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Today I am going to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Cricut Maker rotary blade. I have posted on some of the other blades for the Cricut machine but have not dived deep into the rotary blade. Well, today we are going to dive deep! We are going to cut 10 materials from thick to thin and see some results as well. If you have ever wondered what you can cut with your rotary blade and Cricut Maker, this is the post for you!
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What is the Cricut Maker rotary blade?
Well, just like it sounds it is a rotary cutting blade that fits in your Cricut Maker. Now I must note here that the Cricut Maker is the only Cricut machine with the Adaptive Tool System so it is the only one that will work with the rotary blade. Now, what can this blade do for you? Well, it rolls along when cutting instead of dragging. This means that it cuts fabric like a dream. The best part? You don’t have to add any backing to that fabric! WHAT??? That is awesome right! It means that the Cricut Maker is a sewist’s dream machine.
How does it compare with other blades?
From left to right in the picture above you can see the following blades:
- Fine point blade (comes with all machines)
- Deep point blade (purchase separately)
- Rotary blade (comes with Maker machine only)
- Knife blade (purchase for your Maker machine only)
From this image, you can see that the rotary blade is way different than any other blade you may use in your Cricut Maker. The others drag along the material as they cut while the rotary blade turns like a wheel. This allows you to cut fabric without any backing right on your Cricut Maker to make all the sewing projects.
How accurate is it?
The rotary blade can turn within a quarter of an inch to cut through hundreds of fabrics. They don’t recommend any turns smaller than that but I have cut some really intricate cuts. If you are not afraid of ruining your material, I always say give it a shot and see what happens! The accuracy you get with the Cricut Maker rotary blade is way better than you can get with scissors. Imagine cutting perfect pattern pieces that fit together every time. You can with the Cricut Maker.
What materials can it cut?
There are literally hundreds of fabrics that you can cut with the Cricut Maker rotary blade. It can cut everything from silk, cotton, and denim to canvas and burlap. I have had my machine about a year and a half and have cut so many things. Today, I am cutting 10 fabrics that I have not cut before just to give you some idea of the range. If you want to see some of the fabrics I have cut in the past, try clicking the links in the list below.
- Wool Felt
- Thermal Barrier Fabric
- Crepe Paper
- Sweater Material
Now, what fabrics are we going to experiment with today? These are the ten fabrics I cut with my Cricut Maker rotary blade for today’s tests.
- Duck Cloth
- Faux Fur
- Vinyl/Oil Cloth
These fabrics are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more that I want to try to cut as the possibilities are endless with this machine. I think I may need a clone so I can just cut things with my Maker all day.
Rotary Blade Video Tutorial
Sometimes it is easier to understand something with a video rather than in text format. So, I made a comprehensive video below explaining everything you need to know about the Cricut Maker rotary blade. Y’all enjoy!
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the information? I have everything below in text form so you can follow along with it!
Cutting Fabric with the Cricut Maker
A few words about cutting the fabric before we dive into the tests. You will use a pink fabric mat to cut most of these materials with your machine. Just put the fabric directly on the mat and smooth it down. A brayer like is pictured above does help especially with thicker materials. You can also use some of the other strength mats if needed. I will note where I had to change mat strengths when we talk about the cuts below.
You then just pick your material from the list in Cricut Design Space and let your machine do all of the work. There is also a Washable Fabric Pen you can add to your Maker that will allow you to mark your patterns right in the machine. For this, you will want to be sure to put your fabric on the mat upside down in order to mark the back. Imagine those perfect pattern pieces coming right out of your Cricut Maker perfectly cut to size. I told you it was a sewist’s dream!
10 Sample Material Cuts
Now it is time to cut some material! I will note on each material below if I had to use any different settings or mats to get a good cut with the Cricut Maker rotary blade. You can also see each cut in the picture. Just as a note, I did replace my rotary blade with a new one before starting any of these cuts just to be sure my blade was not dull. I cut a heart in each case to keep things the same. Y’all enjoy!
