I had been making homemade, customized shirts by cutting stencils in freezer paper with an exacto knife. It was very time consuming and pretty difficult. I discovered the Silhouette SD and got a great deal on it, the weeding tool, and some vinyl. I wasn't that into vinyl at the time, but now, it has opened up so many options for me. I just made a Christmas sign with the Silhouette yesterday. I use it pretty regularly to make signs, blocks, shirts, and other crafts. I would be lots without it. I love that you don't have to buy cartridges-- like you would for the Cricut. You could basically cut any jpg outline out by tracing the image. There is a lot needed to know to use the Silhouette, but there are a ton of tutorials online that will help.