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About Sandy McCauley
Digital Die Cutting: More fun than anyone should have with a piece of paper... or vinyl, plastic, fabric, iron-on, foil, and more!

Purpose of I Love

This web site provides support, comparisons, software, videos and other information related to the Klic-N-Kut digital die cutters.If you are just now learning about Klic-N-Kut, check out the Klic-N-Kut Info section of this site.If you are a current KNK owner and need some help, check out the Support section of this site.

My Store

In the store at this site, I sell KNK Studio software videos.

Affiliate Links

I am an affiliate seller for:
* Scrappy Dew's SCAL Video Training If you are an owner of SCAL and need help, I highly recommend this program which includes over 4 hours of online videos you can watch at your leisure.


Need some inspiration? Check out the Team KNK blog where talented KNK owners present never-before-published creations made with their cutters. New projects are posted several times per week.



I had some problems and sandy answered every single email and helped me above and beyond my expectations. I can't thank her enough!


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January 2021

Papers and Pixels

For those interested in purchasing a cutter, I have a very strong preference for the Klic-N-Kut machines because of their broad range of functionality and applicability. In two words: KNK ROCKS! If you are interested in a KNK or other die cutting machine, please contact me for a referral to a qualified dealer (please indicate in your email where you live):

Currently, I sell software and KNK Studio videos and I am an affiliate seller for KNK USA.

I also help current owners of KNKs sell their die cutting machines in order to upgrade to newer or larger KNK’s. These used KNK’s continue to work great for many applications and offer a way for those on a limited budget to get the cutter they need! So, please notify me if you are interested in a used KNK and I will put you in touch with the seller. I also list used KNK’s for sale below but ONLY from customers who purchased their KNK’s and/or received phone classes through me.


LIKE NEW, 15″ KNK MAXX Air for sale

This machine is in perfect working order and is barely used. I played with it just enough to really get the hang of it, then decided to buy the larger 24″ model. It has just been sitting back in the box waiting. I’ll take $695 including shipping. I paid $960. I’ll include all of the brand new, unopened goodies that came with my new machine: a new blade holder and blades, new cutting matt, unused activation pin, unopened $300 bonus kit (see contents below), plus all relevant cables, etc. You are essentially getting a new machine. The only difference is the bolt-on flatbed tables have VERY minor wear from paper and the cutting matt sliding over it during normal operation (the third photo is an attempt to show this). Other than that (which will happen after using it 10 times anyway), it is in perfect, like-new condition.

If you’re interested, please feel free to email me at

Bonus kit items:
Large Sticky mat
2” transfer tape
8 – 12” x 12” gemstone vinyl
5 each of red and blue Zing blades
5 skinny sheets of stencil board (4″ x 12″)
1 burnishing kit
1 ruler
1 squeegee
10 sheets Cardstock
5 sheets each of the 7 mil and 10 mil mylar
10 sheets of Chipboard
Scrapbook tape roll
Vinyl color charts
10 sheets 12″ x 12″ Wall Vinyl
2 sheets of 12″ x 12″ Faux Etch



15″ Maxx for Sale $450.00 (does not include shipping and handling.


Cord and BH


Price includes:
(2) bolt-on flatbed tables w/ extra bolts
Power cord
USB cable
Serial cable
10 blades
1 blade holder
1 embossing tool

If interested, please email Sandra Moses at



13″ KNK Groove E for Sale $300.00
In great condition awaiting a new owner
It comes with power cord, usb cables,
2 bolt-on flatbed tables and blade holder.
I would like to upgrade. Please email me
at if interested.


  1. Steve Gurklys

    Does anyone know where I can buy a KNK Force? New or used. Knk website says out of stock and they aren’t responding.
    Thank you,

  2. Sandy McCauley

    Which model of cutter?

