Comments on: Which Cricut Should I Buy? All 3 Cricut Machines Compared https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/ Do it yourself! Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:27:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jessi Wohlwend https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-461490 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:27:02 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-461490 In reply to Yasmin Hargrave.

That sounds like a Cricut EasyPress; that’s their portable heat press option which does work great for t-shirts and tote bags etc. I would probably suggest the Cricut Air Explore 2; it’s a great machine and can cut vinyl, iron-on, cardstock, paper, and everything else it sounds like you want to cut. The Maker is also a great machine, but it is more expensive. If you don’t think you’ll want to cut a lot of fabric or thicker materials like leather or wood, and if you don’t mind not being able to engrave, deboss, perforate, etc. with the Maker-specific tools, then I think the Explore will work great for you. And I really like my EasyPress, but you may also want to consider an actual heat press. The EasyPress is probably the better way to get started, but you may want to upgrade later; you can get more pressure with a heat press, but it is more expensive.

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By: Yasmin Hargrave https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-461470 Sun, 11 Oct 2020 02:35:53 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-461470 I would like to start making T shirts, tumblers, hats and personalized party favors like the chip bags, candy bar wrappers, water bottle labels etc. As for the T shirts I saw a different machine in the store that looked like it was a part of the Cricut system. Is there some type of iron on machine within the Cricut system and which machine do you recommend to start my business doing the things listed above?

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By: Jessi Wohlwend https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-461313 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:35:43 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-461313 In reply to Adrienne hutchinson.

Any of the models would work for that! You can cut vinyl (which is what people usually use to personalize tumblers) with all three models, so then I think it’s just a question of budget and whatever else you might want to end up doing with the machine later. The Cricut Joy is definitely the most budget-friendly option, but it has a smaller cutting area, so if you decide later that you want to do larger projects, you might not be able to. If you want the larger 12″ x 12″ cutting area, I think the Cricut Explore Air 2 is the way to go. It can definitely cut vinyl for tumblers, but also if you decide to expand to other projects, like making cards etc. you will have the full-sized machine and be able to do so.

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By: Adrienne hutchinson https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-461263 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 03:54:57 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-461263 Hi. I have a love of tumblers and spend a lot of money having them personalized with Names and Monograms. Honestly that is all that I would need a machine for. I just have no idea which model would fit me best

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By: 10 Super Simple Upcycled Cricut Projects You Can DIY https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-460561 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:17:18 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-460561 […] my Cricut tutorials first. Are you trying to decide on the right machine? I’ve broken down a comparison of the Cricut machines to help you weigh the pros and cons. No matter what you choose, there are all sorts of projects at […]

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By: Jessi Wohlwend https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-460496 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:55:34 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-460496 In reply to Farin Fazle.

If you plan to cut a lot of acrylic, I’d suggest the Maker.

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By: Jessi Wohlwend https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-460485 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:37:25 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-460485 In reply to AC.

Any of the bundles are usually a great deal, it just depends on which types of material you plan to cut most often. For example, if you plan to make a lot of shirts or bags, a bundle with heat transfer vinyl is a good idea; if you plan to make a lot of cards, a bundle with cardstock would be a better idea. As for additional tools etc., the Maker comes with everything you need to get started right in the box! There are a few additional tools and materials I recommend for beginners (https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/cricut-accessories-supplies/) that are just helpful, plus that article talks about some of the other cool things that are “nice-to-haves” which you can splurge on later if you’d like.

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By: Jessi Wohlwend https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-460449 Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:37:34 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-460449 In reply to Dulce.

You can definitely make wood signs and tote bags with a Cricut. My suggestion would be to use the Cricut to cut adhesive vinyl to use as a stencil, then paint over the stencil on the wood sign. For tote bags you can use Infusible Ink, which is like sublimation ink: an ink that is infused into the fabric when heat is applied. Or you can use heat transfer vinyl which is a vinyl that “melts” into the fabric and sits on top of it when heat is applied.

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By: Dulce https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-460377 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 22:31:34 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-460377 Hello Jessi! I am so happy to have come across your blog! So much to read, so much to learn! I am interested in purchasing a cricut but currently researching to better understand the possibilities, options and what I can do with it. I am particularly interested in making wood board signs (what’s the best method for the inscription – cricut, stencil, paint, etc.) As well as tite bags (I saw your demo in it and thank you!) And last, my daughter wants to be able to make cards (I think we have an idea of this process). But more importantly, the wood aigna and the bags. Please share your insight in this. Thank you!

Dulce

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By: Jessi Wohlwend https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/best-cricut-machine-compare-cricut-models/#comment-460355 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:19:48 +0000 https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/?p=33856#comment-460355 In reply to JD.

The Maker is the best for cutting leather because it can use the knife blade. But the Maker is limited because only materials 2.4mm or thinner will fit under the rollers so it can be rolled into the machine. But it can certainly cut leather that is 2.4mm or thinner, like tooling leather!

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