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What is a Cricut Machine & 50+ Things you Need to Know before Buying one

Hi Daydreamer!

If you’re reading this, congratulations!

You are entering what I call the Cricut Rabbit Hole.

I am deep down this hole learning as much as I can and sharing along the way all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned since I got this great machine.

Let’s begin with this:

What in the world is a Cricut Machine? 

A Cricut is a cutting machine – that’s the short answer – that allows you to cut and create beautiful and magnificent crafts with materials you didn’t even know existed. Depending on the model you have you can also draw, emboss and create folding lines to make 3D projects, greeting cards, boxes, etc.

The Cricut is a great machine for people that love crafting, and for or people that need to cut a lot of things and different types of materials.

Before I got my Cricut I had TONS and TONS of questions. In fact! I still do. That’s why I am creating this giant post so I can document and save you the hours and hours of research I have done.

Cricut Explore 3 and Vinyl Roll Holder
Cricut Explore 3 and Vinyl Roll Holder

After reading this extremely and complete guide you will know if a Cricut Machine is the right fit for you!

Are you ready?

Before we get started, do yourself a favor and grab a cup of coffee with some chocolate chip cookies and let’s go down the Cricut Rabbit Hole together!

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50+ Things you Need to Know before Buying a Cricut

50+ Things you Need to Know before Buying a Cricut

This is a compilation of questions I had before and after I bought my Cricut. I seriously wish I had access to this sort of content you are about to read. It would’ve made my life so much easier!

After you are done reading this post. You will know for sure whether the Cricut is the right choice for you or not.

These questions go from simple to more difficult. Therefore you will be learning all about this machine as you go!

Some questions are way more extensive and they actually require an extra post for it. So if there’s a link to one specific question and you want to learn more about that topic, just click to learn more.

Cricut Maker Cutting Pink Glitter Cardstock
Cricut Maker Ready to Cut

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1. Do I really need a Cricut?

A Cricut is a cutting machine and is a dream come true for many crafters out there. You can use it for a number of different things like card making, home decor, etc.

Do you craft or find yourself in a position where you need to cut a lot? If the answer to that is yes. Then you will totally benefit from having a Cricut. However, if you are not into crafty things. Let’s face it! a Cricut is not something you will really benefit from.

2. Are there other machines that can do the same thing?

Yes! There are many other options you can find out there that can do what the Cricut does to some extent.

In the market, there are two other major brands that also cut a great variety of materials and that also has great reviews.

These brands are Silhouette America and Brother.

3. Is the Cricut better than the other machines out there?

I believe every die cutting machine is amazing.

How do I know that?

It’s very simple. If you look closely at all of their reviews on Amazon you will see that pretty much all of them have more than 4 stars.

That says that no matter what machine you choose you will absolutely love it 🙂

Here’s the other thing. Just because I happen to have a Cricut and I love it, I am not going to diss on other brands or machines.

Cricut happens to be the die cutting machine brand I decided to go to with. So pretty much all you see here will be towards this particular brand 🙂

4. Why Should I choose Cricut over other brands?

Because it’s the one you want.

Some people will say they hate it, other people will say they love it. But at the end of the day, the money is coming out of your pocket. So you should choose what you are more comfortable with.

I personally think that Provo Craft & Novelty  – the company that created this amazing tool – is a very neat company and you can see and feel the quality of their products. You know that everything they create is made with love.

Cricut Explore (Kid trying to reach it)
My son trying to reach my Cricut

Not only their machines get better every time, but they also come up with new tools and accessories that make things so much easier and enjoyable. You can truly expand your limits and creativity with these machines.

One of the other things I have liked about this machine, and that I actually found out after I got it is that the Cricut is more than a cutter!

There’s the Cricut Community. You can get tons of ideas and free tutorials online. We creatives love sharing tips and tricks on how to take advantage of this super cool tool.

5. Why did I get a Cricut?

Not that this question matters to you. But this is the main reason I got one, and you might feel inspired by it!

I remember a conversation with my mother in law where I was asking her what should I blog about. She knows I create and design beautiful things for pretty much any occasion.

After giving me tons of ideas; She recommended me to learn about the Cricut!

The seed was planted. I read tons of tutorials, reviews! And a couple of months later. I GOT ONE! ???

So for me, it was my mother in law’s opinion. She has friends that love the machine. So if you know someone that already uses a die cutting machine and they love it. Just take their word.

