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Cricut Maker Review

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If you haven’t heard by now, Cricut is releasing several new products this season: The Cricut Easy Press, The Cricut Bright Pad, and the most exciting, in my opinion, the Cricut Maker. Cricut CEO, Ashish Arora, announced the new additions to the family on August 1st, 2017 at the Make Something You Love convention. 

There were so many people following the announcement on Facebook live that the feed kept shutting down. thankfully I had a back up channel through Melody Lane and got to see it for myself while at work, which was exciting. One of the best benefits of social media and cell phones.

There were mixed feelings about the Cricut Maker. The overall census for the new products were of excitement and awe, but there were mixed feelings over the release. Many Cricut users were disappointed that the Cricut Maker was being released in August 2017 when they just released the Cricut Explore Air 2 earlier this year. These machines are expensive, and many crafters were disappointed because they just spent $300.00 or more on a newer machine, and thought that Cricut should have just waited to release any new products earlier this year if they knew that they were going to release an additional machine later this year. I was also sad about this, as my Cricut is not even a year old, and I can’t quite see spending the additional money on a newer machine right now, but I’m hoping by Christmas I can make it work.

Another disappointing factor was that the newer blades, which I will touch on later, will not be made compatible with older machines, making it impossible to do some of the newer features without purchasing the new Cricut Maker.

While these are important factors to consider before buying the new Cricut machine, the good news is that these two “cons” are the ONLY ones. The Cricut Maker is more superior and the additional features make it much different and more capable of handling larger craft projects than those of the previous machines. The video posted below will show you just how pretty the new Cricut maker is, and will give you a brief overview of some of the newer features.

The rotary blade is the feature that I am most excited about with this new machine. I cut fabric from time to time with my Explore Air, but more intricate cuts are limited due to the limitations of the blade and it’s ability to cut fabric like it does paper and other materials. The new rotary blade for the Cricut Maker is going to open so many new doors for crafters, especially those who use fabric as a common element in their craft projects. Design Space is also adding sewing projects to their arsenal of crafting projects with several big sewing companies sponsoring patterns. Some of those projects will be free to Cricut users and others are only available through purchase or Cricut Access. There are so many projects I have been dying to try using fabric, but cutting out pattern pieces and the fabric is so daunting, that I’m over the project before I really get started. This will make me want to pick up some DIY projects. According to the Cricut website the rotary blade featured in their new machine can,
“…quickly and accurately cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to the tough stuff like matboard, leather, and balsa wood. Now your creative potential is exponential.
“The Rotary Blade brings infinitely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. Use it to cut cotton, fleece, denim, and more. With its gliding, rolling action, it cuts virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material.

Cricut is also adding tool sets specifically designed for your fabric cutting needs to include a sewing kit and a felt tip fabric pen.

Additionally, the Cricut Maker was created to last longer, be customizable for future Cricut releases and is made for commercial use (crafting businesses will love this), and it is made of exclusively metal parts to withstand some of the most difficult projects. This new machine cuts materials that are up to 2.44 mm in thickness versus the previous machines only capable of cutting 2 mm.
Here is a quick overview of some of the other things being offered with the Cricut Maker:
  • Cuts the most materials. Cricut Maker cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate fabric and paper to matboard and leather.
  • Digital sewing pattern library. Access hundreds of patterns from brands like Simplicity® and Riley Blake®. Pick a project, and the machine cuts all the pieces you need.
  • Expandable suite of tools. With its powerful blades, pens, and scoring tool, Cricut Maker grows with you as you learn each new craft.
  • Rotary Blade. With its gliding, rolling action, this blade cuts through virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material.
  • Knife Blade1. This extra-deep blade works like an X-ACTO knife to slice through heavier materials like 2.4 mm (3/32”) balsa wood and matboard with ease.
  • Washable fabric pen1. Automatically mark your pattern pieces so you’ll always know how they fit together.
  • Adaptive Tool System. This professional cutting technology intelligently controls the direction of the blade and adds up to 10X more cutting force.
  • Easy-to-learn Design Space® software. Fully loaded with advanced features including Offline Mode, Print Then Cut, and SnapMat. For iOS, Android, Windows®, and Mac®.
  • Flexibility to upload your own designs. Use your own images and fonts for free in a variety of standard file formats.
  • 50 ready-to-make projects. Includes 25 digital sewing patterns plus more projects that demonstrate what Cricut Maker can do.

Compare the machines.

So what do you think about some of the upgrades with the new Cricut Maker? Are you as excited as I am, or do you fall into that category of individuals who just purchased the newer Explore Air 2?
Either way, you have to admit, this new machine is really cool and if you have the funds, definitely worth the upgrade.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Did you buy one? If so, I may need to talk to you in a couple of months when I finally get mine so that I can get some tips and tricks. 

Have a great week you guys, and don't forget to stop by from time to time and see what's new around here. 

Have a blessed day.

Geeks and Glitter 

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