I got my slice in March and was so excited about it and impressed with it that I wanted to write a review right away. However, I held off, deciding it was only fair to review it after I had used it enough to have more of an opinion than just ďThis little thing rocks!Ē
Firstly, I want to say that I havenít had any problems with mine at all. Iíve never had to adjust the pressure on the blade (although Iíve looked into it and it looks easy enough), never had it go wonky on me other than a few times when I tried to use it when the battery was almost dead. Iíve been really pleased with the variety of items on each card (I have 3), and with the overall quality of the cuts. I like how I can pull it out and be cutting within moments and I like how easy it is to bring to crops. I have replaced my blade once in the 3 months of using it and it was very simple to do.
Some of the limitations to the Slice are that it is a little noisy (although no noisier than my friendís Cricut), it obviously has the 4-inch cutting size limitation, and you do have to hold it while it cuts. I personally also find the letters donít have as sharp corners as I would want, and sometimes the Slice leaves a little corner still attached to the paper (although this is easily snipped off with scissors). Probably the biggest limitation of the Slice is that it cuts each letter one at a time, which can take a long time if you're cutting long titles.
I hear that the replacement glue is pricey, but Iíve never used the glue that comes with it. I use Kyron repositionable spray adhesive, which requires little to no drying time and seems easier and cheaper than the glue the Slice comes with. I also cover my mat with waxed paper when not in use, which preserves the adhesive for several uses. I never clean my mate before storing it because I like being able to grab it and use it without having to spray it first (although I obviously do clean it before reapplying the adhesive spray).
The strengths of this machine include its ease of use and convenience. Having used a Cricut a few times now, I have to say the Slice is beautifully simple to use. There are only a few buttons, and the menus are self-explanatory and easy to navigate. I like the cordless feature, although I often just leave it plugged in. Iíve already mentioned that it only takes a few seconds to take it out and start cutting. The only slightly difficult thing about using it, is figuring out how to get the most out of your paper. It is a little tricky to predict where the machine is going to cut. Although you can see where the blade is relative to the planned cut (a little x on the screen marks the bladeís position so you can foresee where on the paper the blade will go), it does take some experience with the machine and the different sizes of cuts to become able to predict whether you have enough space on your paper for a particular cut.
Due to space limitations I only have the small mat included with the slice, but I think the larger mat would make it even easier to get the most of your paper.
I bought the Slice because I didnít want to spend hundreds of dollars on a Cricut and then hundreds more collecting a decent library of fonts. There has been a lot of debate about whether the Slice is actually less expensive than the smaller Cricut machine, and it seems like yes, you can get a Cricut on sale for almost as little as a Slice. However, from what Iíve seen of the cartridges, the slice cards have more bang for your buck. Having said that, I still think that if youíre someone who wants a Cricut, you probably shouldnít get this instead. I know lots of people who have both and use both, so it doesnít have to be a one or the other kind of decision. I got my Slice because I knew if I got a Cricut, I would want the big fancy one, and I just couldnít afford that this year.
I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who wants a quick and easy way to get die cut letters and shapes in a variety of sizes up to 4 inches. I think the machine itself is good value for the price, and the design cards include a large variety of shapes and fonts to make them a great value for their price. However, this little guy does not do what the Cricut does, so if thatís what youíre looking for, then you should probably hold out for a Cricut.
Used in this layout: O & S single page
I can't say enought about how much I love this die cutter. I own the Sizzix and the Cricut, which I also love, but if I were to only pick one, this would be it. This is for several reasons.
Cost - the price is cheaper as are the cartridges. For the price of two sizzix, I can get an entire cartridge. The Cricut offers the same value, but this is half the price of a cricut cartridge and you get at least one alphabet with each shape unit. The cartridges also have designs where you can make the embellishments they sell. All you need to add are brads clips and ribbon and you can have the complete set.
Size - the size of the unit and the design cards are small. I am storing my cards in a pocket in my scrap carry all tote and have room for the two more I need and more. The unit itself is about a third of the size of my sizzix and cricut.
Versatile - Making Memories designs are diverse, coordinated with their product line and when all is put together you have a scraptastic page. You also do not waste paper, for you decide where it is to cut. You have the additional option of using the negative space right on the background page. With other units you need to cut the paper to fit the die and then paste the negative spaced embelishment on the page.
The only downside I have expeirenced is that I need to replace the blades more frequently. This could be only because I need to learn how to adjust the pressure better. However for the same price as two cricut blades you will get many more with each purchase.
For the money, the size and the value you cannot beat this machine. Like I said, I just can't say enough.
Used in this layout: 73 B-Day
Great machine. I took it out of the package and within minutes was using. Very easy. I love the way you can see where the cut starts (bottom of the machine is clear) so you can position on your paper and not waste paper. As long as you use the adhesive correctly it does not mess up. I confess I tried to cut without reapplying and it messed up. Totally my fault. So far, I am enjoying very much. Look forward to new cartridges. I bought all they have right now and got each one on sale plus free shipping. Not bad for brand new items. I was interested in the Cricut but the price of the cartridges were too much. I can get 2 of the Slice for the price of 1 Cricut. Love the alphabets. No more running out of letters!!! Plus can have the exact color I want. I have the machine, all cartridges that are available right now, a bonus cartridge coming from the company (rebate from scrapbook.com) in Feb for half the cost of the Cricut. Not bad!!!
