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Mrs.Moos
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Date: 12/8/12 9:52 PM

Was reading a Facebook post by Embroidery Garden and she had used a Cricut Expression to decorate a mirrow with vinyl decals. I thought they were just scrapbook things-which I do not do. But what she had done interests me.
SO I need to know ALL ABOUT Cricuts. What you can do, how much the supplies cost. Can they interface with a computer? I am used to embroidery machines and software-can you use software with the Cricut to make different fonts etc?
Please share your info/opinion.
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Date: 12/9/12 1:53 AM

I'm not a deep source of information on this topic. The cricut uses cartridges to cut out however you can buy sure-cuts-a-lot software to hook up directly to your computer.
Many bloggers are using the silhouette now -which hooks up to computer I believe....

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Date: 12/9/12 11:04 AM

This is a great chart. http://www.paperthreads.com/bonus/paperthreads_machine_compare_112008.html

Check out the interface and computer platform rows to answer your question.

Most have software & can interface with your computer, but some of the software only uses pre-made desgins that you can only modify slightly. Others are more like drawing programs. When I was looking to buy one of these machines, I was going to get the Klic-n-kut because of the great drawing program type software and also because it seems to cut a greater variety of materials and can cut thicker materials.

You can also check out YouTube for videos of some of the machines in action!
-- Edited on 12/9/12 11:20 AM --

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Date: 12/9/12 3:49 PM

I can only add as advise.. to be sure and add up all the additional costs that each model might have in the overall total .. for instance. the cricut uses cartridges. those are expensive. however they do go on sale. and some of the older ones are quite cheap at some net sites. Blades.. and IMHO they don't last long those blades. Mats.. etc. Of course most any model you choose will need blades and mats. I would also look at the Shilhouette.. for fabric use. no personal experience with it however. and some designs are free. while others are not. The vagabond. which I just purchased can do both embossing and die cuts. Those folders you emboss with and die cuts are an added expense.. but I already had so many.. One cheapy model is the Sizziz Big Shot or Big Kick.. uses die cuts and will also work with embossing folders.. I have heard /seen good results with vinyl and fabric with both those models.
There are a lot more models to choose from now then what there was a couple of years back.
If you aren't interested in printing out papers.skip over the Imagine model. Its a cutter/printer combo.. no need for it if you only want to do fabrics there are better choices.
Some machines work manually. you hand roll the design thru.. some work electronically. such as the Vagabond and the Cricut.
These machines just add a lot of creativity to what you can do. fun to play with. I just saw a wreath another PR member had done using one. and it was just fabulous.

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Date: 12/9/12 3:51 PM

PS. I own a few of these machines. and am very familiar with most of the others out on the market. so if you get confused on features or so on. just ask. I will help you if I can.

I should also add . there is more than one model of the Cricut. be careful there. they are not all the same. Prices are all over the place. but you can check your local CRAIGSLIST. Often times when a seller sells her machine she will throw the cartridges in with the machine for not too much more.
-- Edited on 12/9/12 3:56 PM --

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