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If you’re a crafter or sewist, you know what a daunting experience it can be to cut your materials to match a pattern, and more intricate patterns only fuel frustration and produce lackluster results. The Cricut Maker promises to provide craft enthusiasts with a convenient, versatile machine that effortlessly cuts detailed patterns out of an array of materials, including paper, vinyl, fabric, leather, and even balsa. With this product, you could even create an Etsy print on demand business.
Cricut Maker Features
The expandable suite of tools included with the Cricut Maker offers several options suited to a variety of projects that require precise pattern cutting. The machine allows you to cut fabric for sewing projects, vinyl decals (for just about anything), as well as leather and balsa for heartier projects. As you become a more experienced user, you’ll inevitably find additional uses.
When it comes to designs, you have abundant options. The Cricut Design Space software gives you access to hundreds of digital designs and tons of fonts for your projects. You can also create your own patterns using the simple design apps or upload your own images and fonts. Once you've selected your design and loaded your material, the Cricut Maker cuts your material to the pattern, allowing you to continue with the next phase of your project.
The manufacturer boasts of two recent editions to the suite of tools, the first being a new rotary blade designed to glide and roll through any fabric with speed and accuracy. In addition, the new knife blade is now available for separate purchase and features an extra-deep blade that’s recommended for projects requiring heavier materials, like 3/32” balsawood and matboard.
For convenience, you can use your computer or your mobile device to layout your design. The Cricut Maker includes a docking slot to hold your tablet or smartphone and a USB port for charging your device.
If you’re a modern crafter, “sewist”, quilter, or even an artist, you’ll enjoy the Cricut Maker’s time-saving benefits and professional finish.
The machine is 22.6 x 7.1 x 6.2 inches and weighs about 15 pounds, making it fairly compact for small office and craft-room settings.
As described, your Cricut Maker comes with:
- Rotary Blade + Drive Housing
- Premium Fine Point Blade + Housing
- Fine Point Pen for scoring
- Two 12” x 12” cutting mats
- Design apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android
- 50 free ready-to-make projects, including 25 sewing patterns
- Materials for your first project
Choose from several colors including champagne, mint, rose, and blue.
The price of the Cricut Maker ranges from $365-419, which makes it most worthwhile if you expect to use it at least moderately or for important projects.
Cricut Maker Review: Delivers as Promised
The Cricut Maker delivers on its promise to quickly and easily cut through various materials, follow intricate patterns, and provide greater accuracy. The new rotary blade is truly precise, which is key for more detailed designs. One of the most exciting benefits for sewists is that you don’t need to use any material backing to cut fabric, which saves a ton of time and hassle.
If you have unreliable internet service, you may experience some frustration with the Cricut Design Space software, which requires an internet/Wi-Fi connection. All designs must be created or uploaded here before cutting a pattern.
You’ll want to purchase the extra-deep blade if you plan to cut denser materials, but on the whole, the Cricut Maker with included tools is easy to use and effortlessly cuts through felt, lace, and even denim, benefiting most any crafting project.