Post # 1
Fiance has been on my case about making him a Christmas list for about a week now, and I think I’ve finally decided on one thing I’d really like, and would get good use out of–a personal cutting machine! I’ve seen a bunch of Bees, and other DIY brides who have used them for different wedding things, and I’d love to get in on the action.. but, I’m not quite sure which one would be best suited for me.
I know some machines you need to buy specific cartridges for, and I’m not really digging that idea.. I’d much rather just have a machine I can use for anything, and not have a lot of restrictions. That being said, however, I know there are some ways around cartridges, so if anyone is a huge advocate of something that needs them, please give me your stance! They cost a pretty penny, and I want to make sure I actually use the darn thing! LOL!
Post # 3
I’ve only used a Cricut back when I was an RA in college. We had one and used it a LOT to decorate the dorms. I loved it!
The cartridges can be pricey, depending on how many options you want. I personally would get a fancy script, plain/”normal” script, an inbetween one, and a symbols/shapes one and just get the ones you want for your wedding materials.
The two nice things about cartidges are: they make instant gift ideas for future years, plus you can often get discounted ones at Michaels. With coupons, they become much more reasonable. If you know anyone with a Cricut, you can do a cartridge swap also. We did that with another dorm on campus that had ones we wanted to use.
ETA: Also, each cartridge has a ton of options on it. It’s not just a font with all the punctuation/numbers. You normally can create other symbols/shapes/characters by combining buttons (ie. Shift + F = flower). So, you do get lots of options even with just one or two cartridges. It really depends on the cartridge, what you need, and so forth.
Post # 4
Oooh, great thread. I’ll be watching to see which machines people recommend.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Barn at Valhalla
I have a Silhouette SD…I think that’s what it’s called. It’s ok. I like that I can download an image and don’t have to run get a cartridge. But sometimes the damn thing gets jammed. I don’t know if this is because the carrier got all unstickyfied, so the paper wasn’t sticking to it right…or user error…or if that’s just how it is. I made a lot of stuff with it, but had some frustration too.
Sorry. Probably least helpful comment EVER.
Post # 6
Like Magic, I too have a Silhouette. They just came out with the 12 inch sized machine and I want it now! I like there are no cartridges to purchase. You do purchase designs off their site ($.99 each) and it downloads to your computer. They always have clearance sales and free downloads of the week. There is so much you can do with this machine! You can do a ton with the cricuit too but i like that i can purchase only the designs I need and will actually use instead of an expensive template that I may only use half the designs. That is just my 2 cents. Check out Silhouette’s site and blog – lots of ideas and tutorials!
I have never heard of Pazzles!
Post # 7
Thanks for your comments so far, ladies! Bumping for any others!
Post # 8
The Silhouette maschine is on my list, I’ve heard good things about them and I want one of my own!
Good luck and i hope you get what you want!
Post # 9
I recently got a Pazzles with the intention of using for invitations, escort cards, etc. So far, I’ve mostly been watching the online tutorial videos and playing with the software. I haven’t cut many things so far, but was really impressed when I actually used it.
I will say that if you’re looking for something easy to use right out of the box, this might not be the right machine. I’ve spent quite a few hours “learning” and don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface. On the other hand, if you want 100% flexibility to design things yourself and the ability to cut, draw, emboss, design stamps, cut fondant (with the new cake kit I really want to buy), etc., this machine does it all.
Also, as a side note, if you buy a Pazzles used or your new one doesn’t include a membership to the Pazzles Craftroom, I’d plan on buying a couple months. The user manual and the few tutorials included on the disc were nowhere near enough to get me started. The videos online have really made it a bit more do-able.
Post # 10
Cricut. Omg I love my cricut….