  3. Gregoria Luna

    When I place the vynl in the machine it starts to slip and i have tried adjusting the material but it still does it. What am i doing wrong? Thanks for your help

  4. Sandy McCauley

    All new KNK’s are sold at retail price, even by the KNK Dealers… that’s in their contract. The only way to get a better deal is to find a used one and that will be difficult because most people selling their cutter prefer to not ship it overseas.

    To get a shipping quote, use the following link to contact KNK USA. They are in Florida so that’s probably your best option for ordering. Be sure to provide a postal code, as well.

    Because of the hurricane, you may not hear anything until Monday or Tuesday. They are preparing to shut down for the next few days.

  5. Miralba Minaya

    Hi Sandy! I live in Dominican Republic in the Caribean, where can I order this cutter in its cheapest form?

  6. Sandy McCauley

    The best thing to do is post at the MTC Forum and be sure to mention that you are in Australia. Here’s a link:

  7. Zoe T

    Looking to purchase a 2nd hand Knk Zing or Maxx depending on price within Australia if you know of any available? Cheers!

  8. Sandy McCauley

    You can order the Force now, if you like. You’ll need to call KNK USA directly to order: 800-268-3672. I’m not selling any longer… just dedicated to educating and tech support. The Force software isn’t complete and you cannot yet do print and cuts, but performing software updates is easy and free. I recommend you call KNK and explain what you want to do, ask some questions and then decide if getting the Force now is the best option for you! (Yes, it will cut Shrinky Dink materials).

  9. Spearcarrier

    Hi there, Sandy! I’m going in circles trying to replace my not-working cutters on a very small budget. They’ve cut out on me just a month before a show. In the meantime, I would like to get the KNK Force. I don’t think as a dealer you are near to me and I know the Force is on back order (which I were a tester! If anyone can find a problem it’s me. LOL.) but I wonder if there’s a dealer/direction you can point me to. I’m also eyeballing your special deal because, well, I’m hurting for equipment and think getting a used piece through you is more trustworthy than my last used transaction which resulted in me buying a broken machine. But can it cut shrinky dinks?

  10. Sandy McCauley

    There is no Mac version of KNK Studio so that’s out. MTC may or may work but you can also test the trial version once you have the Mac. The same is true of Sure Cuts A Lot. Yes, you can find user manuals here under Support. And you can buy accessories at Let me know if you have other questions!

  11. Mary

    I’m trying to find out if knk element will work with newer Mac and or iPad. I think it maybe too old. I have the opportunity too purchase one for about $200. Also, manuals and accessories still available for this machine.

  12. Sandy McCauley

    Currently, only our testers are using the KNK Force however, beginning this week, KNK is shipping out the Force with partially completed software so that those customers needing them now can begin cutting. We have a KNK dealer in Edmonton but the Force isn’t yet stocked in Canada. It should be in another month or two.

  13. Karm Connolly

    Hi Sandy,
    I am interested in purchasing one of the new KNK Force machines. Do you know if any have been shipped out yet? When is the expected date of arrival?
    I am in Canada and i assume the closest place to purchase it would be directly from the website. There isn’t any canadian distributors is there?

  14. Miralba Minaya

    Hi Sandy! I live in Dominican Republic in the Caribean, where can I order this cutter in its cheappest form?

  15. Sandy McCauley

    I’m not sure. Just send her an email using the address listed.

  16. Joey

    Hi Sandy is the above cutter still available??

    Thanks you

  17. Sandy McCauley

    The best way to find a used KNK is to advertise on the MTC forum:

    Make The Cut cannot be transferred from one owner to the next. So, you’ll need to buy that program or buy Sure Cuts A Lot. They both will cut to the Zing and/or Maxx models. The price of MTC is $49.99 at my store and I’ll help you with getting it set up and working with whichever KNK you buy. I know a little bit about SCAL and can help you get it cutting, as well. I don’t know it as well, since I wasn’t hired to write that user manual. But it does offer the same designing features as MTC, so you should check it out, too.

