Is toilet paper included in the 100+ materials that Cricut Maker can cut?
You have probably seen several Cricut Maker reviews. Rest assured this is not the ordinary run-of-the-mill review that you have seen.
Bloggers and Reviewers will hype the product to the heavens and then begs you to buy it from their affiliate link.
Just to set the record straight, that’s not a review but a product endorsement. Aren’t you tired of them?
Here’s why this is different, and it’s a real review. I will reveal everything what’s wrong with Cricut Maker machine and why has fallen short of the legendary status.
Some people are bored of reading pages and pages of text so below you will see a nice table that gives you the quick specs of the machine.
|Dimensions||10.2 x 25.8 x 10.4 inches|
|Cutting Size||12 x 24 inches|
|Max Material Thickness||2.4mm|
|Number of materials||100+|
|Mobile Docking Station||Yes|
|Recommended Retail Price||$399.99|
As you can see, it’s a fairly complex machine with lots of applications. So who’s the Cricut Maker for?
This machine helps out almost all crafters. If you are a Quilter, Woodworker, Scrapbooker, Card Maker, etc., this is the best machine on the market can to become first class.
Sorry to keep you waiting I haven’t forgotten about the toilet paper question. Several crafters have reported that they managed to cut toilet paper. No machine priced above or below Cricut managed to do it.
So where can you use fancy toilet paper design? I leave that to your imagination.
Let’s get back to our Cricut Maker Review.
Here are the Cricut Maker Dimensions: 10.2 x 25.8 x 10.4 inches.
It’s an OK size. Not too big not to small it can easily handle the 12 X 24-inch cutting mat. The weight surprised me a bit. It’s not on the light side. This can be good and bad at the same time.
By being a heavy machine, it means that they have used quality materials to build it. The drawback is that you have to carry it around if you are going mobile. Cricut isn’t a standalone machine so you will need a desktop/laptop/ tablet as well as you add these together with the weight increases.
Now if you’re at an expo or a fair and you alone have to haul it, I feel for you.
But look at all the options it offers you.
Here is the list of Cricut Maker tools:
- Fine-Point Blade
- Deep-Point Blade
- Rotary Blade
- Knife Blade
- Single Scoring Wheel
- Double Scoring Wheel
- Fine-Point Pen
- Calligraphy Pen
- Washable Fabric Pen
These tools unlock the world of more than 100 materials. Better yet the Cricut team has planned for the future. No matter what kind of new tools they will release, it will be compatible with Cricut Maker.
If you ask me I don’t have the slightest clue what they can come up next. Already we’re overloaded by options. Hopefully, nobody will get paralyzed by analysis.
The first Cricut Maker Blade which we’ll inspect is the Fine-Point Blade.
It’s an all-purpose blade for thin to medium thickness materials. There are different colored fine point blades. Make a mental note about what material is associated with certain blades (with the help of colors). For example, paper tends to dull blades faster. This means that these blades need to be changed more frequently.
If you associate a certain colored blade with paper than you know, that’s the one that needs to be changed the most frequently. If you mix and match the blades, you might run into that scenario in which you’re left with dull blades.
This could be cumbersome if you have to do a rush job over the weekend.
These premium blades are made from German carbride steel. It’s known for its durability and precision. Can you ask more than that?
The Deep-Point Bade:
This blade is made for cutting thicker materials. Thanks to the amazing force behind the machine, it goes through these materials like a hot knife through butter.
The blade is ultra-strong, and a 45-degree angle for the best cuts possible.
What kind of materials can you cut with the deep-point blade?
Here’s a short list: Magnet, Thick Cardboard, Foam Sheet, and even Chipboard.
The Rotary Blade:
I’ve been in the business for some time now. And several machines passed through my hands over the years. Still, I haven’t seen a useful tool like this one. You can cut a huger number of fabrics with ease.
Quilters this blade will save you from a lot of pain. The cuts are perfect and sharp. It beats working with scissors any day of the week.
It can cut toilet paper with this blade. Some crafters like to push the limits and see what else the Cricut machine can do. For example, they have successfully cut Lace and Nylon as well. Best of all, while cutting it avoids backing the materials.
Other manufacturers tried with fabric cutting, but they ended up in a hit or miss situation. They nailed the missing part quite successfully.
The Knife Blade:
With this tool in your pocket, you can cut harder and thicker materials with ease. For example, you can easily cut: balsa wood, basswood, heavy leather, mat board, just to name a few. There are limits on this tool. For example, you can’t cut anything smaller than a ¾ inch. If you do, you are risking breaking it apart.
