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    I have read several posts over the last few months here asking if you can cut fabric with the cricut machine. I wondered this too. Went to youtube and watched some videos.

    Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and tried it. I had fabric I didn't think I would use for anything else so experiemented. I startched the fabric and then ironed on heat and bond to the back. For the bat and the cat I placed the fabric side onto the cutting mat which left the heat and bond side facing up. For the Fleur de le I placed the heat and bond side onto the mat and had the fabric side facing up. I think they cut the same.

    It didn't cut perfectly but pretty good. I will definitely try it out again for a few applique wallhanging ideas I have.

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    They look good to me

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    Looks like you will be making an awesome Halloween quilt.

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    I love it.

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    Cool I have a cricut to but never tried cutting fabric. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    I used my cricut to cut fabric and did the same thing, bond side down, and found that you have to use a new cutter and not one that has cut a lot of paper when using fabric. It works wonderful for lettering on quilts as well. Now I have a reason to shell out the large dollars on the cartridges since it now has double duty at the house.

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    Cute!

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    Ive wondered that myself! I loved what that machine can do!

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    This is very timely. Your motifs looks fabulous.

    I've had a pretty complex quilt project in mind for over a year.
    I have all the fabric (over 70, and counting) but I've been vacillating and procrastinating on the method I want to use for the flowers.

    The Accu dies aren't quite the shape and size that I want even though I know that would be the easiest path to take. Actually, paper piecing stars would be the easiest but I'm now quite set on the flowers, and I have a certain look I want.

    So here are a few questions from someone who has NEVER even been in a scrapbook aisle in any store, and has only a vague clue as to how the Cricut even works:

    How can I tell the size of the flowers or is it adjustable?
    http://www.cricut.com/shop/#0/1/1413...pe%20Cartridge

    -Do you have to run it through the machine one at a time, or can you stack them?
    -How long does each "run" take?
    -Are the dies on this site the only ones it can use, or are there 3rd party ones as well? (I remember reading something about a ProvoCraft(?) co - but it was regarding copyright issues.
    -Can you design your own images and cut those?

    The reason I'm asking is I'm curious as to the time it would take to cut X of these if I were to pay someone with the machine to do it for me, assuming I bought the cartridge, and had prepared, cut, and had the fusible already fused to the fabric.

    Sorry for the very, very basic questions. Thanks.
    And sorry for temporarily hijacking your thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    This is very timely. Your motifs looks fabulous.

    I've had a pretty complex quilt project in mind for over a year.
    I have all the fabric (over 70, and counting) but I've been vacillating and procrastinating on the method I want to use for the flowers.

    The Accu dies aren't quite the shape and size that I want even though I know that would be the easiest path to take. Actually, paper piecing stars would be the easiest but I'm now quite set on the flowers, and I have a certain look I want.

    So here are a few questions from someone who has NEVER even been in a scrapbook aisle in any store, and has only a vague clue as to how the Cricut even works:

    How can I tell the size of the flowers or is it adjustable?
    http://www.cricut.com/shop/#0/1/1413...pe%20Cartridge

    -Do you have to run it through the machine one at a time, or can you stack them?
    -How long does each "run" take?
    -Are the dies on this site the only ones it can use, or are there 3rd party ones as well? (I remember reading something about a ProvoCraft(?) co - but it was regarding copyright issues.
    -Can you design your own images and cut those?

    The reason I'm asking is I'm curious as to the time it would take to cut X of these if I were to pay someone with the machine to do it for me, assuming I bought the cartridge, and had prepared, cut, and had the fusible already fused to the fabric.

    Sorry for the very, very basic questions. Thanks.
    And sorry for temporarily hijacking your thread.
    you might find more info by going to ihaveanotion dot com..
    this site does not let me post the link to her blog..she tests ALL die cutting machines and great tutes, FAQ's etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    you might find more info by going to ihaveanotion dot com..
    this site does not let me post the link to her blog..she tests ALL die cutting machines and great tutes, FAQ's etc...
    My questions were specifically realted to the Cricut machine - not the Sizzix or the Accu's or the Vagabound. Those are the machines that Kelly has reviewed. I know about those - but the dies available are not what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    you might find more info by going to ihaveanotion dot com..
    this site does not let me post the link to her blog..she tests ALL die cutting machines and great tutes, FAQ's etc...
    My questions were specifically realted to the Cricut machine - not the Sizzix or the Accu's or the Vagabound. Those are the machines that Kelly has reviewed. I know about those - but the dies available are not what I want.
    I thought she did the cricut and and the SLICE as well! Will look through my blogs, I know someone has the reviews/tutes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    This is very timely. Your motifs looks fabulous.

    I've had a pretty complex quilt project in mind for over a year.
    I have all the fabric (over 70, and counting) but I've been vacillating and procrastinating on the method I want to use for the flowers.

    The Accu dies aren't quite the shape and size that I want even though I know that would be the easiest path to take. Actually, paper piecing stars would be the easiest but I'm now quite set on the flowers, and I have a certain look I want.

    So here are a few questions from someone who has NEVER even been in a scrapbook aisle in any store, and has only a vague clue as to how the Cricut even works:

    How can I tell the size of the flowers or is it adjustable?
    http://www.cricut.com/shop/#0/1/1413...pe%20Cartridge

    -Do you have to run it through the machine one at a time, or can you stack them?
    -How long does each "run" take?
    -Are the dies on this site the only ones it can use, or are there 3rd party ones as well? (I remember reading something about a ProvoCraft(?) co - but it was regarding copyright issues.
    -Can you design your own images and cut those?

