The Importance of Hobbies

Hobbies form a very important part of our lives, and it is important for everyone to have one. There are many things that people can have as hobbies, with the most common ones being sports and arts. They all depend on the interests of people and also the resources that they have at hand. These ae things that people usually do in their spare time, keeping them busy and refreshing their minds. In this article, we are going to look at the importance of hobbies.

Reducing stress

Stress is something that comes with our daily activities, whether it is our jobs, kids, schools, bills, relationships, and all sorts of other things. Hobbies tend to reduce this stress by giving people an outlet for creativity, distraction, and something that they can look forward to doing. They give us a sense of fun and freedom, providing a break from the stressful activities.

For boosting brain power and cognitive function

It is important for us to keep the brains sharp by giving them activities that challenge them. This can include learning new things that bring about mental function. Everyone, from kids to seniors, can gain from stimulating their brains. The more information that the brains have, the more functions they can perform, and the better the brain health and longevity.

For helping those in addiction recovery

Addiction is one of the hardest things to boot and hobbies provide a distraction for those that ae trying to quit. Boredom is one of the worst things for those that are recovering from addiction since it can lead to a relapse. Things like depression, obesity due to eating, irritability, dissatisfaction, and anger are san example of things that can be brought about by boredom.

The Importance of Hobbies
The Importance of Hobbies

Top 10 BEST Vinyl Cutting Machine Choices of 2018

Like we mentioned above, people have different hobbies and one of them can be creativity through cutting. That is the reason why we are now going to try and figure out the best vinyl cutting machine on the market.

Cricut Maker Cutter

This vinyl cutting machine is one of the best on the market, coming with the best features and technology. It has the ability to cut more than 100 materials from thin fabrics like silk to 2.4mm thick material, using the knife blade (purchased separately). It can fit all present and future tools you have, ensuring lightning-fast speed and intricate precision cutting. It comes with a rotary blade that can cut a variety of materials, and an Adaptive Tool System that automatically controls the blade direction and cutting pressure.

Pros

  • Wireless and tablet docking station
  • Can cut a wide range of material
  • Can cut sewing patterns
  • The adaptive tool system that automatically calculates the force according to the material being used
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Old design space software
  • The Knife Blade is purchased separately

Silhouette Cameo 3 (2017 Best Seller)

This DIY machine features things such as dual carriages and Bluetooth functionality, and it can draw and cut on over 100 different types of material, despite the fact that it tends to struggle with thicker materials like leather. It can cut materials with widths of up to 12 inches by 10 feet long.

Pros

  • Bluetooth vinyl cutter
  • Easy to use Silhouette Cameo software
  • Comes with an auto blade
  • Dual Carriage for drawing and cutting
  • Touchscreen

Cons

  • Cutting force lags

Cricut Explore Air 2 (Best Vinyl Cutter Under $300)

This machine can cut and draw and works best for beginners. It can print and score, even operating with personalized designs. One can even download fonts. This machine works with well over 100 materials, working with anything from thin vellum, vinyl, and paper, to thick pieces of leather, metal and foam. It has a maximum cutting width of 12″ wide by 24″ and can operate wirelessly via Bluetooth. It is easy to use and features the Cricut Design Space software for those that don’t want to use programs such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw.

Pros

  • Built-in Bluetooth connectivity
  • Faster precision cutting
  • Extra Features such as Scoring, Cricut Pen for Handwritten effects and font downloads
  • Cuts 100+ materials
  • Can work with customized designs

Cons

  • A little noisy
  • No android app available
  • Only uses the Design Space software

Sizzix Big Shot Machine

This machine is specifically made for card-makers, scrapbook lovers and quilters, and is affordable. It is compact and portable, and comes with embossing capabilities. Featuring solid core steel rollers and solid steel gears, this machine can cut and emboss a wide variety of materials from paper, vellum, fabric, chipboard, and cork.  It works best for those that love creating one-of-a-kind cards, invitations, scrapbook pages and elements, home décor items, fashion accessories, altered art projects, quilts, and many more.

Pros

  • Compact and portable
  • Can cut using stencils and can emboss
  • Very powerful crank feature that can cut through multiple layers of material
  • Has a modern and sleek look

Cons

  • Has a crank instead of an electronic feature
  • Limited capabilities
  • Extra costs involved when purchasing dies and embossing folders

Sizzix Eclips2 Cutting Machine

This machine works best with beginners, bringing perfect scoring, reliable cutting and the ability to handle small, intricate designs.  It is the perfect machine if you want to feed and cut materials of up to 0.5mm thick. It has a cutting width of up to 12″. One can download software but it limits those who wish to create more complex designs. One can opt for a software upgrade that will cost approximately $60.the cutter also features an auto-select feature and a laser cut preview mode.

