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  • Craft robo or Sizzix hot shot??????????

    Now i am really confused.....
    Love the idea of a sizzix hotshot, - but once i buy the dies that i want its going to end up costing more than a craft robo... unless anyone has one to sell hehe.

    Craft robo - sounds amazing, but the price tag initially seems expensive. And is it right you can only use the cutting boards about 30 times?????
    Also can i import and design any image i want - will it cut it out??
    sorry another question - does the craft robo emboss and score???????

    being totally confused
    doesnt take much. lol

    Any help would be great thankyou x
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    i guess it depends how much you are really going to use it!! I have a sizzix big shot and have bought lots of dies for it now. The dies are not cheap but have picked up quite a few from ebay as over time you get a bit bored of the same ones. I like the basic shapes as you know that you will use them over and over and as they are original red or thick cuts I can cut a wider range of stuff - chipboard etc.
    You will probably want to buy a couple of good alphabets and this is when the price starts to mount up quickly. I have some basic sets which cost me about £60 each but I0 really want to get the serif large letters now which are 4 inches but these are about £10-£15 each and thats when it gets silly ha ha!
    I have actually treated myself the the making memories slice this week in order to do a range of alphabet sizes cos I am starting to do a few monogram cards with the large letters. This machine I believe does letters from 1/2 to 4 inches. Will update once it arrives as to whether it is all that!!
    I have not ever had the pleasure of a craft robo - i really wanted one when they first came out but felt it was a bit much but on reflection I am sure I have spent far more taking the sizzix route. Does the robo cut thicker materials?
    www.safimelcardsandpendants.co.uk

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    • #3
      also just to say I have the xyron pink machine. I have used it about four times - dont know why havent got on with it but would not buy it again and am probably going to sell it if you are interested ha ha!
      www.safimelcardsandpendants.co.uk

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      • #4
        sorry to hog thread have just noticed that www.pondskippercrafts.co.uk has a big shot for £47.99 in case you are interested!
        www.safimelcardsandpendants.co.uk

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Meljov5 View Post
          also just to say I have the xyron pink machine. I have used it about four times - dont know why havent got on with it but would not buy it again and am probably going to sell it if you are interested ha ha!
          Is that the Xyron Personal Cutting Machine?

          http://www.ciao.co.uk/Xyron_Personal...chine__6732256

          I got mine for Christmas and absolutely love it... although admittedly, I don't use it anywhere near as often as I should.

          Hobbycraft quite often have decent offers on with these too.

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          • #6
            I have had my Big Shot for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it, it's by far the best machine I've invested in... I've got my Xyron, Sizzix Sidekick and Craft Robo and always resort back to my Big Shot.

            With my Big Shot I use the Ellison/Sizzix embossing folders and dies as well as Cuttlebug embossing folders and X-cut dies and find the machine very very versatile.

            I also tend to stock up on my Sizzix dies when they have offers on... like at the start of the year http://www.sizzix.co.uk/home had a 75% off sale and I got a full alphabet set for less than £10!!! They have sales quite regularly though so it's worth keeping an eye on.

            With regards to the Craft Robo... hubby bought this for my birthday in December and after lots of messing around to install it on my laptop and a couple of trial runs it was put on the shelf and I gave up on it, so much so I've just sold it!! I have actually heard of a lot of people who have bought the CR then given up on it as it's quite complex to work with, but at the same time I've heard of other people who have great success. As to your other question, as far as I'm aware the Craft Robo doesn't score or emboss, only cuts.

            I have been thinking about the Cricut machines but then you have the added costs of the cartridges and I don't really know much about them, so for now I'll stick with my Big Shot.

            Sorry to go on... hope this helps.

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            • #7
              Ohhh wow thanks to everyone that has replied, now i am totally confused . Im wanting a machine that will last me a while i plan on using this every day within my business, the thing i liked about the craft robo i can cut vinyl, and magnet paper as well as card stock, but i too have also read that it isnt the easiest of machines to use, what to do what to do lol.
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              • #8
                It's worth keeping an eye on Ebay... a quick look has just brought up a job lot of dies:

                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lot-Of-Cuttleb...3%3A1|294%3A50

                If they weren't all suitable for what you want, then perhaps you could sell some on??

                And also a couple of Big Shots:

                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BIG-SHOT_W0QQi...3%3A1|294%3A50

                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SIZZIX-BIG-SHO...3%3A1|294%3A50

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fluffy Squirrel View Post
                  It's worth keeping an eye on Ebay... a quick look has just brought up a job lot of dies:

                  http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lot-Of-Cuttleb...3%3A1|294%3A50

                  If they weren't all suitable for what you want, then perhaps you could sell some on??

                  And also a couple of Big Shots:

                  http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BIG-SHOT_W0QQi...3%3A1|294%3A50

                  http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SIZZIX-BIG-SHO...3%3A1|294%3A50

                  Thankyou. x will go and have a look.
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                  • #10
                    I have to agree with Fluffy Squirrel about the Robo lots of flaffing about for not a great deal of cutting ability. Although some people have had great success with the machine. Mine is gathering dust at the moment. I have my eye on The Black Cat Cougar, but its more expensive than the robo, and ive heard only good things about its cutting power.
                    Have a wee look at the site http://www.craftmate.co.uk/
                    sorry if ive added any more confusion though!

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                    • #11
                      CraftRobo or Sizzix

                      hi, my 2p is that I would always prefer a machine which can cut any file I draw myself - I don't want to be stuck with templates. I have had my CraftRobo for about 3 months, and yes I agree setting it up properly, and using the software is a light-year from intuitive. The software must have been written by someone who'd never seen a computer before, and the instructions written by someone for whom English is a foreign language - but having said that, once you get round the little quirks and oddities, it's a great machine.

                      I mostly use mine for cutting vinyl, which I use for templates for sand etching drinking glasses and other glass gift items. I purchase 'Formica' type vinyl from a guy on eBay, and don't bother with using the backing/carrier sheet. As long as you have the pressure set properly, and use the correct blade, the vinyl is cut perfectly, but the blade doesn't cut the backing sheet, so it's a perfect operation. I have cut some very intricate templates, and the CR does a good job, for me, so far.

                      The fact that the blade doesn't cut through the paper backing means it can't be damaging the cutting strip on the machine, which is I think the one concern users should concentrate on. Carrier sheets aren't all that expensive, and can even be made just with plastic sheets and mounting spray - but the cutting bar on the machine itself needs to be protected as much as possible, though even that can be replaced. I have to say that for such a small investment, it has already proved it's worth, to me.

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