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Cricut / Silhouette / Cutting Machine Discussion Thread

Since RFD is soon going to have an influx of Cricut owners, it was suggested we could have a place to discuss the Cricut / cutting machines in general. Perhaps we can even share our best RFD inspired designs.

I will do my best to keep this thread updated with some sort of FAQ / links to recommended items.
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What is a cutting machine?

A Cricut / Silhouette / cutting machine is essentially a very accurate blade that can cut things such as: paper, vinyl, felt, and leather. Generally you use some sort of software to make the shapes you want to cut and then the cutting machine performs the cuts for you.

Popular things people make with cutting machines include: home decor, mugs, clothing, greeting cards and stickers.

Sounds Expensive

As someone who has been using these machines for several years, I've definitely seen how expensive this "hobby" can become but really the biggest cost is the machine itself. Once you have that, you can certainly take an RFD approach to cutting by buying supplies at dollar stores / Aliexpress / second hand on marketplace.

Some libraries have these machines for members to use. You just need to supply your own materials. This is great in the event you just need a few things cut at a time or even to just see if this hobby is right for you.

Useful Links:

Post #108 by nounou23 in this thread has a great breakdown of supplies you might want to start with:

amazon-ca-hot-cricut-explore-air-2-180- ... #p34828849

Vinyl:

Amazon is great for getting a collection of vinyl sheets but often you'll get stuck with colours you might not need once you have used the popular colours. It is still often cheaper to buy a bulk pack but just keep this in mind that you might get a few colours you have no use for.

This is a well reviewed pack of 60 sheets https://www.amazon.ca/Kassa-Permanent-V ... s9dHJ1ZQ==

Aliexpress is great for getting single sheets of a single colour but you are going to have to wait for shipping which can take 3-4 weeks: Here are the individual sheets https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_98SdVQ

Michaels has a massive Cricut / Cutting machine section but as usual you are going to pay the Michaels premium. I'm not sure if the regular Michaels coupons will work on these materials but that would be great if someone could confirm.

Weeding

Weeding is the process of removing the unwanted pieces from your cut design.

I like to use these electronic tweezers I purchased on Aliexpress. I like the ones with the pointed tips. I don't think the flat ones would work very well. https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_ASMsRE

This Pick Set from Princess Auto has also been recommended https://www.princessauto.com/en/6-pc-pi ... 0008077844

Pens / Markers

Some cutting machines have attachments that allow you to put pens / markers in them. Often you need to buy the official markers by the machine maker but there are many adapters available.

Adapters For Cricut:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094FYHHWY/
https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_A8p1DE

3-D Printing Accessories

If you have a 3d printer you can find many designed attachements / accessories on Thingiverse. Please share with us ones you find useful.

https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=cr ... t=relevant

Here are some sharpie adapters that work with the Cricut Air 2 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3090732/files

Resources

https://lovesvg.com/
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Could we get a post on the most important accessories to get. I ordered some but many links from deal thread didn't work.. :(
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keyser-soze wrote: Could we get a post on the most important accessories to get. I ordered some but many links from deal thread didn't work.. :(
I once ordered a set of vinyl sheets from Amazon and it came with a pair of tweezers like these: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AEvzUC

Honestly that is the only accessory I have really purchased for my vinyl cutting. It helps with the "weeding" (peeling the vinyl pieces off).

I'd suggest just getting the vinyl cutter setup and play around with it before you drop a bunch of money on accessories you might not actually need.
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Thanks. This is a great idea. Nothing to share yet…but once I do I’ll post!
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thanks, OP!

I wonder if it could be in a section where we can give thumbs up? not sure which one though....
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Great idea. Maybe the thread should be called Cricut cutter machine discussion or something like that. It does more than just cut vinyl, might get more people come in to look at the discussion.
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I think a lot of us don’t know what vinyl cutting is. Sounds like making a music album lol.
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tvwatcher wrote: thanks, OP!

I wonder if it could be in a section where we can give thumbs up? not sure which one though....
I'm not sure either. Maybe electronics? I need suggestions.
Tha DraGun wrote: Great idea. Maybe the thread should be called Cricut cutter machine discussion or something like that. It does more than just cut vinyl, might get more people come in to look at the discussion.
Good idea. I keep forgetting it does more than just vinyl. I have renamed.
CardinalComb wrote: I think a lot of us don’t know what vinyl cutting is. Sounds like making a music album lol.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinyl_cutter
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Sounds like can make something with this and sell on Etsy.

What are things you can make that can be sold for good margins?
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Statistics101 wrote: Sounds like can make something with this and sell on Etsy.

What are things you can make that can be sold for good margins?
That's exactly what I was thinking. Only thing that might be an issue is shipping. It's soooo much to ship anything Canada Post. There must be a better way that I don't know about.

My wife wants to sell some travel mugs at work too.
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Statistics101 wrote: Sounds like can make something with this and sell on Etsy.

What are things you can make that can be sold for good margins?
Keep in mind that everyone and their dog has a Cricut machine these days and Etsy and FB Buy&Sell sites are flooded with cutting machine created crafts. You have to be pretty unique to come up with a bestseller.
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TheMadMax wrote: I once ordered a set of vinyl sheets from Amazon and it came with a pair of tweezers like these: https://www.amazon.ca/Surgical-Tweezers ... s9dHJ1ZQ==

Honestly that is the only accessory I have really purchased for my vinyl cutting. It helps with the "weeding" (peeling the vinyl pieces off).

I'd suggest just getting the vinyl cutter setup and play around with it before you drop a bunch of money on accessories you might not actually need.
knuks101 wrote: For the weeding, I use the set from Princess auto pick set.
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Why is this in OT? I don't login often and many lurkers don't login so we can't see OT topics. Maybe move to Home & Garden?

I'm looking for a source of 3M 1080/2080 vinyl for a reasonable price. I think around $4/sqft is my target price. Anyone know of any sellers? Also looking for 3rd party infusible ink or at least cheaper than $9 for 4.5", $19-$24 for 12".
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annnddd...we're moved to Home and Garden!
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Just got mine delivered. Still haven't used it yet tho. I've been watching alot of videos.

FYI you don't need to buy the special Cricut pens for the machine. They cost quite a bit.
You can also use Crayola FINE LINE markers.

Or you can buy adapters online that will let you put other markers in the machine like sharpies.

For example:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094FYHHWY/
https://a.aliexpress.com/_mqOiYKT

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