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Which craft machine(s) will you buy?

Shop-n-Scrap retails (click on each below for product details and price):

Vinyl Cutter

Brand

Machine

Opening Size

Approximate Cost

Silhouette

Cameo 4

12"

R6 300

Silhouette

Cameo 4 Pro

24"

R11 500

Silhouette

Portrait 3

8"

R3 695

Cricut

Air 2 Mint

12"

R6 200

Cricut Explore 3

Explore

12"

R7 500

Cricut Joy

Joy

4.5"

R2 500

 

 

Die-Cutting & Embossing

Brand

Machine

Opening Size

Approximate Cost

Spellbinders

Platinum 6.0

6"=15cm

 R4 000

Spellbinders

Platinum 8.5

8.5"=21cm

R6 500

Crafter's Companion

Gemini Machine

9"=22.8cm

R5 000

Crafter's Companion

Gemini Midi

6"=15cm

R1 880

Crafter's Companion

Gemini Go

6"=15cm

R3 280

Sizzix/Ellison

Big Shot Starter Kit

6"=15cm

R3 800

Sizzix/Ellison

Big Shot Foldaway

6"=15cm

R3 800

Sizzix/Ellison

Big Shot Foldaway (black)

6"

R3 500

Sizzix/Ellison

Big Shot Plus

8.5"

R5 000

Sizzix/Ellison

Big Shot Plus Starter Kit

8.5"

R6 000

Sizzix/Ellison

Big Shot Gray & Rose Gold

8.5"

R3 500

 

 

Heat Press

Brand

Machine

Opening Size

Approximate Cost

Mini Heat Press

Mobi Tiny Fatty

3.9"x2.3"

R1 399

Mini Heat Press

Mini Moo

3.9"x2.3"

R1 500

 

Foiling

Brand

Machine

Opening Size

Approximate Cost

Crafter's Companion

Gemini Foilpress

7x5"

R3 100

Heidi Swapp

Minc Foil Applicator

13"

R2 500

Heidi Swapp

Blush Minc Foil Applicator

13”

R2 700

Heidi Swapp

Minc Foil Applicator (mini)

6"

R1 350

 

Label-Making

Brand

Machine

Opening Size

Approximate Cost

DYMO

ZXpress Embossing Machine

0.95cm wide label cassette

R230

       

 

  • Klic-n-Kut - we will no longer retail Klic-n-Kut machines; Klic-n-Kut consumables are still available at this link
  • Cuttlebug - discontinued but consumables available here

 Consider what is best for your needs:

  • Do a Google search and compare international machine specifications. The one that may appeal to you may not (yet) be available in South Africa, which will add to your costs to import. Look out for voltage compatibility.
  • International suppliers may list which South African distributors stock their products. You may be able to find stock at other local reputable retailers.
  • Your budget will usually determine the best model that you can afford. The cheapest embossing machine retails around R2000. The cheapest vinyl cutting machine is around R4000.
  • Different machines have different specifications/capabilities - there is not one machine that replaces all others. Compare machine specifications for your needs. Will it be able to cut, draw or emboss on the size and type/thickness of materials you want to use?
    1. Size – Electronic Machines typically accommodate projects around 9, 12, 14, 24 or 48 inches in width. Length of projects/materials is usually not a machine limiting factor.
    2. Most ‘home-use’ machines can only cut materials around 0,8mm in thickness. This is usually adequate for thinner or less dense materials such as cardstock or thin plastics for home crafting use. Other more robust machines specify higher cutting forces and typically allow cutting of materials up to 2mm in thickness. Thicker than that, you would probably have to consider a relatively expensive laser cutter or find thinner materials to achieve your project result. What projects do you have in mind? Is your machine for business/production or only for home use? Suppliers normally advertise a list of materials and settings that can be used with their respective machines.
    3. Determine if other unique features available on certain machines indeed add value for you, or will it be a limiting factor in future use: eg. Bluetooth connectivity, ready designs by themes and fonts on folders or cartridges, limited use of designs supplied by the manufacturer under license, can you access FREE SVG files via the internet to use or modify yourself for own or business use, etc.
    4. Compare the software included in the bundle, to determine if it allows cutting certain file types. Does the software already include functionality such as print-and-cut features, etc. or will you have to upgrade to a higher software edition at a cost?
  • Can you identify a local reputable supplier that will stock accessories and replacement parts in future? What are their terms of Guarantee and Warranty and do they have access to spares for repairs? How do their prices compare to others, and more importantly, do they readily have stock and offer support?

 Note: The above list is not exhaustive, and your own requirements will determine which is best for you.

The above guidelines are probably skewed by the products we know and retail. We focus on cutting machines for paper-craft / scrapbooking. We do not focus on laser cutters - be aware of toxic fumes emitted when cutting certain materials on laser cutters.

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