Learn the Tips for cleaner cuts when having Cricut Cutting Problems!
Have you ever started a Cricut Project and was so excited about the finally outcome but instead ended up with Cricut Cutting Problems?
You spent so much time designing your project and then become so disappointed because the cuts are not clean or the material gets torn up?
I’ve been using my Cricut for over 5 years so this has happened to me SO MANY TIMES and I know for a fact it has happened to many others too. I constantly see people posting about it in Cricut Facebook Groups.
To help you from wasting material, I’m going to share the best tips for getting the cleanest Cricut Cuts possible.
BEST TIPS FOR CLEANER CRICUT CUTS
When trying to figure out why your Cricut Cuts are not clean, check to see if you are having these Cricut Cutting Problems.
CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEM #1: CHECK YOUR CRICUT MAT
To get clean Cricut cuts, you need clean Cricut Mats.
So the first thing you should check if you are having Cricut cutting problems is your Cricut mat. A clean and sticky Cricut Mat will make all the difference if you are having Cricut cutting issues.
CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEM #2: CHECK YOUR CRICUT BLADE
To get clean Cricut cuts, you need clean Cricut Blades.
It’s very simple to clean Cricut blades. Take some alumni foil and roll it into a ball. Remove the Cricut blade from the Cricut Housing and then stab into the foil ball several times.
This will help to remove any debris that may be stuck to the blade.
You should do this to your Cricut Blade often as it really helps with getting smoother Cricut Cuts.
If your Cricut Blade is dull, you will need to invest in a new Cricut Blade.
CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEM #3: CHECK YOUR CRICUT SETTINGS
If you are having trouble with cutting material with your Cricut, you will want to check that you are using the correct Cricut Settings.
Depending on which Cricut machine you have, there are a couple of different ways to set the Cricut settings.
If your machine has a dial, you can turn the dial to the correct setting or use custom so you can set the settings in Cricut Design Space.
If you have a newer Cricut Machine such as a Cricut Maker 3, you will set the Cricut Settings in Cricut Design Space.
Regardless of which machine you have, I find it most effective to always set the Cricut Settings in Cricut Design Space. This way you can customize the material and pressure.
I have found more pressure or washi setting for intricate cuts of vinyl has really helped with my Cricut Cutting Problems.
CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEM #4: USE THE RIGHT CRICUT MATERIAL
If your material is constantly getting torn up or ripped during the cut, you might not be using the right Cricut Material.
The quality of the material and the type of Cricut Mat you are using does matter.
You want to make sure you are using the right mat for the material you are cutting with your Cricut. Cricut makes several different mats, all with different levels of grip.
So if you are using the right type of mat and still having issues, try a different brand of material or different material all together.
For example: not all cardstock works great with Cricut. I’ve noticed some brands work better than others.
CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEM #5: CHECK YOUR CRICUT DESIGN
If you want to get the perfect Cricut cut every time, you’ll want to check your Cricut Design.
Not all Cricut designs and Cricut SVGS will cut smoothly. If the Cricut design edges are jagged, you won’t get clean cuts. I have found an easy Cricut Hack on how to get clean Cricut edges every time.
You’ll also want to check the Cricut design to see how intricate it is.
The smaller the cuts and font, the more chances for CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEMS.
So try increasing the size or use a thicket font. If you can’t increase the size or change the Cricut Font, just make sure you are using the correct Cricut Settings.
I have found the Washi setting to be the best Cricut setting for intricate cuts and small fonts.
TIPS FOR A PERFECT CRICUT CUT
Here are my favorite Cricut tips on getting the Perfect Cricut Cut:
- Always do a test cut prior to cutting your whole project.
- Don’t forget to mirror when using HTV.
- Make sure the image has clean edges
- Use the correct Cricut Settings
- Always clean your Cricut blade before cutting
- Always use clean Cricut mats before cutting.
- Increase the size and font
- Reverse wedding for intricate cuts
- Use a Lint Roller to remove any debris or dust from Cricut cutting Mats
- Use a Cricut Applicator or Cricut Brayer to smooth any wrinkle or bubble when applying the material to the Cricut Mat
- Use Blue Painters Tape to tape the material down to the Cricut Mat to ensure it doesn’t move during the Cricut Cut. Sometimes more pressure can move the material (even with a brand new mat).
- Use a new Cricut Blade if you are still having Cricut Cutting Issues
CRICUT CUTTING PROBLEMS: TIPS FOR CLEANER CUTS
If you have tried all these Cricut Cutting Tips and you are still having cutting problems, you may need to call Cricut Support.
Cricut Support is so helpful and they can check a few other things and your Cricut Machine Warranty. You can always try to reach them over Cricut Chat, if you don’t want to call in.
So don’t get frustrated, it’s very common to have some issues with cutting designs with the Cricut project. I can’t even count how many times I’ve had issues and wasted projects. So just know it happens to all of us.
The best Cricut Tip is always do a practice cut. This will help you from wasting material while you figure out the best Cricut Setting for your Cricut Project.