I love thins thing! I prefer the Quickutz Silhouette to anything on the market. I think they just don’t have the marketing dollars Provocraft has.
I have used a Cricut and toyed with idea of buying one over the past few months. I just wasn’t WOWED buy it. Every time I thought of having to buy one and seeing them come up for sale I have *almost* bought one. I can see the advantage MAYBE of being able to take anywhere- but I can take my Quickutz Silhouette with me anywhere with my laptop.
What has always stopped me cold has been buying those cartridges for different font or new shapes I just could not wrap my head around it. I might feel differently if I had a group of friends where we could swap and trade but most of my friends- gas- do not even Scrapbook and think of my hobby as a weird obsession they just don’t get .
I will posting more on trick and techniques for using the Silhouette- I admit the software can be intimidating and look a bit scary at first- it isn’t that bad .
Currently I have at LEAST 5,000 different true type fonts installed. There is no way Cricut can compete with that.
You can cut and resize 50 of the images that come with the machine- which are actually pretty good. It comes with a nice “flourish” that I use all the time.
You can always get more of there images on the website ( you have to pay) Yo can also cut ANY image, clip art, or graphic you create using outline feature ( don’t break copyright laws!).
There a 3 different blades that come with machine and I have also heard you can cut rubber stamping material and make runner stamps from your images with Silhouette. The balde you use depends on what material you are cutting.
You can cut The blades can cut paper, cardstock, vellum, vinyl film, specialty paper, sticker or adhesive-backed paper, iron-on transfer paper, and magnetic paper and vinyl. As far as i know the Silhouette doesnt cut chipboard. I don’t see how any machine for home use will be able to cut chipboard- I can’t see it having a powerful enough motor or being safe.