And if you don’t know anyone…

Well, Trust me when I say that the Cricut Machine is the best thing out there. You won’t be disappointed!

6. What are the available Cricut Machines out there?

I am going to break this down for you very easily! Right now you there are 3 different models of Cricut Machines available:

Cricut Explore 3 Left – Cricut Maker 3 Right
  1. Cricut Explore Family: These are the most common machines with initially three choices to choose from. All of these three machines can cut the same materials, but each of them has different features.
    • Cricut Explore One and Explore Air: Were the first versions of Explore Air 2. The first one had only one tool holder, and the second one had two tool holders and a Bluetooth connection. Note: You can buy them used; Cricut no longer sells them on its website.
    • Cricut Explore Air 2: Has the same capabilities that the explore air (cuts, draws, scores, Print then cuts), but it’s two times faster.
    • Cricut Explore 3 (NEW): Does everything the same that the Cricut Explore Air 2 but allows you to cut “Smart Materials” (Vinyl, Iron-on, Sticky cardstock) without a cutting mat, and it’s 2X faster than its predecessor when cutting them. The new Explore 3 has a more powerful sensor for “Print then Cut,” allowing you to use white and colored papers.
  2. Cricut Maker Family: The Maker machines have 10X the cutting force or any of the Cricut Explore family machines; they don’t.
    • Cricut Maker: This machine is more powerful than the Explore Air 2 as it allows you to cut with 10X strength. With the Maker, you can cut, score, deboss, and more.
    • Cricut Maker 3 (NEW): Does everything the same that the Cricut Maker, but allows you to cut “Smart Materials” (Vinyl, Iron-on, Sticky cardstock) without a cutting mat, and it’s 2X faster than its predecessor when cutting them.
  3. Cricut Joy: It’s a teeny-tiny cutting machine and can cut and draw vinyl and iron-on without a mat! It’s the perfect size to bring and craft everywhere.
Cricut Joy machine with pen installed.
Cricut Joy

There were other machines available as well (including the Cricut Cuddlebug).

You might be able to purchase them on amazon or used. However, they are not compatible with Cricut Design Space and the software they used in the past – Cricut Craft Room – has been shut down completely.

So just don’t buy any of the very old versions. It’s like buying a brand new I-phone 4. Would you do that?

7. Is the Cricut too expensive?

Right off bat let me tell you that YES a Cricut machine can be quite expensive.

However, notice I say that it can be. This is because if you look at some of the first machines you can see that there are really good deals and you can get started as soon as you want.

The least expensive machine is the Cricut Cuttlebug  – A tiny but mighty die cutting machine – and the Most expensive option is for their latest release, The Cricut Maker.

Check out prices and comparison for the Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, and Cricut Joy

8. Is the Cricut worth it?

This is so variable and it has to do about your hobbies, priorities and also your budget.

If you craft once a year, hear me out you DON’T need a Cricut. However, if crafting and creating stuff is your jam then a Cricut is worth every penny.

You also have to see life through your priority lenses. Why do I say this? Because life is all about priorities.\; every decision we make in life should be aligned with that.

Is having a Cricut going to benefit you and make your life easy enough to save time – time is money – and just make your life more enjoyable?

If your answer is YES: Then GO pull the trigger.

I am not the kind of person that buys everything. But sometimes when I weight the pros and cons. I just go for it.

9. What is the best Cricut I can get?

The best Cricut you can get, hands down it’s the Cricut Maker 3. (Available June 10th 2021).

It’s their newest release, and they are coming up with many tools that will make cutting and crafting extremely easy and way more enjoyable. In other words, the Cricut Maker 3 is the ultimate Crafter’s dream.

Cricut maker 3, smart materials.
Cricut Maker 3

Check out the review I made for the Cricut Maker 3.

10. What is the best Cricut for me?

The best Cricut you can get is the one that meets these 3 things:

  • The one you can afford.
  • The one you can cut the materials you want to cut.
  • The one that will leave you with spare money to buy materials (often ignored).

This is why, when I first got started, I got the Air Explore 2 instead of the Cricut Maker.

First of all, I couldn’t afford the Maker, and I was only interested in cutting paper, vinyl, and some fabric here and there. Second, what is the point of having a more expensive machine if you don’t have the money to buy extra materials to work with?

However, if you haven’t bought a machine and really want to cut wood and fabric, I think is better to make the investment now and get extra tools and materials.