It looks like an X-Acto blade. The only difference is with the Cricut it’s automated. So the cuts are precise and perfect.
Here’s a hot tip for you. When you are working with thicker materials, do move the white rollers to the exterior. These help to hold down thinner materials; they are not needed if you are working with thicker ones. Last but not least, the best mat for the job is the StrongGrip mat.
The Scoring Wheels:
Are you folding a lot of paper? Aren’t the edges straight? I feel your pain. This is why the scoring wheel has been added to the arsenal. With the help of these wheels, you can obtain sharp and crisp edges for folds.
There are two wheels in the package. They are labeled as 01 and 02. The first one is advised to be used on thinner materials. 02 leave a double line which is perfect for thicker materials like cardboard and poster-board.
After you ran the Scoring Wheel through the material folding will be a child’s play. You can use any mat that you like there are no preferences for this tool.
Here’s a hot tip for you. Whenever you are using the scoring wheels, make sure that you don’t work on the pretty side. This means for the best results put the pretty sight facing downwards.
It’s a simple pen which helps you draw shapes and patterns. Hot tip for you: you can use any pen that you like. Cricut doesn’t like to advertise this because it cuts into their profits.
Washable Fabric Pen
This tool is amazing if you are in this niche. You can draw the stitching lines out and then put together your design. With simple washing, the pen marks are gone.
If you are a beginner in this field, this is a true godsend.
Last but not least the Calligraphy Pen
With the help of this tool, you can easily simulate handwritten fonts. The same tip applies for this pen as well. You can substitute it with anything on the market.
Now let’s take a look at the heart/mind of the machine. The Cricut Maker Software is called Design Space.
Here’s the good news Design Space is in the cloud. Here’s the bad news Design Space is ONLY online. As you can see, this has both pros and cons. First of all, since it’s on the internet, it’s easy to access it from anywhere. You don’t need to install anything. You won’t be contaminated by viruses and malware. Plus you don’t have to worry about constantly updating to get the newest features.
It works on any platform or device.
Just in case your computer calls it quits your designs are safe and sound in the cloud.
To use the Cricut Maker, you need a constant internet connection, hence the bad news. You need to be connected, or the machine won’t work. This is the first sign of trouble waiting to happen.
If you are going to a fair or an expo, make sure that there’s an internet connection. Also, do have backups for wireless hotspots. There’s nothing worse than paid gigs lining up and not being able to deliver because the machine isn’t running. You’re not just losing money but making a dent in your reputation as well.
For crafters, reputation is everything.
Besides this annoyance Design Space is one of the best software out there. The tutorials get you up and running in a matter of minutes.
It’s intuitive and easy to use. Other programs have a steep learning curve. All in all, it’s great.
Here’s another biggie. Several crafters complained that Design Space shrinks the designs. There’s some truth to that. Make sure you do a few test runs before you commit to a serious gig.
I don’t want to go into more details because it’s not the point of this Cricut Maker Review. Let’s continue.
The next topic I will cover is the cutting power. This has taken my breath away. The cutting power of the Cricket Maker is 4000g. This is huge!
The little brother of Cricut Maker is Cricut Explore Air 2, and it’s cutting power is just 250g. The only machine that is somewhat better than the little brother is Brother Scan and Cut 2, which has a cutting force of 350g. That’s just shy by 11 times.
No wonder it can work with so many materials. And it can cut thicker and stronger stuff that other machines would never dare to touch.
This cutting force is the major selling point for me.
Let’s talk about the cutting size. The machines standard cutting size is 12 X 24 inches. You can cut anything smaller than this. But I would advise not to test the upper limits.
Here’s another weakness compared to other machines. It doesn’t have an Auto-blade feature. This means you have to manually select the material and plug in the right settings. Now I’ll give them the credit they have made it extremely foolproof. Yet you need to do a lot of clicking and dragging because it works with so many materials.
The Dual-Carriage feature is a must-have one nowadays. Surprisingly there are still machines fabricated which don’t have it (hint, hint Brother). Dual Carriage means that it can do two operations at the same time. For example, you can use the fabric pen to mark the fabric and then cutting it out.
This saves you time. At first, you don’t need to babysit the machine to get the next step running. Secondly, you don’t have to tinker twice in the software leading to potential mistakes.
The beauty of the Cricut Maker cutting machine is that you can pair any tool. For example, you can have two pens or two blades or mixed as your project needs it.
The maximum material thickness that it can take is 2.4mm. If you try it with thicker, then you can damage your machine. Most machines in this price range can only handle 2mm thick materials.
