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This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of papercraft machines, looking at the different types of machine available for specific techniques and how they could benefit your crafting. After all, buying a machine shouldn't be so complicated!
Now that we've had a look at the types of machine available, let's get down to specifics – what die-cutting machines can you buy? We've selected some of our favourite machines and listed their main functions, key features and special abilities, so that you can get a real understanding of what each one has to offer.
TODO is renowned for being the world's first (and only!) multi-functional crafting machine – not only does it provide the resource to die-cut and emboss, but you can also letterpress and hot foil too! Large, sturdy and durable, this machine features anti-slip feet, ten metal cogs to ensure smooth operation, adjustable height for the two-way roller, a pressure dial with 12 settings, and a light indicator to show you when it's at optimum temperature.Learn More
The CM300 is the world's first home cutting machine with a built-in scanner, meaning that you can scan in your own photos, drawings or images and turn them into unique cutting designs! Containing 600 built-in designs, including quilt and applique patterns, as well as 5 fonts, this machine features a 300pi scanner, two USB ports for PC connection, an LCD colour touch screen, can accommodate a cutting mat of up to 12" x 24", and can scan up to 12" x 12".Learn More
The ScanNCut Special Edition is Brother's third addition to the ScanNCut family. Following family tradition, this cutting machine has a built-in scanner and allows you to edit your own scanned-in images to produce some bespoke cutting designs. Containing 631 built-in designs, including shapes, borders and quilting patterns, as well as 7 fonts, this machine features a 300dpi scanner with RGB colour recognition, USB connection, a large LCD colour touch screen, built-in wireless LAN, scan-to-cut data storage, and a 12" x 24" cutting and scanning capability.Learn More
The newest addition to the ScanNCut family, the CM900 retains the ScanNCut's notable cutting and scanning qualities, however boasts more advanced features to enhance your creating experience! Containing 1002 built-in designs, including basic shapes, intricate designs, borders and quilting patterns, as well as 15 fonts, this machine features a 300dpi scanner with RGB colour recognition, USB connection, an extra-large LCD colour touch screen – 30% larger than previously, built-in wireless LAN, scan-to-cut data storage, a 12" x 24" cutting and scanning capability, and the ability to read .PES and .PHC applique stitch files as well as .SVG files.Learn More
The Baby Blue is a lightweight die-cutting machine from Tattered Lace which allows you to cut and emboss using a crank system. This compact machine makes crafting on the move extremely easy, without compromising on results. Featuring balanced metal gears for even cutting and embossing pressure, this 11cm tall machine allows you to die-cut up to 7.5" in width, has a suction cup base for stability, and provides the precision of a machine twice its size.
Tattered Lace's Crossover Machine is an exciting development in the die-cutting and embossing world as it's been specifically designed for crafting with fabric, as well as paper and card. Incredibly easy to fold up and carry for crafting on the move, this machine features 5 adjustable metal gears to cater for your cutting strength and pressure requirements, a unique roller system which accepts thin and thick dies and materials, a narrower extended platform for angled cutting, solid rollers for strength in performance, and rubber stops to prevent slipping whilst in use. Click here to learn more!