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Quickutz Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter

Editor’s note: The QuicKutz Silhouette has been discontinued and replaced by the Silhouette Cameo Cutter.

Quickutz_Silhouette_600I told myself I did NOT need a digital craft cutter. When they first became prevalent in the scrapbooking market I thought… “Cool…but not for me.” Fast forward to two weeks ago. I still had absolutely no intention of purchasing one. I mostly stamp. When I scrapbook I love using chipboard and felt sticker letters. Not for me. Until armed with a rather large scrapbook store credit after a very successful scrapbooking garage sale, the last QuicKutz Silhouette in the store caught my eye. I shook my head and moved on. But I came back. After all, it was almost half price and I really wasn’t paying for it out of pocket. Hmmmm…. I went and purchased loads of adhesive and some paper goodies and went home to ponder. I was back a couple days later to purchase some much needed storage and thought I’d save the rest of my credit for paper and goodies spread over the next 6 months. But that little sale sign must have had the equivalent of neon lights on it as I had to walk by it again. What ARE those cartridge things? I don’t want to get sucked into buying a pile of those! And I’ve been there, done that with the die-cut thing. I really don’t need to revisit the die-cut sneeze look on my pages from 8 years ago. At which point, Jen the lovely salesperson very kindly gave me a few ideas of what it could do. Cut through vinyl you say? Use fonts and dingbats from the internet. Make large letters for school projects. In almost ANY size. OK, OK…I’m a mom. That sold me. I wasn’t buying another tool for me. I was selflessly spending the last of my credit on my children. I’m a good mom, right? And let’s not forget Craft Critique! I hope you’ll all be beholden for ever (wink) as you were just dying to read this review.

I toted my prize home to the family… this thing that I was never going to buy. My oldest child thought the technology was pretty cool. My little boys were thrilled to have their names cut out in letters to play with. My daughter is not technically inclined and hasn’t worked up the courage to touch it. Hubby and child number three could not care less. As for me…while it wasn’t love at first sight, it was definitely love at first try!


The Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter by QuicKutz looks and works very much like your home printer, only it cuts rather than prints. It takes up less space than a printer and easily hooks up to your home computer or laptop with a USB cable. Instead of an ink head, a similar contraption holds a small blade that can be adjusted easily with the accompanying plunger tips for various thicknesses of paper and other flat material. This blade swivels and cuts your image one line at a time with the document feeds through the machine. This is a different process than your traditional die cut machine that uses a metal die and pressure to punch out an image. The Silhouette blade feature allows you to cut out any shape or size without the use of dies. Many craft cutters on the market require you to use cartridges that you must purchase for the specific shapes that you wish to cut out. The Silhouette uses software on your computer and while you can purchase extra images for this machine, you can design them yourself or purchase them individually via the internet. The Silhouette machine itself is extremely easy to use. Simply plug it into your computer and the only button is for power on and off. A feed knob on the left side makes it simple to insert your cutting sheet, much as you would paper into a typewriter. Everything you need to get started right away is included.

Included in the package:

  • Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter machine
  • all necessary power and USB cords
  • ROBO Master software
  • 50 cutting designs as well as basic shapes
  • blade & plunger tips
  • cutting sheet
  • instructions

An essential part of the Silhouette cutting process is the software. ROBO Master is the software included with the package. It is very easy to use. Simply install on your computer and drag a template from your library onto the work-surface or create your own custom shape or pattern. Shapes and templates can be altered by adding extra shapes (see example below) or by changing the size or skewing it wider or taller. The text is easy to cut out as well by just typing in your phrase and printing. While this program does not include measurement increments along the sides of the workspace, you can add a grid to the workspace by selecting view, then grid. Depending on your preference, you can set the grid size to 1″, 1/2″, 1/4″ or other increments to best suit your needs. The default is 1/2″ grid which would mean that every two squares equals one inch making it easy to size the shape to the desired measurement. Once you are done designing the cutting pattern, click on the Craft Robo icon and the program will guide you through set up and which blade cap best suits your cutting surface.

