Learn about the newest machine, the Cricut Maker, and what is does differently than the Cricut Explore. This post contains affiliate links. This means, if you make a purchase through my links, I’ll receive a small portion of your purchase at no extra cost to you.
I just got back from the most wonderful time at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon in Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only did I get to meet more of the wonderful people from Cricut, I was with hundreds of others influencers and consumers when they announced their newest product that has been in the making for over 3 1/2 years………………….. the Cricut Maker!
What is the Cricut Maker?
The Cricut Maker is the all-new adaptive tool system cutting machine. It has been completely reengineered to be able to cut with more power (10X more than the Cricut Explore Air 2) and cut more materials (hundreds more fabrics and thicker materials) with two NEW blades- the rotary blade and the knife blade.
Rotary Blade– This new blade is a game changer for fabric cutting. It can cut through HUNDREDS of different fabrics from delicate tulle to thicker fabrics with ease. It has an all new gear which allows complete control over the blade. This means the machine can control if the blade is moving left or right, up or down, and it knows which direction the blade is facing. This new technology is amazing!
Knife Blade– This blade is the answer to cutting thicker materials like mat board, balsa wood, heavy chip board and genuine leather. Cutting thicker materials will allow you to add more dimension and depth to your projects. This blade also has intelligent variable pressure. For each type of material that the machine cuts, Cricut has optimized the pressure for each pass so you get the cleanest cut possible. As I mentioned before it cuts with 10X more pressure than the Cricut Explore Air 2 with 4 kg of force!
With the introduction of this new machine, Cricut has partnered with Simplicity and Riley Blake Fabrics. This means that there are hundreds of digital patterns that you will be able to cut out with the machine and there will be lots of cute fabrics to make your designs. Patterns will range in price from $2.99 to $9.99.
How much does the Cricut Maker cost and when can I buy one?
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The Cricut Maker will be available August 20th and will cost $399. This price includes the machine and rotary blade and two mats- a light grip and a new fabric mat. The knife blade will be available for purchase some time in October. This is the most expensive of the available Cricut machines but the plan is that all the future tools they are working on will fit in this new machine system. That way you can keep keep your machine but update it with the new blade technology when it is released.
Other features of the Cricut Maker
There was a lot of time put into new design features and details. The machine is really beautiful and sleek with a champagne colored top and metal trim.
There is no open button and no more smart dial. You simply lift the lid to open the machine. Instead of the smart dial, simply choose what material you are cutting in Design Space.
Charging port and holder. The machine now has a place to hold your phone or iPad and a USB port to charge it.
Two tool cups. They have made one of the tool cups deeper which is nice to hold your larger tools and both are lined with silicon which will keep your tool blades and tips sharp.
They have also made a deeper front tool storage which allows for easier storage of more of your tools.
Other New Items
Also, with the new machine they are releasing a new Sewing Tool Set, a new washable Fabric Pen and a new FabricGrip cutting mat. These new items will make working with fabric so much easier. Isn’t that little Cricut pin cushion the cutest?! They even have engraved the word Fabric on your scissors to hopefully prevent other family members from using them for anything else!
The Print then Cut feature has also been improved to allow you to print on colored paper! Before the sensor on the Cricut Explore could only read the marks on white paper. With the new machine it can read the marks on light-colored paper. This will be nice to save on ink.
What about the Cricut Explore Series?
I know many people were afraid that with the release of the new machine that Explore series would be going away. That is NOT the case. They will still offer support and new tutorials for the Explore. The Explore machine is still an awesome machine. And if you aren’t planning on cutting thicker materials or fabrics it will still work very well for you.
I am very excited for this new machine and excited to use it more. I had the opportunity to use it a little bit at the conference and I loved the new fabric pen and fabric cutting capabilites. I sewed a cute little cosmetic bag and it was so easy!
(Click HERE for a link to buy that cute fabric)
If you have any other questions about the Cricut Maker please let me know in the comments below.
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