I got my Pazzles via UPS yesterday and of course I immediately unpacked it. I also got the different tools - distressing tool, engraving tool, pen tool, etching tool and embossing tool. Of course I havent had time to try those out but will try to get to them eventually. My main concern was getting the Pazzles hooked up and seeing if it worked.
It was no problem getting it out of the box and
plugging it in. I installed the software, which I haven't tried either,
updated drivers, etc and tried a cut in Make The Cut. IT WAS A FRIKKIN
DISASTER! I am not quite sure what I did wrong, other than probably not
read all the directions and follow all the guidelines but it was cutting
very weirdly and making terrible noises. So in order to fix this
problem I promptly took a 2.5 hour nap! HEY! After seeing 33 people I
was very mentally exhausted! Of course finding out Walmart messed up
where my spare tire goes and me having to go to a junk yard and get the
tire out of there and then to the tire shop didn't lessen my mental
stress for the day either.
After waking up I was
dreading a bit about even trying the Pazzles again and I was on the
phone with Carmen talking to her about the issue and she kept asking
what I needed to do and trying to give me suggestions...because ya know
she is an expert on Pazzles - NOT! Anyway after some frustration and me
pushing this button and that button I decided to push the little red
button where the blade housing is and the pulled it and then pushed the
blade housing back *okie wonders if that was the order or if she
could even possibly remember the order she did things since she was
pushing everything constantly to get the thing to work*. Finally
after that the blade housing lined up right and I was able to get a
proper cut...NOT! Guess what? The mat orientation is different so it was
in the wrong place *okie gives herself a V-8 smack on the forehead*.
getting the mat orientation set correctly I first I just cut a simple
plus sign and then I thought I would try something a little more
difficult and cut a happy birthday image I had in MTC format. Chuck was
rather hilarious at telling me I was messing up and he grabbed the
manual, put on my reading glasses which I am quite sure almost gave him a
headache, and proceeded to try and tell me what I needed to do. I
changed the pressure settings and was able to get a nice clean cut.
After getting Chuck's approval that I was able to use the machine and
him leaving to go play his Xbox and leaving me alone I decided it was
time to cut something a little more difficult.
I do know
the Pazzles is going to take some getting use to but the different
pressures are going to be awesome! Carmen was nice enough to look online
and find me a cutting guide that will come in handy! I am going to give
their software a shot and see if I am able to do anything with it but
if not...I always have Make The Cut!!