I received some early Christmas cash and bought a Slice two weeks ago. I was really tempted by the Cricut Expressions infomercials I'd been seeing on tv recently but was concerned about (1) the size of the machine, (2) the cost of the Expression package, and (3) the cost of buying cutting mats and cartridges over time. When I found out that I could get the Slice for less than half the cost of the Expression I got one.
I love it--Merry Christmas to me! It's easy to use and even my husband is using it for one of his hobbies. The machine will cut the Monocote plastic that he uses to cover radio control airplanes. He's using the Slice to cut his license number and he's attaching the number to all of his planes.
One tip about the adhesive, I've found that if I rotate the glass plate after each cut I can extend the life of my adhesive by at least a couple of cuts. That way I'm not cutting over the same location on the plate each time.
Used in this card: Graffiti Birthday
I am a new member of the Scrapbook site and I just received my Slice last week. I have used this little wonder about every night since I received it. I was disappointed in the adhesive they send, a very small tube, so I got creative and tried a trick I used on my Xyron cutting machine, (which I love also) anyways I used stick glue on the glass mat to hold my paper down and if you don't leave it on very long it comes right off the mat just like the adhesive they send you. When you are done for the night clean your matt off with warm water. If you have the Xyron machine give my idea a try also. just rub the stick glue on the sticky mat, apply your paper and press down. I have cut over 50 cutouts on the same mat. And what about the glass mat you get with the Slice, I want the 12x12 size, so I think I'm going to try my local hardware store for a piece of glass and see if it works before I spend $20.00 plus shipping. any ideas?
Used in this layout: Grandma's Flowers
Got this machine for Christmas and have tried various types of paper and it cuts great! It takes a little bit of practice at first to learn how to position the Slice on the paper so you don't have a lot of waste or you get the design where you want it on your page but WOW it sure is versatile, with it's range of sizing from 1" to 4". This machine will surely get your creative juices flowing. I LOVE it! Already looking at all the fun discs Making Memories has put out. Lots of variety. Each design disc has plenty of designs for the money. It's great for saving space too. You can't go wrong with the Slice!
Used in this image: Handmade Roses
This is even better than I imagined! I was going crazy with this maching within minutes from taking it out of the box. Really a plug and go machine, didn't have to spend a whole lot of time reading the manual or that sort of thing. It was pretty much ready to go after a few small instructions. I can't wait to use this in my everyday scrapbooking needs!
One word of advice is to order the spatula. I have not, but also thought maybe a few tools in my making memories tool kit would work to, but if you don't have that I would suggest the spatula to help pull up the diecut fromt he glass mat.
I just received this in the mail last week, and I have had so much fun playing with it. Yes it has had all of the problems that everyone that has given it a bad review has sited (ie cutting letters crooked or out of proportion, not cutting all the way through etc) But if you read the instructions, all of these issues have an easy fix. I can use it for so many different things. And I love the portability of it. Also the replacement blades, and other accessories are fairly inexpensive, and no need to replace the cutting mats as they are glass. Love it!
Used in this layout: FLIP FLOP
first of all i already have a couple of cutter which i love too!!sizzix/big kick/xyron/side kick!but this is somuch fun and easy to use and it take up little space on my desk and i love that the design cards are so small that right now it setting in one of my small crystal bowl until i get the case
i have no problem with the slice and just barely hold it doing the cut and the noise is about the same noise my xyron make so it not a problem! wish the glue came in a bigger bottle that would be cool also i am happy with it like i said i LOVE it
Used in this image: day#16
My husband bought a Slice for me for Christmas and I love it! A word of caution though... make sure the adhesive that it comes with dries completely before trying to cut! That means it should be completely CLEAR. After it's dry though you can cut and cut without reapplication. I only reapplied after there was a bunch of residue on the cutting mat, several days after the first application. I'd recommend this to any one who wants to be able to cut their shapes and letters without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars!
Used in this layout: Showered with Love
I was so excited to finally get the Slice. I ask for money for Christmas from everyone in order to afford it. I swear by my Cricut Expression, but always worried about loading it up to take back and forth to scrapping parties. The Slice is the perfect answer. I read a few of the reviews about adhesive problems, and I too experienced some. My Cricut machine was like that for awhile until I got the hang of the adjustments. Have fun with the Slice. It's a great machine!
Used in this layout: Christmas Card Friends
I recently purchased this little machine. I love it. I like the affordability, that it takes up minimal space and the cartridges are reasonable. There is alittle bit of a learning curve, but still really easy to use. You have to pay attention to where it's going to cut. But, that is easily remedied. I love all of the designs that are offered on each of the memory cards. There is alot of variety. It cuts well. I have not had any problems with it.
Used in this layout: Love
I am really enjoying my Slice. I am not usually very good with machines, and I have found the Slice to be very simple to use. I can't wait to add more cartridges to my collection and really start getting a lot of use from my Slice.
I would recommend the spatula. I found that it can be tricky to remove your cut images without the spatula, and you risk damaging the cut you made.
I really love this product, and I would highly recommend it.
I LOVE the slice! See the web site for further ideas and videos- they help a lot! I highly recommend the larger 12x12 glass if you want to cut multiple pieces from a single kind of paper. I also recommend the slice spatula, it really does help pick up the cut paper. I've managed to extend the life of the adhesive using plastick wrap over the glass, but you'll need more, so you might add that to the shopping list all at the same time! Enjoy!
