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#1 Posted : Saturday, May 07, 2011 6:37:44 AM(UTC)

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I got my Cricut for Christmas and I just started using it this week. I tried several times to make a few cuts on regular cardstock and the paper is not cut all the way through and when I try to remove it, the paper rips. I adjusted the blade everywhere from 1 - 6. What other adjustments do I have to make?
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pressure wheel and speed. They are the wheels on left. Increase or decrease. I usually have mine on 4(can't remember the name used min-max. I think med high ??? ) see if that works more the pressure than speed.
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I pm'd you some info. I hope it helps!
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:10:00 AM(UTC)

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I do the same thing, slow down your speed and lighten up your pressure-I use a 2 for velumn, a 4 or 5 for regular cardstock a 6 for heavy-this is for the blade-What I first did is take a basic shape and cut it out using different speed and pressure and blade depth in the beginning this will help. It is trial and error unfortunately. Now only if they could make a cricut that could scan your paper and adjust accordingly-but I am sure they will have that when our kids are out age! Hope this helps and good luck!
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Make sure you have a spatula to remove items from your mat and that will help them not tear from that point.
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#6 Posted : Friday, May 27, 2011 11:22:18 PM(UTC)

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You may need to "season" your mat. I found this link really helpful:

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aboverubiesstudio has a paper setting guide that you can download for free. It even lists cardstock and paper by brand name, and gives the pressure, speed and blade depth to use. (If your blade depth is too high, you'll cut the mat.)

Also - check that you have the blade housing loaded correctly - it goes in way lower than you'd think. I had to put my blade housing in three times when my C was new before I had the clamp around the right part of the housing. Check on YouTube to see if there are any videos that help - somebody has to have a close-up of the housing in the wrong place and the right place.

BTW, they haven't come up with a product that will self-adjust to the type of paper on our mat, but the new E2, you can enter light , medium, or heavy paper, light or heavy cardstock (I think) and it will self-adjust to whatever you've told it you are cutting. Yet another reason to save up for an E!!

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