The Cricut Maker, Champagne, introduces a new line of smart cutting machines that use an expandable suite of tools and advanced Rotary and Knife blades. It gives you the freedom to make virtually any DIY project you please, and it cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabrics and paper to matboard and leather.
This machine provides access to professional-level cutting to everyone and is compatible with the Scoring Wheel for razor-sharp creases in cardstock, poster board and more. It is also compatible with the Washable Fabric Pen for making pattern pieces and comes with a design app that’s compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android systems.
Our review of the Cricut Maker, Champagne put this DIY cutting machine through its paces. Let’s take a look at some of the best features of the Cricut Maker, Champagne…
Freedom to Create:
The Cricut Maker – Champagne gives you the freedom to make everything you can think of; from paper crafts, vinyl decals and iron-ons, to leather crafts, sewing projects, and balsa models. It also helps to simplify your sewing and quilting projects by providing you with hundreds of digital sewing patterns, which Cricut then Mark’s and cuts all the pieces — all you need to do is sew them together.
Tools to Help You Do More:
With its powerful blades, pens, and scoring tool, the Cricut Maker – Champagne has an expandable range of tools to get the job done. Using its new Rotary Blade, you get to learn a new craft, and you’ll experience its gliding, rolling action, as this blade cuts through virtually any fabric accurately and quickly — without backing material. The new Knife Blade is an extra-wide blade that can slice through heavier elements such as mat board and balsa wood with ease.
Providing Simple Details:
You can easily layout your project on your mobile device or computer, whether you’re a pro or a beginner. For added convenience, you can also upload and use your images and fonts for free, which come in a variety of standard file formats. A helpful docking slot also holds your smartphone or tablet while you’re busy, and at the same time, you can charge your device using the convenient USB port.
The Cricut Maker – Champagne claims to be able to cut balsa wood. However, it doesn’t work as advertised and in fact, can’t cut balsa wood. Also, Cricut has delayed the knife blade release twice, and now there is no definite release date on the site. The Design Space app is also very clunky and won’t accept Adobe Illustrator SVG’s, so everything needs to be redesigned inside Design Space which is a hassle.
Other problems including the fact that this product is supposed to come with materials for a project people can begin with and instead, I open the box to see a tiny square of fabric, another small square of different material and ⅓ sheet of construction paper. And if that wasn’t enough, the company also fails to include a set of getting started instructions. Apparently, you need to get on YouTube first before you can figure out how to use it.
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