If you’ve never heard of these machines, you’re probably going to want one the more you read about them. Sorry for adding another thing to your wishlist/you’re welcome for introducing this magical machine. If you use printables, you know it takes a long time to cut out printables with a pair of scissors. A paper trimmer definitely speeds up the process, but… it still takes a while. These cutting machines do exactly that–they cut materials for you. And not just paper! They can cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric… the list goes on.
I was ready to buy one right away as soon as I found out these machines were a thing. Then I discovered that there are many different companies that sell craft cutting machines, and each of them have their own features and accompanying software (like Cricut or Brother). I also discovered the average price range. Then I found out you can’t just buy the machine. You have to get the cutting mat, new blades when the blade gets dull, dust cover, etc. These costs can add up!
At this point I realized something like this would be an investment and knew that I would have to carefully select the machine that would be best for me. I did a lot of research and was ultimately drawn to a couple machines by Silhouette.