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Cutting Machines

There are many digital die cutting machines out on the market, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some links to customer reviews and information about some of the machines available that will cut SVG files. (DigiPlayground Samantha Walker LLC is an Amazon affiliate. SW LLC will receive a small percentage of the sale when purchasing through these affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Digiplayground!)

Cricut Explore:

cricut explore

Customer reviews of the Cricut Explore

This is a fantastic machine with some really cool capabilities. The most unique features of this machine are that it will make score lines for you instead of cut lines if you wish. It also has a dial on it for paper thickness, it’s still compatible with your Cricut cartridges but also allows you to upload your own files, or other purchased SVG files to their Design Space software. One of the coolest features though, is the way it “sees” PNG files for print then cut designs. It will create the cut lines for you! How cool is that!

Please note, at this time, some of our older files are not user-friendly with the Cricut Explore Design Space software, but many of them are. Please read our blogpost regarding Cricut design space users and how we are accommodating you with our free conversion program to make sure that our files work for you! We will update our SVG files for you to be sure that they include our new DS user friendly format that is in color and has score lines in a separate layer so you can use your score feature with your cutting machine. You can see the new format and how to use them in this blogpost here.

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New 2014 Silhouette Cameo

New Silhouette cameo

Customer Reviews of the NEW Silhouette Cameo

Easily cuts SVG files with Designer Edition of the Studio software.

  • Cuts 100+ Materials
  • Includes the most powerful cutting and design software in the market, Free!
  • Features a full 12 inch cutting width and mat-less cutting for rolled materials.
  • Cut any font installed on your computer.
  • Cut precisely around pre-printed materials with Silhouette’s Print & Cut feature!
  • Create your own designs, or choose from over 50,000 pre-designed shapes in the Silhouette Online Store.
  • All designs, either created by you, or downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store, are yours to keep, forever!

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Silhouette Portrait

Silhouette Portrait cutting machine

Customer Reviews of the Silhouette Portrait cutting machine

Easily cuts SVG files with Designer Edition of the Studio software.


  • Maximum Cutting Area: 8″ x 12″ (20.3 x 30.5 cm) with a cutting mat, and 8″ x 10′ (20.3 cm x 3 m) with a lined media
  • Maximum Media Thickness: 31.5 mils (0.8 mm)
  • Maximum Cutting Force: 210 gf
  • Compatible Media Types: Vinyl, heat transfer material, cardstock, photo paper, copy paper, rhinestone template material, fabric, and more
  • Interface: USB 2.0 high-speed
  • Unit Dimensions: 16.25″ x 5.6″ x 4.5″ (41.3 x 14.2 x 11.4 cm)

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2010 Silhouette Cameo

Old Silhouette cameo

Customer Reviews of the 2010 Silhouette Cameo

Easily cuts SVG files with designer version of the Studio software.

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Janome Artistic Edge 12-inch Digital Cutter

Janome Artistic Edge Digital cutter

  • The Simple Cut software that comes with this machine is getting an update in March 2015 that will allow it to properly import SVG files! There are also other features for paper crafters that are rumored to be added in this edition.  Yeah!!!
  • Full software integration between your cutting projects, and embroidery/appliqué projects. That is where this machine really shows off. It was designed as a seamstresses companion.
  • Super Heavy duty construction–when I pulled mine out of the box, it was like comparing a Farrari to a minivan. The minivan does great work, and gets you to here and there…but a Farrari will do it in style…this machine has got that for sure! 
  • cuts up to 15 inches wide with their 15 inch version of this machine! WOWZERS! Holy big boxes Batman! The standard machine has 12×12 size cutting capabilities.
  • First ever led lights, that light up your work area. Disco flair but with modern care. 
  • Laser point precision alignment for print and cut projects.
  • Commercial grade steel components–yes it does…it is much heavier than other cutting machines out there. 
  • Fine tuning blade holder that offers more precise adjustments
  • Reviews of this machine here.

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Sizzix Eclips 2

New features with the Sizzix Eclips 2:

  • This machine cuts SVG files
  • Faster, quieter and stronger than ever!
  • Precision Cutting – Cuts detail with ease. Cut sizes to nearest 1/100 of an inch. No more shapes with rounded edges!
  • Cut vellum, paper, cardstock and chipboard in preset and custom sizes. No more cartridges required!
  • Built to last – Completely reworked machine with industrial-grade components. Adjustable blade depth.
  • True Scoring – No more perforations… clean folds every time
  • Auto selection of speed and pressure for material to be cut
  • Laser Cut Preview offers sneak peek of cut, eliminating material waste

Customer Reviews of the Sizzix Eclips 2 

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Brother ScanNCut


brother scan and cut

Customer Reviews of the Brother ScanNCut

One thing to note about this machine, it does not directly use SVG files. Instead, you must first convert them with their online Canvas software into their proprietary FCM format. Please note, this software may not work as well with detailed files as other machines and software do. This one will reject detailed cuts with an error that says there are “too many lines.” That just means it’s not capable of reading all of the details. There are some work arounds for this issue. There is a great youtube video here.

  • This machine does not connect to your computer. You can use converted FCM SVG files via a memory stick. The online software will convert SVG files to Brother’s proprietary FCM format.
  • Worlds first home and hobby cutting machine with a 300 DPI built-in scanner. Scan virtually anything – from a handmade drawing to your most cherished family photo.
  • No more design cartridges or PC required. With over 600+ built-in designs and the ability to scan virtually anything, your creative freedom is no longer limited!
  • Large, color LCD touch screen with on-screen editing capabilities such as rotating, welding, resizing and organizing. 11.7 inch wide scanning and cutting area to accommodate large projects.
  • Easy to use right out of the box with a limited set up time and user-friendly interface. Designed specifically with fabric cutting in mind. Cuts fabric with ease!

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Customer Reviews of the Pazzles digital cutter

You will need third party software to utilize SVG files.

  • 12 Inch cutting width for all of your scrapbooking projects Up to 24 inch length when using available 12 inch by 24 inch mat?great for cutting vinyl
  • No cartridges needed 300 included shapes Download shapes from Pazzles Craft Room, or design your own Cut True Type fonts or draw journaling fonts
  • With up to 2mm cutting depth you can more than just paper, like chipboard, balsa, vinyl, stencil plastic Try the Pastry Kit for fondant and clay
  • Easy for beginners Includes 6 months free access to Pazzles Craft Room: thousands of cutting files, hundreds of videos, tutorials, discounts, more
  • Do more than just die cut Available Inspiration tools include: Pen ; Engraving; Embossing; Distressing; Needle Piercing Tool; Pastry Tool

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Zing Klic-N-Cut

zing cutting machine


Customer Reviews of the KNK Zing

The software that comes with the KNK does not import SVG files directly. You need to have a third party software like Make the Cut to import SVG files. This machine is amazing!!! But do know that it is well worth the investment in the MTC software to save you oodles of time. Together, they make a great team.

KNK Zing is the most efficient way to design and cut through any number of materials! The KNK Klic-N-Kut Zing can cut a larger range of materials – vinyl, cardstock, fabric, thin chipboard, rhinestone rubber, craft plastic and much more! This great machine performs quick and precise print-and-cuts with built-in laser alignment. Bundled with Make The Cut software, featuring a simplified interface, the KNK Zing is the easiest computer-connected cutter to learn and use. With over 30 years of experience, Accugraphics used their knowledge to develop a new product that incorporates the newest electronics with quieter motors, faster speeds, higher force and the widest cutting area of any cutter.

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