Update: Eventually, I got the Cricut Maker because I wanted to teach you all the possibilities with both machines. Read the Cricut Maker vs Explore Article.

Cricut maker 3 and tools
Happiness in a box!

Related: Cricut Maker 3 vs. Explore 3.

11. Should I upgrade my Cricut?

If you already have a Cricut machine let me tell you something – You ROCK!

Are you considering upgrading? I feel you.

After I bought my Explore Air 2 I felt inadequate, all the tutorials are now for the Maker, and that I should just upgrade.

Isn’t that SO SILLY?

Do you upgrade your phone, car, and other electronic devices every year? I sure don’t. So – unless I am given one – until I exploit every possibility, and I am ready to learn other techniques, I won’t upgrade my machine.

What about you?

Do you want to upgrade just because you want the newest version? Or, do you want to upgrade because you actually outgrew your current machine?

If you said yes to the second and have the budget for it! Welcome to the Cricut Maker family! I am in no doubt that you will find this machine to be a great fit for you 🙂

12. Where Can I get the Cricut?

There are MANY places where you can get this machine.

You can find it pretty much at any craft store like Michael’s and JOANN. Even some Walmart Stores have it available. So if you want to get started today you can drive and get it there.

I personally love shopping on Cricut’s website because that’s where I find the best deals.

13. Does the Cricut and Cricut Materials ever go on Sale?


Cricut has items on Sale pretty much all of the time.

You can find really good ones during the holidays and on special occasions. Some retailers also run great discounts. In fact, I see tons of them on Facebook.

14. Where can I find the best sales and deals for the Cricut?

If I were going to purchase a Cricut right now I would do it from their Official Website. They just have great discounts available all of the time.

Here you can find great deals on bundles, machines, and materials.

15. What materials can I cut with the Cricut?

There are hundreds – literally – of materials you can cut with these amazing machine these are some of them:

  • Plan Paper
  • All kinds of cardstock
  • Metallic Paper
  • Vinyl (Iron on, glitter, permanent, removable)
  • Fabric and textiles
  • Faux Leather
  • Corrugated Paper
  • Thin Woods (Cricut Maker only)
  • Sticker Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • And more!

16. Where can I get Cricut materials?

You can get materials in your favorite Craft Store. Just like you would get the Cricut.

I am seriously amazed at all of the options you can find online. Amazon has hundreds if not thousands of options for you to purchase.

The Cricut website also has cool materials but they only offer their own brand. However, my favorite place to get materials is Michaels; I love walking through the isles, I can seriously spend tons of time (and money ahh) there.

Cricut Explore air 2 mint with Basic tool set + Cricut Pens and Printables

17. Are Cricut materials expensive?

Depending on the projects you want to cut, Cricut Materials can be quite expensive. This is why you should purchase the machine that will also allow you to buy things to cut.

It’s pointless for you to get the Cricut Maker if you won’t have an extra budget for you to cut the other materials. That’s like buying Snow Tires when you live in Florida and there’s no Snow.

Get my point?

Little things here and there really add up. Materials like basswood can be very expensive as well.

Right now I am focusing more on paper and I will be moving my way up. Paper is the best way for you to learn your machine because if you cut something wrong is just paper. So it’s not a big deal if you mess it up.

Cricut Project failed to cut. Letter were to intricate
One of my first failures with Cricut – Yes I make plenty of mistakes

18. Can I use off-brand materials to use with my Cricut?

Yes, yes, yes!

You don’t have to be limited to the materials that Cricut makes. There are hundreds if not thousands of amazing materials you can get online or on your favorite Craft store.

I am sure that with time there will be even more options.

19. What is the Cricut mystery box and how does it work?

Every month Cricut releases a Mystery Box!

This box is filled with amazing materials but you really don’t know what they are. It’s a surprise till you get that box!

The amazing thing about this box is that you will get more than what you actually paid. What I mean by this is that if you were going to buy all of the materials that come in the box separately the price would be so much higher.

They do run out. So make sure to get yours at the beginning of each month!

Update: Cricut hasn’t been releasing Mystery Boxes on a consistent basis

20. What is the Cricut adaptive tool System?

The Cricut Adaptive System is an extremely and powerful feature that only the Cricut Maker has. This feature controls the direction and of the blade at all times. In fact, This tool is so amazing that it can adjust the pressure of the blade to match the materials you are working with!

