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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Cricut machines. I have answered them in 12 different posts over the last few months, and I thought it would be handy for you if there were all linked up in one place.
Click on any of the questions and you’ll go to the post where you can read all about the answer, and get great ideas on what you can make with your machine.
1) What is the Cricut machine and what can I do with it?
2) How does the Cricut machine work?
3) Can I upload my own images with Cricut?
4) What different materials can I cut with Cricut?
5) What kinds of different DIY projects can I make with Cricut?
6) How easy is it to upload my own images with the Cricut?
7) Will it be easy for me to use the Cricut software to create Make it Now projects?
8) Will it be easy for me to learn the Cricut Design Space software to create my own custom projects?
9) How is the Cricut different from competitive cutting machines?
10) Will I be required to use cartridges with the Cricut?
11) What tools and accessories to I need to use a Cricut?
12) Will I use the Cricut machine enough to justify the price?
Do you have a Cricut already? What do you use it most for? Did I miss any questions you still have? Let me know and I’ll answer them for you!
How do I download the cricut cartridges to my explore?
Karen Foertsch says
I purchased a font from the cricut fonts but when I go to make it and the mat shows up, the purchased font is not there. The free cricut font is there but not the purchased font. Why is that?
Have you tried searching for the font by name, up in the font menu? You add your text to the screen. Click on it, then click the arrow next to Cricut Sans. Then the whole font box comes up and there’s a search bar. Or, you can scroll down through the list. Does that help, or is it still not showing up?
I downloaded a Disney font waltograph and when I tried to write it with my machine it gives me outline letters. How do I make it that the machine writes it filled in or one line?
Hope you can help
Stephanie Paxman says
Yeah, the pen will follow the outline of all fonts, just like if the blade were cutting out each letter. The exception is if you choose a Cricut font either a “writing style.” Hope that helps!
ursula tintinger says
Hi. I just purchased a cricut. My question is if I have an image that is already preprinted. Say from a free site that lets you print them, is it possible to use the cricut to cut them out?
If your picture is already printed out, you won’t be able to get the Cricut to cut it as everything needs to go through Design Space. If you have the images in digital form though, you can upload them and use the Print then Cut feature. Here’s some directions of how to do that: https://craftingintherain.com/make-cricut-stickers-with-your-own/
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Cherish Hartings says
I have a cut out of a quote that is in Monotype Corsasive in 73.26 and 36 points. When I cut it, my cricut is pulling up the letters as it is cutting. I have cleaned the blade and housing unit, adjusted the pressure, tried several different types of vinyl settings. Do you have any idea what could be causing this to happen and how to fix it?
Oh no, sounds frustrating!
It’s possible that it’s just too small – would you be able to try cutting it any larger?
You might also try the “intricate cut” setting. It’s technically for cardstock, but change the pressure setting to “less” and see if that makes any difference.
You’ve said the blade is clean, which is great – but do you have a brand new one you could try?
Let me know if any of those things help!