When it comes to crafting, you need a die cutting machine – or plotter – if you want to get the best results. These clever machines are affordable, efficient and great fun, and there are two very nice models on the market that are designed for the home user: the Cricut, and the Silhouette Cameo. Here, we look at the merits of each.
About the Cricut
If you’re not sure what a die-cutter is, imagine a printer that instead of printing images in ink, cuts the shapes out of paper or card. The Cricut is a cheap and very popular model, and has certain pros and cons.
In its favour is the fact it is a nicely made machine with a strong and robust feel to it. It’s also available for use with downloadable patterns – designed especially for this machine – so you have the added benefit of ease of use.
When considering the Cricut vs. Silhouette elements, you can also add that the Cricut is designed with clever features such as an in-built holder for tools, which is handy for crafters.
On the downside, the cartridges for the Cricut – these are essential for some operations – are comparatively expensive to buy. Also, it can work out expensive to use the Cricut, but then the benefits may outweigh the deficits.
Let’s have a look at the Silhouette Cameo, and see how it compares.
About the Silhouette Cameo
There are several factors that might make the Silhouette the winner in the Cricut vs. Cameo scenario, but don’t make your decision just yet.
To begin with, the Cameo does not require the expensive cartridges that most applications with the Cricut need. So, you have one less expense to worry about when it comes to using this die-cutter.
The Silhouette comes with a free software package in the starter kit, which includes templates to cut images and shapes. The software is easy to use, efficient and effective, and is a welcome addition to the package.
You also get a choice of free files at the Silhouette website, and there are further you can purchase.
The potential cons to buying the Cameo are that it is not as robust a machine as the Cricut. Also, some may find the software to be a little complex if they are not used to it.
So, which of these machines should you buy if you are looking for a die-cutter for crafting?
Which is For You?
Both of these machines do a very good job, and each has its merits as we have said. It’s difficult to single one out from the other, as there are attractions on each side.
The best we can recommend is that you have a look at some of the more detailed reviews – we’ve direct you to one that is very informative – before you choose, and it comes down to personal choice. Meanwhile, we can say that these are great machines, and will add massive variety to your crafting pursuits.