimes i see, for personal use only, and on the silhouette site it has something about for personal use or commercial. Thanks!

and thank you about the paintings! i put several of them in a local shop for now, but thinking about doing an et.sy:) (my mac doesn't like that word and keeps autocorrecting).



 
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