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Way OT but need advice... Cricut machine, so calling all crafty foodies!!! More inside, Thanks>>>

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Last updated: Nov. 19, 2012 5:55 pm
Posted: Nov. 18, 2012 9:32 am
Answered by: Brandy
Nov. 18, 2012 9:36 am
I'm wanting to get my daughter a Cricut machine. Not sure which machine to go with. Our local JoAnn Fabric's has the Expression 2 on sale on WED. for $180, then on Black Friday has the Personal size on sale for $80. She will be using if for mostly 4-H and school projects. I hate the idea of having to cut down paper to get it to fit the small one. If you have either one can you give me pros/cons of them? Thanks!
Nov. 19, 2012 5:55 pm
Hi Brandy. I have the E & the Personal. Love them. The E2 is different in that it can be connected to the internet to make custom designs using their online CCR software. But a lot of people are still having problems with that. -- Cricuts begin cutting in the upper right hand corner & move down the right hand side of the mat from there. This means, if you are cutting a horse, its head would be at the outer right side of the paper & its legs toward the left edge. This would let you make a cut that is almost 6" high if using the Personal. But if cutting something only 4" high, you can save that good 2" & use for another cut. I save even tiny scraps because there is always a small cut to be made to layer on another cut. -- I love my E & would buy that size again for my use. It is more versatile & I would bet that you get hooked & find uses for it too. I got the Personal on Craigslist for $35 just to get the cart that was with it. Now my DGD has claimed it as her BabyBug. -- Go to>community>messageboard & ask questions. There is a forum for newbies but go to General Chat>Cricut Chat to find the most traffic. -- You will need carts (cartridges). I find best prices on Ebay. But be careful to buy ones that haven't been 'linked' if you may ever want to use Gypsy or PC's CCR (online design software). These linked carts will work fine on your machines but won't work if wanting to use the design software. Some are big on making custom designs but I've been very happy without it. -- SO.... 5 1/2 or 5 3/4 high cuts on the Personal should work well for your DD for 4H & school. Looking to the future use, I would want the extra capabilities of the 12" cut.
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