This technology is what allows the Cricut Maker to cut with 10X more force than any of the other Cricut Explore Family machines.

This is why the Maker is able to cut thick materials like wood and leather.

Cool. Right?

21. Does the Cricut print?

The Cricut Machine doesn’t print. However, all of the current machines they offer – Except Cuttlebug – have an option to draw and outline things like letters, shapes, etc.

If you already have a Cricut this question seems so obvious. However, I had this question before I bought mine. And I seriously couldn’t find a clear answer to it.

22. Does the Cricut need ink?

You don’t need ink to use your Cricut. Because it doesn’t print.

However, if you are going to use the drawing option. you need their pens in order to be able to draw. They have a great variety of options for you to choose from.

Some of the Cricut Pens that Cricut has available.
Cricut Pens

23. Does the Cricut Laminate?

No. The Cricut Machines do not laminate. Wouldn’t it be nice though?

24. Does the Cricut Emboss?

The only Cricut Machine that was and it’s able to truly emboss is the Cricut Cuttlebug (discontinued)

This is what the official website says: “The only Cricut® machine that can emboss, the Cricut Cuttlebug™gives professional-looking results with clean, crisp cuts and deep, even embosses”

However, you can find workarounds and create stencils with any of the other machines and emboss pretty much anything your heart desires. While I was researching this question I found tons of cool tutorials on YouTube that teach you how to do it! This was my favorite.

Nonetheless, if you have a Cricut Maker you can “deboss” (opposite from embossing) with the debossing tip.

25. Does the Cricut Sew?

No. The Cricut doesn’t sew. It’s so easy to think that it does because you hear all of the good things that you can do if you are are a sewer.

26. Does the Cricut cut fabric?

Yes, the Cricut can cut fabric.

If you work with fabrics and need to cut tons of fabric in different sizes the Cricut will be your best and more trusted Cutting assistant.

The Cricut maker allows you to cut fabric without ANY bonded material. So, if sewing is your profession and this is the main reason for you to get a Cricut. I will highly recommend investing in the Maker.

You can cut Fabric with the Any of the Cricut Explore Family machines. However, the fabric needs to be bonded. I will explain better in the next question.

27. What in the world is a backing material and how does it relate to cutting fabric?

Can you believe I couldn’t find a decent answer to this? Thankfully I am here to explain to you what this means 🙂

The Cricut Explore Family machines and the Cricut Maker are able to cut fabric. However, there’s a big caveat and that is that in order for you to be able to cut fabric with the Explore Family machines you need a backing material.

Backing – or also known as Heat & Bond – in the Cricut and die-cutting machines world is a type of material that allows you to stabilize fabrics on the cutting mat. In other words, If you don’t adhere this material to your fabrics when using the Cricut Explore Machines your fabrics won’t get cut up properly and they will get ruined and/or stretched out.

Not fun right?

28. Does the Cricut cut wood?

Yes and No. Out of all the cutting machines that Cricut has available. Only the Cricut Maker is able to cut wood. Some of the types of wood you can cut are balsa and basswood.

You also need to keep in mind that the Cricut Maker itself with the normal blade that comes with DOES NOT cut wood. For these kinds of projects, you will need the Knife Blade, which is a type blade that is specifically designed to cut thick materials.

29. What are some of the projects I can do with a Cricut Machine?

There are many projects you can create with a Cricut machine! This is just a tiny list of some of the things you can accomplish.

Note: Links on this section are some of my Cricut tutorials.

  • Home Decoration: Decals for your windows, walls. Or something that I like a lot is to personalize things like baskets, or even your cooking spices.
  • Stickers: for planning, journaling, and more
  • Greeting Cards: You can create high-end greeting cards. Like those, you see in the store!
  • Clothing Items: Cut and iron on beautiful and personalized designs on your T-Shirts.
  • 3D Projects: like gift boxes and even paper toys! –
  • With the Cricut Maker, you can cut wood and create 3D and sturdy projects.
  • Cut fabric and create fashion items for your clothing and more.
  • Your imagination is the limit!

30. What in the world are Cricut cartridges and Do I need them?

The word cartridge in the Cricut world is different than in the printing world; I think that’s why I thought the Cricut could print!

Basically Cricut Cartridges are a set of images, graphics or fonts you can purchase and get to keep forever. They are usually designed around a specific theme such as Disney, Pop Corn party, and anything you can pretty much think of.

