Can I use a FabricGrip Mat with my Cricut Explore machine?
Yes. However, because the Explore machine uses a drag blade, you will still need to apply a fabric stabilizer to your fabric before cutting.
Can I use Rotary Blade and Knife Blade with my Cricut Explore machine?
Rotary Blade and Knife Blade are not compatible with Cricut Explore machines. They require a drive mechanism that the Cricut Explore machines do not have.
How is FabricGrip Mat different than the other mats?
FabricGrip Mat combines increased strength and density with a light adhesive perfect for cutting a variety of fabric types. Cricut Maker uses up to 10X more cutting pressure, making it possible to cut unbacked fabric using a Rotary Blade and FabricGrip Mat.
Why shouldn't I cut smaller than 3/4" with Rotary Blade?
Cutting smaller than 3/4" creates a very small turn radius for Rotary Blade. This causes the blade to scrape the mat as it turns, leaving a gouge in the mat. This can also wear the blade in a way that will affect the quality of cuts going forward.
How long does Rotary Blade last?
As with all cutting tools, the life of the cutting edge depends on what you are cutting and the pressure you're using when cutting. The rotary blade is intended for use with soft, flexible materials, such as silk, denim, cotton, burlap, and canvas.
Hard, flexible materials, such as a sequined material (sequins are plastic) will wear the blade more quickly and can possibly nick or chip the blade, which will affect the precision of future cuts.
How long does Knife Blade last?
Knife Blade is intended for use with thicker, denser materials such as balsa wood, chipboard, leather, and craft foam up to 2.4mm or 3/32”. Because of this, Knife Blade will wear quickly compared to other blades.
However, the life of the blade will vary depending on the density and thickness of the material you are cutting, as well as the intricacy of your design. Heavy chipboard will wear a blade more quickly than soft leather.
What is the best way to store my Cricut pens?
We recommend storing your Cricut pens nib side down for best performance.
Which machines require a Wireless Bluetooth Adapter?
The Wireless Bluetooth Adapter is formatted for use with the Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore One machines, so that they may be used with the Design Space mobile app. Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut Maker come with a Bluetooth module built in and do not require the Wireless Bluetooth Adapter.
Note: The Wireless Bluetooth Adapter is not compatible with the Expression 2, Imagine, Expression, Cake, Cake Mini, Create, or Personal machines.
Can I use the Premium Fine-Point Blade Housing for a Deep-Point Blade?
No. The Deep-Point Blade Housing was designed to support the pressure associated with cutting thicker materials. The housing is also slightly shorter to provide more clearance for thicker materials. For best results, Deep-Point Blade should only be used with the Deep-Point Blade Housing.
Which blade and housing for thicker materials works with my machine?
- Deep-Point Blade and Housing for Explore, Explore Air, Explore Air 2, Explore One, and Cricut Maker
- Deep-Point Blade and Housing for Expression 2, Imagine, Mini, Expression, Create, and Personal
Tip: Cricut Maker can also use Knife Blade + Drive Housing for cutting thicker and denser materials.
What is the Universal Overlay?
The Universal Overlay is a silicone keyboard overlay for use with Cricut cutting machines that use a keyboard for selecting images. It offers a consistent, simple format for all cartridges launched after August 1, 2013. Going forward, you’ll only have to learn, organize, and store one overlay, instead of a specific overlay for every cartridge.
Eliminating cartridge-specific overlays also enables us to make the cartridge packaging smaller, keeping cartridges at an affordable price point. Less packaging is also more environmentally friendly.
With the Universal Overlay, some of the boxes in the cartridge handbook have a gray X in them. What does this mean?
Some images require more layers than others. The boxes with a gray X indicate that there are no images associated with the keys one would normally press to get an image shown there.
What does the Universal Overlay look like?
The Universal Overlay is the same size as a cartridge-specific overlay but has a consistent arrangement of numbers and letters, instead of the varying shapes and letters of older overlays.
What are the dimensions of the Rolling Craft Tote, Machine Tote, and Shoulder Bag?
Rolling Craft Tote
- Width: 26" (66 cm)
- Depth (front to back): 10.25" (26 cm)
- Height: 14.38" (36.5 cm)
- Width: 26" (66 cm)
- Depth: 9.25" (23.5 cm)
- Height: 9.25" (23.5 cm)
- Width: 15.75" (40 cm)
- Depth: 3.94" (10 cm)
- Height: 14.17" (36 cm)
Does Cricut Maker fit in the tweed Machine Tote?
Yes! Cricut Maker does fit inside the tweed Machine Tote.
Are Cricut pens acid free?
Yes! Cricut pens are acid free.