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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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  1. gary larson on March 17, 2023 at 6:20 am

    instead of buying decals I cut vinal and love it !!!!

  2. Long John on March 17, 2023 at 6:22 am

    @Maymay, Any idea how to die cut stickers WITHOUT a machine / just by hand?

  3. Cay Jones on March 17, 2023 at 6:24 am


  4. Crystal James on March 17, 2023 at 6:25 am

    Thank you, I’d glad I have been researching. I have ordered it but it hasn’t arrived yet.

  5. Fred Young on March 17, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Interesting and entertaining introduction to the cricut!
    I bought the Cricut specifically to make stencils for art projects.

  6. nate m on March 17, 2023 at 6:27 am

    u repeated urself for 5 mins ur so annoying not helpful at all stop making vids

  7. Svenja J. on March 17, 2023 at 6:28 am

    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    It’s since closed because the funding was withdrawn.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?

  8. Marlene on March 17, 2023 at 6:28 am

    Thank you for the valuable information. You made excellent observations.

  9. ellis9833 on March 17, 2023 at 6:29 am

    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.

  10. Becky C. on March 17, 2023 at 6:30 am

    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.

  11. GrinningBearAnimationStudio on March 17, 2023 at 6:32 am

    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.

  12. yote on March 17, 2023 at 6:33 am

    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!

  13. ffmedic1638 on March 17, 2023 at 6:33 am

    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?

  14. Andree G.Gervais on March 17, 2023 at 6:33 am

    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.

  15. Maoriz N Action on March 17, 2023 at 6:36 am

    So what do you recommend?

  16. Vi on March 17, 2023 at 6:40 am

    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.

  17. Truth hurts on March 17, 2023 at 6:40 am

    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

  18. sdrawkcabsiemanym on March 17, 2023 at 6:41 am

    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!!

  19. Jessica Collins on March 17, 2023 at 6:41 am

    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.

  20. Maii's Corner on March 17, 2023 at 6:45 am

    This advice is not only applicable to cutting machines but also other stuff or machines, especially if they are pricey.

  21. Patricia Owens on March 17, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Thank you so much!

  22. Antique Road Trip on March 17, 2023 at 6:47 am

    What is the best machine for cutting wood if I want to make frames for my miniature dollhouse paintings and for basic dollhouse furniture?

  23. Frances Stewart on March 17, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Thank you so much!

  24. Emit Rots on March 17, 2023 at 6:48 am

    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.

  25. Nyla Redmond on March 17, 2023 at 6:49 am

    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.

  26. Wok with Ray on March 17, 2023 at 6:49 am

    Great advice.

  27. Ollie on March 17, 2023 at 6:50 am

    this is legit REALLY good advice to think about and be mindful of before committing to new crafting machines.

  28. Sandra Walker on March 17, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Thank you so much for posting this video.

  29. maggie gean on March 17, 2023 at 6:53 am

    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.

  30. SoulStitch 11:11 on March 17, 2023 at 6:54 am

    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.

  31. Nuria Davis on March 17, 2023 at 6:54 am

    I regret not buying a Maker. I like my Explore Air 2 but I want to cut fabric.

  32. MariDIY on March 17, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for this video. Very helpful 🙂

  33. Northern Lights on March 17, 2023 at 6:58 am

    It’s so funny you mention the device (mine is a Cricut from waay back), still in the box syndrome, that’s me 🤭

  34. Kelsey on March 17, 2023 at 6:59 am

    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. 😆

  35. Beverly Marks on March 17, 2023 at 6:59 am

    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 !

  36. Roselyn A on March 17, 2023 at 7:00 am

    You are just the best. Love watching you and listening to you. I have learned so much. Thank you again.

  37. kayleigh mcardle on March 17, 2023 at 7:01 am

    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.

  38. Demetrius Dragon on March 17, 2023 at 7:04 am

    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.

  39. Chris Ashley on March 17, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Thanks so much for explaining this in a way that I can understand!

  40. Nicholas Foxwell on March 17, 2023 at 7:04 am

    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

  41. Kim Brecklein on March 17, 2023 at 7:05 am

    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.

  42. alan nguyen on March 17, 2023 at 7:07 am

    all BS

  43. Katherine Langford on March 17, 2023 at 7:07 am

    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"

  44. Clacroix on March 17, 2023 at 7:08 am

    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.

  45. bonnie terp on March 17, 2023 at 7:08 am

    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. 🙂

  46. Amy Smith on March 17, 2023 at 7:08 am

    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?

  47. Rose Mckenzie on March 17, 2023 at 7:09 am

    yes i agree! its for people who are super smart, i love mine!

  48. I’m watching U on March 17, 2023 at 7:12 am

    Great video

  49. Claudia Meier on March 17, 2023 at 7:13 am

    my impression is that cricuts are time savers. the projects could be done by hand but its much more time and labor .intensive

  50. Maymay Made It Crafts on March 17, 2023 at 7:15 am

    Hey guys, so I want to let you know that I will not be allowing any “bashing” in the comments. There is no need to be ugly about companies, machines, software, etc. we can have really good discussions without being mean to anyone. If you know me at all you know I’m not going to allow those comments to stay up. Thank you all for being kind in the comments!

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