My reasons to NOT BUY A CRICUT OR CUTTING MACHINE
My reasons to NOT BUY A CRICUT OR CUTTING MACHINE
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STOP don’t buy it!
Well at least before watching today’s video. Maymay gives us her top 5 reasons for not to buy a cutting machine.
So if you are thinking about buying a machine but not sure grab a good cuppa cuppa and settle in for some great information!
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instead of buying decals I cut vinal and love it !!!!
@Maymay, Any idea how to die cut stickers WITHOUT a machine / just by hand?
Thank you, I’d glad I have been researching. I have ordered it but it hasn’t arrived yet.
Interesting and entertaining introduction to the cricut!
I bought the Cricut specifically to make stencils for art projects.
u repeated urself for 5 mins ur so annoying not helpful at all stop making vids
Ask around your community for places where you might use a cutter.
We had a Fablab in our town where you could use the machine for a small fee and a few hours of service a year.
You always had a professional to help iron out the kinks, nice people who were passionate and actually helped understand the machine, give suggestions…
It’s since closed because the funding was withdrawn.
But there might be a lovely lady in your neighborhood who might want to share the use of hers, you might even get to enjoy some afternoon tea while creating with her?
Thank you for the valuable information. You made excellent observations.
I just got my first cricut maker 3 for Christmas. I should’ve did a little more research but mainly on the blades and things of that nature. I’m up for the challenge of learning the different blade tips for projects and so on. But do I need all the different blade tips or are there only certain ones for my machine.
I recently revisited this video and it helped me make the decision to buy a Brother Scan and Cut. I’m relatively new to crafting and I’m still sorting out what I want to do. Right now, I’m making lots of cards for Veterans. Being able to cut various sizes and multiple images really streamlines my projects. The recipients are (hopefully) accepting of my novice status and I’m getting plenty of practice while doing something I want to do.
In my previous comment here, I mentioned a lack of space. I fixed that. I turned a spare bedroom into my craft room, complete with two large work tables and plenty of storage. I’m making the investment, so quality crafting will become eaiser.
Thanks, Maymay for your helpful videos. I’m really enjoying the current Monday series.
AGREED! I am a retired animator & motion graphic artist, but was looking for an additional HOBBY that makes something tangible. The cricut was a perfect fit for me. I can even use my animation characters in my projects! Seriously, if you don’t LOVE working with computers don’t get a cricut.
I wish I would’ve watched this before I got my cricut! I don’t regret my purchase now, but I was sooooo frustrated in the beginning because I had NO IDEA how complicated it could be!
Excellent video. I want to cut letters and numbers from a very specific material that is 3" wide. It is only 0.5mm thick, but it is a very durable, reflective marking tape used typically on highway and emergency vehicles. I was told by a friend who has a Cricut machine that she could not do what I wanted on her machine. But, I am not sure why. Any ideas?
Thank you so much to give me such information.I wanted to buy a cricut only to do cutes labels.Sorry for my bad English cuz I speak French.
So what do you recommend?
I truthfully believe is people on Youtube, make the cutting machines look super easy and anyone can do it. I truthfully hate mine, not only do I find it difficult to use (yes I do my research) but all the other add ons necessary for the machine, adds up. I do regret purchasing mine.
My express 3 turns up today.. I don’t own a laptop but I have the new Samsung fold 4 and the app is flawless
Thank you for making this video. I bought the joy last year but really wanted the maker 3. Got it yesterday & you’re right. I am so overwhelmed (& I’ve joined groups, researched & really invested time into this last year) but once you actually have the machines in front of you, it’s a lot to take in. I’ve subscribed to your channel now aswell & I’m looking forward to learning more & building my confidence in my new hobby. Thanks so much!!
I want one but how do you connect it to an ipad? EVERY VIDEO connects it to a computer. Im not buying a computer. I have a 12.9” ipad pro 3rd generation with 1T storage.
This advice is not only applicable to cutting machines but also other stuff or machines, especially if they are pricey.
Thank you so much!
What is the best machine for cutting wood if I want to make frames for my miniature dollhouse paintings and for basic dollhouse furniture?
Thank you so much!
My mother just bought a cricut but I don’t think she knows anything about it. Luckily I know some cnc machines and some raster an vector software. I’m actually researching it right now so when we open the box tomorrow I know what I’m getting into. I just want to say great video. You had little to no edits and you were clear and concise the whole way through. Thank you.
Yes. 7 r so right. I ditched my cricket n bought a scan n cut 125 dx n I luv it…practice makes perfect luv my cardstock jewelry. No computer needed.
this is legit REALLY good advice to think about and be mindful of before committing to new crafting machines.
Thank you so much for posting this video.
I’m glad I decided to watch this, it’s not a type of tool I want or need but it’s interesting to learn about them. I also don’t want a 3-D printer, for me, both are items I would go buy the items they could make for me, giving me more time to do the things I really do love and want to do.
thank you for this. Now I need to do more research. I am looking for something that connects to my pc and can cut metal. Not thick metal but for jewelry. Perhaps some other materials eventually.
