I want a die cut machine but not sure which one
I’ve have been watching the videos on the Brothers scan n cut and the cricut explore air. Any input would help. I have a printer with a scanner couldn’t I use that with the cricut? I scrapbook. Please help me decide. THanks
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I know this won’t help you make a decision but I thought I would share anyway. I so love my Gypsy from Cricut but I know that is not a possibility any longer as they don’t support that hand held device any more. One good thing about the Gypsy as you aren’t at the mercy of the internet. I just keep praying my gypsy keeps working for a while longer yet. I love it.
Those that are pushing for the Cricut Explore are not telling you the whole story. You will be tethered to the internet. If your internet is down, you cannot cut. If Cricut’s server is down, you cannot cut. You have to constantly switch between browsers, clear your cookies, clear your cache, log in, log out and log in again. When they do an upgrade to the software, your computer may no longer be compatible. They do not guarantee that the software will work with your Explore at all times or whenever you want to use it. The Print then Cut is not a full one, it is limited in size to the browser you are using. Basic designing tools are not part of the program like offset. Design Space is an online software and you are at the mercy of the internet and Cricut’s servers.
There are a couple of ways you can go. I have the Brother ScanNCut 1 & 2, which allows you to use it with your computer and as a standalone, I use SCAL4 with it or as a standalone. There is the Janome Artistic Edge, very powerful, and I have one and I use SCAL4 with it as oppose to the software that is provided with the machine. I have the Silhouette Cameo and again I use SCAL4 with it. Very good entry cutter as far as digital die cutting and again I use SCAL4 with it. I also have the Cricut Explore and it is the only one I would not recommend to anyone to purchase.
Hi there adele295,
If you go to the brother site, then Scan N Cut. You will see a link to check out the comparison of the top 3 different die cutting machines. There is also a link to lead you too the Brother Scan N Cut Which One is Best for You page.
To answer your question about the Printer with the Brother Scan n Cut you can take that printed page that you printed out with your own printer and scan it in to the Brother Scan n Cut and cut it out. What I like about having a scanner on my die cutting machine is that I can place my cutting material on my mat then see where I can place my design on my cutting paper. No guessing and no can only cut here. You can take a scrap of paper and place it on the mat look to your scanned in design and place on the scrap and check if it is small or big enough for the scrap and then cut away. I actually love the scan in feature when I think about it.
For example I got Easter basket off of the Brother Creative Center site. That site is for making print out crafts using the Brother Printer. the items on that site can be cut out by just using a regular pair of paper scissors.
I used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut out the baskets and the little basket accessories. What I did was I scanned them in to my scan n cut and use direct cut and it found the shapes and I cut them. I just glued them together. They are now filled with Easter grass.
Brother also offers free projects on the free Scan n Cut Canvas site. Scan n Cut canvas is a free cloud based program where you can make the Free project designs that Brother offers or you can create your own designs. Plus when you first get the scan n cut you can just use the designs that are built in there are many to get you started and continue to use as long as you like. Right out of the box.
In my own opinion between the two die cutting machines Brother Scan n Cut and the Cricut I would say it is about 50-50. The Cricut and the Brother Scan n Cut both cut paper any kind, fabric, vinyl, chip board, leather, silicone, craft foam etc.
I find that cricut accessories are less expensive then Brother but then you have to pay for the cricut project designs. Granted Cricut I do believe lets you have a free trial for only so long where as Brother it is always free to a brother Scan n Cut owner.
I do like Cricut Halloween designs there are many and they are very cute.
I however would not pay for them.
Why I did not go with the Cricut when I purchased my die cutting machine. Because I did not want to pay for designs or for a cloud base design space. I figure if I paid xx amount of dollars and these machines are not cheap that I would go with the one that offers freebies.
As far as the accessories some scan n cut models come with all or most depending on what you spend. I got the CM550DX last year in February. I got all the accessories plus a 50 design cd for applique and a book called the Cut up this book by Emily Hogarth. I can take the pictures in that book and print them out on my printer and then cut them out or I can just take the pictures and just scan them in to my Brother scan n cut and just cut them out from the book. I do not really have to do anything special to use these or any other prints.
If one buys a model with the lesser accessories like mats drawing pencils etc. You can always get them when needed or if you see them on sale at a national fabric store and on line HSN or at other places on line as well.
I also do buy Cricut accessories for use in my scan n cut. I have bought the window cling and the iron on vinyl. I will be using the Cricut iron on vinyl for a sewing project I have going.
With that said the reason why I went with Cricut is because I know it will cut on my scan n cut and also because at this time Brother does not have iron on vinyl. They have vinyl for use in glass etching and for use in making designs on any solid hard surface object but it can not be ironed on to cloth. I can make stencils with it and use fabric paint, spray or markers to color it in but that is not what I want at this time.
Brother has iron glitter sheets to use for fabric design. I am also not using them for this project.
Before you buy any die cutting machine do a research and see what one you feel you would get the most use out of and what your purpose for use is. Also look for the one that you think will get you the best bang for your buck.
I love my Brother Scan n Cut and I use it for both fabric and paper. Actually I have just gotten into making paper crafts because of the duel purpose of my Brother Scan n Cut.
Here is a picture of my Easter baskets that I got from Brother creative center.
Julie Fei Fan Balzer will be here on the 16th of March 10am-11am Then again on I think 8pm -9pm
If you can get a chance to watch her it will give you a good idea on how to use the snc. Plus I understand she is coming in with a new bundle with cm350H.
Hope I was of some help. I hope you figure out which machine is best for you.
Your HSN friend,
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03.16.16 12:00 AM