Whats The Difference Between Different Cricut Machines?
Currently there are 3l different models of the Cricut Die Cutting Machine out on the market.
The original Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine
And Cricut Create ( exclusively made and sold at Michaels)
All of the Cricut Cutting machines are digital cutting machines and all the Cricut cartridges are interchangeable. You do NOT need to use a computer or be hooked up to a computer to use- which makes them extremely portable.
This is the smallest and most portable and you can cut shapes up to 5 1/2 inches high. The cutting size is not huge but it is a nice size and you can use all the Cricut cartridges as well as software like SCAL ( Sure Cuts A Lot )that lets you cut any truetype fonts installed on your computer. You can also cut tons of shapes with dingbats (a type of font that looks like clipart) and import .svg files you make with Illustrator or Inkscape.
Many report big problems using the Micheal’s version of the Cricut, Cricut Create and 3rd party software (SCAL) and will REALLY screw up your machine.
Cricut Expression Cutting Machine-Cuts Up To 12 is a 12 inch x 24 inch cutter and for the SERIOUS scrapbooker or for professional use in a classroom. If you teach scrap booking classes or use in a busy school classroom then you may want to spend the extra money for this machine. Uses all the cartridges and you can use 3rd party software, If you are using for yourself make a lot of borders and large shapes, personally I would get something like the Wishblade, Pazzles or Silhouette instead. If you can get this at a good price , go ahead. If you are using for larger groups then I would get this one. The Silhouette has a bigger learner curve and I can see people getting confused. My 12 year old is fine with the Cricuts but intimidated by my Silhouette.
from Micheals is a downsized version of the 12×24 inch cutter, Cricut Expressions. It cuts sizes up to to 11.5″ on a 6″ x 12″ cutting mat. ( Cricut Expression can use 12×24 mat )
Both the Create and Expression have an LCD screen.
The downside to Cricuts is of course the cost of cartridges, You can use ANY true Type font and download thousands of fonts and shaped to sue on Silhouette. If you just want to pop in cartridge and print out shape than a Circuit might be the option to take.
Another big advantage for scrapbookers is that Provo craft has licensed popular characters including Disney to use with the Cricut. If you are a Disney person than this might be the machine for you.
I find the Cricut very easy to use and prefer its mat to my Silhouette. Cost of cartridges is crazy but they are often on sale.
Trial version of SCAL ( Sure Cuts A LOT) here