I have been doing my best to read up on the topic and have learned a lot, mostly from posts by lylacfey, but I have a few specific needs so I thought it best to ask advice before dropping my dollars.
I want a cutting machine. Nay, I need
a cutting machine. I'm starting to lose feeling in the tip of my right index finger from holding scissors!
I have no experience with them, so I really don't know what I'm getting myself into. So part of what I'd like to know is what kind of upkeep expense I'm going to be looking at.
But the main thing I need to know is... which one do I get?? I've looked over this machine comparison chart
, but it's a little overwhelming for someone who doesn't know what they're doing. I am a technology-friendly person so I don't doubt I'll be able to handle the machine once I narrow down the choices a bit more.
I definitely want something computer-aided. I am all about Photoshop so I want to be able to do my own designs. I don't know anything about software for cutting devices, so, while I don't doubt I can figure one out, advice on those would be nice too.
The main thing I'm worried about, though, is being able to cut around things I've printed out. For that, I need accuracy between the machine, my printer, and my measuring, I know. I'm just hoping that my expectations aren't unreasonable. I mean, I know it's possible
(I've been watching videos on YouTube)... Maybe I just want confirmation that I'm not crazy. I dunno. I have kind of an old, cheap printer, so I may be willing to buy a better printer too, if that's advisable.
As an example, I would like the machine to be able to cut these pillow boxes for me, as well as the earrings, which are made of shrinky dink plastic:
Would that be too difficult to manage? Would I be pulling my hair out hoping things line up? Really, that's my main concern.
I'm not really sure how much I'm looking to spend, but I would be willing to put up more for a quality machine.
Thank you in advance for the advice. I'm really excited to get one of these!