Used in this image: Alexa Wall Hanging
I am somewhat new to the great world of scrapbooking and so I am a little timid. Just got my Slice and I simply love it, so easy to use, and what a great choice in patterns. The started kid does come with everything to get started and you could just use that if you wanted or there are some other cards that you can use. I can see a big potential for easy downloads to your own SD cards from the slice web site in the future.
Used in this layout: Trip to the Zoo
I had the Slice on my Christmas list, my mother got me the Cricut instead, because she wanted to get me something better. After looking at the cost of cartridges for the Cricut, I asked her if she minded if I exchanged it. For the cost of the Cricut, I got the Slice, the storage shelf for it, and the Basics 2 card. I played with it today, and all I can say is wow! I am certain I made the right choice, I love this little machine!
Used in this layout: Worn Out
I love my slice! I think for a first timer like me this is a perfect machine to start with. It's easy to use. It comes with everything you need to get started. Another thing I like about the Slice is that the design cards have a lot of letters and shapes, giving you a very nice variety. The design cards are also around half the price of the other brands which was also a plus. It adds a nice look to cards and layouts.
I got this today for christmas from my hubby! It's my first die cutting machine. I didn't want a big ol bulky thing, so this is PERFECT! Its light, portable and cuts great! You do have to hold it down to make sure the blade doesnt skip. Other than that I am soooo in love. I definitely will be using this ALOT especially on my titles!=) yay!
Used in this layout: Those Divine Eyes
i just recivec mine about 2 hours ago i have been just "cuttin up" with it. it is so lite and i am able to use all those scrap pices that i have left from useing my pazzle and cricut machine. i love love love this little machine, buy one it is well worth the money!!!!!!!!! HAVE FUN AND ENJOY ALL YOU CAN DO WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Used in this scraproom: Day 2 of scraproom
I LOVE this machine!!! I was watching for it to become available and it felt like forever! It really was well worth the wait! I have a cricut as well but I much prefer this little guy! The cartridges are so much more reasonably priced too. I may actually get to have more than one cartridge for this one!!!
My slice is so convenient and compact! I love how small it is and the design cards rock! I like the fact that you have to apply the adhesive and then clean it, unlike some where the adhesive wears off and you have to throw away the entire mat!
Used in this layout: HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY
this is a great little toy! There's not much said in the other reviews that i could add...
-there is a learning curve to figuring out where it will cut... watch the blade and use the rulers on the slice AND the glass cutting pad!
This is the first cutter machine I have owned and I absolutely love love love it!! I would recommend purchasing this machine. I haven't had any problems with the cutting. It is portable and easy to use.
Used in this layout: Birthday Dinner - Page 1
affordable No it doesn't do everything but its fun, easy, quick , and the designs are well thought out and fit all styles.
Great for needing a few cuts at your fingertips.
I can't say enough about the Slice. It is the most economical die cut machine, and the easiest to use. I have one and got one for my mom. I am having so much fun with it.
Great product! I can pull it out in a second and sit down anywhere to cut quick embellishments for cards and gift bags. Of course it's great for scrapbooking too!
I got my slice a few months ago and I am in love with it! It is so easy to use and the products that go with it are so reasonably priced!
Used in this scraproom: My closet!
So portable-and easy to use! Changing the blade is easy too! I have used it on many layouts and the flowers are great layered!
Used in this layout: Easter Gathering pg 1
I had been very hesitant about investing in any electronic die-cutting tools not only due to the dollar investment but also the space they would require to be stored. I finally decided to purchase the slice this spring and have been very satisfied with it. I have not had any problems with crooked cuts unless I have not noticied that the tackiness has been lost on the mat. (I will often leave the adhesive on it for several days if I'm on a creative binge.) I store all of the pieces from this starter kit as well as the binder for the cartridge storage in a small sterilite container when not in use. However, because it is small enough I will sometimes leave it out on my worktable for several days if I have several projects I'm working on. I have used it to cut lightweight patterned paper, heavy-weight patterned paper as well as cardstock without any problems. I do like to do a small test whenever I switch over to cardstock to make sure that I have adjusted the blade correctly, prior to using it "for real". I have not yet tried to use it to cut directly in the middle of a large piece of paper but would probably also do a test run prior to making the real cut.
Used in this layout: tough mom
I just bought the Slice this week and I'm really glad I did. This is my first die cutting machine purchase. Having used lots of my friends' manual machines in the past, I was looking at the Cricut but concerned about the cost of the machine and its cartridges. I love the Slice because the cost is low, it uses memory cards, the memory cards hold dozens of images (which you can change from 1 to 4 inches in size), and it doesn't take up much room. When I go to a crop, all I have to take is the machine, cutting mat, and my little notebook of memory cards! I'd give the product 5 stars if not for the learning curve to use it: there's a method to holding it and adjusting the cutting blade (looser or tighter) to make everything just right.
Used in this layout: 'Max'imum Cute!
