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I loved my old Cricut machine, the Cricut Explore Air, it was was fantastic. I didn’t think it could get better – but it has. The new Cricut Maker is absolutely brilliant. They have taken the best bits, improved them and made the rest of it better too.
What are the differences?
One of the most obvious differences with the new Cricut Maker is the look of it. The Explore Air has the smart dial on the machine to choose the material you want to use and with the Maker this setting is in the Design Space. I think this is a much better design. There would be so many times I would feed the material in my own machine and forget to change the dial. Now you are prompted for the material choice and it’s foolproof.
Another major difference is that the Maker cuts fabric, on a special fabric mat (the pink one). I love this. You can now cut out special fabric designs to make your cards even better. I have my eye on the fabric designs in Cricut Design Space too – there’s a quilted blanket that looks so pretty.
There are some technical differences with the Maker machine too. There are different blades, that do work with the older machines. The force of the machine is much more powerful. What this means is that it can cut more things and deeper too. The knife blade can cut up to 2.4mm, which is brilliant. I love the idea of being able to create your very own bags. It can cut matboard and balsa wood too, so I am looking forward to trying new things. The rotary blade is used for cutting fabric and is something new to the Cricut range. It was fun watching it cut the kite out, the blade spinning and twisting. It amazed me how it got it so precise.
The Maker has an adaptive tool system which controls the knife blade and rotary blade. It controls the pressure so it cuts your material perfectly and it uses a sensor to determine what tool you have installed into the machine. It is very clever. I cannot wait to get started on some more projects over the next few months.
You can find out more about the new Cricut Maker on the Cricut website: home.cricut.com and find some of the little extras that you can buy too. The Cricut Maker is £320, but for a commercial grade cutting machine I think I will definitely earn my money back by making some amazing products! For those keen crafters out there, it is a definite must.
What do you think I should make next? I would love to know in the comments below or on social media!