This morning Cricut had crafting and DIY enthusiasts on the edge of their seats awaiting a big new announcement from the brand. What was revealed in an Apple-style keynote streamed live on their Facebook page was a revolutionary new Cricut machine that can now cut fabric and sewing patterns straight from your computer. Self-titled ‘the ultimate smart cutting machine’, this is a huge and exciting advancement for Cricut and its users who have been asking for sewing related capabilities for years.
So what can the Cricut Maker do that the Explore can’t?
- Cut fabric with a built in rotary blade
- Mark pattern pieces with a washable fabric pen
- Cut even heavier materials with a built in knife blade including cork board, leather and balsa wood
- Access hundreds of sewing patterns with Cricut’s digital sewing pattern library
The new Cricut Maker will be available on August 20th and will retail at $399.99, a hefty jump from the $179.99 Explore model price point. Also announced during the keynote was the launch of the Cricut EasyPress, an iron-like alternative for the application of heat transfers and the Cricut BrightPad, a slim LED light box for weeding and tracing.
The EasyPress is an exciting new addition to the Cricut product suite. Going through the trials and tribulations of applying heat transfers can certainly test one’s patience but the EasyPress promises to offer “iron-on success in 60 seconds or less”. This 9”x9” heat plate enables users to set the temperature and time on a simple control screen and includes an auto shutoff feature for safety. The EasyPress costs $149.99 and is already out of stock!
The BrightPad aims to provide ease with the tedious task of weeding (the separating of cut vinyl and iron-on), tracing and more. It costs $79.99 and is also out of stock following today’s launch.