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Read This Before Buying a Cricut Machine

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Hey there, readers! In this article, I want to talk about buying a Cricut. My goal is to provide helpful information to those who are thinking about buying Cricut.

Buying a Cricut machine can be an exciting prospect for craft enthusiasts and DIY lovers. With its ability to cut various materials with precision, the Cricut machine has gained popularity in recent years. 

However, before you rush into purchasing one, it’s important to consider a few key factors. In this article, let’s explore the essential aspects to keep in mind before buying a Cricut machine, helping you make an informed decision.

1. Understanding Your Needs

Before buying a Cricut machine, it’s important to think about what you actually want to do. Consider the kinds of projects you’re interested in, like cutting vinyl for home decorations, making personalized gifts, or creating detailed paper crafts.

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Knowing your goals and preferences will help you pick the right Cricut machine that suits your creative interests. Some popular projects among home crafters include (note: bear in mind, there’s a lot and this is a little random list):

  • Clothing: baby onesies, T-shirts, sweaters, dresses
  • Party decorations: cake and cupcake toppers, gift tags, cards, decorative bags, invitations, gift boxes
  • School projects: Bulletin board lettering, journals, bookmarks, posters
  • Wall decorations
  • Car vinyl
  • Paper flowers
  • Mugs
  • Candle holders
  • Tea towels
  • Quilts
  • Christmas stockings
  • Dolls and stuffed animals
  • Pillows and cushions

2. Machine Features

Cricut machines have different types with their own special features. It’s important to learn about the abilities and features of each model to figure out which one is best for you.

Cricut vs Silhouette Cricut Explore Air 2

Some key features to consider include cutting size, what kinds of materials it can work with, if it is travel friendly, and how easy it is to use. By doing some research and comparing the models, you can find a Cricut machine that fits your creative ideas.

List of Cricut machines available in the market:

  • Cricut Explore 3
  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut Joy
  • Cricut Joy Xtra
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Maker 3
  • Cricut Venture

You can do a quick comparison through Cricut’s website! Simply pick two to three machines to compare with.

What are some materials that you can cut using a Cricut?

Cutting Tips Cricut Light Grip Cutting Mat

Cardstock, pearl paper, foil poster board, printable magnet sheets, printable sticker paper, faux leather, printable fabric, stencil vinyl, permanent adhesive vinyl, chalkboard vinyl, dry erase vinyl, glitter vinyl, removable adhesive regular vinyl, foil iron-on, glitter iron-on, neon iron-on, printable iron-on, and exclusively for Cricut Maker: plush foam and distressed foam.

3. Software – Cricut Design Space

Cricut machines use easy-to-use software that lets you create and customize designs. However, it may have some limitations for complex designs. To cut your designs using Cricut machines, you need to use Cricut Design Space.

In addition to buying a Cricut machine, you might have to pay extra for tools, attachments, materials, and fonts and graphics from Cricut. If you choose to pay annually for Cricut Access ($95.88 for Standard and $119.88 for Premium), you get access to a large library of images, fonts, ready-to-make projects, and discounts.

Some people find it frustrating that they have to pay additional fees for using machines they have already bought.

Another thing to note is that the software requires an internet connection, but you can save projects offline to cut them. If you design in other software, you need to make sure there are no issues with your designs when importing them into Design Space. Most common errors are open path(s) on SVG files.

4. Materials and Accessories

As mentioned earlier, you may need to get materials and accessories from Cricut, but you’re not restricted to just those. You can also use products from other brands that you find suitable for your needs. 

It’s important to consider the types of materials you want to work with and make sure that your chosen Cricut machine can handle them well. This will have an impact on your crafting experience.

Cricut Handheld Tools - Buying A Cricut
Cricut Handheld Tools (image source: cricut.com)

List of all available Cricut accessories:


  • Blades & Tools
  • Machine Mats
  • Pens & Markers
  • Replacement Parts
  • Foil Transfer Kit


  • Crafting Tools
  • Freehand Pens
  • Quickswap Tools
  • Rulers
  • Sewing Tools
  • Tool Sets


  • Glue Gun
  • Customizable Blanks
  • EasyPress Mats
  • Heat Resistant Tape
  • Self-Healing Mats
  • Storage & Organization
  • BrightPad & Lamps

5. Support and Community

Being part of a supportive community of other Cricut fans can be really helpful and inspiring. You can search for online forums, social media groups, and local crafting communities to connect with people who love Cricut machines just like you. They can offer advice and guidance as you explore the world of Cricut.

You can join our own Facebook community to start with:

Drizy Studio community

Cricut also offers free tutorials on their official website. These tutorials come in both written and video formats, and they can teach you how to use your Cricut machine effectively. Whether or not you will actually buy a Cricut, you can learn about it first.

Buying a Cricut: Closing Thoughts

Buying a Cricut machine can help you unlock a lot of creative opportunities. But it’s important to think carefully before you decide to get one. To make the right choice, you should understand what you want and need from the machine. It can also be really helpful to connect with other people who use Cricut machines because they can give you advice and support. 

Remember, buying a Cricut machine is not just a regular purchase, it’s an investment in your creative journey. So, don’t rush into it, take your time to think about your options, and make a decision that matches your artistic goals.

Happy crafting!

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