(Closed) Is a Cricut worth it?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have the cake cricut and would not recommend it for fondant.  I use it for paper and cutting out letters.  Each cartidge only has one font as far as I can tell.  I am no expert and would also like to hear from bees with more cricut experience.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hell yes.  I actually got my baby bug (personal expression) for 59 during Michael’s Christmas sale.  You can get sure cuts a lot for the cricut which has all of the fonts from your computer as well as a variety of shapes.  It saves the buying a billion carts.  Expressionvinyl.com has the free download for you to try out the software.  However, when it prints it comes out with score lines across it because it’s the demo version.  I played around with it yesterday and found it extremely user friendly.  So far I have made wine glass appliques, gift tags, appliques for my kid’s “desks” and more.  I wish I would have purchased it before my wedding!! 

 

Eta you don’t need to “glue” the letters, you can use the self adhesive vinyl, the sheets can be found for as little as 99 cents each, but shipping is kind of high.  Wal-mart has the sheets for $9, but my cutter is smaller so I can actually get about 10 sheets out of it after cutting it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i have one the i just got on black friday as well but i have yet to use it… however i do plan on making our tags for our favors, a candy buffet banner, and a few other things for the wedding… i also love scrapbooking so im sure itll come in handy 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@soon2bhis: It is on Thanksgiving day every year.  I actually waited an entire year so that I could get it during this time (well worth the savings I tell you what!)

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I totally think the Cricut is worth it. I have the Cricut Expression because I knew I would want to upgrade later. The cartridges go on sale quite often. I haven’t paid over $40.00 per cartridge yet. Right now the Personal Cricut is on sale for $79.99 at Joanns and the Expression is on sale for $229.99. Seasonal cartridges are on sale for $19.99 and regular cartridges are on sale for $39.99. I just took this information from the flyer. The sale ends December 24th.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@soon2bhis: Yes, it is like Michaels. If you have a Michaels near you, they usually have sales at the same time as Joanns. I have found them to be a little bit more expensive though.

And just an FYI to the US shoppers. I just checked the Joanns website and the prices are even less online, even with shipping.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I like the Cricut but I don’t know if it is worth it.  I haven’t got my money out of it yet.  And I’ve put probably $400 into it when you factor in the cost of the machine, the blades and mats, and the cartridges.  I have the small 6” cricut create.  I would recommend getting the larger 12” cricut.  You can make a lot more with it.  If I had the larger one I probably would get my money’s worth.

Also, you should get the program Sure Cuts A Lot.  If you get this you won’t really need to buy any cartridges.  You can have the Cricut cut any font, webdings, or svg files with this program.  The possibilities are endless.  Get SCAL if you get a cricut.  Don’t get the cartridges.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@amariem25: I think we have the same cricut, I definitely would have loved the larger one, but for the price I got the smaller one for I am okay with that.  I am curious as to why you don’t feel you’re getting your money out of it?  I actually feel that I am getting my money out of it plus some.  Have you tried maybe watching you tube tutorials or googling projects?

Post # 13
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207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

Have you looked at the Silhouette machine? I just got mine (I ordered it from the US on Black Friday, and even with shipping and duty it was still a deal) and it can use almost any font on your computer. There are no cartridges to buy either! Silhouette has an online store, and you can buy shapes from there for $0.99 each, and they have sales now and then too.

It is 8.5″ wide – I wish it was 12″ like the biggest Cricut, but not needing cartridges won out in the end.

Post # 15
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3587 posts
Sugar bee

Yep! I have the Expression since I used to have the Create. Well, still do, but trying to sell it.LOL I like the cCricut because I use it to scrapbook, as well as make things for my classroom.

Oh, I upgraded because I wanted to make bigger things, the Create makes them too small for me.

Post # 16
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have the Cricut create (uses the 6×12 mats) and I’m an addict! I’ve had it for about 2 years now, and I use it all the time for scrapbooking and other projects around the house! I’m working on my save the dates right now, and it’s been a lifesaver! As far as cartridges go…yes, purchase SCAL–it makes things much easier, but I still buy cartridges, because there are fonts that you won’t get with SCAL. But I also purchase all of my cartridges on clearance/sale or I purchase them on E-bay. I’ve never paid more than $25 per cartridge, and I’ve got TONS of them! I’m a machine junkie though, I also swear by my xyron–and wouldn’t trade either of them…

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