There are 2 types of cartridges. Physical and Digital, the physical ones are able to be inserted in the machine. And the Digital ones you can directly purchase from the Cricut website or Cricut Design Space.

Once you activate the cartridges they will be available to you on the software and the physical versions are no longer needed.

Physical Cartridges are no longer available.

Check out all of the Cricut Cartridges here

31. What is Cricut Infusible Ink?

Cricut Infusible Ink is a type of technology that allows to you create and transfer your designs to a base material. What makes this technology so unique is that the Infusible Ink transfer will become one with the base material you choose.

The results after applying Cricut Infusible ink are breathtaking and extremely high quality. They are seamlessly smooth, don’t peel away, and they will stay in your base material forever.

Read more about it on my Infusible Ink Guide

32. What in the world are Cricut Mats and which one do I need?

You have no idea all of the headaches I got trying to figure this out!

A Cricut Mat is the surface you use in order for you to be able to cut specific materials. They come in 2 different sizes: 12 x 12 and 12 x 24 inches.

The Cricut Mats are sticky and depending on the material you are going to cut you are better off using different levels of stickiness. Or also known as grips.

Currently, there are 4 types of mats for the Cricut Explore and Maker:

  • Light Grip (Blue)
  • Strong Grip (Purple)
  • Standard Grip (Green)
  • Fabric Grip (Pink)
All four Cricut Mats with with pens and Cricut Tools

The Cricut Joy has 3 different mats:

  • Light Grip (Blue)
  • Standard Grip (Green)
  • CardMat (Blue) – Designed to make cut out cards.
Cricut Card Mat
Card Mat

Note: Cricut Joy Mats are smaller 4.5×6.5 in and 4.5x12in.

Check Cricut Mat prices

When I first got my Cricut, I got a nice bundle on Amazon that included the 4 mats.

If you are just getting started. The best MAT for you is the standard grip. The stronger the grip the heavier the material you can use.

For instance, if you are cutting normal and thin paper you would use a Light Grip mat, but if you are planning on cutting a heavier material like thick Cardstock you are better off with a Strong Grip mat.

Pretty much every machine comes with a Standard Grip Mat. Make sure you read the description of the products before you buy them.

If you want to learn more in-depth about Cricut Mats make sure to read this article. It will show you everything you need to know.

33. What is a Cricut Blade and which one do I need?

The blade is what cuts the materials. lol Right?

However, there’s something very important for you to know before you get started and if you are planning on cutting thicker materials

Right now, there are seven types of blades and three other crafting tools available for the bigger machines (Explore and Maker).

  • Fine Point Blade: Ideal for light and medium materials like paper, vinyl, and cardstock. It comes now in gold color.
  • Deep Point Blade: Great for thick materials like chipboard, thick cardstock, foam sheets, etc.
  • Bonded Fabric Blade: Ideal for cutting a wide variety of fabrics! The fabric needs to be bonded with a backing material.
  • Rotary Blade (Only for the Cricut Maker): Cuts pretty much any fabric, and you can place it without any backing material on the mat. It comes with the Maker.
  • Knife Blade (Only for the Cricut Maker): This impressive little blade can cut very thick materials like basswood!
  • Quick Swap Perforation blade: This particular blade will allow you to create projects with a tear finish. With this tool, a new world of possibilities has open. It only works with the Cricut Maker.
  • Quick Swap Wavy blade: Instead of cutting straight lines like the rotary or fine point blade, this tool will create wavy effects on your final cuts. It only works with the Cricut Maker.
  • Quick Swap Debossing tip: This tip will push the material in, and it will create beautiful and detailed designs. The debossing will bring your projects to a whole new level because of the detail you can now add to your designs. It only works with the Cricut Maker.
  • Quick Swap Engraving tip: The Engraving Tip is something that many crafters have been waiting for! With this tool, you’ll be able to engrave a wide variety of materials. It only works with the Cricut Maker.
  • Quick Swap Scoring Wheel tips: The Scoring Wheel is a tool that allows you to create beautiful, edgy, and crispy folds on your materials. It only works with the Cricut Maker.
  • Foil Transfer Kit: The “Foil Transfer Kit” allows you to create beautiful and crisp foil effects on your projects. It’s compatible with the Cricut Maker and any of the Explore family machines. This kit is 3 tools in 1; to best suit your project, Cricut has fine, medium, and bold tips.
foil tip for cricut explore and cricut maker
Foil Transfer Housing and Medium Tip

If you want to learn more about all of the Cricut Blades and their differences, read this ultimate guide

The Cricut Joy only has a “Fine Point Blade” as well, but it only works with that particular device.

