Cricut Original Cricut Maker, Champagne Color

Last updated: January 17, 2023

The Cricut Maker is a hit with many crafters since it can easily handle a wide variety of fabrics, with no need for backing. Quilters can also use it to cut quilting fabric without needing heat and bond. The Cricut Maker uses Adaptive Tool System, providing 10 times the cutting power of comparable machines on the market.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: A craft die-cutting machine that can tackle a wide variety of fabrics.

In our analysis of 40 expert reviews, the Cricut Original Cricut Maker, Champagne Color placed 9th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Introducing the ultimate smart cutting machine. With its expandable suite of tools and advanced Rotary and Knife blades, Circuit Maker gives you the freedom to make virtually any DIY project. Circuit Maker cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to mat board and leather. It’s professional-level cutting performance, accessible to everyone.Compatible with Knife Blade for thicker materials up to 2.4 mm (sold separately).Compatible with Scoring Wheel for razor-sharp creases in cardstock, poster board, and more (sold separately).Compatible with Washable Fabric Pen for marking pattern pieces (sold separately)

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Versatile uses. Quilters can cut fabric without using heat and bond. Also works with delicate fabrics like lace. Can use customized designs.
The new Cricut Maker is the fastest and quietest machine we tested, and the only one that can cut fabric without your having to add anything to stiffen it (such as interfacing).
What’s more, the machine comes with incredible expansion capabilities meaning even if new tools come up in the future, you’ll be easily able to accommodate them.
The unique gliding and rolling action means that it can cut through practically any fabric. And here’s the best bit — it doesn’t require any backing material!
The first Cricut machine to use the Adaptive Tool System. 10x the cutting power of other Cricut machines.
We love love the adaptive tool system that automatically calculates your force according to the material you are using and we are so happy to see an extension on the ready-to-go projects that include some beautiful sewing patterns to cut out.
If you are hand-cutting your sewing patterns before for about an hour or so, you can expect that this task will only be done for only 15 minutes with the new version of Cricut Maker because there are over a hundred of digital patterns from top brands such as Riley Blake and Simplicity which can be automatically cut by the machine!
The Adaptive Tool System is the probably the most impressive feature. It adjusts the direction of the blade as well as the pressure and depth to match the material you’re cutting.
I was pretty impressed that I could lay the cut fabric back down on the mat so many times and still have it make good cuts, especially so close to the previous cuts.

What reviewers didn't like

Some owners are frustrated by the software, saying it is not as user-friendly as they would like.
For small cutting
The only gripe we could pick with this machine is with its limited cutting space.
Just a little niggle for our final negative — the much anticipated Knife Blade for the Cricut Maker won’t be available until late 2017, and you will have to buy it separately.
The downside is that using the Knife Blade is a bit slower. You sometimes need to make an additional cutting pass to ensure a clean, complete cut.
We are annoyed that the knife blade isn’t included in the box and we would love to see a move away from the old Design Space software
Knife blade is not included on when you buy the Cricut Maker for now. You need to buy it separately to enjoy cutting thickest materials.
Similar to the Rotary Blade, cutting shapes smaller than 3/4″ is not recommended.
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