    Please let me know if you have other questions. You’ll probably get faster responses by emailing me at:

  18. Edyn

    Hello, I’m looking for a used KNK Zing or Maxx. Do you know of any for sale at this time? Also, with purchasing a used one how would one go about getting the activation pin for the software? Thanks in advance!

  19. Sandy McCauley

    I’ve already answered you directly via email, but I want to post here for future readers. Those in Europe and Asia should use this web site for ordering:

    If you cannot see your country listed, then click on this link and provide them your postal code and they will respond within 24 – 48 hours:

    Those in Asia should also contact our Australian distributor for a quote. His name is Fred Muraca and he owns this store:

  20. Ankit Murdia

    Hello Sandy,

    I am from India and am interested in puchasing knk maxx air for my card store. Is there any place in India where I can purchase it or any website where i can purchase it online because I tried checking amazon but they do not deliver at my location.

  21. Sandy McCauley

    Most of the cutters in the hobby market can do rhinestone designs and cut the template materials needed. I recommend visiting the MTC forum and getting some opinions from those doing rhinestone appliques. I have a strong preference for the Klic-N-Kut models because they are highly functional(higher speed and force) and, thus, offer more options. Here’s a link to the forum:

  22. carmen

    Hello, i am trying to get into making my own appliques, specifically ones made out of rhinestones, that i can design myself, im just not sure where to start or what to buy?

  23. Brooke

    I am looking at purchasing a Zing. Do you know of anyone that has a used one for sale at this time?

  24. Teri

    Thanks so much for the quick response! Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Sandy McCauley

    KNK Studio doesn’t cut to the Cameo. I recommend looking at Funtime or Funtime Pro. I’m fairly certain they will both cut to the Cameo and will have a better rhinestone function than MTC.

  26. Teri

    Hi, I recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo. I am looking for a program to make rhinestone design easy. I can’t find where to get info on the KNK studio. Thanks in advance for any direction you can give me.

  27. Sally Billman

    Thank you, Sandy. The Air also has three rollers which helps with pressure and force, I imagine. I will email you about the MTC.

  28. Sandy McCauley

    Actually the Maxx Air has more cutting force: 1500 g vs 950 g, thus can cut denser materials. It also has a wider range of cutting speeds.

    You’re welcome to email me directly for quicker response time. I’m at

  29. Sally Billman

    Hi Sandy: Sorry for the late response. From what I recall the difference between the Max Air and the Max is the wireless connections that the Max Air has. I will be following up soon about the Make the Cut.

  30. Sandy McCauley

    That tutorial is the best source of information for cutting felt on any blade-based die cutting machine. You need sufficient force, which would eliminate the Cameo and some older models of cutters. You also need to be using a fabric blade which eliminates any brands that do not have a specific blade designed for fabric and felt. That’s where the KNK’s excel because they have both the force and they have a terrific Fabric blade (sold separately) for sharper cutting of fabric and felt. With regards to the felt itself, the wool blends yield much better results. You need to have an extra sticky mat and KNK USA has just introduced one, also sold separately. Or you can add more repositionable adhesive to whatever mat you’re using. Stabilizing is SO very important when cutting fabric and felt that hasn’t been stabilized with some other means. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me directly at

  31. Lisa Mccall

    Hey Sandy, I have been looking for the last few months at die cutters and looking at comparisons. Three main things I would be using a die cutter for is to cut felt. cutting pieces specific for my applique designs for machine embroidery, and vinyl. I saw where it said “firm” felt. A tutorial I looked at recommended the wool blend for a cleaner cut. she also iron a pellon wonder on under side. I am in the new stages of business. But staying fairly busy. any insights for me

  32. Sandy McCauley

    Thanks, Sally! I’ll ask about that when they reopen. Also, are you aware of the difference between the KNK Maxx and the KNK Maxx Air models?

  33. Sandy McCauley

    Thanks! We’ll get that revised once KNK USA reopens next week!