34. What blades come with each Cricut Machine?

When you buy just a machine (No bundle) they usually come with a blade. Let’s see what blade comes with each machine!

35. How long does the Cricut Blade Last?

Cricut Blades last depending on the material and frequency you use them.

There’s not really a specific time for it. If you see your materials aren’t being cut with the same crispiness and ease that they used to. Then it’s time for you to replace it.

36. What Are Smart Materials?

Cricut Smart materials were created with one end in mind! To cut without a mat with your Cricut Maker 3 and Explore 3.

There are three types of Smart Materials:

  • Smart Vinyl: Ideal for mugs, tumblers, walls, etc.
  • Smart Iron-On: for personalizing t-shirts, wood, etc.
  • Smart Sticker Cardstock: Ideal for card and scrapbooking (13″ x 13″ sheets)

Smart Vinyl and Iron-On come in different roll sizes:

  • 13 in x 3 ft
  • 13 in x 9 ft
  • 13 in x 12ft
  • 13 in x 21 ft
  • 13 in x 75 ft

Color selection is limited on larger rolls.

37. What is a Vinyl Roll Holder?

If you plan to use large rolls and cut large iron-on and vinyl decals, it may be a great idea to get the vinyl roll holder as it keeps the material in one place and not all over your table.

Like anything Cricut, the roll holder feels heavy and high quality. It looks quite cute on the machines, but I do agree it’s a little expensive for what you get.

It has a built-in trimmer so that you can do a clean cut between the roll and your project.

38. What Other Cricut Accessories do I need?

This is a tricky question and It totally depends on the kind of materials you want to work with and cut.

Although the Cricut machines are capable of many things, you need to use it with the right tools to truly make it work. For instance, if you have any of the Explore Family Machines and want to cut fabric, you need to make sure that you have:

  • Backing Material
  • Fabric Bonded – Blade
  • Standard Grip Mat

On the other hand, if you want to cut fabric with the maker you can also use the above tool, or you can opt for a rotary blade plus a Fabric Grip Mat.

Most common and lightweight materials can be cut with the Fine Point Blade (The blade that comes with each machine) and the Standard grip Mat.

But as you explore and become more aware of your machine and the materials you are using, things will become so much easier!

I know it’s tricky but once you get the hang of it you will be an expert. The good thing about this machine is that when you are going to cut a certain material, the program will tell you exactly what materials you need!

Cool right?

Another important thing here and something that I consider extremely important is to get is some of their great tools.

There are many different sets for you to choose from. However, the most common are the Basic, and the Essential Tool set.

New 13″ Essential Tool Set

– The Basic Tool Set comes with (This is the one I got):

  • Tweezers: Great to manipulate delicate materials
  • Weeder: Helps you separate and remove negative cuts
  • Scissors with blade cover
  • Spatula: For you to take your cut from the Mat
  • Scraper: Cleans your mat and also helps transfer designs from one surface to other.

-The Essential Tool Set comes with:

  • All of the above plus
  •  Scoring stylus: Great to add folding lines for 3D projects, cards, etc.
  • Trimmer + Replacement blade: For you to cut materials that are wider than 12 inches
  • Scoring blade (For the trimmer): To add folding lines to your project.

If you get a bundle. Most likely it will come with the Basic Tool Kit.

39. Is it better for me to get a bundle or just the machine?

If you visit the Cricut Online Store, Amazon, and other online retailers, you will see tons of bundles you can purchase.

I actually got a bundle myself from Amazon. They are really good value and come with a starting pack for you to get started as soon as possible.

When you are looking for bundles make sure they include what you want to get started with.

For instance, if you are going to start cutting vinyl and paper. The perfect bundle for you will include your favorite machine + some vinyl sheets, + standard grip mat, + a basic tool kit. (This is what I got)

My favorite “get started” package is the Cricut Maker 3 Everything Materials Bundle comes with the essentials for you to get started and a pack of Cricut Mats because the bundle doesn’t come with mats.

