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Last week I went to Salt Lake City to teach a class at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon! I’m super excited to be a Cricut brand ambassador! It’s such a huge honor and I’m so thrilled to be a part of such a great company and product. These people are as amazing as the products they create!
The event was also a big huge launch of the new Cricut Maker! It’s a understatement to say that this machine is a game-changer in the sewing industry. It’s so much more. I keep thinking of new applications for it. And OMG I have this post, a post tomorrow and another post all ready to tell you about it! It’s SEW amazing. It is going to be hard to not make every single project with it from here on out!
Cricut already has a whole line of cutting machines, vinyls and other craft supplies. The MAKER changes the game because it was re-engineered from the ground up to cut more materials including fabrics, leathers, felt, and even balsa wood – without a backing. Some machines do cut fabric but they have to be backed which limited the number of materials that could be cut. The Maker cuts them all – hundreds of fabrics and counting!
Here’s a display from the event make with wood! I loved this display!
The machine is beautiful. I met most of the people that worked on the machine and it was incredible how much passion they put into the design and functionality, even the aesthetics of the machine. The look, the sound, the color, are all beautiful and all have a purpose. The machine opens like a unicorn and the diamond polished metal along the top reflects your craft supplies. The champagne color is designed to be totally neutral in any craft space but also soak in the surrounding colors. I get sad at the end of a cut because I love the gentle whirr of the machine. Down to the tiny detail – rubber in the base of the tool holder, a diamond pattern on the interior. A clear case shows off the golden gear of the brand new blade cartridge that powers the machine. It is simply flawless!
Two new blades were introduced with this machine – the rotary blade and the knife blade. The rotary blade is my favorite for obvious reasons (and it will probably be yours, too!) I don’t have the knife blade yet so I can’t tell you about it yet, but I’m looking forward to cutting super thick leather with it! \
Here is my project from the Make-a-thon- a notions pouch that you can cut with the Maker and then sew up quickly! The Cricut Maker not only cuts the machine but also DRAWS the seam allowances and button markings on! SEW amazing!
^^Had to take a photo of this pretty chandelier hanging over my class at the Make-a-thon!
Back in June I went out to meet the Cricut team, the group of ambassadors and was introduced to the Maker (under huge contracts to not say a word!! Such a hard thing because this machine is freaking amazing!) So it was a huge relief when the machine was finally announced at this event! The enthusiasm was universal, I could probably talk about this machine for hours. (So, I will! Bahaha!)
Here are two more displays from the event showing how many things the Maker cuts!^^! So pretty! The machine cuts crepe paper like butter!
Tomorrow I will break down the difference between the Cricut Explore Air 2 (I have the pink one!) and the new Maker as it applies to sewists! And then I’ll share my first project with you that uses the rotary cutter! Stay tuned!