Cricut Maker: Moving the star wheels on the roller bar

The small rubber rings on the Cricut Maker roller bar are called star wheels. These help to keep materials from shifting during cutting, particularly when using the Print Then Cut feature. However, they can leave track marks on your thicker materials, especially soft materials such as leather, felt, and craft foam. 

Track marks on Craft Foam

 

The good news is, on the Cricut Maker you can move them out of the way when cutting thicker materials! 

  1. If the carriage is in the way, power your machine OFF, then gently move the carriage to either side until you have enough room to maneuver the star wheels. Continue to move the carriage out of the way as needed while moving the star wheels. 

  2. Grasp a star wheel between a thumb and forefinger and, using gentle pressure, move it toward the larger rubber ring on the right side of the roller bar. Repeat for each wheel.  

    • Firm pressure may be required when moving the star wheels for the first time. Stabilize the machine with one hand as needed while repositioning the star wheels. 

    Moved star wheels

  3. When you're ready to cut a thinner material, slide them back into place, spacing them equal distance apart (approximately 2.2"; this need not be exact). 

     

Tip

When moved to the side, the star wheels will overlap part of the cut area on your cutting mat. We recommend cutting your material down to allow approximately 1" on the right side of the cutting mat so that the material doesn't pass under those star wheels as the mat moves back and forth through the machine.

Ensure that your images in Design Space are positioned on the mat preview accordingly, so that the cut doesn't extend off of your material. Changing your material size in Design Space will help. Design Space will prevent you from placing images outside of the area covered by the selected material size. Click here to learn how to change material size in Design Space. 

 11 x 11 material