The advertising says that the Cricut Maker works with over 100 different materials. After seeing the specs, I don’t wonder anymore if this claim is true or not. I know it is. With the big cutting power and tool versatility, it’s easy to see why it can handle such a wide variety.
Here’s one of the biggest weaknesses of these Cutting Machines, it’s the noise. Have you ever wondered why most Youtube videos mute out the background noise when they show off the machine? Because it’s loud. With most machines, you won’t be able to work during the night unless you can move to a shed or something that is far away from human ears.
We’re in luck with the Cricut Maker. The noise level is acceptable. The best way to compare the sound would be to an old printer. Though using the 2x speed setting the sound tends to be higher.
There are numerous crafters who have made tests between different machines like Brother Scan and Cut 2 vs. Cricut Maker vs. Silhouette Cameo 3. Cricut was the winner both in the sound and speed category.
You are speaking about speed. Cricut Maker has the option of 2x speed. Time is money, so the faster you can cut the faster you can sell and make money. With intricate designs, you need to test the feature out. If the cuts are not sharp enough, then you need to revert to regular settings.
In a head to head comparison, Cricut beat Brother by a full minute. That’s just one design. This baby is a real time saver.
Ok, you fork over the initial cost but how much is the operating cost? Surprisingly the accessories are priced affordably. If you compare it with Silhouette and Brother, you can see that they are better priced. It’s not highway robbery like at Brother’s. (This is what Brother is doing: selling the machine cheaper than making up the difference by selling overpriced accessories.)
Here’s something new that I haven’t seen before: the mobile docking slot. This means that you can easily store a tablet or a smartphone. This can have a dual purpose. You can either use it to control your machine or spend the time while Cricut finishes the job.
The Cricut maker needs some kind of device so you can control it. There are some standalone machines out there, but they are clunky. On a small touch screen, which isn’t that precise, you need to move to modify designs which can be a hassle. On a larger screen or with a mouse, you can work faster and more precisely.
The Cricut Maker supports cordless communication because it has a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth feature. If you have a small space (think of a booth), you won’t be tangled up by wires running left and right.
What’s the Cricut Maker Price? The Recommended Retail Price is $399.99, But there are always sales going on Amazon.
Almost forgot there are multiple Cricut Maker colors. Since crafters are designers by heart, the Cricut team has launched the Maker machine in different colors. Here’s the one you can choose from Champagne, Mint, Rose, and Blue
This Cricut Maker sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch? I’m glad you’ve asked for it.
Here is a list of negatives that I’ve found while reviewing Cricut Maker.
First of all, you need a constant internet connection. Since the software is in the cloud without the internet, it can’t communicate with the device. I know we’re in the 21st century, but there are areas where the internet is poor or inexistent.
In those places, the Cricut will flat-out won’t work, or you will have some serious difficulties. If you live in such an area, consider choosing a different machine.
Next biggie is with Design Space again. It tends to shrink designs. Make some tests first if you are working with a demanding client.
Here’s the last one which is big. The pattern and fonts are paid. This is a monthly subscription of $4.99 and $9.99. This is where they make their money. It’s true that you get access to over 60,000 design ideas. But it’s forced upon you.
The other option is to get Adobe Photoshop, which is priced in the same range $9.99-$31.00 learn the soft and create your designs. On the other hand, in the Design Space depository, you get access to tried and tested designs for a small monthly fee and you don’t need any additional skills.
If you want to learn Photoshop and create your designs, it’s perfectly okay. For most people, it would be a time waster, and they want to make money now, not next year.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the Cricut Maker Worth it?
From my point of view, it’s a must buy. The almost $400 price tag looks daunting, but several crafters reported that they made they initially purchase back in less than six weeks. Plus thanks to its versatility you can pick anything that you like.
What does or what can the Cricut Maker do?
Too many things to cover in this single response. Since it can work with over 100 materials, there are lots of options. It can cut it can score it can etch … you name it.
This concludes my review of the Cricut Maker. It’s one badass machine to work with. It opens up the world for you. It would take many years to master just a fraction of its capabilities. But there are some great ways to make money from it.
In the beginning, I’ve mentioned that the Cricut Maker didn’t achieve legendary status. Now you know why. Because it needs a constant internet connection plus there’s the not so optional monthly subscription package.
If you can live with these than the machine will be a great asset for your business. Frankly, for this price, you can’t get anything better. It feels like buying money at a discount. If trends in your crafting business change, you can quickly adapt. All you need to do is change the tool or the material. Plus in the future, there will be new tools coming out which will be compatible with the Maker.
If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to post it below.