We get questions all the time about our Cricut Maker (if you already have a machine, you know what we’re talking about). In this post, we’re going to be answering some of the most popular questions that we get asked all the time about our Maker! If you are new, take a breath, it can seem overwhelming, but you’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think!
It’s been one year since our Cricut Maker has come into our life and it’s been a total game changer! It’s helped us add a polished look to all our crafty projects giving us the ability to customize just about anything!
What makes the Maker different from other Cricut machines?
It can be overwhelming seeing all the different machine options that Cricut has to offer, especially if you are new to the Cricut world.
The main difference between the Cricut Maker and other Cricut machines is that it has 10 times the cutting power giving it the ability to cut thicker and heavier materials like Chipboard, Balsa Wood, Wood Veneers, Faux Leather and more! All this power makes the machine the largest and heaviest of the bunch.
The Cricut Maker is the only machine to have Adaptive Tool System which gives you the ability to swap out a handful of different cutting and scoring tools! The rotary gear is interchangeable allowing the tools to move in any direction creating even more precise cutting ability.
Other than cutting wood (obviously), one of our favorites is the engraving tool (which you can only use with the Cricut Maker). The engraving tool can engrave aluminum sheets, wood and our favorite acrylic!
Will it be easy for me to learn the software to make projects?
We like to joke that our doppelgänger’s are the gay couple from Grace and Frankie (Sol and Robert)! We have old souls and are not the best with technology, so we had this same question. The short answer is, YES it’s easy to learn Design Space!
If you can work an iPad, smart phone or tablet, the chances are you will be able to use the software and learn it relatively quickly. Of course, like anything, it will take a bit of getting used to and time to get familiar with it but there are tons of different resources out there to help you along the way. It’s easy to find written blogposts and video tutorials on almost every question imaginable.
One of the best features about Design Space is how versatile it is. If you want to dive in and learn all the bells and whistles- you can create massive or small projects completely from scratch. If you’re not interested in learning the program, you can use one of their hundreds of pre-made projects and click through the process while Design Space guides you through each and every step. It’s basically like crafting cruise control.
Is a Cricut Maker worth the price?
Like everything you buy, it depends on how you plan on using it and how often you use it. For us it’s definitely worth the price!
We spent years thinking about how we could elevate our crafts and the Maker does that! Our Cricut Maker is constantly out and we’re always embellishing, customizing and taking our crafts to the next level. Also, it’s our extra set of hands when we have tedious intricate cutting to do, so it saves us time. And time is money.
If you are someone who loves to craft and wants to elevate their crafting game, it’s definitely worth the price!
If you’re someone who wants to create one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones or as a business, it’s definitely worth the price!
If you’re someone who likes to buy flashy electronics, but never ends up using them, it’s probably not worth the price.
If you’re on the fence about getting a Cricut Maker because you’re not sure if you will use it, watch video tutorials and see what projects spark inspiration or check out our other blog post about what the Cricut Maker does exactly and other materials it can cut!
Can I make money with my Cricut?
Well…you can’t make counterfeit money with your Cricut Maker! BUT, you can absolutely sell products made using your Cricut Maker for money!
There’s a HUGE market out there for custom crafts. Everything from keepsakes to family reunion shirts.
Andrew worked at a cooking school in Manhattan that would host 6 kids parties each weekend and parents would almost ALWAYS come in with their custom Cricut made decorations bought from ETSY. He got his boss to get a Cricut and now she offers to make custom decorations…for an added fee naturally, 🙂
If you’re thinking of selling, but don’t know what to sell, you don’t need to think too big or elaborate!
There’s even a huge market for custom vinyl! Not everyone has a Cricut, but who doesn’t want to easily customize something they already have at home? For some people, it makes more sense to hire someone to cut one out…which is great for you because, it’s quick to make, doesn’t take a lot of material and shipping is cheap!
Here are some ideas of what people are selling out there:
Still have more questions? Here’s 10 things we wish we knew about the Cricut Maker!
In this video we share some more features, dance and celebrate our one year anniversary with our Cricut Maker!