While some might find the upper size limit troublesome, I would rather it could go smaller. The only time I wished for more than the 4" max was in cutting out frames for some bigger pictures and I just did them the old fashioned way, with a xacto. As these are easy to cut that way I didn't see any reason for a bigger more costly machine at this time. The kit comes with everything you need to start right away. I mean right away as you don't have to wait for it to charge. The cord didn't get in my way at all. But if you want to travel it works for a long time cordless. All in all, more than good enough.
Used in this card: Butterfly Birthday
I received the Slice Design Cutter Machine - Starter Kit for Christmas. I have been experimenting with various functions and I am happy that it is so easy to use. It is important that you lightly hold the machine while it is cutting because it can move if you don't. I have not seen any directions on how to cut out photos with it as was advertised. Did I overlook this in the directions?
The price for extra design cards seems a little high so I probably won't accumulate any extras very soon.
All in all, I like the portability of the machine and the fact it can be used cordless!!
I received my new Slice machine quickly from SB.com and was excited to try it out. I let it charge plenty long enough. When I finally got a chance to sit down and try it, I was so disappointed because the little tube of adhesive in my kit was bad. It would not come out of the tube. I pulled the tip of the tube off and the adhesive looked like a piece of wet lump of foam. Now I have to order some and WAIT a week to try the machine!
Used in this layout: Olivia's 11th birthday party
This machine is great. Love the fact that there are so many designs on each card. Only thing to watch out for is to make sure the blade is in tight enough. Otherwise, it won't cut the shape correctly. Also, there isn't much adhesive provided with the kit. You have to reapply every 3rd or 4th cut.
Great machine. Love it.
This is the first electronic machine I've used for die cutting. I love it. It's so user friendly. You can use it the momment it comes out of the box. I love the versatility in the desings. I can,t wait till the new desings come out!!!
Used in this layout: Dream
I found this to be very tempremental, especially with switching between various weights of cardstock. The "tacky" adhesive dries quickly but only last for 4-6 applications requiring me to wash off the orginal layer and reapply.
The small size 1 or 1 1/2 inch fonts do not cut cleanly. The A letter does not have a center cut, only a slash. Becasue you really only cut one letter at a time, it does waste paper and of course...time. Although there is a grid for alingment, its easy to cut into the next letter if your short on paper.
Overall, I'm dissapointed with the Slice and like the Cuttlebug better. I'm hesitant to purchase the larger glass mat, better spray adhesive and any more "upgrades" for this system.
This was my first electronic die cutting machine. Its a great little tool if you don't want to invest your money in a bigger machine and you're satisfied with only making shapes and letters up to 4 inches in size. The blade got stuck on mine after about 5 uses and I had to contact Making Memories to get it fixed. Their customer service is great and I had machine back sooner than expected. Having said that though, I no longer have this machine. I sold it and bought a Cricut. I just like having the option of making larger shapes and not having to cut one shape/letter at a time.
Used in this layout: Celebrate Love
The machine has been a disapointment although I have only had it about 1 week and am trying to give it a fair evaluation.
#1 The battery charge (s) have only lasted through 3-5 cuts of individual letters on plain card stock.
#2 Two cutting blades bent in the first two days
#3 When letters cut they are often irregular: skinny in one dimension and fat in another, thus looking misproportioned.
#4 It is tedious to only be able to program it to cut one letter at a time. Very very slow.
#5 If there is an easy way to figure out where your cut will be on the paper and the orientation of the letter, I have yet to catch on to that.
Unless there is considerable improvement, I will be returning mine before the 30 days are up.
I love the new Slice I got for Christmas. I was trivially worried because I have read about some problems, but so far so good! It's so easy to use. Turn it on, put it on some paper, and hit the start key. The intricate cuts can take a long time, but I was surprised how quickly some of the other shapes cut out - some of the flowers only take a second or two! It makes some noise because of the glass mat, but it's not bad, and if you have to scrap quietly it shouldn't wake up anyone.
I did't get Noteworthy, my favorite card, but I ordered it and it should be here in a week or so. Basic Shapes 2 and 3 have a lot to offer. I had never really looked at Basic Shapes 1 (the card that comes with it) so I was really happy to see a lot of useful shapes. I have limited desk space and this little cutter takes up less room than a 6x6 sheet of paper. I was also surprised to see how big 4" really is. I mean, I thought that was a little small even though I was excited about the Slice... but on a 12x12 page (and especially an 8.5x11 page) that's actually pretty big.
All in all I'm so excited about the Slice. It does have a learning curve, though. It can be hard to judge where the Slice is going to cut. I have come up with solutions, though. First of all, when you "select" a shape, the blade moves into position. Before you start cutting, look at the blade (the base of the Slice is see through) and then decide where to put the paper on the mat (if you have the little mat) or the Slice on the paper (if you have a big mat). This has saved me a ton of paper.
I have found that I do have to apply some pressure when I am holding it down, but I am a weakling (I have never had much arm strength for some reason). However, I read that a woman set a 16 oz. can on top of her Slice and it cut fine without holding. This is great, but most cuts are quick so it's not a big deal to hold the Slice for the duration. The adhesive it comes with is sort of a pain in the butt; I am definitely going to buy Krylon Repositionable Easy-Tack spray.
