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Thread: cricut vs cameo vs etc

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    cricut vs cameo vs etc

    Okay, I wanted to know if anyone uses the cricut (and all others in that vane) for cutting fabric for quilting. I am thinking of getting one, but I don't know how useful it will be, which is better or if it will be any use for me with quilting. Any input?
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    I use the Accuquilt go. I don't have all the dies, but if I have the right size, I use the go. I have the 2.5 and 3.5 and the 6.5 strip. the 6.5 HST. the 6.5 square. the lose a 1/2 inch when sewn. There are more dies that I want to buy. It saves a lot of time.

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    This has been discussed before. If you do a search, you can find other posts. Here's a recent one:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t-t194548.html
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    My LQS has something called an eBosser I've been considering but really haven't done any research.

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    I strongly recommend accuquilt go. I just bought a few new dies for it on sale at Joanne's this weekend. I use it for shapes that are hard to cut by hand such as apple core and for ones I cut repetitively such as 5" blocks. I do needle turn appliqué so I don't buy those dies. I recommend that you make a list of the types of dies you want to use and then make a decision.

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    There is a learning curve and you are limited to the cartridges. I would go with the silouette over the cricut because you can cut whatever shape you want
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    There is a learning curve and you are limited to the cartridges. I would go with the silouette over the cricut because you can cut whatever shape you want
    Ditto. Also, Provo Craft's business practices leave a lot to be desired. I've boycotted all Provo Craft because I hate how they're treating customers and small businesses.

    That "recent discussion" linked above is from last July. That's recent? Electronic cutters are like computers-technology changes a lot in a small amount of time. If I was buying a cutter today, it would probably be the Klick n Kut. It's a lot more expensive though.

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    My sister has a Cricut, I needed some letters cut in fabric. She had to use iron on stabilizer on the fabric to cut it. If you are going to use it for small applique I suppose it would be alright but it is a lot of futzing around for little pay-off for fabric. There are better systems.
    When I got the letters they still had to be trimmed and I had to purchase a new blade for her because the fabric dulled hers. It was quilting cotton and only 11 letters.

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    Thank you so much for all your input! I already have a accuquilt, but I find the cost of the dies reprehensible. I was hoping something like the cricut would cut the cost since they have so many different images, but i guess the cost of the blades and lost fabric will offset the cost of the accuquilt dies.

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    Accuquilt Go is my choice.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmrosie View Post
    Thank you so much for all your input! I already have a accuquilt, but I find the cost of the dies reprehensible. I was hoping something like the cricut would cut the cost since they have so many different images, but i guess the cost of the blades and lost fabric will offset the cost of the accuquilt dies.
    It's the cost of cartridges that will be prohibitive. Unless they've changed something (I know they have cricut craft room now but I think you still have to own the cartridges). Even on sale, those puppies can add up quickly. The silhouette doesn't need cartridges and you don't have to buy files or anything. You can trace your own from images.

    I agree about wasted fabric though. It can be hard with any electronic machine to judge exactly where it's going to cut. And you almost have to use a full cutting mat worth of fabric in order for the fabric to stick well. It has to have fusible on it, although some have had luck just heavily starching it.

    I admit. I have a Silhouette and a Big Shot Pro with dies. And a regular Big Shot as well. But I do papercrafting too.

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    I have a Pazzle. I can hook it up to my computer and do anything I want. My mom and I did 3 sunbonnet Sue's quilts and I cut all the pieces out with the Pazzle. I love it.

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