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We have talked about when to replace the blades on your Cricut, but now we have all the information you need on how to change Cricut blades. From changing the blade in the housing to putting a new blade in your machine, we have you covered! We are also covering this information for both the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore Air 2. So, if you want to keep your machine operating at peak performance, be sure to keep those blades fresh for the best cuts possible!
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How to Change Cricut Blades Video
I put all of the information on changing Cricut blades into one video for y’all. Just follow along below! I cover changing the blades in the housings as well as changing the blades in your machine (for the Maker and Explore Air 2).
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Just follow along below!
Changing Blades in the Housing
Here is information on how to change Cricut blades for each type. Just find the type of blade you need to change below! NOTE: Use caution when changing any of these blades as they are sharp!
- Premium fine point blade – This is either in a silver or gold housing. You can buy replacement blades for this one so there is no need to buy an entire kit. Just press the plunger down on the top and hold. The blade will eject from the bottom. Remove the protective cover from your new blade and insert into the hole in the bottom. It will snap into place. Release the plunger and you are done! WARNING: The fine point blades with the grey plastic cap on them are mislabeled and should not be used! Contact customer service or take them back to the store!
- Bonded fabric blade – This is just the premium fine point blade above in a pink housing so you can tell the difference. You can change the blade in the same manner.
- Deep point blade – This is a deeper blade in the black housing. You will want to be sure to get the refills that say deep point. You will change the blade in the same manner as the two above.
- Rotary blade – There currently is not a replacement housing for this one so be sure to keep yours. You can buy a blade replacement kit that has everything you need to change out the blade. This includes a protective cover for the old and new blade as well as a small screwdriver. There are instructions in the kit or you can watch me change one in the video above.
- Knife blade – The knife blade replacement also comes as a kit as you will need a special tool for loosening up the cover to access the blade. It also comes with instructions but you can also watch the video above if you need a visual.
- Scoring wheel – To change out from the single to the double wheel, just press the plunger on the top. The wheel on the housing will release and you can put on the alternate wheel.
Changing Blades in Your Machine
Now that you know how to change Cricut blades in the housing, how do you change them in your machine? The process is really simple! Just open up the clamp and add your new blade. The only tricky part is making sure it is down all the way before closing the clamp. The Cricut Maker actually checks the blade before cutting but the Explore Air 2 does not. If you find your blade is not even reaching the paper when trying to cut, chances are your blade is in wrong. Remove it and try again!
For the blades specific to the Cricut Maker, you want to make sure the opening in the cover at the top is to the back when inserting. This ensures that the gears line up when you are cutting. Otherwise, changing these blades is similar to changing the standard blades on your machine. You can watch my video above to watch me changing the blades in both machines.
These are the basics on how to change Cricut blades for both the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2. Use these guidelines when changing your blades. You can also see our post on when to change the blades on your Cricut. You will also want to subscribe to our YouTube channel as we have tons of great Cricut videos to help you master your machine.
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