Some of the cuts can only be as small as 2" (especially on Basic Shapes 3), but those are really intricate. I have not had any problems with edges that weren't perfectly straight - I have had clean, crisp cuts. My "secret" is a firm hold and a little extra adhesive (and I apply it regularly, but I've read that you don't really have to). I also keep my Slice fully charged. It is so nice to leave it plugged in and then just pull the plug when I want to use it. Unfortunately, there is no light or anything to tell you when the Slice is charging. However, I've left it plugged in for hours at a time and the charger has not done so much as to heat up.
All in all I'm thrilled with the Slice.It has a couple of minor cons, but it cuts beautifully and it has an excellent and trendy library of shapes. The price is excellent (especially because the cards go on sale for about $25) and it's really versatile.
My next project? Cutting a window in a card and hanging a butterfly. I'm excited to see what CHA Winter brings for the Slice.
P.S. - Don't forget that the alphabets and some of the letters are proportional. Therefore, a letter is probably not going to be exactly 4". This is so that the letters maintain their shape. I haven't found it to be a problem yet.
I LOVE this machine. I researched the different options for die cutting machines before I bought it and read lots of reviews. I chose the Slice because of it's small size and the affordability of the design cards. Yes, I would have liked to have a Cricut but I can't afford $89 for design cards. I have not had any problem with the adhesive or the machine itself. I took the Slice out of the box, charged it for an hour, put the adhesive on the mat and away I went. It worked perfectly and was easy, easy to use. After the first cut or two, it was very easy to figure out how close you could place the Slice to make the next cut and use as much of the paper as possible. This machine opens up a whole other realm to use my scrapbook supplies. I also love that every design card has alphabets. Now that I have that option and can use any paper, the possibilities are endless and afforadable. There are only two things I would recommend. One is the 12" x 12" glass cutting mat is really preferable to the 6" x 6" one that comes with the starter kit. The larger mat means you don't have to cut your paper and gives you more space to make cuts closer together. Two, the starter kit really should include the spatula. It makes removing the images once they are cut a breeze. One tip I read somewhere that works is to cover your mat with wax paper once you're done. You can then reuse it a few times without having to reapply the adhesive. I love everything about this little machine and would recommend it without hesitation.
Now, how cool is this 'lil thing?
First...it's not pink. Yes, that's a plus for me. LOL! Not all girls like pink.
And it's cute!!! And cordless. Cordless is excellent. Portable, too, and no computer needed.
Very little in the way of "disposable" supplies - the mat is glass, no replacement needed. Apply a bit of extra adhesive with a foam brush, you're ready to go again!
A couple of janitorial tips. First, when they say to wait til the white adhesive turns clear before using the mat? They mean it. Wait. Or your paper will be REALLY stuck.
Take out your scrap pile. Spend some time doing test cuts. You'll get a really good feel for what cuts well, and what doesn't. If you're having a tough time with something like the darker Bazzill colors - do NOT move the Slice after your cut. Simply press the start button again. It does a nice job of doing a clean second cut, if you need it for thicker materials.
Add a couple of extra cards, that adorable bag, and you're set to go cropping!!!
It cuts for quite awhile, too. So far, my 'record' is ~50 test cuts without plugging it in.
You do need to rest a hand on it, as it's cutting. I haven't found that I need to "hold it down", really...just resting a hand firmly on it is enough.
It's quieter than I expected, too. Especially with a glass mat. There's a bit of noise, but nothing extreme.
Consider this one 5 mops UP!
This is a great little machine. I don't have a lot of space, and wanted something simple to use that would add something more to my layouts, while allowing me to save money on stickers and die cuts. This will certainly do that! I had no problem using it at all, and started playing with it right away. It is easy to position on the page, as the bottom is clear so you can see the blade, and the screen tells you where the starting point is on the design. Another fun thing? I didn't purchase the carry bag, but for Christmas I received a larger camera bag for my camera, and on impulse I checked to see if the Slice would fit in my smaller one. It did! Although the cord will have to go in my tote, I can carry the tools, memory cards, 6 X 6 mat, and how-to guides. Whoohoo! How cool is that? And it weighs less than my camera does! The problem is going to be convincing my 5 year old daughter that this is mommy's toy and not hers... :o) I don't have experience with other machines, and it is possible that the cuts on this may not be quite as accurately smooth as using a real die(I noticed a teensy jog in the inner circle of a flower), but that could have been a jiggle as I was holding it down. As far as I'm concerned, the result is good enough--and then some--for the majority of projects. My hearty recommendation on this product.
I am so in love with this item! It really does do what it says it does- you just need to practice practice practice! I have been doing some demos of this machine at the local store where I work, and through the process of trial and error, and some troubleshooting, I can really say it gives you the most bang for your buck! Don't forget that this baby is only 1 month old! The Cricut is several years old, and the Sizzix is older than dirt! Remember several things- HOME the blade occasionally, especially after a bungled/mangled cut- APPLY enough adhesive, smooth the paper on the cutting mat, and keep the mat free from fingerprints/dust- KEEP it charged up/ or plugged in; when it gets low on power, it will not cut properly. I have been able to cut a small scroll design onto a precut bookmark, in the area that I wanted it- so it can be done with patience and practice. But for the most part, it really is like they say on some of those video games- plug it in and play!!! I look forward to future disc releases, and I LOVE the color so much- no more awful pink scrapbook stuff PLEASE!!!!
I love the portability of the machine. The whole thing plus accessories and cartridges all fit in a little tote.
