The Vinyl Cutting Machines Christmas Gift Guide 2017


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It’s that time of year again crafters…

The Starbucks red cups have arrived, we’ve heard our first belting of Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas Is You and it’s officially time to get started on your Christmas wish list.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday only just around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to round up all the vinyl cutting machines and accessories that we’d love to wake up to on Christmas morning.

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We’ve got everything that a crafter could possibly want: the latest machines, top of the line materials, and wallet-friendly stocking stuffers.

Let’s take it away with the 2017 Vinyl Cutting Machines Christmas Gift Guide…

Vinyl Cutting Machines

We’re starting off with the big ticket items — the craft cutting machines.

These bad boys can vary hugely in price but regardless, they’re usually right at the top of your Christmas list.

Here’s what’s getting us excited at the end of 2017.

Cricut Maker

The big cutting machine launch this year has definitely been the Cricut Maker.

This machine is for exactly who it says it’s for: makers.

Not just cutting crafters, but sewists, people that work with fabric and people who work with thick and heavy materials.

This is the ultimate smart cutting machine that is a huge improvement on its predecessor, the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Here’s what it’s packing:

  • Rotary Blade that can cut through virtually any fabric
  • Access to a huge sewing pattern library
  • Optional Knife Blade that can cut materials up to 2.4mm thick
  • 4kg of force
  • Adaptive Tool System that fits with all the Cricut Explore and Maker tools on offer, as well as all future tools too

You can read our full Cricut Maker review, as well as our post on 49 Things You Can Make With The Cricut Maker.

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Cricut Explore Air 2

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While the Maker is the golden child of Cricut this year, the Explore Air 2 is still a fabulous machine — and for many people, it’s the better machine over the Maker.

It can cut well over 100 materials and boasts the premium German carbide blades that makes this machine so great for intricate cuts.

It’s cheaper than the Maker and has everything you need for excellent cutting, including wireless cutting. We suggest that unless you’re using your machine for sewing, fabric cutting or cutting particularly thick materials, you opt for the Cricut Explore Air 2.

You can read our full review of the Cricut Explore Air 2 here and check out the best Cricut bundle deals here if you’re after some incredible deals.

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Silhouette Cameo 3

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The Cameo 3 is the primary competitor to the Cricut Explore Air 2, and for many crafters it’s the better machine.

One of its major advantages over the Cricut machine is the fact that it can deal with much larger projects. Its maximum cut size is 12″ by a whopping 10′ — compared to the 12″ by 24″ of the Explore Air 2.

In all other respects, it’s very similar. Another point we’d give to the Cameo 3 is that the Silhouette Studio software is generally better to design in than Cricut Design Space.

We go into much more detail on these points in our full review of the Cameo 3 here.

You can also see which machine comes out on top in this Silhouette Cameo 3 vs Cricut Explore Air 2 post here.

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KNK Zing Orbit

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One of our favorite vinyl cutting machines of 2017 is the incredible Zing Orbit from KNK.

This is for serious hobbyist cutters — people who are ready to graduate beyond Cricut and Silhouette Cameo, but aren’t quite ready to commit to an expensive commercial machine yet.

The Zing Orbit is available in two sizes: 15 and 24 inches. It’s big enough to get to work on the largest projects in your repertoire.

And, of course, it has the incredible force and sharpest blades that make for perfect cuts, every single time.

It’s not a machine for a complete beginner — but those with some experience will get plenty of joy from this artisan’s machine.

>>> Read our full KNK Zing Orbit review

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Silhouette Portrait

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Definitely the best cheap vinyl cutting machine on the market right now, the Silhouette Portrait is a force to be reckoned with.

It’s small — the maximum cutting size is 8″ wide by 10′ long — but it packs quite a punch for its low price.

Just like with the Cameo machines, you can plug the Portrait into your computer and create your own designs within Silhouette Studio. There’s no Bluetooth connection available, but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you don’t mind the wires.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Portrait is the best vinyl cutter for beginners.