Screen Shot of Robo Master software with downloaded QuicKutz
pillow box template altered with circle to create window

Cutting out these fabulous shapes is quite addictive. One of the things I love best about the Silhouette is the QuicKutz approach to adding to your template library. I’m not a fan of expensive cartridges, and what sold me on this machine is the option of using any true-type font that is installed on your computer. The options and sizing on them makes for almost limitless possibilities. In addition, QuicKutz has a very cool offering of on-line templates easily accessed from your home computer. You don’t need to leave the house when you need the perfect finishing touch to your project…just download it! All the templates are very reasonably priced at $1.99 USD, and this works so much better than purchasing a cartridge that you may only use some of the templates on. It’s also quite addictive as they release new designs each month, making it a fabulous marketing concept. I love how fresh and on trend these templates are and I must confess…I’ve been back to visit (and buy) at least three times over the past couple weeks. My current favorites are the mini-box templates and the lace paper cutting templates. Gorgeous! Next on my wish list…some more vinyl to make custom wall art.

Vinyl cut out for wall art or window application

Things you can do with the Silhouette:

  • cut images
  • design your own die cuts
  • change the sizes of your images
  • Use the negative image of your cutting for a different look
  • cut out text for layouts, projects, decorations etc.
  • cut out mini boxes
  • create your own lace paper
  • cut out perfect circles
  • cut out scalloped shapes for stamping or matting
  • cut out vinyl wall art
  • cut out any digital brush or design
  • cut magnet sheets
  • cut you own custom envelopes
  • use cut vinyl shapes to create masks for etching glass
  • create you own masks for paint and ink
  • draw shapes with a marker
  • create decorations
  • create custom embellishments
  • pierce a design for stitching
  • optical sensor will allow you to print and cut die-cuts perfectly
  • create table decorations and party favors

Mini Octagonal box template purchased from QuicKutz on-line store
Paper by Graphic 45
Stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms

Media you can cut:

  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • transparencies
  • vinyl film
  • vellum
  • specialty papers
  • adhesive backed paper or stickers
  • magnetic paper
  • wood paper
  • iron-on transfer paper

Geometric lace cardstock cut on Silhouette from white cardstock

Now I know writing this that I’m going to get asked for a comparison of the Silhouette with other Digital Craft cutting machines. I honestly have never tried another machine. Remember…I’m the girl who DIDN’T want one! I did however do a little research for you before writing this article as I like to be able to give you as much information as possible. I, girl reporter, want to turn over every rock to help you make an informed decision. I came across this great comparison chart right on the Silhouette web-site comparing the Silhouette to the Cricut. I was totally impressed with the amount of information on that site. Now obviously there are other cutters out there on the market. The Pazzles Creative Cutter is one. Now it’s not included on the chart but seriously…if you want to spend that kind of money of a craft cutter…go right ahead. It’s a totally different league and not one I need to be part of.

Damask download cut from Prima patterned paper.
The reverse shape can be used as a window or a mask.

Because I bought the Silhouette just a couple weeks ago, I’ve only had the time to try out a few projects but I did try to cover a few different ideas for this machine. I’m particularly thrilled with the darling little box templates and the scalloped shapes. Letters and words cut out like a dream. When cutting out the above Damask template, the reverse image (what was left behind) was so gorgeous I decided to use that. Cardstock and patterned paper both cut exceptionally well. I did try cutting out a transparency but the kind I have on hand are exceptionally sturdy and didn’t cut right through. Auto trace is one of the coolest features on this program. I tried it in two different ways. Basically if you have skills in Photoshop, PSE or any other soft of photo editing program you can cut almost anything you can design. To make this work, simply same the design you’ve created as a jpeg or bitmap image. In Robo Master you can make a new document and the open your file. The auto trace command will then map out a cutting line that is editable. I tried this out with both a digital element I designed and also a silhouette image of one of my children at the beach. Very cool.

