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So yesterday Cricut had their big announcement for their newest machine. I have to say for me personally the new machine feels like a game changer. Some of the functions the new Cricut Maker does I was already considering attempting with my Cricut Explore but due to thickness limitations, I was hesitant.
So let’s talk about the new functions and why I am excited. First I love the idea that it can do harder, thicker materials like wood up to 2.4mm thick. And from the looks of it, with quite a bit of detail, with the new deep cut blade which basically looks like an X-ACTO blade, this is going to really change things. In the past, I have had projects I made from old records and always wondered if I could get the Cricut Explore to cut. Now I wonder if I will be able to feed a record into the Cricut Maker and have it cut like city scapes out of the record.
Next, the fact it can cut fabric without having to put interfacing on it. This is huge!! If you are into quilts imagine the shapes you can have this cut for you. Or just if you are into sewing and want it to cut the pieces of a pattern for you. With the rotary blade attachment, that will now be totally feasible without having the fabric getting caught.
The Cricut Maker, of course, can still do what the Explore Family of machines has been doing for a few years now, it just has some added functionality to really boost up the use of your machine.
I have been rocking a Cricut Explore for about 2 1/2 years and holding out since my machine is still kicking pretty good. This new Cricut Maker might just make me have to get busy selling some of my creations and save up for it LOL. The Cricut Maker will be available August 20th!
Next on the list of new releases is the Cricut Easy Press. This large square iron has a 9″ x 9″ plate. You can adjust the temperature as needed and physically see the temp with the digital display. Once it is up to temp you place it over what you want to press onto a shirt or other item and press it down with your arm. Since this has some weight to it already, you shouldn’t need to add to much more pressure to make it happen.
Along with all these announcements, Cricut has recently released the Cricut BrightPad which helps make weeding easier by giving you a lighted surface to work on. This also helps with aligning vinyl layers when working with opaque transfer tape.
Also, in case you missed seeing the gorgeous travel bags for your Cricut and other crafts you have got to check those out. They are awesome!! I hope you are as excited as I am. 🙂