Cricut, Cuttlebug, Sizzix.. What is what?

Jill - posted on 02/15/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Can anyone explain how all these machines differ? They are all die-cut machines of some sort correct? What makes one better? Etc. I'm just a little confused and need some clarification. Thanks!

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Crystal - posted on 02/15/2009

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I agree with Andrea.. I just want to add that with the Sizzix and Cuttlebug that what ever the size of die cut is you can't change it. With the Cricut you can. I have the smaller one and I can adjust it to varies sizes from 1 inch up to 5 inches. The other advantage to the Cricut is you type in the word or shape you want and press "cut" and that is it.. with the sizzix you are doing the work of punching out each of the shapes/letters. I have the sizzix and the cricut and I prefer the Cricut. I have been purchasing many of the cartridges on Ebay for about $35 or less. Some auctions even have been offering free shipping. AcMoore sells the cartridge for $89.99 and you can't use any coupons (as we all know). Everything that I have purchased on Ebay has been brand new. Its just an option for you.



I hope this helped you! Good luck!

Suzanne - posted on 02/17/2009

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The Sizzix is a die cut manual machine which requires big heavy dies to use. My sister had one and gave it away due to it taking up too much space and wasn't portable.



The Cuttlebug and the Quickutz are die cut manual machines as well and are great for smaller die cuts and portable without being very bulky. I have the quickutz and it is good for taking with you for alphabets/lettering.



I have used them all and highly recommend the cricut. You can do so much more with it than the others and allows you to change the sizes of your die cuts. I love mine and would not trade it for the world. It is portable but it is electric and requires a plug. If you shop around you can find entire alphabets plus other diecuts for 29.99 each. I feel like I get the most for my money from the cricut. Custom Crops has great deals on cartridges.

Taryn - posted on 02/17/2009

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Cricut all the way! Then buy the sure cuts a lot software at www.craftedge.com . The software is less than the price of three cartridges and once you have it on you computer the stars the limit. Any font that you can download to your computer you can then cut on your cricut. You can also cut wingdings. Its awesome really worth checking out. Save you a ton in the long run!

Andrea - posted on 02/15/2009

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You can totally get them on ebay I have done that too... the AC Moore here and Michales sometimes have them for as low as $38!!! That is when I get the ones I want... but I dont like having to wait...lol

Andrea - posted on 02/15/2009

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Hi! Good question! OK a Sizzix and Cuttlebug are basicly the same... you buy the die or die pack that you want one by one, choose your paper and "press" with the help if the device you image out. The Cuttlebug and Sizzix are interchangeable and can both do dry embossing. The Cricut does the cutting for you and the dies are on cartridge and you got more then one at a time. The Cricut can also draw if you buy the markers for it.

I have all 3 and use the Cricut the most. It is more money but you can usually find the cartridge on sale for a good price.

I hope that helps a little... if I can help anymore please let me know!!

Happy Scrapin'

Andrea

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I highly recommend the Sillouette for die cutting.  You don't need to invest in cartridges because any font or image on your computer can be used!  I got one for Christmas and it came with 4 packages of adhesive paper and a $250 gift card to get more images off their website.  There online support has been quick to respond and very helpful.  It is super easy to use!

Rachel - posted on 02/17/2009

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I am addicted to my cricut expression, but I still bought the cuttlebug to use for dry embossing :)

Janet - posted on 02/16/2009

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I don't know about the cuttlebug, but I just got the Cricut and love it. Sizzix I think is harder, the Cricut is just insert the paper, type what you want, and hit cut - it does phrases, die cut designs - sports, flowers etc.... letters. I just love it, now I have to get going with a project - I scrapbook and am behind about a year because I got bored - well - not anymore :)

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So I agree with Andrea post she is absolutely correct of her descriptions.  I would just like to add I first started with the Sizzix and loved it up until I tried my friends Cricut for the first time a few months ago. Now I have my own Cricut and have fallen in love!  It so much faster and really really simple to use and understand.  No more having to load each individual letter (Sizzix) to make a word.

Danica - posted on 02/16/2009

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I have been researching new dicut machines, and I think the one I am going with is the silohette (sp?) it uses your fonts that are already on your computer, and there are no cartriges to buy! It is a bit pricy, but with no cartriges, and new fonts to download for only a couple of dollars, it seems to make the most sense for me. I do own a Sizzix, but I hardly use it. Do your homework, and find what works best for you!

Alejandra - posted on 02/15/2009

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I got the Cricut for Xmas and I'm loving it.. I have the smaller one and I am totally fine with it.. otherwise it can get a bit overwhelming... it has so many different functions and possibilities.. but it works perfectly for my purposes.. mainly letter titles!!! It is totally worth it!

Angie - posted on 02/15/2009

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I have a Cricut and it is a diecutting machine. It's a wonderful tool for lettering titles, diecutting objects etc. The best money I have spent! I don't know anything about the Cuttlebug or Sizzix. - sorry!

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