September 18th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team
The Cricut Maker has been on the market for almost one month. Here are the top questions we are getting about our latest addition to the Cricut Family:
First … Will there be different colors of Cricut Maker? This is the top question? Well, not really, but it gets asked a LOT. The answer: We love Cricut Maker’s sleek design and plan to keep it a simple-but-elegant color palette for now.
For more top questions, please read on. If you don’t see an answer here, please be in touch with our Customer Care team.
1. How is the Cricut Maker different from the Cricut Explore line?
It’s smarter & cuts more. It cuts a wider variety of materials, papers, fabrics, and thicknesses with a greater degree of precision and control than many professional cutting machines (that cost a lot more!).
It is designed with our new Adaptive Tool System™. This new feature brings together three major technologies that give Cricut Maker professional-class cutting versatility and performance.
- It delivers 10 times (4 kilograms) or more cutting force than our Explore line.
- It uses a sophisticated steering system to actively control the direction of the blade at all times.
- It intelligently adjusts the pressure of the blade to match the material, even after multiple cut passes.
- It also tests to be sure that you are using the correct blade before it starts cutting and it tells you to change it if not.
- And … drum-roll please: the system is built to add new tools in the future, so that the Cricut Maker grows with you as you tackle new and exciting projects.
Other differences … quickly … no dial, rather all the details are in Design Space. Those details are transmitted to the Cricut Maker wirelessly. And, for sewists it marks patterns with a washable pen – wait, what?!
3. Can I use the new rotary & knife blades in the Cricut Explore machine?
No, but here’s why: The Rotary and Knife Blades are part of the Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System (see question 1!).
4. Is it just for people who sew? What’s the “big deal” with sewing and the Cricut Maker?
It’s for every maker! Cricut Maker is for everyone who is passionate about paper or fabric arts crafting, as well as sewing. What’s the big deal for sewists?
- It’s our first machine that can cut fabric without a backing, which opens up so many possibilities for sewists as well as any crafter who wants to add dimension and texture to their projects.
- And, get this: it marks your patterns with a washable fabric pen – how cool is that?!
5. What materials can it cut?
You name it and we’ve probably tested it! Cricut Maker cuts everything the Explore machines can cut and much, much more. It cuts everything from crepe paper and Mulberry paper to fine fabrics, like lace and chiffon to leather, to matboard and balsa wood. Cricut Maker also cuts traditional craft materials such as cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on.
6. Does it require a computer/internet?
Yes, it does. The Cricut Maker is used with our Design Space software on a computer, iOS device, or Android device (US only) … and, Design Space requires an internet connection.
7. Can I use the sewing patterns on my Explore?
This is where the Rotary Blade comes in. All of the new ready-to-make patterns are designed specifically for Cricut Maker. These patterns use non-bonded fabrics, which can only be cut using the Rotary Blade. If you’re using fabric on Explore, you’ll have to use bonded fabric, which the Fine Point Blade cuts effectively.
8. Can I modify my patterns?
Yes, you can modify your own patterns, but you cannot modify most pre-made patterns in Design Space, such as Simplicity or Riley Blake Designs. This is because these patterns are scaled to fit together perfectly.
9. Where do I find patterns in Design Space?
Under “Projects.” When you click on a project, under the title it says whether it’s designed specifically for Cricut Maker. From the Projects tab on the Design Space canvas, you can select a category and search for something specific, for example, “Riley Blake Designs” or “Simplicity.”
10. Do cartridges work with Cricut Maker? How do I use my cartridges with this machine?
Yes. To use your cartridges with the Cricut Maker, you just need to link them to your account. If you have already linked them to your account through your Explore or other Cricut machine, they will already be there for you in Design Space as long as you use the same Cricut ID to sign in that you used when linking the cartridges. There is no need to link them again.
If you haven’t linked your cartridges to yet, we will be coming out with a cartridge adapter later this year. The cartridge adapter will connect directly to your computer to give you digital access to your cartridges. In the meantime, if you don’t have a way to link your cartridges, contact our Customer Care Team for assistance.
11. Is Design Space the same for the Cricut Maker as for the Explore?
Indeed. You use the same URL to access it and the same Cricut ID to sign in. A big difference, however, is that Cricut Maker does not have a SmartSet dial. When you are instructed to cut using a Cricut Maker, the Set Material, Load Tools and Mat steps will look slightly different, as you can now set up your project on one screen. You select the material and our software does the rest.
12. Can I use the Washable Fabric Pen with Cricut Explore?
Yes, you can. However, because the Washable Fabric Pen marks on sewing patterns specifically designed for Cricut Maker, the pen won’t mark your patterns but can simply be a water-soluble drawing tool.
13. Can I use the pink fabric mat in my Explore machine?
Yes, but fabric must be bonded or stabilized because the Cricut Explore Family uses a drag motion for cutting.
14. Can I use the bonded fabric blade in my Explore?
Yes. It’s exactly the same as the regular fine point blade, just pink so you can tell at a glance which are your “fabric scissors” and which you use for other materials.
15. What does it cost? What comes in the box?
For $399 you get all of this: A Cricut Maker and Rotary Blade + Drive Housing, Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing, Fine-Point Pen, FabricGrip™ Mat, LightGrip™ Mat, Welcome book, USB cable, Power adapter, Cricut Access™ free trial membership, 50 free ready-to-make projects (including 25 sewing patterns), and materials for a practice project. You can buy it here or at our retail partners!