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Old 05-02-2010, 02:17
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Default Re: sizzix vs cricut

If you go to Cricut.com and sign up for their message boards you can get a lot of great tips and lots of cricut owners are always willing to help out. I have read on there that the cricut is awful to try and cut felt with ... the blade gets too tangled up in the felt.

I just ordered the Cricut Expressions from HSN. They are the only site that offers an extended warranty and they have a lot of great bundles. In hind-sight, I should have ordered a bundle with access versus carts b/c I plan to buy the SCAL program so that I don't have to buy the carts.

The biggest reason, for me, why I didn't go with a Sizzix was b/c you are limited to the size of lettering that you can buy. They only go up to 2" - maybe 2.5" if you're lucky and I want to make bigger.

If you check out CL, there are people selling their dies for cheap. In my area there is a lady who has 4 sets of alpha's that are retired for $25 a set.

If you go with a Cricut, on the website in the message boards area there is a member who has a store and she has carts for $30-$35 on a daily basis. Versus the $90 at JA and elsewhere.

Good luck with whatever you choose

PS. If you join the cricut message board (the website) you are NOT allowed to discuss SCAL - it will get removed. Cricut has something called Design Studio or something like that, that is similar to SCAL (I'm guessing at this).
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:32
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Default Re: sizzix vs cricut

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I now want a Sizzex machine. I have never even heard of these until this post. What all can you do with one, besides cut felt for clips? Are there tutorials? Also, what all can you do with a Cricut. I don't scrapbook, but it looks so cool. I would love to be able to due vinyl designs for wall decor. Does it do that?

YES!!! I am partial to the Cricut, I have an expression and I LOVE it!! I make all types of vinyl stuff for my walls and frames, you can make cards and frames too very easily, I also have SCAL, which is a computer program to use with the Cricut, it cuts down on having to buy so many cartridges, and allows you to use any font or dingbat on your computer, plus svg files, and there are tons of them on the web for free. I cut fabric with mine all the time too, I use it about every day, at least! I love it!

I have not tried felt though.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:37
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If you go to Cricut.com and sign up for their message boards you can get a lot of great tips and lots of cricut owners are always willing to help out. I have read on there that the cricut is awful to try and cut felt with ... the blade gets too tangled up in the felt.

I just ordered the Cricut Expressions from HSN. They are the only site that offers an extended warranty and they have a lot of great bundles. In hind-sight, I should have ordered a bundle with access versus carts b/c I plan to buy the SCAL program so that I don't have to buy the carts.

The biggest reason, for me, why I didn't go with a Sizzix was b/c you are limited to the size of lettering that you can buy. They only go up to 2" - maybe 2.5" if you're lucky and I want to make bigger.

If you check out CL, there are people selling their dies for cheap. In my area there is a lady who has 4 sets of alpha's that are retired for $25 a set.

If you go with a Cricut, on the website in the message boards area there is a member who has a store and she has carts for $30-$35 on a daily basis. Versus the $90 at JA and elsewhere.

Good luck with whatever you choose

PS. If you join the cricut message board (the website) you are NOT allowed to discuss SCAL - it will get removed. Cricut has something called Design Studio or something like that, that is similar to SCAL (I'm guessing at this).
Yes, it similar, SCAL came out first, the problem with Design Studio is you have to own the carts. to be able to cut out the designs, so you are pretty limited, with SCAL you really have no limits, have you checked out the SCAL MB? I have tons of SCAL files, if you want some or have any questions, feel free to pm me, I love to talk Cricut! Have fun with your new toy! Also, I can promise you, you will still want some of the carts!
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