Been working on a couple of projects and finally have them done. I was able to talk with a representative from the KNK company about my Cougar cutter. She helped me figure out settings to get it cutting right. Make the Cut software has KNK plug-in which made things SO much easier. While the Cougar isn't a KNK machine, their parent company, Foison makes both machines. Customer service at the KNK company is phenomenal and despite being a competitor to the Cougar brand, she was happy to help me out.
Thanks to Amazon's trade-in policy I almost have enough to get a Zing, a KNK machine. I then plan on selling my Cougar cutter for 750 and shipping. Even though technically the Cougar is a better machine with higher cutting force, I'd be happier with a Zing.
Here's what I made with the Cougar cutter today:
I designed the tile and after several botched attempts, frustrations and help from Sandy, finally got it cut out.
The box was a file from the MTC forum that a lady had designed. Cut out perfectly!
I think now that the days are starting to get longer, I'm feeling better. Hope to be quilting and maybe doing some more biking with my Muk.