I have been told the Copam is a decent entry cutter. I know that roger (Planb on forum) has used one and had not complaints...So it might suit your purpose. FYI...while the Roland is a good cutter, it is not the end all cutter. I recently sold mine and bought a Puma III and I am very happy with it. You might want to check out Heat applied transfer vinyl for t shirt applications on prices.