Pros

  • Excellent precision cutting skills
  • True scoring
  • Scrap cut mode
  • Easy auto-select settings
  • Laser cut preview

Cons

  • Basic software that is suitable for beginners
  • Upgrade of software for advanced features comes at an additional cost

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine

This machine can cut and emboss a wide variety of materials and yet it is light and portable. It can cut materials with a width of 9″. It works best for those that love creating one-of-a-kind cards, invitations, scrapbook pages and elements, home décor items, fashion accessories, altered art projects, quilts, and many more.

Pros

  • Compact and portable
  • Can cut using stencils and can emboss
  • Very powerful crank feature that can cut through multiple layers of material
  • Has a modern and sleek look

Cons

  • Has a crank instead of an electronic feature
  • Limited capabilities
  • Extra costs involved when purchasing dies and embossing folders

Silhouette Portrait 2 Machine (Best Small Vinyl Cutter)

Judging from the features and pricing, this is the best electric machine, and it works perfectly for beginners. It is known as the best sticker and vinyl decal maker. It can handle 100+ types of material, creating one-of-a-kind cards, stickers, small signage, decals, scrapbook pages and elements, and many more.

Pros

  • Features PixScan which is perfect for creating designs from photos and pictures
  • Comes with Silhouette Studio software
  • Easy to set up, install and start cutting
  • Small and lightweight
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Low maximum cutting force at 210 g, can’t work with thick materials
  • Maximum cutting size of 8″ width

Brother Scan and Cut 2

Works perfectly for hand drawn designs. It features built-in scanning, wireless functionality and reliable and precise cutting. It can cut maximum width of 11.5″, and features a large LCD touch screen to enable easy operation. On the downside, it has very basic software, which despite the fact that it comes with more than 600 designs and 7 built-in fonts, there is limited room for customization. This is the only vinyl cutting machine that offers a scanning functionality.

Pros

  • Wireless connectivity
  • Can cut max width of 11.5″
  • Large touchscreen for ease of use
  • Scanning ability
  • Works really well with fabric
  • Can cut material of up to 2mm thickness

Cons

  • The Software is not very user-friendly

Curio Silhouette

This is a machine that can cut, emboss, deboss, etch, sketch and stipple. It works perfectly with thicker materials of up to 2mm in height. It comes with the Silhouette Curio software which has more than 70,000 ready-made designs (can be purchased at an additional cost).

Pros

  • It can cut, sketch, emboss, deboss, etch and stipple
  • Ability to handle thicker material really well
  • Speedy dual carriage

Cons

  • Small cutting space
  • Steep learning curve
  • Additional costs involved when purchasing the extra-large tray (8.5″ x 12″), the deep cut blade, the stippling and etching tool as well as the designs on the software

24″ USCutter SC series (Cutter & Heat Press Combo)

This is the perfect machine for those that would like a machine that is halfway between a ‘home’ machine and a commercial machine, and it can be used for a small business. It features a Stepper moto that is slightly noisy. It works best with vinyl heat transfer cuts to apply on T Shirts, even featuring a USCutter heat press.

Pros

  • Inertial rotating blade holder enables more accurate and high quality cutting
  • 3 high quality blades
  • Cuts up to 24″ in width
  • Digital force and speed adjustable
  • Includes sure cuts a lot pro software for MAC
  • Value machine at an affordable price
  • Clamshell heat press

Cons

  • Noisy
  • This package does not include Vinylmaster Cut Software for PC users.

US Cutter MH 871 MK2 34in Bundle

This is a machine that works specifically with vinyl, offering a larger work space with a maximum width of around 31 inches and length of 8 feet. It features vinyl rolls, transfer tapes, magnetic blanks, a knife, squeegee, chart, access to the USCutter forum and lifetime phone support. It is a popular vinyl decal printing machine for those who love to work with signage.

Pros

  • Delivers quality cuts on simple designs
  • Includes three blades
  • FREE lifetime phone support
  • Affordable
  • Works with VinylMaster Cut and other popular software (like Sure Cuts Alot, Flexi, SignBlaser and SignCut Productivity Pro)

Cons

  • Compatible with PC only
  • A bit noisy
  • The machine struggles with more complex intricate designs

Summary

Getting a hobby is a good thing for everyone, and when that hobby requires one to buy equipment, it is always best to go for the best that one can afford. The cutters reviewed above are some of the best that people with design hobbies can go for, and also an excellent way to make money while being creative.