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I have used my sizzix eclipse2 twice now, and am having fun. I did upgrade the software that came with it right away. I really wanted the ability to design my own shapes and utilize svgs off the internet. Which eCal lite dose not do. I was not impressed with that, but I have to say I am with the work thus far. Cutting detail is far superior to my circuit.
The ability to see the placement saves paper. Custom sizing and workong with fonts I have on my computer is exciting. I recommend buying a better second mat though right away. The one that came with mine did not stay sticky very long, and it was bent from being in the box.
Despite the couple negatives I really like the machine a lot.
I owned the first version of the eclips when it still had a cartridge system. I never used the cartridges but I loved the software that came with it (sold separately). This machine lets you create fun and creative projects. I specifically use 3D svg files from 3rd party sites. Since I'm a math teacher this machine is also pretty handy for my classroom. The eclips2 works with the older software so I didn't have to upgrade. The only downside for me is that the old machine had a handle that made it easy to transport. The new machine has no such handle so I have to be careful when taking it to school and home. Overall I really like it.
This is my second Sizzix Eclips. I really like how fast it cuts and how it can cut very intricate and detailed shapes. I am not crazy about the mat that came along with it. It is not very sticky and the hanger cut out at the top of the mat has been eliminated so I just punched a hole in it myself. I store my mats hanging on a hook so they are easy to find. All in all an amazing, easy to operate machine!
I am a paper crafting novice so was researching die cutters when my friend highly recommended the Sizzix eclips2. I gathered a little more information then decided to place my order. It arrived 48 hours later and I couldn't be happier with it! It is so easy to operate, I can't believe it. The cuts are clean and the design possibilities endless. This has the makings of an addiction...