Pros:

  • easy to use
  • very professional fine cuts
  • doesn’t take up much room
  • cuts a wide variety of products and various weights of paper
  • almost endless possibilities if you want to design your own ideas
  • don’t need to purchase expensive cartridges to expand unit
  • can easily purchase new elements on-line in single units
  • excellent service…computer program updates available for free
  • extremely flexible product…can draw as well as cut

Cons:

  • Maximum size for paper is 8.5 x 11. This is very comparable to other electronic cutters on the market and is pretty much the industry standard, so it is not much of a drawback.
  • Lack of portability: While a new Silhouette model will soon be on the market, this current model must be hooked up a computer to cut. For me this isn’t even an issue as I rarely leave the house anyway! And really… I just don’t get the portability option of the soon to be released Silhouette 2
  • You must have a computer to use this machine. Obviously…not an issue for myself and most of the population.
  • Cutting out intricate shapes can leave you with lots of tiny pieces of paper to clean up…but trust me…it’s worth it.
  • Software only works on PC computers… edited to add: You can use the Silhouette with a Mac if you have Adobe Illustrator and download the plug-in from QuicKutz
  • replacement blades and cutting sheets are expensive

Basically…the original Silhouette may be a little harder to find but in my opinion…if you can find it for a great deal…it’s a fabulous product. If you can’t find it or you’re more interested in portability issues, the Silhouette SD is now on the market as well. It is pretty much identical except for the portability features.

When I’m looking at purchasing a crafting tool, I take a look at a few things… durability, flexibility, practicality, ease of use and whether the product is on trend. I give the Quickutz Silhouette high marks for all of these and rate it a 9.5 out of 10. The Silhouette is extremely well designed and a tool I’m thrilled to own. If you’re looking for more information, QuicKutz has a fabulous resource site Silhouette Machines, filled with ideas, tutorials, troubleshooting and basically, almost everything you want to know.

I’m sure you’re like me and have purchased products and tools that you’ve been excited about but didn’t live up to your expectations. This product surpassed all my expectations and is totally worth the investment for me.I initially purchased it as something to play with and as a tool for my kids projects. But here I am…eating my words and totally happy to be doing so. The more I use it, the more possibilities I see. I love my Silhouette and it’s fast becoming one of my favorite tools ever.

Do you own the QuicKutz Silhouette or other digital craft cutter? We’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

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57 Responses to Quickutz Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter

  1. Katy April 28, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    I love the SD function on the new Silhouette SD – it’s great if you don’t have room near your PC for the machine – you can cut without having cables trailing around your room. Also great if you don’t craft where your PC is.

  2. nichole April 28, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    just a heads up. it does work with mac’s but you have to work through a different program…

    i have designed circles, butterflies, etc. in Adobe Illustrator and it cut beautifully on the Silhouette.

    if you have any questions, feel free to email me.

  3. Helen April 28, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    I noticed that your blog had a picture of the original software. If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to download the 5.01 release at http://www.silhouettemachine.com/software.aspx It will let you do word welding and mat your titles and shapes. Awesome new functions.
    Also QK has a subscription service where you can get unlimited downloads for $30 a month. Most online stores have a code that you can use to get that for $15. So for the cost of 7 and half shapes you can download everything. You have to sign up for a minimum of a year. Still a bargain since there are currently almost 1500 shapes there and they are coming out with 100 or more each month. I know shoprememberwhen.com has a code but you can get one from other QK online sellers as well.
    Enjoy your new machine. I love mine.

  4. Cassi April 28, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    that’s pretty cool — i’d love to win one, but i don’t think i’ll buy one just yet.

  5. Christine April 28, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Great review!!! I have been eyeing them as well lately because I think it would be perfect for my needs and the price is great but alas I am 100% Mac user with no Windows machines in the house. I really wish that one of the paper cutter companies would make something that will run on a Mac. Oh Wait, I just noticed a comment by Nicole. I am going to check that out. :) I love all of your explanations and pictures!!
    xoxo, Christine

  6. Christina April 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Does the paper move around when it starts cutting? I know the Cricut has a tacky mat it uses but after awhile, it loses it tackiness & then you’ll have to head to the store to buy another one (very annoying).