Yes, yes do let the adhesive dry before putting paper on the glass to cut. You can do several cuts in one corner and then turn the glass plate around to cut on all four corners (depending on the size of the original cut).
I clean my glass plate with window wipes and a washcloth. Then I can stay at my scrap table whether at home or at a crop and clean it.
I suggest keeping spare blades always on hand. They seem to wear out fairly fast, but they are reasonably priced.
I love the variety of alphabet styles already available, can't wait to see what Making Memories comes up with next for design cartridges. Love the portable little zipper binder that holds the cartridges and sheets with the patterns that are on each cartridge.
Don't forget to checkout the website: www.whyslice.com for helpful instruction videos. These were very helpful in learning to use the machine in different ways.
A very versatile product.
After reading mixed reviews, I decided to order the Slice and give it a try. I didn't want to spend too much since I'm just starting to scrapbook. I ordered it and got this week. I was so excited when it came, but within an hour I was crying. The paper was completely stuck to the mat, the slice wasn't cutting, nothing was going right. I cleaned the mat and sparyed the Krylon (which is the best), still nothing. At that point, the bubby helped ou. t we redid all the steps adjusted blade, still nothing. I then emailed a wonderful girl on scrapbook who had the slice and loved it and told me some stuff she did. The hubby changed and blade, I resprayed and it's been wonderful since. I've been slicing away!! Just ordered two more design cards. It's small, easy to store and does wonderful designs. Definately worth it even after the crying and frustration.
I can't say enough about it. It's SO easy to use. It's small. It's easily to take to crops. The tacky adhesive is not too sticky, if you kwim. For the cost of one Sizzix alphabet, you can get the Slice, which comes WITH the Basic Shapes card/alphabet AND numbers. That you can cut in up to 8 different sizes. I've watched friends at my crop use their Cricuts, and not really been tempted because of 1) the size, and 2) the sticky mat seems like a pain. When the Slice came out, my friend e-mailed me saying that the Cricut sticky mat had drove her CRAZY, and she sold her Cricut so that she would buy the Slice...which she now LOVES! As do I. Did I already mention that? :)
I love the Slice. It has limitations, but afterall it's only a machine. the glue that comes with the machine is dry so I had to get a new tube. Not a problem. As with all new product, practice makes perfect. The blade is adjustable so it cuts various weights of paper nicely. I have not put it away since Christmas. I have 4 cards and they are all great. Price is right. I can't wait to see more crds in the near future. Theme cards, such as summer fun or winter wonderland would be great! Love it Love it. It is a must have.
My Husband got me the slice for mother's day this year and as soon as i got it I was so in LOVE with it. I use it for everything it very helpful when it comes to gifts I like to make my gift different and with the slice i can do that by making my own tags or adding flowers or something.
My friend is in love with it to we have scrap booking nights while our husband are out to sea and she just loves to use it.
I thank my husband every time i use it! He did a very good job with this gift.
I didn't have any other machine but I wanted something simple to use. This is the best. The cards are easy to insert in the machine. The blade is simple to change. (I have already done it all by myself!!) It is very portable and lightweight. I love this thing!! I haven't had any problems with it at all. I look forward to getting more design cards and using this handy little cutter machine for years to come!!
I have saved so much time and money with the Making Memories Slice machine.
I used to walk around the store or search online for hours looking for the right embelishments. This cost me a lot of precious time I could have spent working on my books. My pages were never quite finished till found the right accents
Now, I just make my own and my pages get done!!! So worth the investment!!!
I love using my slice. I did purchase the magnetic frame/cutting board, too. This makes it even easier to use. The cartridges are so tiny and easy to store. This is a nice size to carry to events or parties. I have not tried the drawing tips yet and not sure if I will. Do go ahead and get at least one cartridge that has the speed boost. This is a real PLUS to my cardmaking hobby.
This is a great product! I don't like that I have to hold it while it cuts, but I like the flexibility of cutting anywhere on the page. I like how small and light it is. I really like how portable it is. I can't wait for more cards to come out because I feel limited in what they offer right now; it seems like only flowers and swirls are out there.
I just recieved my Slice today and I am SOOOOOOO happy!I have been searching for a while for a die cut machine that was the best value for the money but one that also provided loads of designs in an inexpensive format. When I saw the advertisement for the Slice I knew this was it! It works as quickly and easily as advertised. I am already in LOVE!
My DH bought me this for Christmas and I am so excited about it. It is perfect. I don't have a lot of room to store things so this is great. It doesn't take up much room but it does so much. I love that it's cordless and how affordable the cartridges are. I would totally recommend this to anyone.
I love my slice!!! I took a long time to decide I wanted one, but it is one of my absolutely favorite sb tools now. Super easy to use and nice and compact and easy to take with me to crops. I love all of the different fonts that MM has and the slice cards are very reasonable.
I've wanted this little machine for a while and finally got it for Christmas. I immediately began to use it and had no difficulties whatsoever. The cuts are great and so versatile! It'll save you money as well since now you won't need to go by individual diecuts/stickers.
I love this little guy it can do a lot even thought it is small and I love that it is not a lot of money. I have a cricut to but a cartridge cost $220 in canada and they do not go on sale very offten so I can buy a lot more stuff by saving money with the slice!
I just bought this today and even though I ruined my mat by not waiting for the glue to dry, I absolutely love it! It cuts quickly and is really user friendly. I also love that the design cards are reasonably priced and you get a ton of stuff on them.
