How to Sharpen Your Cricut Blade with FOIL (It Works)

If you’re like me, you probably love your Cricut machine.

It’s a great way to create custom designs and projects, but if you don’t keep the blade sharp, it can be difficult to use and can cause damage to your materials.

In this blog post, I’ll show you how to sharpen your Cricut blade so that it cuts through materials like butter!

How to sharpen Cricut blades

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Sharpening your Cricut blade should be part of routine maintenance to keep your machine cutting smoothly and precisely.

You will need a few things to get started sharpening:

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Dull Blades of Machine
  • Warm Water and Soap

Let’s see how it’s done.

Take your Cricut blade out

The first step in changing your Cricut blade is to disconnect your machine from its power source.

Lift up the front panel and you should be able to see the blade container.

Once it’s safe to do so, press the handle down to open the blade container.

Next, push the lever on the side of the blade container to release the blade.

Be careful when handling the blade.

Clean Up Residue

It’s best to clean your blade first to get anything off of it so that your blade can be sharpened without the hassle.

Soak your blade in warm soapy water to loosen any dirt, sticky substances, or grime on it.

Then, use a soft cloth or toothbrush to scrub the blade clean.

Once the blade is clean, dry it off thoroughly.

Read More: How to Change Cricut Blade. Changing a blade is easier than you think! Here are the steps.

Form a ball out of your aluminum foil

Cricut machine in action
This method is super easy to use and can help you sharper your Cricut blades whenever you need to.

Get a good amount of aluminum foil and form a ball with it.

It needs to be big enough to sharpen your blade without exposing your fingers or hands too much.

The aluminum will help sharpen the blades on your Cricut, as well as on other machines like Cricut.

If you use a heavy-duty aluminum can, you can even sharpen scissors!

Sharpening Your Blade

Carefully slide your blade across the aluminum ball.

You can stick the blade into the ball as well to sharpen the tip of the blade.

You’ll want to do this repeatedly while being very careful.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to get back to cutting with a sharp, precise blade.

Here’s a great video showing you how to replace or sharpen your Cricut blade:

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How Often Should Your Cricut Blades Be Sharpened?

Cricut Blade
Sharpen your Cricut blades regularly to make the best quality projects without any issues.

It’s important to sharpen your Cricut blades regularly to make sure that they’re always working perfectly.

There are a few factors to consider to determine how often you should sharpen your blades.

Type of Blade

How long do Cricut blades last?

The standard blade can last for up to 6 months before it needs to be replaced, while the deep-cut blade will only last for 2 to 3 months.

How Often Do You Use Your Cricut?

If you’re a hobbyist who only uses it occasionally, you can probably get away with sharpening your blades once or twice a year.

On the other hand, if you’re a crafter who uses your machine almost every day, you’ll need to sharpen your blades more frequently – about every 4 to 6 weeks.

What Type of Material Do You Cut?

If you’re only cutting paper and cardstock, your blades will last longer than if you’re constantly cutting materials like vinyl or chipboard.

So there’s no definitive answer to the question of how often should you sharpen your Cricut blades.

However, a good rule of thumb is to sharpen them every 4 to 6 months – or more often if you’re using your machine frequently.

Read More: How to Clean Cricut Maker. It’s important to know how to clean your Cricut maker fully as well as sharpen the blade.

Final Thoughts

With a little bit of care, you can keep your Cricut blades sharp and extend their lifespan.

Knowing how to sharpen your blades and how often to sharpen your blades can keep them cutting like new.

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