  7. Julia Stainton April 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Yes, the cutting mat is tacky so that the paper does not more around. These do have to be replaced but it would depend on the care you took of it, how often.

    HTH!

  8. Tamikko April 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    This is exactly the critique I’ve been waiting for. I’ve heard a little about it on blogs I read often. Everyone I know has a cricut, and I’m at the point now where buying the cartridges regularly is not an option. This was very helpful to me. I’m hooked and want one really bad now.
    As always, thanks for your great craft critique.

  9. Kalyber April 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Be still my heart, ready to make the purchase then “PC only” drats why do they do that. Macs are often used by “creative types” and we want to cut shapes out too.

  10. whoistracy April 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    Great review Julia! I’ve been thinking about ordering this and your review pretty much sealed the deal.

  11. *reyanna klein* April 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    I have a Silhouette too… and a Mac. :) I just had to get Adobe Illustrator for it to work. Works great… just like with the Windows-based systems.

    Great review! Did you create that “die-cut patterned paper” yourself? Or did you find a file online for that? VERY COOL! :)

  12. Julia Stainton April 28, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    The die cut paper in the frame and the last card design are both templates purchased from the QuicKutz Silhouette site. I love them!

  13. Adrienne April 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    I LOVE my Silhouette!!!!! I purchased mine a couple years ago from QVC. I NEVER wanted an electronic machine until I saw this one. The selling point was the fact that I NEVER had to buy any cartridges.

    There are also groups on yahoo that are very helpful!

  14. Morgaine April 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    OMGosh. I have been eyeing one of these a lot recently. Time to save up, so I can save myself on diecuts! Great article!

  15. Lindaa April 28, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    I happened on a great deal…$99.00
    from Oh My Crafts!! Of course I couldn’t pass it up. It even came with a $25.00 gift card to be used on any purchases from the QuickKutz site, including blades & sticky mats.

    I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but I already love it!

    Lindaa

  16. Jen April 29, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    Great review. I am still in the ‘nope, don’t need an electronic die cutter’ camp- but as your review attests, never say never!

  17. kristinlindstrom April 29, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    I own the Pazzles Inspiration and love it! I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am actually considering getting the Pro model.

    If you really want a Silhouette you can find one here for $119.99!

    http://www.cricut-craftsdirect.com/servlet/the-Quickutz-Silhouette-%26-Accessories/Categories

    There are also a couple of great ways to re-stick your mats so you can keep using them without having to buy new ones!

  18. Bogner's April 29, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    This product seems really neat. I already have a cricut, so this won’t be in my budget anytime soon. Cricut has now come out with a similar feature to let you use your computer with it, but it has a nice price tag on it too, and my computer is starting the processes of dying, so putting more software on it probably isn’t a good idea!
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  19. Christine April 29, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    This post inspired me to finally break down and buy a silhouette subscription so I’ll get more use out of my machine.

    I love my Silhouette but often make mistakes on figuring out the cutting area and the blade goes off the mat…mostly because I try and shortcut and not change my paper size if I’m not using a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet. I need to remember that what’s on the screen is opposite to where it actually cuts. Thanks for the tip about the measuring grid too. I forget about that feature.

  20. Anonymous May 3, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I got my Silhouette for one of those $99 deals and have been loving it ever since. I’ve made designs on the computer for years that could use to make paper templates to cut out by hand — now I don’t have to hand cut. Color me happy.

    There are tons of sites out there that have free cutting files. All you have to do is search. As for the cutting mats, quilters template with Krylon repositionable adhesive and a strip of paper or tape down the edges under the rollers works great and the cost is minimal.
    When it loses its sticky, you just use the Krylon to sticky it back up. There are also sites were you can buy the blade alone when you need to replace it for about $12. And although I haven’t tried it, I’ve run across discussions about putting a piece of heavy duty foil on the cutting sheet and cutting 2 or 3 simple shapes like circles, squares and wavy lines to sharpen the blade. I don’t think I’ll ever regret this purchase. And the best part — no $80 cartrides.