You can read our full review of it here.

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Silhouette Portrait 2

At the time of writing, the Portrait 2 hadn’t yet been launched, but we think this is going to be a staple on many Silhouette fans Christmas wish list.

From what we know so far, it looks like it’s going to be a big improvement on the original Portrait.

Here’s what we have to look forward to:

  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • AutoBlade that automatically calibrates to correct settings per material
  • Compatible with the Silhouette Deep Cut Blade for use with thicker materials
  • 2mm clearance
  • PixScan compatible for improved Print & Cut

KNK Force

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The KNK Force isn’t new this year, but it’s such a good machine that we couldn’t not include it.

It certainly lives up to its name: it enjoys 8.8 lbs of force, two heads and a motor.

It’s the only desktop cutter that we can think of that is a true three axis cutter.

Plus with a camera equipped, the quality of Print and Cut on the KNK Force is almost unparalleled outside of the commercial market.

Sizzix Big Shot

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No cutting machine Christmas wish list would be complete without the cult favorite Sizzix Big Shot!

Slightly different from the other machines we’ve seen so far, the Big Shot is powered by hand crank and requires you use dies for cutting and embossing pads for embossing.

You don’t have the same creative freedom with the Big Shot as the software powered machines above, but there’s no doubt that it’s a great tool for simple designs and scrapbooking.

It’s also a very cheap cutting machine, and perfect for kids and beginners alike.

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Cricut Cuttlebug

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The final machine on our vinyl cutting Christmas gift list is the Cricut Cuttlebug.

Almost entirely similar to the Sizzix Big Shot, this little machine again requires you use cutting dies and embossing pads.

Again, it’s really cheap and suitable for children and beginners.

You can read our full review of the Cricut Cuttlebug here.

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Vinyl Cutting Accessories

Cricut Christmas Cartridges

One of our favorite things about the holiday season is getting to do all our favorite Christmas crafts.

And some of the best ways to get into the spirit of the occasion are to really get down and dirty with the wealth of Cricut Christmas cartridges on offer.

We’ve picked out a few of our favorites for your delectation:

Vinyl Cutting Machine Accessories

Of course, what’s the point of owning a cutting machine without kitting it out with your favorite accessories?

These little bits and pieces make for excellent stocking stuffers for cutters and crafters alike.

Whether it’s a deep cut blade for cutting thick materials, a brand new extended cutting mat or even cutting dies for your Sizzix Big Shot, we’ve got you covered.

Cricut EasyPress

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Another cool machine accessory that will make for a great Christmas present is the brand new Cricut EasyPress.

Perfect for crafters that use a lot of heat transfer vinyl for T-shirt and other material transfers, the EasyPress is a revolutionary product: a heat press meets an iron.

It’s got the convenience, safety and low price of an iron with the effectiveness of a heat press. Pretty ideal, if you ask us.

>> Read our full guide to the Cricut EasyPress

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Cricut BrightPad

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Another super cool accessory from Cricut is the BrightPad — a powerful lightbox that makes weeding easier than ever.

It’s even effective on the thickest of glitter vinyls.

We were surprised at how much we loved the BrightPad and we use it for every single one of our vinyl cuts these days. It makes the process of weeding so much easier and faster.

>> Read our Cricut BrightPad review

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Vinyl Materials

There’s no stocking stuffer we like more than rolls and rolls of vinyl!

Different colors, textures and thicknesses provide a huge amount of inspiration and creative freedom to every crafter, so feel free to stock up on a wide range.

Our favorite vinyl is Oracal 651 and you can read our post here about how to find the best deals and discounts for it.

Of course, it’s also a great idea to trawl Amazon to see what catches your eye and add to your wish list on there.

We’ve picked out some of the vinyl rolls that we’ll be adding to our Christmas list in 2017:

And there you have it — the Vinyl Cutting Machines guide to Christmas 2017!

What’s on your Christmas list?

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