Many hobbyists take on projects that require multiples of a particular shape in a particular size. To meet this need, a whole industry has sprung up, providing precut shapes in a variety of sizes and materials. Fancy-bladed scissors allow for decorative cuts.
More recently, custom cutting machines joined the parade. The initial purchase price of these machines soon climbed as cartridges or files for particular shapes and fonts became available. Some devices required a connection to a computer to access templates, while others depended on the insertion of cartridges to expand available shapes. Now Brother introduces the next step in cutting machines.