    Makaren

  21. KayellWY May 4, 2009 at 12:39 am #

    Well….you sold me! I have been rejecting the other electronic cutters, thinking those were of most benefit to scrapbookers and I’m mostly a card maker. After reading your review and the comments left here, I did a little research myself and found one of the original Silhouette machines for $100. Now I can hardly wait until it gets here. Thank you for the very informative, very helpful critique, Julia. :)

  22. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 3:51 am #

    Was planning to buy the Sizzix BigShot machine and saw the Silhoutte
    And now am confused :(
    please HELP!!

  23. Kathy May 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    I love my Silhouette and I love reading about others who love theirs as well. I’m always touting this machine to all my scrapping friends. It is, by far, the best scrap tool I’ve ever purchased!
    Kathy

  24. robin May 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    Absolutely the best thing I have purchased in a long time. I bought mine the first month they cma out and it is still going strong. only wish I have is that QK would make one that cuts 12 x ???

  25. Rhadonda May 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Just in defense of Cricut, which I purchased a few months ago, there is a computer program that works PC or Mac called “sure cuts a lot” you can purchase (not a cricut product)and once you buy that program you no longer need to buy cartridges. You then are able to connect to your PC or Mac and cut any true type font (including dingbats). There tons of tutorials and helps on using the program. It has been totally worth it and made the Cricut totally versatile.

  26. Anonymous May 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    I have to say I own one, and rarely use it but when I do I love the result. Also you stated that it only cuts 8 1/2 x 11 but the length it cuts is actually 39″

  27. Anonymous May 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    I was going to order a Craft-Robo but I saw all the deals on the Silhouette-1. I dont have a job and money is an issue. Is the only difference been the Silhouette 1 and 2 (SD) is the portability? No one is complaining about the Silhouette. Is it that good?
    Thx

  28. Danica May 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    I just got this brilliant machine and am so excited to start using it! However I’m having some trouble. I have a PC but am trying to use it through Illustrator (as I am a designer and work most comfortably in this program). I downloaded the program plug-in, which shows up under the file menu of my Illustrator but when I send the file to cut, the machine does not respond. It sits in the print queue as “ready”. I’m wondering if anyone has used Illustrator on a PC and knows what I’ve missed. I’m wondering if I have to install a driver or go to printers and add a new printer? (Although I tried this and got stuck on the first window where you have to select a manufacturer, of which it’s not listed.)
    I would love it if someone could help me! I’m so antsy to start cutting some designs I’ve created!
    Thanks so much!!

  29. Kelly Tarleton July 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    To anyone looking to use Illustrator on a PC with the Silhouette, I found this short video extremely helpful! http://www.graspr.com/videos/Convert-Illustrator-CS2-files-to-Graphtec-GSD

  30. Valerie July 7, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    I have a quick question, once you buy the digital image for $1.99, is it yours to keep forever and use as many times as you want or do they expire at some point? Thanks!!

  31. Anonymous July 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    I have a Cricut with the Sure Cuts a Lot program and it works great. It too has unlimited possibilites for fonts and designs. I was wondering though, if anyone has used the Silhouette to cut out clip art and if it does a good job cutting.

  32. Julia Stainton July 9, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    You can use the template forever Valerie. $1.99 does unlimited cuts. :)

    The Silhouette does an excellent job at cutting. I’ve created my own clip art and cut it and it works really well.

  33. Anonymous July 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    can i make t shirts with this?
    like cutting tansfer paper vinyl etc

  34. MaryAnn July 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    This is so, so helpful! I am fairly new to scrapping, and I am on a limited budget, so I am really hesitant to spend money on any supplies that I’m not sure about. Thanks so much for posting this review – this will definitely be on my birthday wish list!

