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Cricut EasyPress FAQ

What can I use to protect my surface (table, cutting board, etc.) from the Cricut EasyPress?

No worries, it’s easy to create the right iron-on environment using items you probably already have at home.

What to look for:

  • A firm, flat surface for your foundation. A waist-high table is perfect.

    • Great examples you have at home:  craft table, kitchen table, wood table, butcher block, marble or wood cutting board.
  • A suitable protective mat/layer. The layer on top of your foundation must be heat-resistant, have good insulation properties, and wick moisture.
    • The ideal example you likely have at home:a fluffy cotton bath towel with even texture (no embedded patterns), folded so it’s about 3 inches thick.


What to avoid:

  • Ironing board. It has an uneven surface and it’s not solid or sturdy enough to allow for gentle pressure.
  • Corrugated cardboard. When pressed, it creates an uneven surface.
  • Silicone baking mats/aluminum foil. Neither provide insulation and both get dangerously hot.

What are the dimensions of the EasyPress, and how much does it weigh?

  • The heat plate of the EasyPress is 9" x 9". 
  • The full press measures approximately 9.5" square and 4.25" high from the bottom of the heat plate to the top of the handle. 
  • The safety base is 11.5" square and approximately 2.1" high. 
  • The EasyPress weighs 5 lbs. 

What is the heat plate made of? How do I clean it?

The heat plate is aluminum with a ceramic non-stick coating. You can use commercially available iron cleaner to clean the heat plate. 

If you accidentally adhere iron-on to it, get a thick rag and wipe it off quickly while it's still warm. Be sure not to touch the heat plate; it's hot! 

Does the EasyPress have dual voltage?

The EasyPress does not have dual voltage. Units sold in the US and Canada are configured for those regions. Units sold in the UK are configured for that region. 

Doesn’t HTV need a lot of pressure?

We’ve found that HTV needs even heat and a little pressure. EasyPress gives even heat and you give a little pressure.

How hard do I have to press?

Some applications call for "gentle" pressure, and some call for "firm" pressure. 

  • Firm pressure means press down with two hands and 15-20 lbs. of body weight. 

  • Gentle pressure means one hand with 5-10 lbs of body weight. 

In all cases, a waist high table is recommended for ease in applying the recommended pressure. 


I followed the instructions and my iron-on didn’t stick. What happened? How do I get it to work?

​​The most common reasons for your images not sticking: 

  1. EasyPress did not make full contact with the fabric. This could be because of seams, zippers or anything else that will cause you to not have a flat surface.

  2. Verify that your EasyPress is set to the recommended settings

  3. Re-touch the front and back of material with heat for an additional 10-15 sec.  

    • If does not stick after it has been re-touched, the image might have gotten too much heat and the glue is no longer usable. It will need to be replaced with another image.

What do I do if some of the iron-on doesn’t stick after I put heat on it? Do I just keep putting more heat on it?

Re-touch the front and back of material with heat for an additional 10-15 sec.  

  • If does not stick after it has been re-touched, the image might have gotten too much heat and the glue is no longer usable. It will need to be replaced with another image.

The EasyPress temperature goes down when I apply it to the image—is this something I need to worry about?

EasyPress temperature may fluctuate briefly when placed on the base material after heating. This is due to the difference in temperature of the heated plate and the base material. Don't worry; the EasyPress temperature will quickly return to the selected setting. Your image adhesion will not be affected.

Do I need to put the heat on the back of the project as well?

For best results, we recommend applying heat to the back of the image for 10-15 seconds. 

Does the EasyPress need to be pressed in one spot or do I move it around (like an iron)?

For best results gently press the Cricut EasyPress in one spot for the recommended amount of time. If your image is larger than the 9”x 9” cover as much of the image as possible then move the press over with a small overlap and press on the rest of the image.

My machine keeps turning off, and I have to turn it back on. Why?

This is the auto-shut off safety feature of the EasyPress. After 10 minutes of inactivity, or no button pushes, the device will alert you and then shut off. 

How do I know what temperature to set my EasyPress to?

The EasyPress does come with a recommend setting chart that you can place in your craft room. This chart is also available in the getting started handbook. 

You can view an expanded chart of recommended settings here. 

The right side of my handle gets warm while the press is heating; should I be concerned about this?

As the Cricut EasyPress heats, a component housed in the right side of the handle will cause the handle to get warm as well. Don't worry; it will get warm, but not hot. This does not constitute a defect in the EasyPress. 

My Cricut EasyPress is plugged in but it won't power on. What should I do?

Contact Customer Care through one of the options below for assistance. 

My Cricut EasyPress auto-shutoff takes longer than 10 minutes. Why?

The 10-minute auto-shutoff will occur 10 minutes after the last action was completed. If the last action was to change the temperature, the Cricut EasyPress will auto-shutoff 10 minutes after the new temperature setting has been reached. The Cricut EasyPress heats quickly, but takes more time to cool. If you are cooling the device from a higher temperature, it may take several minutes to reach to the cooler temperature, and only after that set point has been reached will the 10-minute auto-shutoff period begin.