40. Is there something else I need besides the Cricut and Accessories:

There are other things you need and there are often not mentioned:

  • Materials you want to cut and learn with. I will recommend you to practice with paper tons and tons before you decide to cut something like fabric or wood that can be more expensive.
  • Patience: It’s a learning curve… Not everything will come easy but will become easy
  • YouTube binge tutorials for you to completely master this machine – I am planning on putting TONS of amazing tutorials. If you like this post make sure to subscribe (It’s also a great way to support my work)

41. What in the world is a Cricut Easy Press?

A Cricut Easy Press is a very cool device that allows you to transfer your Iron-On vinyl to T-shirts, sweaters, quilts and more! It comes in 3 different sizes and you can get the one that meets your needs:

The sizes are:

  • 9×9 Inches: This size is great to transfer designs to Adult size T-Shirts
  • 6×7 Inches: Ideal to iron on small pieces of clothing like onesies and other baby clothes.
  • 10×12 Inches: Perfect to Iron on in big surfaces like quilts and blankets.
  • Easypress Mini: idea to press HTV on small areas like pockets, hats, etc. Read my Easypress Mini review.

42. Is the Cricut Easy Press really worth it?

This is a Yes and No answer, for me the answer tilts more to the no really worth it.

The main reason is that I can just use my regular iron, and since I am not doing a lot of iron-on projects right now It doesn’t really make sense for me to invest in it.

Update: I got my EasyPress 2 so I can show you guys all you need to know, about it. Read my EasyPress 2 full review.

However, if you are planning on selling T-shirts, or going big on this. Why not? It seems really cool and easy to use!

Learn more about the EasyPress on the Cricut Website

43. What is the Cricut Mug Press?

The Cricut Mug Press is a new machine that allows you to make peel-proof mugs using infusible ink transfer sheets, pens, and even sublimation prints you can buy on “Etsy.”

Cricut also released mug blanks that go with the new press, and they are the perfect gift for any occasion.

cricut mug press everything materials bundle
Cricut Mug Press (Pic from

I have one and I will be linking my review so you can make an educated decision whether you need it or not.

44. Is the Cricut easy to use?

Everything in life has a learning curve.

When my Cricut arrived I felt a little bit overwhelmed I confess! It can be intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it. I am sure those overwhelming days will be just things of the past.

Check out all my Cricut Tutorials so you ditch the overwhelm.

So the main thing is to stick with it. Watch as many YouTube channels (I am creating my own) and Instagram videos you can. Look for tutorials! I will be putting EVERYTHING you need to know. For real 🙂

Don’t dismay… We are in the information age and knowledge is seriously at the tip of a google search.

45. Do I need to be tech-savvy to be able to use the Cricut?

You don’t need to be super tech Savvy. However, you do need to know some basics and essentials about the way the computers work.

For instance, you need to know how to work with computers a little bit. Things Like opening a page and log in into Cricut Design Space – Where you arrange the thing you need to cut.

If you have a Smartphone and want to work your machine within the app. You also need to be familiar with how to download the app.

Do you feel you won’t be able to learn it? Don’t feel like that! Everything is possible if you put the time and effort.

I am here cheering you up. Plus I have all of the intentions of making this knowledge accessible to you!

cricut design space digital ebook

46. What is the Cricut compatible with?

In order for your machine to work you need to be connected to the Cricut Design Space.

The Cricut Design Space is only compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. In other words; you need a desktop computer in order for you to use the Cricut Machines.

If you want to use your machine without the internet you need to download the Cricut Design Space app. This app is extremely useful and it connects via Bluetooth.

This app is available only for iOS a.k.a iPhone and Apple users.

However, if you are an Android user don’t lose hope! Cricut just released a beta option and although It doesn’t have all the capabilities you would have on an iPhone. I am pretty sure one day it will get there.

Dinosour onesie made with Iron On and Cricut Explore
One of my first projects!

47. Can I connect my Cricut via Bluetooth to my phone or computer?

It depends on the machine you have.

The Explore Air 2, and Maker, and Joy have built-in Bluetooth technology so they are able to connect with your desktop or phone.

48. Do I need to have Internet for me to use the Cricut?

No, to work on your projects you don’t need an ongoing online connection.

However, you need to be connected to the Internet to get your machine up and running you need to install Cricut Design Space.

Keep in mind that If you want to use Cricut images and fonts you need to download them (while you’re online) for future offline use.

Also, if you an iOS (iPhone – iPad) you can cut and create projects offline, but you can’t download images and fonts for future use.

If you have an Android device, Cricut is still working on an offline feature.

