Cricut’s New Competitor – The Slice by Making Memories

Has anyone else heard about the new Slice die cut machine by Making Memories? It is due out in October 2008, but there are some places that are taking pre-sell orders for it.  Here’s a short clip that shows how it works...

Highlights

It creates die cuts in eight different sizes, ranging from 1/2" to 4".

It’s small and very portable - just 5" x 5" and weighing less than two pounds.

It’s cordless - great for taking to crops and other get togethers.

Like the Cricut, it uses cartridges (actually, Making Memories calls them "design cards") - additional design cards can be purchased to expand its die cutting capabilities.

It cuts a variety of materials - paper, cardstock, vinyl, vellum.

The Slice has a tempered glass cutting surface - I am not sure how often it will need replaced.  Also, repositionable glue must be applied to the surface to keep the material being cut from moving.

I did a little more digging to see if I could find out more about the Making Memories Slice.  Here’s what I found...

How Much Will It Cost?

The suggested retail price for the Slice starter kit is $149.00, consisting of the machine, a Basic Shapes digital design card, A/C power adaptor, 6"x6" tempered glass mat, and repositionable adhesive.  Additional cartridges will retail for $35.00.

What Kinds of Design Cards Are Available?

From what I can tell, there are currently eight cartridges:

Basic Shapes (included with the machine
Basic Shapes 2
Basic Shapes 3
Noteworthy (font)
Fall/Back to School
Spellbound (Halloween)
Fa La La (Christmas)
Animal Crackers

Cricut vs. The Slice

As the owner of a Cricut machine, I am not sure that I will need the new Slice by Making Memories.  However, that doesn’t mean that I do not want it!  I love the fact that it is (1) small and portable, and (2) cordless.  I guess I have lugged my Cricut machine to enough crops, that these two features really appeal to me.

However, would I trade my Cricut for the Slice?  Not a chance! The Slice is a nice, basic die cut machine, but nothing more.  In my opinion, the Cricut is far from basic (yes, even the baby Bug) and does much more than a standard die cut tool, taking into consideration the creative features included with each cartridge, as well as the ability to make custom cutouts using the Design Studio software.

So, what do you think?

Comments

  1. I’m seriously looking at getting the cricut. Of course I am concerned about the cost, cartridges and accessories needed before making the investment. The making memories machine sounds cheaper and more versatile for paper sizes (can do 12 x 12). It does seem more low-tech, but I’m fine with that. The machine is smaller and the cartridges look more like a media stick for a camera that will take up less space to store and are cheaper. I have to admit I’m excited to see what it can do.

  2. My mum has the Cricut which I have been “borrowing” for a couple of years now, but I have just had the Slice for Christmas. For me, the fact that it was cordless and small was the deciding factor – I can take it with me when I go caravanning! I love both and will continue to use Mum’s Cricut for some of my projects and I know she will borrow my Slice as well.

  3. Hi Jan,

    It sounds like you have the best of both worlds! I would love to hear more about what you think of the Slice. I really want it, but so far I have been successful in telling myself “no!” – just don’t know how long my willpower will hold out!

  4. Mary Nacey says:

    I have used the quickutz system for years and really like it, I have adjusted to having to use letters and shapes in just the one size they come in, it is so much easier than cutting letters out by hand the way I did years ago. I asked for some more quickutz for xmas but my husband got me the slice instead. Many of my girlfriends have the cricut so I’ve used it and seen it in action a lot. The slice has to be held in place, you can’t walk away while it’s cutting. I find the battery doesn’t charge for very long so “cordless” isn’t really so. But the big thing against it compared to the cricut is it can only cut one letter at a time, you can’t tell it to cut out a series of letters like the cricut. And because it is a hands on machine, it is sort of like the quickutz. It’s fun and I like it and I will use it but had I been offered a choice I would have continued on with my quickutz and eventually gotten an electronic machine that connects to the computer to eliminate having to buy cartridges which is sort of like buying the fonts for quickutz. It seems the glass cutting mat will last forever but I will have to have some sort of adhesive to keep the paper from sliding around on the glass mat. I have found that 1 application of adhesive lasts for many cuts and paper changes.

  5. I love the slice it is small and the charge last for a while. I like that the cartridges are not $100 each. If you are on a budget and want a good die cutting machine this is it. I am really pleased with how good it does for such a small and compact machine.

  6. I got the slice for Christmas and I’ve finally been able to use it. I have a few of the cartridges, but they are limited to mostly letters and flowers. I like the slice except for having to “reglue” the glass cutting matt is a pain!! I wish they had a better way to adhere the paper. I have a friend that has the cricut, and I use it when we get together. If I could have affording a cricut, it is ten steps above a slice. There is a new diecut machine called silhouette. It seems as nice as a cricut, but instead of cartridges you download stuff from your computer.

  7. I have alot of diecut machines, Cricut Expression, Wishblade, Slice, and the Cuttlebug. Each and everyone has it’s own use and I love each one. I love the fact that I can still use my old dies and new spellbinders dies in the cuttlebug. I love the fact that I can download or create my own design and cut it out on the wishblade(computer always required to use this one though). I love the cricut because you can do so many things with it and the cartridges offer you loads of options as well as the computer program for it so that you can now design your own things from various cartridges. I also love the Slice because it is small & portable, it does require cartridges but on ebay they make them really inexpensive. Also here are a few tips that might help as far as the mat I don’t use glue I use stenciling tape and tape the edges of the paper to the glass mat and it seems to work just fine for me and no messy glue to deal with. As far as having to hold the machine while it’s cutting I just put a somewhat heavy book on it and let it cut while I’m doing something else. The advantage to not glue the paper down is that it you want to pull the diecut out and continue cutting on the same sheet(I have the 12×12 glass) you can so I like having this option as well. Good Luck and Hvae Fun I realize this is being added on very late but came across this and thought I would add in my thoughts. Best Wishes

  8. Hi Melissa,

    If I had that many die cut machines, I would probably never get any housework done! As it is, it’s already hard to cook dinner and do the laundry when I would rather be playing (uh, I mean crafting!). Anyway, thanks for your tips. I had not heard of any of those yet, and will definitely have to give them a try!

    Dawn

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