The Cricut Maker Debut :: Check out this Sharp Machine!

Meet the brand new Cricut Maker. Isn’t she beautiful?! I was lucky enough to go to the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon in Salt Lake City, UT last month where they debuted this crafty machine before it was released. While we were there the CEO gave the Cricut Maker a flashy entrance into the market and was followed up by all of the creatives and engineers behind it, to teach us exactly how to use it and what the differences were between The Maker and it’s predecessors. You might be wondering why a sewing blogger was invited out to see the debut. Well, it’s because this sharp machine was built to incorporate S E W I N G. Yes, you heard that right, sewing. The Cricut Maker can cut any fabrication you throw it’s way (although we don’t necessarily recommend cutting types of fir simply due to how messy that can be)! What????? Well let me dive in and explain myself a bit further.
 
 
Meet the Adaptive Tool System. It is unique only to the Cricut Maker. Cricut took it’s original hardware system and had to throw it out the window for this machine to work. They wanted to incorporate a ROTARY BLADE on this machine and in order to be able to program it to make all of those smooth sharp corners they had to completely rebuild the system. While they were at it they worked hard to ensure that this would be a machine that you could buy and continue to use far into the future as they come out with more and more tools. Yes, I said that if you buy this machine rest assured that as new tools are released, to work with more than the already hundreds of materials that the Maker can take on, this machine will grow with you.
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New and unique to the Maker machine only, is the rotary blade, the washable fabric marking pen and the knife blade. The tools indicated with a * above are sold separately. They won’t come with your new machine but can be purchased once they have released. The knife blade was created to be able to cut through multiple types of wood and thick leather. How sweet is that? There are about 50 sewing patterns currently loaded on Cricut Design Space that you can have access to after the setup of your Maker machine is completed. These are projects like makeup bags, quilts, dolls, etc. You can also create your own sewing projects in Design Space {DS} simply by using the shape tool to draw out the pattern pieces. This can include things like quilts, wallets, purses, binky tethers, wine bags, etc. How sweet is that? Also new with the Cricut Maker is the PINK fabric cutting mat. This one is designed specifically for cutting your fabrics like quilting cotton, knits, taffeta and CHIFFON. Yes it can even cut fabric as shifty as chiffon.

 

After the Mountain Make-a-thon event I have been chomping at the bit to be able to get my hands on the Maker machine to review. As well as the new Cricut Easy Press and BrightPad! We were able to mess around with the new machines at the event. Melissa (from Meli Sews) and I stayed up way late after our bed times cutting and sewing makeup bags together. It was a ton of fun. I honestly didn’t see myself using the bright pad but after testing it out I can’t NOT use it. The BrightPad can be used for sketching, piecing your PDF patterns together, tracing, for weeding your vinyl (it highlights where the cuts have been made) and also simply as a light in your craft room to help you see your projects at night! It’s worth it. So worth it. Speaking of crafting at night, this machine is even quieter than the Explore Air 2. I can’t believe that is even possible, but it is!
The Cricut Maker comes in only one color for now. But the gunmetal grey, white and matte champagne compliment each other perfectly and fit right in with all of my other craft room machines.
Now to talk about the differences between the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the new Cricut Maker. There are a few of the major differences if sewing is your hobby. The Maker can do everything that the EA2 can do but the EA2 can’t do everything that the Maker can do. The Maker is everything.

For more machine comparisons visit the Cricut Maker spec page.
Want more? Have any questions? Send me an email: [email protected] 
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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