10+ Tips to Use the Cricut Maker for Sewing
I just got home from a quick but super exciting trip to the Cricut Make-a-thon where they revealed their brand new machine! The Cricut Maker is a total game changer and you are going to want one in your arsenal to make your sewing life even easier. This post will break down all the new features and how they can help you with your sewing. The machine is available August 20th! Here are 10 tips to use the Cricut Maker for Sewing.
10+ Tips to Use the Cricut Maker for Sewing
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Washable Fabric Marking
This washable fabric marker goes into the slot next to the rotary blade and marks the patterns before cutting them. It marks the seam allowance and numbers the pieces. The marker also numbers the pieces to help show the direction of the grain of the fabric.
**More marker tips:
-Use the marker to draw embroidery patterns.
-Use the marker to mark quilting on individual quilt blocks to create intricate quilting details.
This blade is seriously amazing! It was always difficult to cut fabric with these cutting machines because of the fixed blade. The fabric always had to be stabilized and circles never really cut the correct way. With this rotary blade you can now cut tons of kinds of fabrics without stabilizing them. This can turn and move to cut intricate details in an amazing way.
Cuts Countless Fabrics
The new rotary blade means that you can cut countless numbers of fabrics. Leather, silk, tulle, burlap, and more. You name it and the machine can cut it. This opens up a whole new world of cutting possibilities.
Cricut has paired up with Simplicity to have hundreds of patterns loaded into the design space. These patterns are already planned and ready to cut. Just hit Make It and load your fabric onto the mat then cut! It couldn’t be easier.
Riley Blake Designs
If you want to learn to quilt this is the EASIEST way imaginable. Cutting the squares and triangles is the most tedious part of quilting. When you cut these squares by hand there is always the possibility of error. When the squares are the exact right size there is less room for error and you will have more success making an amazing quilt! No more guess work. These quilt patterns from Riley Blake are already loaded into the design space.
Printable PDF Patterns for all Designs
In the image below you can see the grey printer at the bottom right of the beauty shot. This will automatically print the PDF directions for you on any sewing pattern. So you basically have a paper pattern and the digital pattern in your arsenal. These PDF’s are a helpful roadmap to help even the most beginning sewer.
All New Design Studio
The new design studio allows you to create your own appliqués and monograms with very little work! The design studio is easy to use, but don’t worry I will create a tutorial for using the studio ASAP so you will have no problem creating your own customized images. P.S. the design space is also on your phone or tablet so you can design and plan your projects right from your phone no matter where you are.
Fabric Mat Prevents Fraying
The fabric mat has been specially formatted to hold fabric down while cutting and keep it from fraying. Use the flat head tweezers to take the fabric off to further prevent fraying.
This may seem like a small thing but the fact that you can connect to the machine via the bluetooth in your computer, phone, or tablet is huge! No more cords or wires (you still can use a cord if you don’t have bluetooth on your computer.) The tablet below is using the charging port, not a wired connection. Did I mention it has a charging port for your phone or tablet? They seriously thought of everything!
Now you can design and cut a project that uses fabric and iron on quickly and easily in the same program. The design studio has some adorable stuffed animal projects that use iron on as the face on a fabric stuffed toy. There is also an adorable globe that is made from fabric and the countries are made from iron on. The iron on has a seam allowance built right into it so you can add the iron on and then sew the project. They have seriously thought of everything!
So this isn’t strictly necessary but they have designed a special sewing kit to go with the new capabilities of the machine. There is a braider for when your mat is older. This tool will help to push the fabric into the mat for clean cutting. It helps to extend the life of your mat which saves you from buying tons of new mats, we all love to get our money’s worth right?
My friend Cori and I talked all about it in this fun live video, and check out her post all about the Cricut Maker. What other questions do you have about how to use the Cricut Maker for sewing? Share with me in the comments below.