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#1 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:43:20 AM(UTC)
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I bought some felt from Wal-mart and used heatnbond to stiffen it. But, my mini would not cut felt.
Is there a special brand or trick to cutting felt. I tried cutting it heatNbond side up and down.
Neither method worked. I cut it slow and still it wouldn't cut. This was one reason I got the mini.
The big deal that it could cut felt. Of course they don't say what types of felt it cuts.
If anyone has any ideas please let me know.


ETA:

I had success cutting regular craft felt using the cricut mini.
It is called Craft Felts. I found this felt at Wal-mart.
Here's some suggestions when cutting this felt.
Please keep in mind different felts need different preparations when cutting
Speed - 2
Pressure - high
Multi-cut 4



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#2 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 11:02:37 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Scrapbooking_Grandma Go to Quoted Post
I bought some felt from Wal-mart and used heatnbond to stiffen it. But, my mini would not cut felt.
Is there a special brand or trick to cutting felt. I tried cutting it heatNbond side up and down.
Neither method worked. I cut it slow and still it wouldn't cut. This was one reason I got the mini.
The big deal that it could cut felt. Of course they don't say what types of felt it cuts.
If anyone has any ideas please let me know.


I don't want to suggest anything here, but did you try to cut it without the backing? They never really said you had to use a backing, so I thought maybe we would be able to cut felt "as is". Can you see what settings they suggest for felt in our packets that came with our MINIs?

Guess what? I just looked at the guide they sent us; it doesn't even have FELT mentioned in the guide. It's not a big thing for me, because I don't use FELT for anything; but, for those who do, THERE'S NOTHING ON THE GUIDE THAT CAME IN OUR PACKETS TO HELP US WITH CUTTING FELT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've also gone out to cricut.com to read under COMMUNITY. Gues what? They don't mention anything about the MINI cutting felt. I'm POSITIVE I heard them state on HSN "You can even cut FELT with this machine"!!! I wonder if they even know what felt is? I wonder if that is a guise to get more and more people interested in buying and then hoping not too many will notice, because a big majority probably don't cut FELT anyway?

I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING ABOUT THE MINI CUTTING FELT!

Char
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#3 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:02:40 PM(UTC)
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It's on the HSN video. Jinger said it could cut felt. They held up a card of felt cut images.
But, your right they don't have that in the cutting guide that came with the mini.
I did try cutting it without the backing also and it still would not cut.
I should say it cuts but it bunches up and makes a big mess that I have to stop the machine.
What I didn't try was taping the felt onto the mat.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 3:51:42 PM(UTC)
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Yep, Jinger said over and over again that the mini cuts felt. I only had the cheap stuff (from walmart) on hand, but I tried cutting it and it more or less shriveled into a ball. It was a disaster.
Stacy
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#5 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 4:33:32 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: lovethatbug Go to Quoted Post
Yep, Jinger said over and over again that the mini cuts felt. I only had the cheap stuff (from walmart) on hand, but I tried cutting it and it more or less shriveled into a ball. It was a disaster.
Stacy



Thats what I am working with is the felt from walmart. I starched it to stiffen it. When it is dry I'm going to try that.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 4:36:16 PM(UTC)
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Juliana posted a project cutting felt on the Cricut Blog when the mini launched - http://cricutblog.org/?p=2335 and her personal blog post talks about it here... http://17turtles.blogspo...elt-fun-cricut-mini.html . I see she used a stiffened felt. I have read in the past about cutting felt (you can do it with any of the Cricut machines) and it may well have been on the Circle Blog that you need to use a wool felt, not cheap craft felt. I haven't cut felt myself yet, but I have cut fabric before and I do use the heat and bond but I remove the paper backing after I iron it to the fabric, before I stick it to the mat. When I get some felt, I plan on doing it the same way. Good luck!

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Originally Posted by: Cindy - csroyal Go to Quoted Post
Juliana posted a project cutting felt on the Cricut Blog when the mini launched - http://cricutblog.org/?p=2335 and her personal blog post talks about it here... http://17turtles.blogspo...elt-fun-cricut-mini.html . I see she used a stiffened felt. I have read in the past about cutting felt (you can do it with any of the Cricut machines) and it may well have been on the Circle Blog that you need to use a wool felt, not cheap craft felt. I haven't cut felt myself yet, but I have cut fabric before and I do use the heat and bond but I remove the paper backing after I iron it to the fabric, before I stick it to the mat. When I get some felt, I plan on doing it the same way. Good luck!


