(Closed) Which personal cutting machine?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Which personal cutting machine do you recommend?
    Cricut : (4 votes)
    67 %
    Pazzles : (0 votes)
    Silhouette : (2 votes)
    33 %
    Other (comment below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    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
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    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Oooh, great thread. I’ll be watching to see which machines people recommend.

    Post # 5
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    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • 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
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    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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 # 8
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    1278 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
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    19 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Cricut. Omg I love my cricut….

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