Cricut Expression

geezerfolks_SharonG_FLMay 15, 2012

I am in deep trouble! Have been setting up travel plans and plan to be spending some time with my sister in MN next month. Then she emails me and says she has a Cricut Expression she has never used! She won't be able to say that by the time I leave! LOLOLOL Anyone have this and any suggestions?

I plan to start a thread on the Conversations side of the forum so anyone that might be in the area of wherever I am during the 3 months I'm traveling, give a shout and we'll see if we can't meet up, even if it's just for coffee.

SharonG/FL (soon to be IN, MN, MI)

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K8Orlando

Sharon, I'm sure you'll have fun with it! I don't have one but here's a link to a video about using the Cricut to cut fabric; it may help get you started.

What I read said fabric dulls the cutting blade and suggested you have a spare blade on hand. I don't see how fabric would dull it worse than paper would though!

Kate

Here is a link that might be useful: Cricut Fabric

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 8:35PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Thank you, Kate. My sister said it'll make pieces up to 11.5" so I'm thinking of making a few butterflies, flowers and other designs she might have to keep on hand for those quilts that need a little zing.

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 5:33AM
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dlhealdquilter

Sharon, using my Cricut has been one thing I have been trying to perfect. A few things that I have learned: Cut at a slow speed with a deep blade. Pressure should be set at about 5 and your blade should be at 6. I tried cutting the fabric with just my stabilizer pressed the back of the fabric and ran into problems. Recently took a lecture on using the cricut for applique and learned that if you press a shet of freezer paper to the right side of the fabric and have your stablizer on the back of the fabric it works much better. Went home and tried it and it worked PERFECT!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 10:40AM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Lynn, Thank you so much for the info. I'm going to keep your tip and also send it to my sister. That's awesome!

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 3:27PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

OK, Lynn. We did it your way and no problems!! Thank you. This was the first time for my sister to use it to cut fabric. I think she did awesome! The picture is a bit fuzzy as it was taken with my cell phone and the butterflies and flowers are just laying on the quilt.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 6:55PM
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