  35. Jocelyn October 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    I have both Cricut and Silhouette for a while, been using Cricut a lot, I have the baby Cricut. Loved it not until this weekend when I started playing around with the Silhouette that’s sitting in my craft room for a while. My Gosh! I love all the features, the only limit is your imagination!!! Not like Cricut your limit is the fonts you purchase and you have to buy another cartridge. Now, I am thinking of selling my Cricut fonts in ebay and just keep the shapes cartridges….

    I got a good deal on my Silhouette, it was the first model but got it on sale in one of the scrapbooking website. It’s the best digital cutter ever! I am telling you!

  36. Anonymous December 26, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Thanks so much for this awesome review!! I have been eyeing the silhouette for years and reading the review pushed me over the edge, bought one yesterday on eBay!!! Yes!! Merry Xmas to me!! Can’t wait to start playing with it!!

  37. Cheryl February 7, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I have both the cricut and the silhouette. If I did not own so many cricut cartridges, I think I would sell the cricut. The silhoutette provides so much flexibility! If anyone has used powerpoint or clipart with a microsoft office program, then you are ready to use the silhouette. Even if you have not, the machine is very easy to use. I have traced clipart to make my own silhouette designs! I am making valentine cards for my girls and swore I would use the critcut for a change. Alas, its design elements are so limited. Back to the silhouette for me.

  38. Terrie February 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    I really like kwerner design and she did a nice comparison with the Quickutz and Cricut using Sir cuts a lot.

    Cricut vs. Silhouette
    http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/?p=2841

    As a Quickutz user I really like the flexibility and if you subscribe to the Sihouette Blog you get notices of sales — I just subscribed for the year at a discount rate and can download as many images as my heart and PC can hold. Also they are carrying designs by Hero Arts and House of 3 – Heidi Swapp. I have also cut on fuzzy vinyl and used vinyl for glass etching. It has all been good! The only thing is figuring out the right cut depth. It is a great $100 investment if you can find it on sale, and if you have Illustrator or Corel Draw you can download the driver to cut directly from the Craftrobo site.

  39. mumof4 February 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    I have the first Silhouette. The main reason I purchased it was to cut out so many different titles, etc. using all my fonts. I only have one complaint. To me it seems loud compared to my sister Cricut. Has anyone else noticed this?

  40. Anonymous March 15, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Hi, I´m looking for a silhouette machine (new or used). Do you have any type where to buy it for good price? Thank you for advices! Best regards Dagmar, email20dag(at)seznam.cz

  41. Hannah March 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Your review has me on the edge of buying one of these…My only hangup is my home computer is dying and I’m planning on buying just a netbook to replace it…So I’m questionning the compatability of the software with a netbook. Perhaps I should decide what netbook I want to buy after purchasing the silhouette though…sounds like it could be worth it. It was really the pictures of everything you’ve done with me that has really sold me. Beautiful work!!

  42. Anonymous May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    First of all I have a few questions for anyone who might have some answers (creativechoicesint at yahoo). First one was already asked by someone else but not seen answered:

    Is the portability the only difference between the ‘old’ version & the SD version?

    Does anyone know if the software works with Vista 64 bit?

    Also can anyone tell me if you can import clip art from other software programs such as Coral Draw, Print Master, Print Shop etc. I’m not talking about what I draw myself but the regular clipart from any of these programs?

    Are there other recommended crafting/scrapbooking software programs out there that work with Sihouette?

    Lastly, I am not finding any ‘great deals’ like others have mentioned (around $100) I have only seen them for $200+ – does anyone else know where I might find a good price?

    Now just some info:

    I am not a scrapbooker. I had been looking at the Cricut mainly for creating cards and stencils for painting. I liked the idea behind it but when I saw the on going expense of the cartridges I became very discouraged so have been looking at other options.

    So far the Sihouette seems to be at the top of most people’s list for an alternative to cartridge machines.

    Your Review at least gave me more information than the normal hype found on ‘store’ sites.

    One downfall I do see is that there seems to be more limits on what types of paper (and material) it can cut. So I am still doing some research. Anyone else have any suggestions, comments etc?

