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 Post subject: Brother Craftcutter?
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A reader writes:

Hi, Paul. I am interested in making putz villages that are set up with trains. I read your article on cutters and wonder if you have seen or reviewed the Brother Scan N Cut 2, which will scan patterns and download them into the machine, and also the Cricut Maker, the latest Cricut Machine. The Brother has a price tag of $699 for the scan feature while the Cricut Maker -- where you would use Cricut Design Space on your computer and then download the design into the Cricut Maker - is priced at $399. I wondered if you plan to look these over and whether we might see another addendum to your cutter article. I appreciate your writing and expertise very much. Your practical approach moves past the hype. -- I have been researching for 3 months between these two cutters. Brother seems to have a difficult learning curve for some and seems like more trouble than it's worth. I am an elder lady, don't mind buying a machine for putz use exclusively as it would save my hands from
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cutting of tiny things. Thanks again for your practical comments. I look forward to anything you might add to this subject.

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Thanks for getting in touch. I guess I've neglected to report on the newer products since I like designing my graphics on my computer using software I have used on the job since the 1980s.

As I understand it, the Brother machine doesn't link up to a computer. So if you have a graphic on your computer you want to reproduce on the Brother, you need to print it out and then scan it in, which is easy for simple graphics and appeals to people who don't want to fuss with a separate computer. But it doesn't meet my needs.

The new Cricuts and their online software finally allow people to import patterns that were created elsewhere, something that several other brands have been allowing for several years. I tried a Cricut Explore with the new software and it works okay, but I couldn't see any clear advantage over using Sure Cuts-a-Lot with a cutter that NEVER kept you from importing patterns.

Sorry, that's not much help, I suppose.

Are you a computer user today? You might find the Cricut line more useful.

If you're pretty good on computer, you might find the Sizzix Exclips2 even more useful. :-)
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 Post subject: Re: Brother Craftcutter?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:17 am 
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The reader replies:

Yes, but you scan it right into the Scan N Cut itself and save it there. It goes through on the cutting mat and scans into the machine. The computer is for designs that are online or that you design in their Brother design space then download to the machine. Lots to learn. Thanks again.

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I may be wrong about the Brother 650, but I was told you couldn't import patterns without going through the scan function. Cricut Maker should also have more users who can help with questions. I'm not a Cricut fan per se. My Cricut is one of the old Expressions that you could use with a computer and 3rd party software; I was cheezed when they required everyone to "upgrade" and it turned out that the function of the upgrade was to keep you from using 3rd party software.

That said, I have NOT BEGUN to use or even test the full capacity of my Cricut Expressions (which I subsequently hacked and have continued to use with Sure Cuts-a-Lot (sCAL). So maybe I should use it to death before I ugrade to something else. Again, I like the look of the Eclips2 bec a use they say it has a more robust design. And the Silhouette Cameo line has some nice features, too.

I wish there was more information on cutting poster-board-thickness cardboard - what you might need for cutting putz house walls. Both the Cricut Maker and the Eclips2 says they will cut cardboard from cereal boxes. The Brother is even more robust, so that shouldn't be a problem for it.

If you're interested in cutting fabric at all, seems like the Cricut Maker is your best choice. Also, the Cricut community is pretty big and active.

Sorry I can't be more specific.
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