I'm thinking about buying a cricut, but Im not sure which one is the best to get. I dont want to pay more then like $100, is that possible? Are they worth it? I just want one that will do stuff that are hard to do on cakes like the nice swirls (not cornelli, i can do that easy) Thanks
I have the smaller cricut, since I'm a hobbyist. I got mine at Joann's for $100, but had to watch the sales carefully! There is quite a learning curve and I still have some difficulty with mine, but I think I'm getting the hang of it. I'm certainly glad I bought it at any rate...love the fonts. I also have a scrapbooking cricut and the cartridges are interchangeable...I love it!
I have the cricut cake mini. I use it mainly for lettering. I have never had any problems getting to work correctly. I just read all the threads here on CC about its use, and they helped.
I have the original red one. There's a bit of a learning curve, but I like it. I use it more for when I have to have multiples of a certain piece - for example butterflies, snowflakes, etc... I can just multiple sizes and quantities.
I also have the red cricut cake and like it, however I like the silhouette better because I can use it with MTC and don't have to buy the expensive cartridges. Downside is you won't get it for $100. Check out Linda McClure's website Deseret Designs for info on it. If you don't purchase it from her you won't get the special blade for fondant/gumpaste. She also includes instructinal manual and CD.
does any of these machines work well with any fondant? like satin ice...
I have used Satin Ice Fondant with my Cricut and it worked however I did mix a little bit of Tylose in the fondant. Roll it really thin so that you can see the lines on the mat through it too.
I've heard the full size Cricut Cake is being clearanced at Hobby Lobby for around $70. I also saw it at Jo-Ann's on clearance for $125 this week.
I wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me!! That is a really great price. I have a full sized Cricut for paper but know how to modify it for gum paste. You can use it for so many things, find a friend with one so you don't have to put out $40 for each cartridge.
Oh, we could start a cartridge exchange here! I would be willing to share mine, i have lots of them. I will make a list after chores ( I got lots of chores each day) LOL
It all depends on your area. At my HB it's $200.
We got our CC (red) at AC Moore a few weeks ago for $199... I see they have it now for $399...
If you see it for $70 that's downright crazy...
Anyhow, there is definitely a learning curve with it, even if you have Cricut experience already... you must roll your medium SUPER thing especially if you are cutting smaller sized pieces...
Still trying to figure out the best settings (speed / pressure) to get the cleanest edges on my cuts... if anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears too...
Follow Linda's instructions on her youtube videos and you'll have great success. She also has her complete classes on DVD on her website.