I love this machine. I bought it a few weeks ago and have used it several times. Its savedme so much money on letter stickers because I just use the slice. i would reccommend this to anyone and everyone. its amazing
The Slice was recently on sale for 40% off @ Michaels, and I only had 2 days to decide if I was going to make the purchase or not. I was a little reluctant after reading some not so great reviews. After watching some demo videos on You Tube, I decided it looked really simple and nowhere near as difficult or noisy as some make it out to be. I bought it the next day and I LOVE IT!
~ The price is great. I'm sure I would love a Cricut, but I am not able to spend that amount of money. I purchased my Slice machine, 2 Cartridges, & the Spatula and spent less than $150.00! That's a pretty good deal to me. The cartridges are much cheaper and I'll be able to get more here & there when they're on sale for less than 30.00...BARGAIN!
~It's so easy to use. I unpacked everything charged it for about 2 hours, inserted the cartridge & have been cutting ever since.
As for the complaints I've seen on other reviews,
Mine has never messed up the paper or not cut other than when the battery went dead, the solution for that is just plug in the machine & keep working.
It makes some noise, but I don't consider it noisy. I've used it while my toddler is sleeping.
Also, I've read a review where someone said they've had to hold it down so forcefully they're arms hurt. I barely hold mine while its cutting and it's fine.
Bottom Line, if you're on the fence and reading all these reviews like I did trying to decide if you should spend the money, go ahead. You won't be disappointed. My advice just wait for a deal. I never pay full price for anything. It's always better when you get it cheaper!
Let me first say that I did return the first Slice I got because it wasn't cutting right (which was a QVC buy the first time and a scrap store the second). So, I am on my second Slice.
This one is much better. Mine does cut through all cardstocks and will usually cut ten times without changing the adhesive. I have had it for months and just now went into a new package of blades. So, I think it is lasting a pretty long time per blade. I like the ease of it and I finally get use up all of the those "scraps" laying around. I finally have somewhere to use them on! yay! I like the fact that you can line up the exact spot of your letters to utilize the Slice to it's best potential.
I only have one issue. Some of the letters and other things are not completely perfect. Not everything ... just a few things. Sometimes I need to do a little more trimming on my letter or image. In general though, hand cutting took me SO much longer to do, so I do see the great advantage in having the Slice. It is the only die cut machine I own and probably the only one I will ever buy!
Hope this helps someone decide on whether or not to purchase ;)
OK I HAVE THE SIZZIX I LOVE IT SO WHEN I RECEIVED THE SLICE I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT GIFT. THE FIRST ONE I BOUGHT BROKE SO I HAD TO SEND IT FOR REPAIR . I WAS ANGRY AT FIRST CAUSE I HAD TO FIND RECEIPT AFTER SIX MONTHS EVEN THOU I HAD IT REGISTERED BUT THEY DID SEND A NEW ONE OUT REALLY FAST AFTER I SENT MINE IN. I ALSO BOUGHT ONE FROM CRAIGS LIST BECAUSE I DO SO MUCH CRAFTING AND THAT ONE BROKE BUT AGAIN THEY FIXED IT OVER THE PHONE. THEY ALSO SENT ME SOME WONDERFUL SCRAPBOOK SUPPLIES FOR FREE FOR THE WAIT. AFTER ALL SAID AND DONE I LOVE THE MACHINE AND THE DESIGN CARDS ARE AFFORDABLE WAY CHEAPER THEN CRICKET. SO I HOPE YOU WOULD BUY ONE AND TRY IT I GIVE IT TWO THUMBS UP
Because I had a 50% off coupon, I bought a Slice. In comparison to my Cricuts and Silhouette, it ranks 3rd. But, it has some great advantages. It is completely portable and takes up little space...so I can take it camping with me. I like the design cards. The biggest disadvantages are that it only does smaller cuts (up to 5 inches) and that it is hard to position the next cut so you don't waste a lot of paper. I like the design cards and have bought 3. I have found you can't cut everything in the size you want--only the sizes programed on the design card. It is really handy for small cuts when you are in a hurry!
I love my Slice and parts of Australia are still waiting for them.
I got mine a few days ago and love it but I am finding that when i set the fonts to cut at 4inches it only cuts it at 3inches.
If i set it at 3 inches it will then cut at 2inches and so on.
It is fine when cutting the shapes it is only the fonts.
Using the Basic 1 and the plain text, not the fonts in the shapes.
Same thing happens when I use the basic 3.
Please if someone can check theirs and let me know here, that would be great.
So I bought The slice machine (used) a few months ago & along with it I got "the basic ELEMENTS & SEASONS SD" I'm wondering why I can't find the seasons shapes to cut out with my machine....
I bought my Slice off of Ebay from someone else (not recommended) because the price was slightly cheaper that buying from the company directly. This was my mistake. However, once I received it, I LOVED IT! I used it almost every day without a single problem for about 5 months. Then it quit cutting properly. It was almost as if the blade was too loose and would cut randomly even thought I adjusted the blade several times. I emailed and called Making Memories, they looked up my model number and said I had purchased an Australian model (not noted on the advertisement when I bought it) and that they couldn't do anything to help me. That was it! They weren't willing to repair it, they weren't willing to send me a new one in replace of the old one, they weren't even willing to send me just the machine and new cord (me paying for them of course) and not all the other parts. Their basic reaction was "Too bad, too sad. Is not a US model, so it's not our problem." Now I'm out quite a bit of money and have a machine that doesn't work that I have no idea what to do with.
