10 Things You Need to Know About the Cricut Maker

Hello friends! I’m so excited to introduce you to the ultimate cutting machine on the market. For sewists, crafters, and all kinds of makers alike – it doesn’t get much better than the Cricut Maker machine. It is the all-around most versatile cutting machine on the market, and I’m going to tell you 10 things you need to know about the Cricut Maker!

I was lucky to be at the Cricut Event when the Maker was launched, and I was blown away by the amount of thought put into every aspect of the machine. I’ve been using my Maker for several weeks now, and I’m obsessed. It’s sleek, easy to use, and an amazing asset to any crafter’s lineup.

Without any further delay, here are 10 things you need to know about the Maker!


Using the rotary blade, the Maker cuts fabric without any type of backing – including canvas, denim, burlap, and hundreds of other fabrics.

This is huge news for the sewists and quilters of the world, We can now easily cut fabric for quilts, small crafts, decor items, small clothing, dolls, toys, etc. It’s really magical!

To see the Maker in action marking and cutting fabric, watch this video tutorial I made for my Sailor Hair Bows.

The new Knife Blade will cut leather, balsa wood, chipboard, and other thick materials. (up to 3/32″ thickness)

I am beyond excited about the knife blade. It will be available in October 2017, and I already have some genuine leather on hand in anticipation of it’s release! The Maker cuts with much more force than any other cutting machine on the market.

It will cut delicate materials like crepe paper, silk, chiffon, stretch knit fabrics, and more.

Even with all of that force, the Maker managers to cut thin, shifty, delicate materials with ease and precision utilizing the rotary blade. I can’t wait to try my hand at crepe paper flowers.

Check out these gorgeous crepe paper poppies by Lia Griffith. Swoon.

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It will mark and cut sewing pattern pieces using the new Fabric Marker and Rotary Blade.

This is probably my favorite feature (obviously). Being a sewist, I was so thrilled to learn  about this feature. When the machine was announced, I kept thinking about how amazing this is for teaching my daughter to sew. Really, it’s great for any seamstress, but especially newbies! The Maker handles the tedious and difficult task of cutting accurately and marking, and the seamstress puts the project together and sews on the lines.

It comes with 50 free sewing projects.

When you purchase the Cricut Maker and set up your machine in Cricut Design Space™, you automatically have access to 50 free projects so you can begin creating right away! It’s a great asset to become familiar with using the Maker for sewing projects.

In addition to those free projects, the Cricut team plans to have 500+ sewing patterns available by the end of the year. 500!!


It is bluetooth enabled so you can connect to your phone, tablet, or computer wirelessly.

Can I tell you how much I love this feature? Our main living space is upstairs, and my sewing room is downstairs. I used to lug my laptop down to my sewing room and try to find somewhere to put it so I could plug it in to my previous cutting machine. Not anymore! I open the Cricut Design Space app on my phone, connect my machine via Bluetooth, and I’m ready to go! I even have the editing capabilities on my phone to customize and create my own designs.

It has a slot for your phone or table to rest, and a USB charging port.

The thoughtfulness of the design of the Maker is incredible, you can tell the design team worked hard and really thought of everything. The Maker has a slot on the machine where you can place your phone or tablet, and there’s even a USB port on the side of the machine to charge your device! Genius.

Cricut has partnered with industry leaders Riley Blake Designs & Simplicity patterns to create digital sewing patterns for the Cricut Maker.

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that. Incredible quilt patterns. Amazing clothing, craft, accessory, and decor patterns. It’s also worth mentioning how beautiful and inspiring Design Space is. Many projects are actually created, photographed beautifully, and easy to find.

It is compatible with the blades, tools, and pens/markers from the Explore Air 2.

Although the Maker is a completely different machine than the Explore Air 2, you can still use your existing mats, blades, tools, and pens. The Adaptive Tool system on the Maker adds even more versatility, more cuttable materials, and infinite possibilities. This system was designed for expansion, and I can’t wait to see what Cricut comes up with next.

The Maker has additional storage – a second tool cup & a deeper tool tray.

My creative space is rarely tidy, which can sometimes (always) make things hard to find. With the extra tool cup and deeper tool tray, I can store all of my Cricut tools in the machine, so I don’t have to worry about misplacing anything. I won’t have to spend hours searching my sewing room for the tools I need. Yay!

There you have it, folks – the top 10 things you need to know about the amazing new Cricut Maker machine! Which feature are you most excited about?

The Maker was released on August 20th. You can purchase it here ↓

Cricut Maker

To get you started with everything you need, Cricut has put together an amazing Maker Materials kit, which can be found here ↓

 Maker Materials Kit

You can find a bundle of Essential Cricut Maker Tools & Notions here ↓

Maker Tools Set

Get free shipping on your order from Cricut.com using the code FALLSHIP at checkout!

Things you need to know about the Cricut Maker

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8 thoughts on “10 Things You Need to Know About the Cricut Maker

  1. Please mention that the Design Space App is not available in Canada. This is a huge disadvantage cause I can’t use my phone or tablet for this…

    1. Hi Jen! The iOS app is available in Canada, but the Android Beta version of the App is only in the US until it’s full release. If you have an iOS device though, you can get that in Canada. Thanks for pointing that out! I wasn’t aware, since I have an iOS device and live in the US.

  2. Just an FYI, your link to the “materials makers kit” is invalid. I’m getting error code 404, “Whoops, our bad…
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    If you’re already working on it, then please disregard and accept my apologies for duplicating info.
    Nice article, informative, helpful.

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