A few of you observant folks probably noticed that at the end of July/beginning of August I was in Salt Lake City for the Cricut product launch. If you spend much time here, it will come as no surprise that I love Cricut. I’ve been using a Cricut Explore for 3 years now and it is by far the one item in my craft room that I use the most. It has a permanent spot on my craft room table and never gets tucked away because I use it so often. This week alone I have used my Cricut to make a birthday card for a friend, planner stickers for my Happy Planner and and a gold glitter iron on applique of my daughter’s name for the back of her pencil pouch.
My Cricut has allowed me to take the ideas I imagine in my head and bring them to life.
For the past 3 years I’ve been able to use my Cricut for almost every crafty hobby I have– from making tags and labels for my baking and canning, to making stickers and pockets for my planner, to paper crafting, to designing shirts. One area that I haven’t used my Cricut for much though is for my sewing– and that has all changed with the Cricut Maker.
As I sat in the audience at the Cricut product launch listening to Cricut’s CEO, Ashish Aurora speak, I wondered what he could say about a new machine that would make me love it more than my current machine. Then he said two little words that as a sewer made me lose my mind– Rotary Blade.
You guys, I may have squealed when he said those words. Especially when I heard that all of the seat cushions we were sitting on, made from approximately 100 different types of fabric, were all cut using the Cricut Maker!
There were a ton of other amazing features that Ashish and his team covered including a knife cut blade which cuts balsa wood (AMAZING), a charging port so that you can charge your device while you cut (FABULOUS) and 10 times the force when cutting as compared to the Cricut Explore which basically means it’s a commercial grade cutting machine at a super awesome price (SO COOL).
The Cricut Maker can do EVERYTHING that the Cricut Explore Air 2 can do and then some, so if you sew and/or are interested in cutting wood, leather and other thicker materials on your machine then the Cricut Maker is probably the machine for you! Plus with the adaptive tool technology in this machine new cutting tools will be released in the future that we’ll be able to use with a simple software update, instead of having to buy a new machine.
Here is a breakdown of the different Cricut machines and what they can do. Honestly you can’t go wrong with any of them, but if you sew or want to cut wood or leather I’d highly suggest investing in the Cricut Maker:
Today we are going to focus on why if you sew, you need to add the Cricut Maker to your holiday wish list!
Read on for all the insiders information!
Why Everyone Who Sews Needs The Cricut Maker
As I mentioned above, the rotary cutter was the big jaw drop moment for me. In my humble opinion it was the star of the show. Each Cricut Maker comes with a rotary blade included. Being able to load up your machine with a rotary cutter and fabric and have it do all the cutting for you is revolutionary. The Cricut Maker allows you to cut your fabric in the fraction of the time giving us more time to do what we love– sew!
Cricut has partnered up with the world’s number one pattern developer, Simplicity, to provide over 200 patterns (and counting!) I think this is such huge news. Two brands we know, love and trust coming together to bring in the new age of sewing! The projects are amazing and I can’t wait to see all of the patterns that they continue to release in the future.
Every sewer that I know has a serious fabric addition. That’s why I was so excited to learn that Cricut has partnered with Riley Blake Designs! Not only will you find a number of quilt patterns from Riley Blake Designs in Cricut Access, they are also working with Cricut to design some seriously gorgeous fabric that is cut to just the right size to fit on your Cricut Fabric Cutting Mat!
With the purchase of the Cricut Maker you will receive 50 free project files which includes two quilt patterns and a bunch of sewing patterns. Each pattern comes with pdf instructions and material lists that you can view on your phone, tablet, computer or that you can print off. Bring that pdf with you to the craft store to make sure you have all the materials you need for your project!
The free projects are just the tip of the iceberg. Between the Cricut team and Simplicty patterns there is a plan in place to have over 500 sewing projects available for Cricut Maker users by the end of the year. When you buy a pattern you have lifetime access to it and if it’s a pattern such as clothing that is sized, you have access to all the sizes. There are patterns that are included in the paid Cricut Access subscription as well as patterns that you pay for. Paid pattern prices start as low as $0.99.
You will never need to cut another paper pattern piece again!
Step By Step Instructions-
I am visual learner and like to be able to see every step of a project. One of the things that I love about the new Cricut sewing projects is that they have a material list and assembly instructions with step by step photos!
See that little print button in the bottom right hand corner of the photo of the Cricut Dust Cover? Click it and you can print the instructions out so you always have them with you. Or, pull up Design Space on your phone or tablet to have the instructions at your fingertips! This also makes craft supply shopping so easy!
When you are ready to assemble, follow the step by step instructions and helpful photos!
I can hear some of you saying already “I don’t think this will work for me. I’m very particular about where the fabric design lays on pieces that I’m cutting out” Prepare to have your mind blown with SnapMat! While using your iOS device, lay your fabric on your cutting mat and use the SnapMat function to take a photo of the fabric on your mat. You will then be able to see your fabric and cutting mat in Design Space and you can position your cuts EXACTLY where you want them. So amazing! You can see how I positioned my butterfly cut below. This function is also fabulous for when you are using fabric scraps!
Every sewing project available in Cricut Access is designed to utilize the fabric as efficiently as possible. That means it will cut each piece close together getting you the most bang for your fabric buck. If you want to position your pieces yourself you are still free to, but each mat will automatically load to cut with the least amount of waste as possible.
Cuts Every Fabric-
At the product launch I heard people say that the Cricut Maker had been tested on 100 different types of fabric and that it was able to cut every single one of them. There was a wall of fabric samples there that had all been cut using the machine– from taffeta, to sequined fabric, to lace, to quilting cotton, to felt.
I don’t think that all 100 fabrics are listed in this Cricut Maker Cutting Materials list, but man there are a lot of them.
If patterns confuse you (like they do me) you are going to LOVE this feature. Cricut has a washable fabric pen that fits into the A slot of the machine. Many of the sewing projects available in Cricut Access will have the option of having your pieces be numbered using the pen and have your seam allowances drawn onto the fabric as well. This means you’ll be able to sew up all of those cute projects by just following the dotted line!
Cricut has created a cutting mat that is specifically made for fabric. The mat is available in a standard 12X12 inch size as well as an extended 12X24 inch size. Cricut came up with a new formula for this mat making it scent free (those who have used Cricut mats in the past will know what I mean.) The mat grips whatever fabric you throw at it, and you don’t need to clean the fabric threads off of the mat, the rotary cutter will cut right through them next time!
If you cut a lot of bonded fabric, fabric with an iron on backer or want to cut very intricate cuts out of fabric then you will want this blade! Cricut’s has created a bonded fabric blade that many sewers will want to add to their collection!
While many advanced sewers might already have everything in this kit in their sewing box, I think it’s pretty cool that Cricut thought to put everything that you need to start sewing in one handy, affordably priced bundle. The Cricut Maker makes it so easy for anyone to start sewing, so it’s awesome that they are making everything available in a one stop shop!
Fuel your fabric addiction with Cricut’s pretty designer fabrics! Cut in 12X26 inch pieces these fabrics are perfect for your Cricut Maker sewing projects!
So what do you think? Are you feeling excited about the new Cricut Maker? I know I am! In October I’m getting together with a group of bloggers and we are each going to make one of the 50 free Cricut Maker Projects to show to you. Make sure you stay tuned!
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Want to see more on my first impressions of the Cricut Maker, Easy Press and Brite Pad? Check out this video that I shot live from the Cricut Mountain Makeathon!
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