  34. Sally Billman

    Sandy: I see now that Max does come with the software.

    Thank you for your help.


    The Klic-N-Kuts are top-of-the line digital die cutters with 950g of cutting force and up to 600mm/sec cutting speed. These machines can cut everything from vinyl to rhinestone rubber, from paper to chipboard, from thin cotton fabric to stiffened felt. Each machine comes with

    Make The Cut!

    or KNK Studio, a vector designing program rich in functionality.

  35. Sally Billman

    Sandy: When you go to the KNK MAXX 15″ and choose the software, the website page will not allow onw to select MTC, only the other program.


    KNK MAXX 15″

    The powerful 15″ KNK MAXX



  36. Sally Billman

    Thank you for the info about Cut Mats.

  37. Sally Billman


    I will answer the other questions in other message. Here is the specs for the KNK Maxx 15″. See at end of specs where it mentions the Window systems. It does not mention the version 8, yet the others so it would leave someone to question whether it is compatible with 8.


    Machine Specs:

    Max cutting width15″
    Main Board —High Speed Micro Processor
    Motor Drives—High Speed Micro Step
    Display type —LCD Display
    Max Cutting Speed—25IPS
    Max Cutting Depth —-.090″ Blade Dependent
    Force —950 grams
    Mechanical Precision—.0001″
    Repeatable Precision—0.0039″
    Power Supply Ac90-240V/50HZ-60HZ Auto Switching
    Friction Feed
    Operational Environment —30%-70% Relative Humidity

    KNK Studio requires Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. (Works on 32-BIT AND 64-BIT Windows Operating systems)

  38. Sandy McCauley

    Regarding cardstock pricing, just call them up when they reopen on January 5th. For sure, they offer a 15% discount if ordering over 25 sheets of Cutmates and they may extend that to the other types if you are placing a large order. Make sure you have them ask Chad about that.

  39. Sandy McCauley

    The KNK’s are compatible with Windows 8, as well as 7. Where did you read that they are not? I’ll need to get that corrected! They will also work on a Mac, using the Mac version of MTC. Note that the Mac version of the software is actually a Windows version that runs on Wine, an emulator that automatically installs when you install the Mac version of MTC. This is all covered in the user manuals for the KNK Zing/Zing Air and for the Maxx Air.

    None of the KNKs come WITH a stylus… where did you read that?

  40. Sandy McCauley

    The Zing is the original model whereas the Zing Air is the newer model. The Air model has more cutting speeds, three versus two pinch wheels, and the ability to connect to your computer via either Bluetooth or USB, whereas the Zing could connect by USB. Those are the main differences.

    Yes, you can download a trial version of MTC to check out your stylus. Here’s a link:

  41. Sally Billman

    The card stock colors that are primarily being used are in the brown/tan/earth/clay colors. It appears that the Cutmates,that is available through the KNK site, charges the same price per sheet whether one is ordering one sheet or 100?


  42. Sally Billman

    Hello Sandy:

    It appears the KNK site does not say what PC system it is compatible with except with the Zing model, which is compatible with Windows 7 and not 8 (from my understanding). What is the version of Windows that the KNK Max is compatible with? And is it compatible with the Mac?
    Also does the KNK Max come only with the stylus pen and not the MTC software?

    Thank you,

  43. Sally Billman

    Thank you, Sandy, for your reply. The KNK Zing Compact Cutter NIB was found in ebay. So I do not know where she purchased it from, yet she found some specs somehow in which I was unable to read because the image was too small.

    The adhesive backing material sounds good, as well as, investing in a KNK Max production machine. At the time being I will have to use the lazer cutter business in town or go with a cheaper model temporarily. Is the KNK Zing Compact Cutter NIB an older model than the Zing Air? or a better one? I might go with the cheaper model temporarily as I am finding out that test runs need to be done before finalizing the design and am not sure how much the lazer cutter business would charge for that.