My recommendation, Don't buy the Slice from anyone but Making Memories. The product is AMAZING!!! However, the company still has some things to work out and it's rare to get one (as far as I've seen) that doesn't quit working correctly at some point during it's first 2 years.
I was thrilled to get my slice last week, but was disappointed after third cut. I have a problem with it cutting cleanly and all the way through. The blade is tight, has been homed, I used the adhesive and sometimes it cuts through, sometimes it doesn't. It won't cut through bazzil at all, so I stopped trying to use bazzill all together. I am using a very lightweight cardstock and it cuts through that ok -until the third or fourth cut. I find I have to clean the mat and reapply the adhesive a lot more than I thought. I was hoping to use it a lot, but since it seems like I can only use it a few times before I have to wash the mat and reapply adhesive and I can only use on lightweight paper, I will only bring to crops or use for a quick embellishment. I really do like the fact that the cartridges are not very expensive. In disgust, my husband went out on black friday and bought me a Cricut for me to use at home.
O.K. Slice is portable, cordless and positionable...
but... the instruction manual is misleading, the quality of the blade cuts is only marginal on smaller intricate cuts, there is no chaining ability so cutting out a title might well take twenty minutes. You have to apply adhesive to a glass mat (which takes a bit away from the whole "scrap where you want" pro for this little machine). It is reasonably priced, but only if you know you are never going to want a cutter with both smaller (less than 2 inches) and larger (larger than 4.5 inches) cutting capabilities. This might be the machine for you, but I'd strongly recommend trying one first.
I thought this little machine would be just the thing to be able to take to crops,and when my daughters and I get together to work on our albums.
I'm beginning to think it was a waste of money. My blades do not cut after 3 uses,(one blade had a bur on the point and tore the paper, could only be seen with a magnifing glass) many of the designs do not cut right, replacement blades and glue are expensive.
It would not even make an impression on the paper right out of the box, I had to adjust the blade to get a cut.
Seems to be easy to use after all the adjustments and changes, I just don't like to have to be adjusting and changing blades after 3 cuts.
Takes some getting used to to know where the cut is going to be on the paper, so paper is wasted.
Was really excited to get this as a gift. I have a Cricut cutter that works well but the design cartridges are more expensive, so I thought I'd get more bang for my buck. Not worth it! The first worked fine initially but then the blade wouldn't drop enough to come in contact with the paper to cut it (this had nothing to do with adjusting the blade; I had it down so far it fell out). I sent it back and had another one sent to me. It did the exact same thing and I have less than 25 minutes of cut time on it! I've spent more time trying to get them to work than cutting with them. Thank goodness for overstock.com. They have been totally helpful with this. Making memories was no help at all. I got the run around on where and how to send it back. Another disadvantage is having to reposition the cutter after every cut. With the Cricut, you set it and it makes lots of cuts at once.
I purchased my Slice in March and used it only 10 times. When it works it's awesome. However be sure to read all the directions. You will find it will not make all designs in all sizes. Also be sure you have it on low speed to cut more complicated designs because if you don't it just slices and dices your paper. My biggest complaint is while using it today, it just stopped cutting. After doing all the things in the manual I called customer support and found out my model has faulty wiring and could not be fixed because it wasn't under warranty. She said they have redesigned the wiring for the Elite and the Fabrique so there would not be a problem with these. However they knew the wiring was faulty and sold them anyway. So no help from them. Sigh....now I have tons of accessories but no working machine.
I really wanted to love it but can't say that I do. The slice has been a huge headache. It is extremely inconsistant. One cut may be fine and the very next is unsalvagable. There is no guessing what you will get. The blades dont adjust well. Only thinner papers work. It doesnt hold a charge well. And no one will take it. The store had so many returns they refer you to the company the company wants you to send it and if its defective they will send a new one. At this point the sight of it agravates me. So i am an owner of the slice the bag and 4 design cards . Any one want to buy it? lol PS. I bought the cricut and LOVE it!
I don't know how so many people have rated the SLICE at 4 stars. I am now on my 3rd SLICE. After the first couple of times using it, they all start having issues. They won't cut through the paper, or it only cuts some of the lines. I have followed each and every troubleshooting tip (and there are many, cause there are lots of problems), and some of them work sometimes, some don't work at all - and the SLICE continues to be inconsistent. I never know if it is going to work when I need it to. Making Memories needs to stop selling the SLICE until they actually have it working. VERY DISAPPOINTED - AGAIN.
I bought the Slice over a month ago and I have had nothing but problems since day 1. I have used all their troubleshooting ideas and even took it to the scrap store I frequently go to and even that didn't help. The cutting is not only distorted but the lines don't connect so you either have to cut the rest or throw it out. I have tried multiple types of papers with the same result. I can't tell you how much paper I have wasted with this product.
So if you can just avoid this product, it is a waste of money.
I am very disappointed with my Slice. It stopped working after using it three times. I emailed customer service and unless I have a receipt or want to pay someone to take a look at it they can't do anything about it?? The company does not stand behind their product!!