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Thread Starter 

Anyone use one? Like it?

post #2 of 15

I have one for almost 2 years and have probably used it twice.  Really don't care for it.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Does it cut fondant or gumpaste smoothly?

post #4 of 15
I wish I would have bought the Silhouette rather then the Cricuit. Aside from the expense of the machine, the cartridges are expensive as well.

I bought mine last year and I've only used it a couple times too! I love the fonts and there are some nice cartridge designs but it's typically quicker for me to print an image onto card stock and use that as a template rather then getting my machine out. Hopefully, I'll get more organized one day and be able to use it more often.

As for the results, I've read many troubleshooting posts-people seem to have problems keeping the materials on and getting proper cuts. I simply rolled the fondant into my mat, used a pizza cutter for the excess, stuck it into the freezer for a few min and it cut like a charm.

Technically, the machine works for me as promised and I suppose if I made the effort to utilize my machine more I'd be very happy with it. If you are debating purchasing a cutting machine I would look into the Silhouette.
post #5 of 15
This may sound like a silly question, does the silhouette cut fondant?
post #6 of 15
I've got one, first time use was an unmitigated disaster, and it has generally been in the box since. I endeavour to sit myself down one day and really teach myself how to use it properly !
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post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Some one was selling one - so I have an opportunity to get one at a good price, possibly . Around 100 and it has 3 cartridges. Still not sure I want it, though.

 

But, I was thinking about Smckinney's suggestion about putting fondant in the freezer for a minute before cutting... That may work for just mat cutting or cookie cutter cutting too. hmmm.

post #8 of 15
I do a question of the day on my facebook page, and when I asked what the most useless piece of equipment people had ever bought was, 98% said the cricut. Buy an exacto knife instead, it works better.
post #9 of 15

I have one too. I have used it more than twice but have fought to get good cuts when I use it. I called Cricut and they told me to roll the fondant paper thin (which I was doing) and freeze it for about 45 minutes. I tried this and it helped. Although they also told me it was not designed to make cuts any smaller than 3"??? Mine stays stored most of the time too.

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I bought one for my daughter at Christmas last year - $80 on Amazon.  Can't say she's got to use it yet, but she has the Cricut for scrapbooking so I figured she would get the learning curve pretty quickly.  Maybe we will get it out in December and make some Christmas stuff with it.

 

I think they were discontinued this year - you can probably get a new one for less than a used one at this point.

 

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I bought one for my daughter at Christmas last year - $80 on Amazon.  Can't say she's got to use it yet, but she has the Cricut for scrapbooking so I figured she would get the learning curve pretty quickly.  Maybe we will get it out in December and make some Christmas stuff with it.

I think they were discontinued this year - you can probably get a new one for less than a used one at this point.

Liz

If they discontinued it after such a short time, that says a lot!
post #12 of 15

I bought one as I have a heap of cartridges from scrapbooking and they all can be used.  I use Linda McLure's gumpaste for cricut recipe and have no problems cutting

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The bird in this cake is cut using the cricut, with the tree modeled freehand and the clouds airbrushed.  I probably would not use it just by itself but it can be fun to use it incorporated in with other techniques.  The big question is whether or not you feel that you have to justify the expense.  I don't, so it doesn't matter how often I use it.  This is all play to me and I am at a point in my life w

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.......where I can spend on things like this without worrying.

 

Not quite sure why it posted before I had finished.

post #14 of 15

Cute cake Cazza1!  Yes, my daughter has tons of the scrapbooking cartridges also, that's why I thought she would like the Cricut Cake.  For all I know, when you are done using it for cake you could probably put the paper cutting knife in it and convert it to a paper Cricut. (I'm just guessing on that . . . don't try this at home).

 

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post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the imput :-) You have been helpful.

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