If you follow me on social media you may have seen that I’ve been testing a new machine called the Siser Juliet cutting machine.
While I’ve been bringing you Silhouette information for years, my experience in the craft industry has also lead to new connections and I’ve been getting requests to test products because of my experience. When I was asked by Siser North America if I’d like to test the Leonardo Design Studio software and the Siser Juliet machine, I was honored. I chose to do so for several reasons but the 2 biggest ones were that I knew I would get questions about a new cutting machine on the market and I know that there are some Silhouette users who are looking to move to the next level. In order to be able to answer those questions, I knew I’d need experience to answer accurately.
Siser invited me to the official launch of Siser Juliet (and Romeo) in Italy and I jumped on the opportunity. I didn’t even have a passport, but I started the process and all the puzzle pieces fell into place. Which means it was meant to be!
Italy was amazing and I loved seeing the behind the scenes of the Siser headquarters.
I hope to share more of that coming soon!
In addition to seeing Siser headquarters, we toured Venice, Verona, wandered around Vicenza, made connections in the industry, ate Italian meals, drank wine, laughed, celebrated, danced (if you can call what this gal did as dancing – more like wiggled and moved) and gave each other a hard time!
I do think Venice was my favorite, but I think it was because of our tour guide. She was born and raised in Venice. She was amazing!
She had personal stories from the city and shared that over the years of touring she had been asked many, many times how she knew certain things.
She said she finally settled on an answer “Experience”.
I loved that!
It was an amazing trip and hearing from the Siser family directly about how passionate they are about this new launch but also about all of their products. They love what they do! When I was first told about this new machine and how they wanted to romanticize it and incorporate their Italian heritage, I was kind of like… what?
But, the more I talked with the Siser folks, I got it! I had the same feelings.
I know that will be hard to pass on to you, but I cherish the experience and seeing what I saw.
I have been playing and testing with the Siser Juliet for the last couple of weeks and I have enjoyed the process of learning something new.
I do want to disclose that Siser did send me a Juliet cutting machine to test and I am also on the Siser Beta team so I can report feedback to them directly.
I am under no obligation from them and my opinions are my own.
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Siser Juliet is now available to order at The Vinyl Spectrum and Romeo too!
Now, that I told you where you can find Siser Juliet, let’s take a closer look at her.
Siser Juliet is coming into the market to bridge a gap. This is a gap between the “craft” cutting machines and someone who is looking at a more professional machine which is a large investment & jump.
Siser is a company that manufactures materials that can be used with a wide variety of cutting machines, so they are not trying to come into the market to compete with any machine. Their products are used world wide by all kinds of cutting machine users from small to large.
I even tried to bring a roll home, but was caught in the act by a Siser employee.
Not only did we get a tour of the manufacturing side of things, but we also saw their lab and the testing room too!
This is a glimpse into the testing room. As I mentioned, Siser products are used with a variety of machines from the smallest craft cutter to the largest commercial machines.
I wished that I had counted the number of machines that they had in this one room.
Personally, I love the behind-the-scenes and learning more about different facets of the industry.
This is photo of what was on the testing table when we went through. That stack of materials is all labeled and tested with different machines in their testing room.
Ok, I could go on and on with photos and I hope to share a video tour here soon on the Swift Creek Customs YouTube channel and give a behind-the-scenes view of what I saw.
My goal is not to convince you that you need Siser Juliet, but to provide feedback and experience from working with her to be able to provide educated answers.
I have enjoyed playing…. um…. I mean testing…
Siser Juliet and the Leonardo Design Studio. I love to learn new things!
The biggest factor in the entire equations of using Siser Juliet will be YOU!
Juliet allows you to have more control over things, but YOU will need to learn how she works.
There are several differences in how Siser Juliet work. She operates more like a professional cutting machine vs a “craft” cutting machine.
I do NOT feel that at this time there is any way to accurately and fairly compare Siser Juliet to other machines. There are just too many variables and points to control in order to compare side-by-side.
And one of the biggest factors is YOU!
Here are a few differences:
– Blade style is a more professional style blade much like a CB09 blade. You replace only the blade tip and not the entire housing.
– You set the blade depth. There are no numbers. You measure against your materials and set the depth manually according to what is needed.
– Juliet (and Romeo) are a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) when you go to load the material and cut. Where you leave the the blade housing is where she will cut.
It is NOT in relation to where the design shows on the screen.
Are you seeing a theme here?
YOU are in control of how she works and how successful she cuts.
She works, she cuts, she is a zippy little thing!
This is going to be the biggest factor in my opinion and experience with cutting machines in the last 17 years.
This is NOT going to be a cutting machine for everyone!
I’ll be 100% honest and up front about that right now.
Don’t get me wrong, Juliet is a machine that anyone can learn to use, as well as Leonardo Design Studio.
It is not hard!
Anyone can do it!
But YOU will need to invest the time into learning how to use her properly!
If I have intrigued you and you’d like to know more,
check out the Swift Creek Customs YouTube channel.
You can view all the videos on the main page HERE
or go directly to the Siser Juliet Playlist I’ve created HERE.
I go into more details about the machine and how it differs from a “craft” cutter in the video. This way you can actually see what I’m referencing about the blade and how to load the cutting mat.
I also shared a bit more information in this video on “Should You Get a Siser Juliet?”
You can also find more details on the Siser website too!
Check it out HERE!
If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below or join us on the Creating with Siser – Juliet & Romeo Cutting Machine Users Facebook Group HERE.
No matter what brand of cutting machine you have, I hope YOU use it!
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