Portable Stand-Alone Cutting Machine - The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter

Published: 06th April 2011
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The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter is a must-have machine for anyone who considers themselves a serious home handicrafter. Forget scissors and stencils, forget complicated equipment and software - the Cricut range of cutting machines is designed to automate some of the fiddlier cutting jobs whilst keeping the fun in your craft - all from compact and portable machines that are light enough to be carried with you wherever you need to take them. They are best-in-class machines, and completely stand-alone - which means they don't have to be connected to a PC in order to work. Read on to find out more about the full product set from the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter range, including how they work and what are the key differences between the models.

First off, they all work in a similar manner. Since there is no PC involved on which to store information about the cutting shapes and designs, the Cricut cutting machines use special Cricut cartridges, each of which houses a set of such designs. Now each cartridge has a specific theme - if you want Disney characters, there’s a cartridge for that; if you’re into sports designs, there’s a theme for that; if you like doing calligraphy, there’s a theme for that. In fact, there are literally hundreds to choose from. When you buy a Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter, you will get a couple of cartridges as standard. You will find some places offer to sell you bundles of cheap cartridges when you purchase one of the electronic cutters from them. Thereafter, you need to buy additional cartridges as and when you need them. The cost of cartridges can really add up, and I recommend you try to expand your selection slowly as you go on, and make the most of the ones you have at any given time.

Once you've plugged in the cartridge and decided on a shape, there are a couple more decisions to be made. The first one is - which material are you going to cut your pattern out of? There are four choices available - vinyl, vellum, card and paper - with all of the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter machines. Secondly, what size character or shape are you going to cut? The range of sizes you can cut to varies from cutter to cutter with the Cricut Expression having the largest range - the smallest size available in the range is 1/4 inch and the largest size available is 23 1/2 inches. Program in your options, hit a button, and marvel at the results. The result - superb results every time, all done with very little effort on your part.

Are you are interesed in finding out more about the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter? If you'd like to see all of the details and specs for the whole range of Cricuts, do visit my Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter site now.

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