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What Does the Cricut Maker Do?

Cricut Maker machine
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I’m so excited to introduce you to the Cricut Maker! If you’re wondering what how the Cricut Maker compares to the Cricut Explore machines, or why you should think about getting Cricut Maker, or what materials can the Cricut Maker cut, I hope this will answer some of your questions.

Earlier this week I was in Salt Lake for the product launch of this amazing new machine. We were so excited to be sitting there listening and watching all the great things it could do (and unknown to us at the time, sitting on seat cushions all covered in different fabrics that the machine had cut!)

It has been completely rebuilt from the inside out, giving it greater precision and much more power. The Maker provides 4000 grams of pressure (That’s 10 times the power of the Explore machines!) So that means it can cut through harder and thicker materials. But it can also give incredibly sharp corners on delicate fabrics.

Cricut Maker Rotary Blade

Cricut rotary blade
This smart tool housing that calibrated specifically to the machine it is placed in, meaning you will have the most accuracy possible. The rotary blade picks up and turns when needed, creating exact points and corners. It can cut circles as small as ¾ inches. Imagine cutting out quilting pieces, or patterns for things like purses, doll clothes, and toys, without the time-consuming process of pinning, and then still worrying that edges won’t line up.

I have cut cotton, lace, interfacing, silk, leather, felt, and even burlap using the rotary blade in the Cricut Maker. I’ve loved all the results. See all the materials the Cricut Maker can cut here

And what’s more, the Cricut Maker also uses a washable pen that will mark your pieces for you, including seam allowances! You can get right to the fun part of putting your project together.

Cricut Maker Knife Blade

Cricut knife blade
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This blade will slice through real leather, wood up to 3/32 inches thick, chipboard and matboard. It even has the technology to know to start with a light scoring cut, use more pressure on following passes. Then it lightens up again at the end for a nice clean cut without ruining your mat. The knife blade is still being perfected to increase the life of each blade.

Print then Cut upgrades

The Cricut Maker has increased accuracy for Print then Cut, and has a larger print size of 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches. The registration marks have changed to be a solid rectangle border around the image you are printing. This gives more precision as the sensor reads the entire line around. An added bonus: Print then Cut will work on colored and patterned paper! (Darker colors and patterns may have varied results, so do some testing.)

More Cricut Tools

Cricut tools and accessories
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Cricut is constantly innovating and creating more ways for us to make the things we love. Future tools will continue to work in the Cricut Maker machine. The rotary blade wouldn’t work in the Explore machines though, because it doesn’t have the force and precision needed for it.

Anything that works in the Explore machines works in the Maker though – so blades, pens, scoring tool, etc. can be used.

In addition to the Cricut Maker machine, two new tools have debuted. First, the BrightPad, which I posted about last week  and the EasyPress – a heat press perfect for using at home because it’s not big and bulky, and not super expensive. I’ll write a post showing you how to use it later. (See the EasyPress tutorial here.)

I hope you’re as excited about the Cricut Maker as I am – have any questions? Let me know! I’ll be posting tutorials using it, as well as the Explore machine too. Explore machines will still keep getting new content added to Design Space – they are not going to be obsolete!

Get shopping, or start building your wish list
Cricut Maker (on the Cricut site, or get it from Amazon with Prime shipping!)
Cricut Materials (including fabric and leather)
Cricut Tool sets

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


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karen ashby

Saturday 12th of January 2019

what is the cost for one with all the things you need to use.


Monday 14th of January 2019

This bundle is currently $400- comes with a machine and a bunch of materials to try out! You can also try the code MAKERINSPIRATION to get 10% off.

Bobbie jo

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

What is the two arrows for on the tool bar when you click on some thing? There’s the size, lock, turn, and delete. Then in the middle there’s the two circle arrows. The move the pic or font but it doesn’t stay. What’s its purpose. I can find an answer anywhere.


Monday 15th of October 2018

Are you working on the app or on desktop? It's possible that those are the "undo" and "redo" buttons. As in, you change the size of something and then decide you liked the first size better, so you like the curved arrow that looks like it's going towards the left. That would be "undo."

Sharon Buss

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

When will the knife blade come out?


Sunday 1st of April 2018

So far shooting for later this year - it's being perfected for durability!

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