I regret not buying a Maker. I like my Explore Air 2 but I want to cut fabric.
Thank you SO MUCH for this video. Very helpful 🙂
It’s so funny you mention the device (mine is a Cricut from waay back), still in the box syndrome, that’s me 🤭
I got my cameo 4 for my birthday 4 years ago… and within 6 months started a business with it. Now I own 4 of them just to keep up with demand! Love my machines… but omg they give me a headache between problems with updates, or just regular old fickle machine tech problems and I’m fairly tech savvy. 😆
I just want to say, that was the best free advice a person could ask for. I’m sure your openness and honesty will help so many people about doing the research before purchasing. You explained everything beautifully. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽Bravo !
You are just the best. Love watching you and listening to you. I have learned so much. Thank you again.
I have a Cricut, which I have not used that much, I have got it back out to make a busy book, I have designed every page myself used a drawing app then transferred to Vectornator, it’s a free iPad app, inkscape is an android alternative, so you can use just an iPad, I used to only use an android phone many times, this will be my first time using the iPad,
Cricut is limited with what you can do, I think they tried to make it simple, which for me personally makes it frustrating as I can use other software with more features, I watched illustrator lessons on YouTube.
it’s fine if you use other people’s designs, or for text which you can download free fonts online for personal projects. But for anything else spend the time learning a different program.
When you do design in other apps the only thing you will need to change is the dimensions once imported, I design things to the size I want them cut, so can copy the dimensions, Cricut doesn’t show a page outline, I really dislike that, I need a visual reference. In Vectornator I use A4 artboards, you can have any size you need though, it helps me plan things out.
In the past I did try to use a PC it connected once then refused, we tried on 2 different pcs with different processors both wouldn’t work, I ended up using my android phone, which was buggy but worked, it may be different now.
My personal opinion is if you want to design your own things don’t use the design space, learn to use a vector app, you can design everything in one, or like myself draw it in another app, then auto trace to vector, have a copy of your design behind the traced one and edit the points of the traced shapes as they won’t be exact, for drawing IBIS paint (free) and Procreate (paid) are the apps I like, make sure you have smoothing on, you don’t want jiggly lines.
As for actual cutting, I can’t help I always have issues getting the right settings, always use less pressure to begin, one of my mats has a pumpkin cut into it because of this, use a practice sheet if you don’t have much of the material you need. I am about to start cutting felt for my busy book so will have to research the best settings as it’s not Cricut branded. You won’t have issues if you use all their materials but it is overpriced.
Actually I can get Cricut Paper and T Shirts from my Work. They are $1.34 each. So basically I could get 48 Shirts for $64.42. So not that bad. I say the hardest part is getting Customers. Which I honestly struggle with. I try to make good quality Products. But hardly anyone wants to give me the time of day. That’s life I guess. Still got alot that hasn’t been posted.
Thanks so much for explaining this in a way that I can understand!
I’ve started up my design space I do not have a cricket yet I’m trying to do the research on what’s best for customizing bulletin boards and to work with fabrics
I really appreciate your videos. They are exceptionally informative, but a lot of YouTubers make good videos. I appreciate your topic selections, your personality, your voice, and your approachability. I find your videos very enjoyable to watch.
People getting equipment they don’t need or know how to use and selling it is exactly why I am the new owner of a brother scan and cut. I have a 36" vinyl cutter but a smaller table top version, that I can now use to easily print and then cut stickers with, and business cards is exciting. I’ll need to play around with it quite a bit before adding it to my offerings at work, but this will make t-shirts easier to do as well. No large machine, this can sit on a counter at the shop. For sure research what you want. I almost got cricket then saw the scan and cut and was like "nope that’s the one"
Every new thing you want to get into, there’s ALWAYS going to be a new learning curve to go along with it!! It doesn’t matter what that is! They all have their own rabbit hole and if you’re not willing to dive in to learn new things, probably shouldn’t bother. It’s annoying to see people say “I tried that and only used it once and I was done! After that, it just collected dust because it was too hard to figure out!” and go resell the machine blaming it for their hard time all because they weren’t willing to put in the time it took to figure out what it could do.
I’m a tailor /designer and Im looking to buy a machine thats great for cutting heat transfers like vinyl, leather and fabric to apply on t-shirts /fabric. Is There a machine that you would recommend for this use? Note that leather can be a bit thicker.
My husband can help with anything computer/tech, so that bit is not an issue. 🙂
So if you purchase say the cricut joy, do you have to purchase anything else to begin using it? I’m basically wanting one to make signs. Can you use Dollar Tree vinyl? I saw something about a cartridge not included. What is that and do you need it to get started with the machine?
yes i agree! its for people who are super smart, i love mine!
my impression is that cricuts are time savers. the projects could be done by hand but its much more time and labor .intensive
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