49. Is there an alternative Software to use the Cricut?


Apparently, there was a way for you to do it with a third party program but it’s not available with the newer machines.

What I personally do is that I design what I need to cut on Illustrator, and then I upload to Design Space. However, if it’s just text and basic shapes. Cricut Design Space is just enough.

50. How does the Cricut work?

So far, you’ve learned about the Cricut itself. Things like the mats, blades, materials, and what the machines are compatible with.

But how does the Cricut actually work? For the Cricut Machine to cut, you need to use it along with the Cricut Design Space. This is the area where you’ll lay and organize your design to be cut.

51. What is Cricut Design Space?

The Cricut Design Space is the software that allows you to organize, create, and finally cut your projects. Without Design Space, you can’t work your machine. That’s why is very important for you to learn how to use it.

The Cricut Machine is great but if you don’t learn how to use the Design Space, it’s like buying a camera and not taking photos. Or buying a Smart Phone and not making a phone or video call.

52. Is Cricut Design Space Free?


Well, if you have a machine is free 🙂

You can upload your own designs to be cut. You can even access your system’s fonts and some shapes to create simple cuts for free.

What’s not free is Cricut Access.

53. What is Cricut Access?

Cricut Access is a GIANT library that will allow you to select and create already designed projects. This is very useful if you are just getting started.

When you have Cricut Access and depending on the plan you have you can select unique fonts, graphics, 3D Projects, and if you can think it, they have it.

They have projects for any occasion and any materials you like to work with. It’s quite impressive.

Compare prices and plans for Cricut Access

Some of the designs you will find inside the Cricut Design Space Library.
Some of the designs you will find inside the Cricut Design Space Library.

If you want to learn more about Cricut Access, make sure to read this complete guide!

54. What is Cricut Free Cut Friday?

Every week – Starting on Friday – Cricut will release some cut files for FREE. You can only use those files in that particular week.

This is really cool because it motivates you to keep using your machine and explore new features. You can search for them within Cricut Design Space.

Here's where you can locate Free Cuts of the Week inside the Cricut Design Space
Here’s where you can locate Free Cuts of the Week

Or if you are subscribed to their newsletters they will send you a notification with a link to check them out.

55. Where can I find free cut files for the Cricut?

There are many places where you can find FREE cut files. In fact, I am creating a HUGE LIBRARY full of them and other things like patterns and images for you to cut.

Here’s a list of some places to find SVG files as well

  • Daydream Into Reality Library: These goodies are only available to my subscribers. And trust me. This library is growing a lot. Not only you can get Cut files, but also other sorts of amazing printables for any occasion. You can get access to my library right here. Or you can check a live preview of it here.
  • Cricut Design Space: Cut the free images of the week.
  • SVG & ME: Amazing and beautiful library 🙂
  • Pixabay: They have tons of SVG files that you can download for free and even use for commercial purposes!

Did I miss something?

Thank you for reading until the end. I am very sure that this post will address your main concerns if you are trying to figure out which Cricut you should get. Or even if you need one in the first place.

If there’s a question that should be added to the list don’t be shy and let me know on the comments down below 🙂

I spent an entire week working on this post and I will update it from time to time. If this was a good resource for you. Would you share it so other people can also learn what you learned today? By sharing you support my work.

Deb Costabilo

Saturday 7th of May 2022

Can I use an iPad for your classes? I do not have or use a computer and some classes I’ve seen don’t always address the differences.


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Hi Catalina Thank you for a comprehensive site. I have purchased a Cricut Maker and am very excited to launch an extension to my home business. Your explanations and information were thorough and easy to understand. I am in South Africa and Cricut is only now starting to take off in a big way. Thanks again.

Deborah Buchholz

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Thank you so much for your willingness to share your knowledge of these products. I do feel a little overwhelmed with the information. I'm sure that when I purchase a machine I will have many white knuckling moments. Lol.


Lori McKinney

Thursday 24th of March 2022

I am looking to buy a cricut. I have expression 2 but the home screen quit working. Which do I need, old machine or newer? I want no wifi hook up, use old cartridges, make cards/scrapbook, iron ones, use like a scan and cut. Maybe cut wood/chipboard....maybe.


Monday 2nd of May 2022

If you want to cut wood you need a Maker. The wifi is for Design Space. You can get away without wifi after installing, however, you won't be able to save your projects to the cloud.


Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

wow what a great article so so full of information. You answered a lot of prepurchase questions