A friend of mine recently got an Explore and she loves it. She sent me her old expression, and I love it! I have been looking at machines for a long time, but just couldn't justify the expense. I don't know how I ever did anything without this machine!
I think if I ever have an opportunity where I can afford to upgrade, I probably will.
I liked the post about a personal sized laser cutter too! That would be awesome!
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I have a cricut expressions.I used it all the time. My husband just brought me the cricut explorer air. He is tech guy and thought it would be a great gift for me. I have mixed feelings on it for now because I havent had much time to use it. Internet connect is a must to use. You have to have your cartridges linked up in order to use them. I dont like that because that means you cant borrow your friends. Cartridges can only be used one account. It does show what is yours what is the subscription and what the price is for the image or cartridge if you want the whole thing. However the cuts are amazing. I did a birthday card for a friend that turn our beautiful. However my mat was too sticky and I couldnt get it off without ruining it. I used the stylus last night for flowers they bent perfectly. I am still working through how to use the cricut design space. Images do cost from .99 and up. I like the design space fo already made crafts however everything I want to do the images are not part of the subscription. So I would have to buy them in order to do the craft. I am still reading or watching the videos to see how it works. Cricut company did call to see if I needed any support/help at this time. I told them no not at this time. She said she will follow up with me in a few weeks. I do like that you dont have to removed the blade to use the markers or stylus that it has its one holder. I hope to work on some projects tonight. When I can I will post some pictures.
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I keep dreaming of a personal-sized laser cutting machine...a bladeless machine that cuts with laser precision...but can easily sit on your desk...and is affordable. (If you're gonna dream...) Guess I should get off my behind and invent one! HA HA!
I kept my small one, just because I sometimes take it with me to events. If I am going to a friends for a crop or something, other than that it rarely gets used, but like it said the 12 x 12 paper and a 12 x 12 machine make more sense.
I agree with you, LARIESHA. I don't want to be tempted. It was a completely different matter when Cricut introduced the Expression...I had the small Cricut at the time...so it made perfect sense to go up to a 12" mat because that's the largest size of paper we typically have access to. It was really easy to sell my small Cricut at the time, so it worked out. But now, there are so many options...easy to get overwhelmed!
I have not looked at the Silhouette and not sure how it works. I like my Expression and am afraid if I see something else, I will be tempted to buy it. I did not like the imagine either, but I had just gotten my Expression when I really looked at it.
I just have my good old Expression. I am a little undecided about whether or not I want to take a leap of faith in the new version (Explore). I'm seeing comments from various sites with all kinds of information...good and not so good. Many people are posting about their Silhouettes and about how much they love them. People have expressed disapproval for the Cricut Imagine, which I do not own...glad I didn't fall for the hype on THAT!
I am not familiar with the types of files that the Silhouette uses, though I DO use Provo Craft's "Craft Room" for many of my cuts. Does anyone know if the Silhouette uses a similar type of technology? I've seen comments regarding the technology and file types that the Cricut Explore uses, and it sounds like it's similar to the Silhouette.
At any rate, I'm not going to jump on board for a while. Best to let the dust settle and see what types of bugs come out. It always happens, no matter what brand of cutter people buy. And for now, I'm very much satisfied with the files I'm able to cut on my Cricut Expression. Too many for me to keep track of, quite honestly.
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