I used the fabric mat and sequin fabric setting. I must say I was surprised by this one! The sequins make the fabric different thicknesses in different areas. But the Cricut Maker rotary blade was able to do a consistent cut all the way around.
This is actually a paper backed material that is made to run through your printer. The Cricut Print then Cut option was used on it. I removed the paper backing after it printed and before running through the Cricut Maker. I just put the material right on the fabric mat and actually used the duck cloth setting in this case. It worked great! Print any design right on fabric and cut it with your machine!
Jersey or Tshirt Fabric
I love upcycling and this machine is perfect for that. I cut a piece out of a t-shirt and was able to cut it with my Maker, the fabric mat, and the jersey fabric setting.
I always love that this machine can cut the most delicate of fabrics. I did have to put this tulle on my strong grip mat as the coating was keeping it from sticking to the fabric grip. Otherwise, the tulle setting on the Maker cut this super sheer fabric like magic!
I have actually had several questions about cutting stretchy fabric on the Cricut Maker so why not give it a try? This is like the material you would make a swimsuit out of so SUPER stretchy. I cut it on the lycra setting right on my fabric mat. The Cricut Maker rotary blade had no trouble with this one.
From the super delicate of that tulle above to the super thick of duck cloth, the Cricut Maker has a range like no other machine that I have seen. This was cut right on my fabric mat on the duck cloth setting.
Why not velvet next? I actually used an adhesive backed velvet as I was super excited about the crafting possibilities with this one. I cut on the standard grip mat as it does have a paper backing and used the velvet setting without issue.
I did have some trials with faux fur but I am happy to report success! I cut this piece with a strong grip mat and the faux fur setting. A few pointers when working with faux fur:
- You will need a thin faux fur. I was unable to cut any of the thicker furs that I found in the fabric section of my craft store. I used this piece that was in with the kid’s craft stuff that was already cut as a small piece. It is thinner and worked great.
- You will probably ruin your mat. The fur sheds horribly, especially when cutting, and fibers get all over your mat. You can try using strong grip transfer tape to clean the mat. Or you can even put the strong grip transfer tape face up on the mat and try cutting a piece that way. This will save your mat from the shedding as it will all stick to the transfer tape.
I have cut leather with my Cricut Maker before but always have had success with my knife blade. The suede calls for cutting with the rotary blade so I thought I would give it a shot. I did have a few issues but finally got a pretty good cut with a strong grip mat and the suede setting. Here are some things to watch out for with suede:
- You will need more than one pass. The Maker cut with just one pass and that did not cut all the way through. Instead of hitting the arrow to eject your mat just hit the Cricut “C” again for another pass. After a few trials, I had to do 5 passes with the Cricut Maker rotary blade to cut suede.
- The mat I used was 100% ruined. There is no way you could remove all of the fibers to use it again. You can try the transfer tape methods mentioned for faux fur above to try and save it.
- There was still some fraying edges and a few fibers that were not cut. I think this is just going to be the nature of suede. To get a really clean cut, you are going to have to trim away those fibers with scissors.
So, I wanted to try oilcloth for my last experiment but was unable to get some. This is actually a vinyl material with a flannel like backing. Basically like one of those tablecloths you may get a department store. So very similar to oilcloth. I cut it on the fabric mat with the oilcloth setting and it worked great!
How long does it last?
So, how long will the rotary blade last before you have to replace it? I will say that I use my machine and blade a lot and mine lasted over a year. I just replaced it for this experiment. You want to replace it when you notice uncut threads or when the material settings in Design Space no longer seem accurate. I found that mine was skipping threads on every material I cut. This could but due to dulling or even a nick. The blade is easy to replace and you just keep your same housing.
So, will you be trying some fabric cutting with your Cricut Maker rotary blade? Do you have other fabrics you would like to see cut with this machine? Leave me a comment with anything you would like to see cut in a future post. I love doing this experiments for y’all and I am sure there will be many more in the future!
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