silhouette cameo or cricut worth the purchase?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

Total crafter confession here:  I’ve got the Cricut… I use it sometimes, but not nearly as much as I thought I would when I bought it.  It’s fun to have the design choices; it’s great for cardmaking or scrapbooking, but it does take quite a bit of time to use.  The size is also very limited on the “original” machine.  If you do get one, be sure to take good care of the cutting mats- they aren’t cheap and they get worn down fast. 

Also, I’d consider looking for one second-hand.  If you have a local craft shop where the owner might be willing to help you find one used, that could be great…

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

I put the silhouette on my registry, haha. I double anyone will buy it, but it hoenstly would be very useful for both of us (Me for paper and fabric crafts and him for computer engineer stencils.)

I never appreciated how cricut required you to purchase image cartridges or purchase images from their library – apparently the newest model lets you cut any image”for free’ but I’m still quite bitter about their past money-grubbing behaviour, so I will be buying a Cameo when we go to buy a home blade cutter.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have a cameo and I absolutely love it. For my wedding I made our favors and I etched wine glasses for my bridesmaids. I also made personalized hotel bags and used it to cut my table numbers.  I have tons of more projects I still need to do as well.   The initial cost for everything is expensive, but for me its worth it as I have used it for many other projects as well. I chose the cameo over the cricut because I didn’t want to have to deal with cartridges. With the cameo you can pay per image and you can also create your own which is awesome. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Melly319:  I begged FI to buy me a Cricut last Christmas and he did. I used it for a few weeks and then stopped. Overall, I was not all that impressed with it. I would have much rather gotten a Cameo, but at the time I wasn’t even aware of other brands. I put a Cameo on my registry. At the very least, maybe FI will buy it for my birthday 🙂

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I bought a Silhouette!! It is so awesome, and I have used it for a bunch of projects, most notably my paper-flower bouquet. I could not imagine having to cut out all of those petals by hand!

One of the best things, I think, about the Silhouette is that you can literally cut ANYTHING. One of the reasons I didn’t go with the Cricut is because you were limited to the plates you bought from them. With the Silhouette program, you have a software application where you can design whatever shape/project you want. It is also helpful that there are TONS of pre-existing projects available for download from there site, most of which are $1. I’ve taken a few downloaded projects, then modified them to fit my needs. 

As far as “upkeep” costs, you will really only need to buy new mats (they’re about $10 each on Amazon) when the adhesive gets a bit worn out (but keeping them clean and dust-free really extends the life). You do need to buy new blade cartridges sometimes, but I’ve been using my same one since I bought it in February with no issues. I think those run less than $15 on Amazon as well.

I’m not sure how it compares to the new Cricut, because it wasn’t out when I was comparison shopping.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

 

Melly319:  I’m really glad you posted this… I might have to move over to Silhouette after following! 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Melly319:  PumpkinMuffin:  MissNerdy:  I was going to ask this EXACT question the other day! From what I’ve been reading even before this, I was probably going with the Silohuette. I’m kinda worried I won’t know how to use it, though. I just want it for crafty projects involving vinyl lettering that can stick to stuff and making letter stencils. Ya see, I have all these old windows I hoarded at garage sales that I need to do something with. Heeeelp!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have a cameo and I made my Save the Dates and my Wedding Invites with it. 

I love it! 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Theses are a few that I had pics on my phone

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

RedHeadKel:  there are tons of tutorials on youtube and even silhouettes website gives you instructions! It definately takws time to learn and time to create the designs but in my opinion if you like crafting then it’s worth it

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Melly319:  I have a Xerox color laser printer so I was able to print those myself. The return address envelopes (not seen in picture) I used the pen attachment to write with, and I addressed the envelopes with the save the date with the pen.  It worked ok, with some trial and error.

They did take a long time to cut out, but I only had to make 50 because we are having a small wedding. I did them over a few weekends.

They were a labor of love!

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