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post #1 of 28
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So I just found a great deal on Cricut cake directly from Cricut and it's coming out to be $65 with shipping. But I read about another machine called Silhouette that doesn't use cartridges.

I was wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction with which one would be great to buy. The Silhouette is about $325-$350 I think.

I plan to start working more with fondant if I get one of these machines. Any advice? TIA!
post #2 of 28
I just looked up silhouette, it looks like it only works with paper. Honestly, if the silhouette cut gumpaste or fondant, I would be more inclined to buy it vs the cricket. The whole cartridge thing annoys me.
post #3 of 28
The Silhouette will cut gumpaste and icing sheets. Google Linda McClure, she has a website, a blog, and some utube videos that shows you how. You will have to have the housing and blade that Linda sells to cut gumpaste. I have a Silhouette SD, which has now been replaced by the Cameo. The Cameo runs anywhere from $216 to $299 depending on where you buy it.

The software that comes with the cutter is Silhouette Studio, which is free, or for $50, you can upgrade to Designer Edition. It is very good and you do not need any other software, or cartridges either . The Sil has a print and cut feature where you can bring an image into the software, trace, crop, manipulate it however you want. Put a cut line around print it, and the the machine will cut it out for you. Love mine. As long as you do not cut glitter paper and the like, you can use it for both paper and gumpaste/icing sheets. HTH
post #4 of 28
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Yes, the Silhouette can cut gumpaste and fondant and you don't have to be dependent on cartridges.

But the Cricut cake is cheaper.

I'm confused... which one to get??
post #5 of 28
I have the Cricut cake. I bought it when it first came out, and then purchased SCAL software to go with it. I can create my own designs to cut with the combo I have.

UNFORTUNATELY the software is no longer available for use with the Cricut Cake. You will not be able to purchase any software that will work with the Cricut.

If I were buying today, I would not purchase the Cricut. I would not want to be limited to cartridges. Those cartridges are wonderful, but are quite expensive.
post #6 of 28
I have both machines and the silhouette is my favorite. Unless you want to spend a fortune on cartridges go with the silhouette. Just be sure to get it from LInda McClure so you get the blade and house she developed for food products. The blades that come with the silhouette WILL NOT cut gumpaste/fondant/frosting sheets properly.
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post #7 of 28
I have cricut and use software to manipulate any image on the internet I can find and I have not bought a cartridge yet....
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post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by gidgetdoescakes

I have and use software to manipulate any image on the internet I can find and I have not bought a cartridge yet....

Unless you owned the cricut and the software prior to Provocraft suing the software companies the software will no longer work. If you update your software or cricut it will no longer work either.
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post #9 of 28
Definitely go with the Silhouette. You are limited with what you can cut with the Cricut, and you'll spend a fortune buying the different cartridges. The silhouette seems more expensive at the moment but in the long run it'll be worth it.
post #10 of 28
The cricut may be cheaper right now, but you will have to purchase cartridges to get different pictures. So you're looking at $18-$90 per cartridge. In the short term, cricut is cheaper. In the long run, the Silhouette is cheaper and gives you WAY more freedom!

Realize this is why they keep selling the cricuts for so cheap. People stopped buying them as much once they sued the software companies and made it so you can only use their cartridges. It's their way to snag people and then they make their real money on the cartridges.

Totally go for the Silhouette! Even though I like my cricut cake mini, I just can't get myself to buy such expensive cartriges for that one image I need. Someday, I will get a Silhouette.

Good luck with your decision!
post #11 of 28
I would recommend the Silhouette. I have had the priviledge of watching Mike Terry and Linda McClure demo our Premiium cutting sheets together at the All Things Baking Show. It was amazing how easily it was for them to cut intricate designs. They were printing using my edible printer, and my desigining printing program and then they used the silhouette to cut beautiful patterns. Take a look at the most recent cake Linda Made on her blog. It is the type of cake that she would never have been able to complete by hand due to the intricate detail. The electronic cutters are really amazing and save soooo much time. The downfall of the cricut post lawsuit is the inability to use it with your computer. That is the main difference.

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post #12 of 28
I have yet to buy one, but this is great information to help me decide with excellent points. Thanks for sharing. A $50 Cricut may not be the best deal. Those cartridges are so expensive!
post #13 of 28
I found this from the Cricut website... http://www.cricut.com/craftroom/default.html

It seems like it might be something you can use to create images, hook your computer up and cut!
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post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by carolinagirlcakes

I found this from the website... http://www..com/craftroom/default.html

It seems like it might be something you can use to create images, hook your computer up and cut!



It is actually very deceiving. With their software, you can combine images from cartridges and adjust them to your hearts content, but you can't cut them unless you actually OWN the cartridge for that particular image. There's no way around it for the cricut now, unless you OWN the cartridge. (Be it a digital image or physical cartridge.) Either way, you have to purchase the image.

Oh, and you can't make your own images. Say a business logo, for example..... No go with that. With cricut, you have to use one of their images.
post #15 of 28
Cricut shows 'digital cartridges' available to buy. Does this mean you can buy the a digital 'cartridge' online and somehow can cut them from your computer--without a physical cartridge?? I need snowflakes NOW, TODAY and if this would work, I'll do it; otherwise I'm going to be making a lot of calls around town for cutters...

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