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I’ve been casually telling you about the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade for over a year now, but wanted to write out a really thorough post about all the things it can and cannot do, how it works, etc. Basically, HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Sounds dramatic but the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade has changed the way I sew in the last year and I want it to change yours too! The Cricut Maker is the newest and most capable Cricut machine on the market. It comes in a few colors and has really changed the cutting machine game with the Adaptive Toolset. The Rotary Blade in particular has widened the versatility of the cutting machine by adding hundreds of materials to the list of things it can cut and it’s only available with the Cricut Maker! The Rotary Blade opens up realms of new possibilities with more precise and intricate designs than could ever be achieved with scissors! Rotary blade lovers unite!
THIS BUNDLE has everything you need to start sewing with the Cricut Maker including the FabricGrip mat and lots of blades and sewing accessories.
The Adaptive Toolset is the name for this cool cartridge in the Cricut Maker! It moves around and is responsible for the cutting, drawing, scoring, etc that the Maker does. The left side fits pens and the right side fits blades. The Rotary Blade comes in every Cricut Maker box so you can get started with it right away! The coolest thing about the Adaptive Toolset is that is spins 360* making cutting any shape possible. It will lift up the blade for points and corners and cuts with total precision! I love cutting things like circles with the rotary blade because it is so hard to cut a nice fabric circle with scissors! The Cricut Maker cuts fabric without any backing material – meaning you can use the fabric to create anything!
My favorite uses for the Maker + Rotary Blade are:
- Cutting fabrics that are difficult by hand like leather
- Cutting shapes and curves that are impossible to perfect with scissors like circle, curves, etc
- Cutting appliqué letters and shapes with heat n bond on the back
- Cutting small quilt block pieces precisely
- Not cutting my fingers with a hand rotary blade (done that!)
- Sewing while the machine cuts my fabric!
My blade lasted about a year making projects weekly before I needed a replacement kit. The replacement kit made it super easy to replace the blade without hurting myself, the plastic capsules it comes with allows you to not even touch the blade and also dispose of the old rotary blade safely.
Hundreds of fabrics have been tested on the Cricut Maker, including most that you sew with everyday! I made a video showing the Maker cut 20+ different materials. For the most part, they were all cut with the Rotary Blade but I did throw the Deep Cut Blade on there to show you how it cuts Metallic Leather!
- Cricut Fabric
- Acrylic felt
- shiny gold stretchy fabric
- lots of knits!
- cotton with heat n bond
- double knit
- sweater knit
- Cricut Metallic Leather
- Cricut Faux Leather
- glitter fabric
- and more!
I haven’t encountered a fabric it won’t cut!
If you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, Cricut has lots of fabric available with many precut for the FabricGrip mats, which come in two sizes 12″ by 12″ and 12″ by 24″. For fabrics that aren’t precut, the 12″ by 24″ acrylic ruler is perfect for easily cutting down to size. You can just trace the ruler instead of measuring which takes out the thinking part, haha! The brayer tool is also great for getting the fabric on the mat and ready to cut.
There are 5 main blades I use with my sewing materials. The rotary blade is my go-to but there are a few others suitable for some types of fabric or materials that you’d sew with – the Knife Blade, the Bonded Fabric Blade, the Fine Point Blade (standard blade) and the Deep Cut Blade. Although I use the Rotary Blade the MOST, these others expand the capabilities of the Maker, cutting things like leather, pleather, vinyl and other sturdier fabrics and materials.
Grab your Maker and get started with 15 projects made with the Cricut Rotary Blade:
- You’re a Gem Quilt Block
- Coffee Cup Quilt Block
- Makers Gonna Make Quilt Block
- 3 Zipper Pouches
- Around We Go Baby Quilt
- Harry Potter Quilt
- Namaste in Bed Sleep Masks
- Simplicity Baby Shoes
- Treat Yourself Bow Pouch
- Party Favor Bags
- Doll Mermaid Tail
- House Advent Calendar
- Tote Bags
- Simplicity Girl’s Dress
- Girl’s Backpack project
If you have any questions about the Maker Rotary Blade, leave them in the comments!
Read more about the Maker!
–Cutting fabric with the Cricut Maker
–The Scallop Clutch – A Leather project cut with the Maker!
–10 Ways to use the Cricut Maker for Quilting
–20 Ways to use the Cricut Maker for Sewing
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