  43. Megan August 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Thanks for such a great review! I think I need one of these for my stationery and gift business. I do have a question: I have over 100 dog breeds I’ve drawn in Adobe Illustrator; could I pre-print on my paper then have it cut an oval or a square around the image of the dog? This way, I could use mounting squares to attach the dogs to the cards and would help me seriously reduce my printing costs…I could print the patterns in bulk and make the dog silhouettes as needed. If you have a second, my stationery can be viewed at http://www.houndandthistle.com
    Thanks!!

  44. Megan August 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Thanks for such a great review! I think I need one of these for my stationery and gift business. I do have a question: I have over 100 dog breeds I’ve drawn in Adobe Illustrator; could I pre-print on my paper then have it cut an oval or a square around the image of the dog? This way, I could use mounting squares to attach the dogs to the cards and would help me seriously reduce my printing costs…I could print the patterns in bulk and make the dog silhouettes as needed. If you have a second, my stationery can be viewed at http://www.houndandthistle.com
    Thanks!!

  45. ashley August 9, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    Christina – I’m not sure if anyone else mentioned this but I read elsewhere that you can re-spray your mats to make them sticky again.

    “Use the Krylon Re-positionable Adhesive that you can find at any craft store. Spray your mats and wait about 20 minutes then you’re good to go. Make SURE that you buy the re-positionable because if it is the permanent, it will ruin your mat!”

    http://www.sugardoodle.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6344

    oh, and I’ve heard of sharpening other things by cutting through sandpaper. maybe in a pinch it would work for this blade too

  46. Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    The software does work with Vista 64bit…that is what my laptop has and I use that with my Silhouette.

  47. Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    I just received a Silhouette SD for Christmas. I’d love to find a website that shows me how to use clip art on my machine.

  48. Judy March 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I actually got rid of my old Sizzix lever-operated die cutter.
    The machine itself was pricey, and the dies took up too much room and cost too much for me to get what I needed.
    Shopped around and read reviews of the digital cutters, and saved up my pennies. Boy, was this worth it! Reviews of the Crickit were good, but once again, I’d have to drop tons of money on cartridges that would only get limited use.
    I have used this thing to help win office decorating contests at the holidays. It has cranked out scrapbook embellishments, cards, gift tags, you name it!
    I have the original model, but the new SD software works with it and was a free download.
    Also googled, and came up with lots of sites that have freebie cutter files. Better yet, I got the free download of Inkscape, so now I can cut anything. Going from PSE to Inkscape to Robomaster is a circuitous way to do things, but if you can imagine it, you can make a cutter file out of it — without shelling out the huge $$$ for cartridges.

  49. Annie June 29, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I’m a fan of Silhouette on Facebook!

  50. Annie June 29, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I have a link to your giveaway on my craft page :)

  51. Toucan Scraps June 29, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I’ve never tried a digital cutter, but you are making me want one.
    great projects

  52. Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    What power cable does the cutter take as i seem to have misplaced mine when i moved house i need to no asap please if anyone knows i would love to no thanks very much

  53. elvira November 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Excellent review. Silhouette is in my Christmas list :)
    Have a Mac and a Pazzles, they DO NOT work well together. Looking to sell my immediately

  54. Beti silva January 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Hi there,
    Does the quickutz silhouette print text words on paper?
    I would like to make some personalized labels/tags and print text on them as well, so will this machine be suitable?

    • Nancy Nally January 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      QuicKutz no longer makes this machine. Silhouette is now an independent company under its own name, and they no longer make the original Silhouette machine in this review. They now make two different machines, the Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait, which do not have the ability to print computer-generated text.

  55. Claudia March 2, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Hi Julia!
    Where do you buy the replacement cutting mat?

  56. stoph241 May 25, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I have a small greeting card/stationary business and do a lot of custom cards. I spend way too much time hand cutting shapes. Will this machine truly allow me to create my own designs and cut them accurately and cleanly?? Seems so but want to be sure.