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Alice Offline
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:17:42 AM(UTC)
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I just got my Cricut, and I've been having a blast with it.

I have a question about the blades, can they cut fabric? The reason I'm asking is that my mom is into making dresses and things of the sort and she was wandering if the blade can cut fabric.

Thank you for your help!!!
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#2 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:06:07 PM(UTC)
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It can, but it is kind of limited. You have to use Heat n Bond or other backing, the pieces can only be as big as your mat, it sometimes needs multicut, and sometimes rips.

The most successful attempts I have seen have been felt and with the less intricate cuts. Sometimes you even have to go back and hand-cut areas that don't cut all the way through.

As a former seamstress, I don't think fabric is its best fiber.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:55:41 PM(UTC)
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Hi Alice,
Yes, the bug can cut [cotton] fabric - but Nadia was right about needing to put an iron-on stabilizer on the fabric first. I've had great results with Heat'n'Bond UltraHold NoSew. When you're ready to cut, peel off the paper backing (it's not adhesive) and put on your mat. Press down well with your hands or use some pieces of painter's tape on the corners.
I prefer using my regular blade (not deep-cut), and a new one (in the same way I have fabric scissors). I haven't had to multi-cut, and usually I get great results with maybe a blade depth of 5 and a high [5] pressure.
I have only cut 100% cotton - to make appliques. It says it's no sew, but if you use a hand needle (& thimble!) you can do a blanket stitch around the outter edge to look as if it's hand appliqued.

Or you can always use your machine to make a template for your mom to trace & cut!!
Have fun crafting,
Gayle
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#4 Posted : Friday, April 15, 2011 11:23:21 AM(UTC)
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Thank you so much Nadia and Gayle for your help.

This gives me and idea and I can tell my mom what she needs to get in order to do her project.

Thanks once more to both of you.

Alicia (Alice)
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#5 Posted : Saturday, April 16, 2011 9:51:57 AM(UTC)
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BigGrin Glad we could help!BigGrin
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