    Is there a free trial basis of the MTC to see if I can use the stylus on my computer screen? That will be great if I am understanding you correctly. It is a lot cheaper than buying the Wacom Cintiq.

    Again, thank you.

  44. Sandy McCauley

    Hi Sally, Thanks for posting!

    Fist of all, where do you see the “KNK Zing Compact Cutter NIB”? I’m guessing it’s being sold by a Janome dealer versus a KNK USA dealer. If that’s true, then you would need to ask then about the transfer of the warranty as that would a Janome policy versus a KNK USA policy. With KNK USA, the one year warranty does apply if the cutter is purchased by a second owner within that first year.

    KNK USA is always working on development of new cutters, so eventually there will be something new, of course. But there are no plans for a new Zing within the next, say, six months.

    If you are planning to cut for hours every day, then I do not recommend the Zing or any other “hobby cutter” as they are not built for production work. You would want to invest in a Maxx Air, which is suitable for hours of cutting at a time. With that much cutting, a blade will last around 6 weeks if you are following proper cutting procedures. For crafters who only cut a few hours per week, a blade easily lasts for 6 months or longer.

    Yes… you can should be able to import your AI files into MTC or SVG. And yes, you can use a stylus to draw on the screen and do a LOT of other design work in MTC. It is actually quite a remarkable program for the price. It has its flaws but the majority of the customers absolutely love it and can design what they need without using other programs. But of course, those who are already using AI normally continue using it because of the comfort level.

    I don’t know of card stock being sold by the roll. With regards to pasting/gluing card stock, some people will apply the adhesive sheets prior to cutting so that cut items are basically like stickers where you just pull them off the backing sheet. For example, Xyron sells devices for that but there are others that would probably be more suitable for someone wanting to do production work.

    Good luck on selecting the best cutter. Again, I would urge you to look into a KNK Maxx Air because you are going to need a cutter with a much strong motor, as well as other features.

  45. Sally Billman

    Hello Sandy: I am a graphic designer and have just started a business. My business is solely using card stock material. Later, there is a possibility of using other materials, such as magnetic and acetate sheets. There is a lazer cutting business that has given me a quote for their die cut services of my designs. I am considering using them till my business grows or purchasing a die cutter machine.

    There is a KNK Zing Compact Cutter NIB on sale and do not see the specs on your spec page. The owner’s asking price is close to the KNK Zing Air. It is new, never out of the box. I had attempted to contact KNKUSA, yet they are closed for the holidays. Good for them. Which one is a better model? Is the one year warranty transferable to another owner?

    Also, are there any new models on the horizon near the ball park price of the KNK Zing Air? It appears from some of your comments that the maintenance is user friendly. Any idea of the life span of a the Zing Air and the blades that come with it? Is the 99 dollar extended warranty advisable if cutting a fair amount of paper?

    I plan to import SVG files in Make-the-Cut program. The designs will be made in Adobe Illustrator CS6. Does the MTC support that version of Ilustrator? I see that the MTC allows you to trace a bit-map image: can you also use a stylus pen and draw directly on the screen? Probably too much of a program to charge only 60 dollars.

    On a different note, do you recommend anyone who can and is willing to advise on the efficiency of pasting and gluing card stock paper? That is the most time consuming part of my business besides developing the designs. Do you know a distributer that sells rolls of card stock paper?

    Is there a KNK distributer in the the triad area of North Carolina that has a demo machine for one to try out on?

    Thank you.

    Sally Billman

  46. Sandy McCauley

    Hi Aliz,

    Thanks for contacting me and sorry for the delay. I’ve had some issues with my web site lately and got behind on approving posts.

    We do not have a KNK dealer in Malaysia. All KNK sales are handled by our Australian distributor:

    Fred, the owner of Skat Katz, has been the Australian supplier for quite a few years and is very knowledgeable. His shipping will be far less than if you were buying it from KNK USA in Florida. I hope it works out! And please contact me if you have any further questions.

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