Do you cut it felt side down or paper side down? What are the settings that you use? TIA!!!!
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#8 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 6:40:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: AliciaPettus Go to Quoted Post
Do you cut it felt side down or paper side down? What are the settings that you use? TIA!!!!


I haven't cut felt yet. You can PM Juliana or visit her blog (link in my post above) and ask her. She'd be happy to help.
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#9 Posted : Saturday, December 10, 2011 7:49:50 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Cindy - csroyal Go to Quoted Post
Juliana posted a project cutting felt on the Cricut Blog when the mini launched - http://cricutblog.org/?p=2335 and her personal blog post talks about it here... http://17turtles.blogspo...elt-fun-cricut-mini.html . I see she used a stiffened felt. I have read in the past about cutting felt (you can do it with any of the Cricut machines) and it may well have been on the Circle Blog that you need to use a wool felt, not cheap craft felt. I haven't cut felt myself yet, but I have cut fabric before and I do use the heat and bond but I remove the paper backing after I iron it to the fabric, before I stick it to the mat. When I get some felt, I plan on doing it the same way. Good luck!


That makes a lot of sense. The craft felt is very soft. The wool felt is very sturdy; you can see a big difference in the two. I never thought about that. All I could think of was the soft felt. I have never worked with either; but, I do know the better felt does not have all the fluff; it's a much stiffer feel.

Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

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#10 Posted : Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:56:51 AM(UTC)
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I haven't tried cutting felt on the mini yet but I've used Paper Trey Ink wool felt with the expression. It cut fantastic just as is ...I didn't use a stiffener or heat' n bond. I cut out one inch letters even and it cut great.

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#11 Posted : Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:27:49 PM(UTC)
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I had success cutting regular craft felt using the cricut mini.
It is called Craft Felts. I found this felt at Wal-mart.
Here's some suggestions when cutting this felt.



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Thank you so much for the video, I will be trying this tomorrow for sure.
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#13 Posted : Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:32:09 AM(UTC)
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I tried severe times to cut felt with my mini and oh my goodness what a mess!, I tried thin, stiff craft felt and regular felt off the bolt. I work with felt quite a bit and bought my mini specifically to cut it, until I figure out the secret I am cutting my shapes from paper and using them as a template to cut the felt by hand. I am resistant to using a fusible web or stiffener out of concern it will gum up my felting needles when I transfer the cut shape to the base piece.
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BTW.....excellent video. You are a wonderful teacher!
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Originally Posted by: my71914toyd94891d9 Go to Quoted Post
I tried severe times to cut felt with my mini and oh my goodness what a mess!, I tried thin, stiff craft felt and regular felt off the bolt. I work with felt quite a bit and bought my mini specifically to cut it, until I figure out the secret I am cutting my shapes from paper and using them as a template to cut the felt by hand. I am resistant to using a fusible web or stiffener out of concern it will gum up my felting needles when I transfer the cut shape to the base piece.



Once your shape is cut you can rinse the starch out of the felt. Let it dry and your good to go.
I wouldn't think it would gum up your needle when the starch is throughly dry.
When starch is throughly dry its stiff not gummy.
Just an idea for you.
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That is an excellent point, going to give it a try.

The other issue I have had cutting felt is it moving on the mat and of course making a mess of the mat itself. I am going to try an old mat that is less sticky and try taping the piece down. I am just not sure if the center of the felt where the cutting takes place with still move around. It may be that I must sacrifice a mat or keeping a dedicated mat that needs reconditioning on a regular basis.

Thanks so much for all your help....Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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I designated a mat for cutting felt and one for chipboard. I do need to recondition the mats regularly.
So far with my cricut mini and cutting felt, I haven't needed to recondition the mat yet with zig 2 way glue.
I have been wiping it off inbetween cuttings with a baby wipe and that has brought back the stickiness.
I will have to recondition it for the next cutting though. I tape down the edges for felt and chipboard so it won't have a chance to move. So far during my experiment with this I haven't had the felt move in the center..

Merry Christmas to you too.

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Excellent video -- thanks for showing us how to use felt. I am going to Walmart and get some felt and starch. I love to do different things with my machines and this is just one more idea I can work with.

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