I've had my Silhouette SD for a while now, and have had fun learning how to use these digital cutters! I had never even seen one used [ like for scrapbooking that I do not do ] before learning about the possibility of using one for cake decorating right here on CC. I started looking at the various options, and for me not having to buy cartridges or special programs to use what I already had was the only way to go. I have use programs like Paint Shop Pro and several other graphic design programs for YEARS and can 'cut&paste' and 'photoshop' all kinds of graphics to make them something I can use both on paper and for my cake designs using my airbrush. [ I often print out graphics and use the overhead projector or cut a stencil for the airbrush design ] I've been 'collecting' graphics and fonts for years as well so I do have a lot to choose. So the thought of having to get cartridges with graphics or fonts just didn't interest me, and having to purchase another program to do what I can already do.....well you get the idea. That is when I decided on the Silhouette where I can import jpg's, use my own fonts...what ever!
I DL the program from the Silouette site that comes with the machine even before I got one, so I could actually try it out with my 'stuff' and be sure that what I thought would work really would....and it did. So when the machine finally got to my door, I was ready to plug it in and go! I was able to cut my first gumpaste design the day my machine arrived, and after a few practice/learning tries, I had excellent results. The biggest 'challange' was getting the settings just right, as no one had posted them for the Silhouette just the Cricut.
Pricing: I have no place where I can go and buy ANYTHING here in the boonies, so Ebay was my to go place to shop. I watched the listings for several days for both the Cricuts and the Silhouettes as well as the recommended add on program everyone was considering just to get a sense of how the bidding was going. Then I set my personal price point that I was willing to spend and started to bid. Amazingly I saw people get caught up in the bidding and actually bid MORE on some machines than other vendors were offering as a Buy it now option! Unbelievable! So it took me a week or more to buy at my price which I set considering the retail price of the Silhouette vs the Cricut, the taxes if purchased locally, the shipping if any, additional programs that would/could be purchased etc. My final price came in at $145 which was less than 1/2 the retail, and included a $25 design download card form the Silhouette site. So that is still less than the $99 special for Cricut at Michael's and the recommended program! Not to mention cartridges if needed.
So that is my Silhouette story...and I'm sticking to it! heheheh Yes, I am happy with my purchase, delighted that I can use so many of the graphics on my computer and the ease of use of the program ROBO Master that comes with the machine. This is the program that I DL BEFORE my final decision on which machine to buy and can be found @http://www.silhouettemachine.com/software.aspx
if any of you would like to test it out before making any decisions.
Any regrets? YES...I need more cakes to make to use all the design ideas in my head!
Obviously I can't use it on everything so will be collecting ideas and waiting for the best opportunity to use them to present itself!