I first heard about Silhouette Cameo in 2012 and I was so excited for all the possibilities! At that time, Cricut had also been selling a vinyl cutting machine, so I wanted to do my research to see which one was best for me.
The major reason I picked the Silhouette Cameo was I would be able to use my own images on my computer or ones I found on the internet. With a Cricut, you had to purchase cartridges for any images you wanted to use. The cartridges came with a bunch of designs that you paid for in a bundle… so you paid for the design bundle even if you didn’t want or use them all. The machine did come with a few basic designs but if you wanted something for a special project you had to pay for the cartridge. Hopefully they had the design you wanted because, if they didn’t, you were out of luck!
With Silhouette, I could search the internet, save an image, and use it in my project. It was much more convenient and inexpensive, especially since I spend a couple hundred dollars on the machine in the first place. Silhouette also had the options of buying shapes, but you only pay for the ones you want or need. Instead of paying $25+ for a kit, you pay $0.99 for the ones you want to use.
Silhouette also allowed you to use any font you had on your computer which was a HUGE bonus to me! I loved it because I could download a lot of free fonts off of the internet, instead of buying fonts through Cricut. I was sold! Silhouette was the one for me!
The information I shared on Cricut is now outdated because they do have newer models. It is worth noting that I’m still using the same Silhouette Cameo I bought in 2012. The software still works the same even though there have been newer models that have come out since! I absolutely LOVE it and I’m so glad I made the choice I did. Silhouette will always have my heart!