    The reason I'm asking is I'm curious as to the time it would take to cut X of these if I were to pay someone with the machine to do it for me, assuming I bought the cartridge, and had prepared, cut, and had the fusible already fused to the fabric.

    Sorry for the very, very basic questions. Thanks.
    And sorry for temporarily hijacking your thread.
    I too have a Cricut Expression and a Gypsy. I have not cut fabric but I have cut vinyl. The Gypsy allows you to alter an image and to place the image on the mat & fabric where you want it. There might be quite a bit of waste (of fabric) if you don't use the Gypsy. You can fill the entire 12x24 mat with images or the same image and then cut it in one fell swoop. The time depends on how intricate the design is. You can't cut more than one layer of fabric at a time. How many do you think you will need? The cost might be in blades and mats as the mats only stay sticky so long. And by the way, the cartridges have come way down in price. I don't know about this flower one as I haven't seen this one before. Cartridges that were once $89.95 can now be purchased on several websites for as low as $14.95.

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    Looks GREAT !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boyz
    I too have a Cricut Expression and a Gypsy. I have not cut fabric but I have cut vinyl. The Gypsy allows you to alter an image and to place the image on the mat & fabric where you want it. There might be quite a bit of waste (of fabric) if you don't use the Gypsy. You can fill the entire 12x24 mat with images or the same image and then cut it in one fell swoop. The time depends on how intricate the design is. You can't cut more than one layer of fabric at a time. How many do you think you will need? The cost might be in blades and mats as the mats only stay sticky so long. And by the way, the cartridges have come way down in price. I don't know about this flower one as I haven't seen this one before. Cartridges that were once $89.95 can now be purchased on several websites for as low as $14.95.
    Thanks so much for the information. I didn't realize there were 12x24 size mats for that machine. It looks so small.

    My flowers need to be around 3" and 5" to fit on 4" and 6" backgrounds, and about 150(?) in total. I just arbitrarily picked that cartridge because it's close to what I want.

    Now I've read a bit about the Gypsy. Who knew? ;-)
    So I could design the template to be exactly what I want, and then print it out in a variety of sizes, right?

    I was really NOT wanting to buy a machine, but is this a good deal?
    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/cricut-...ewing-_-126124

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I was really NOT wanting to buy a machine, but is this a good deal?
    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/cricut-...ewing-_-126124
    seems like a lot of money for a few flowers...perhaps you could find someone that already has the set up and offer to buy the cartridge you need and pay them for their time/use of the machine to get your flowers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I was really NOT wanting to buy a machine, but is this a good deal?
    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/cricut-...ewing-_-126124
    seems like a lot of money for a few flowers...perhaps you could find someone that already has the set up and offer to buy the cartridge you need and pay them for their time/use of the machine to get your flowers!
    I was just asking if it was a good price for the machine/combo offered, not necessarily for my project. Is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I was really NOT wanting to buy a machine, but is this a good deal?
    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/cricut-...ewing-_-126124
    seems like a lot of money for a few flowers...perhaps you could find someone that already has the set up and offer to buy the cartridge you need and pay them for their time/use of the machine to get your flowers!
    I was just asking if it was a good price for the machine/combo offered, not necessarily for my project. Is it?
    I would compare it to Joanns specials, and try Overstock.com!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I was really NOT wanting to buy a machine, but is this a good deal?
    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/cricut-...ewing-_-126124
    seems like a lot of money for a few flowers...perhaps you could find someone that already has the set up and offer to buy the cartridge you need and pay them for their time/use of the machine to get your flowers!
    I was just asking if it was a good price for the machine/combo offered, not necessarily for my project. Is it?
    This Cricut cutting machine appears to be the smaller one. It might be Ok for what you are going to use it for, but you need to be aware that this one takes the 6x12 cutting mat, not the 12x24 mat. Personally, I went with the larger machine and am glad I did. I don't need the larger mat size all the time, but it has come in handy on a couple of occasions.

    there is also a program called design studio that is put out by Provo craft that will allow you to use your computer to arrange things on the cutting mat to save space/fabric etc. I've used it before and liked it, but I lost it in the last computer crash and just haven't gotten around to reloading it. I've not tried the gypsy so I can't comment on that, other than the people I know who have it, like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boyz
    I too have a Cricut Expression and a Gypsy. I have not cut fabric but I have cut vinyl. The Gypsy allows you to alter an image and to place the image on the mat & fabric where you want it. There might be quite a bit of waste (of fabric) if you don't use the Gypsy. You can fill the entire 12x24 mat with images or the same image and then cut it in one fell swoop. The time depends on how intricate the design is. You can't cut more than one layer of fabric at a time. How many do you think you will need? The cost might be in blades and mats as the mats only stay sticky so long. And by the way, the cartridges have come way down in price. I don't know about this flower one as I haven't seen this one before. Cartridges that were once $89.95 can now be purchased on several websites for as low as $14.95.
    Thanks so much for the information. I didn't realize there were 12x24 size mats for that machine. It looks so small.

    My flowers need to be around 3" and 5" to fit on 4" and 6" backgrounds, and about 150(?) in total. I just arbitrarily picked that cartridge because it's close to what I want.

    Now I've read a bit about the Gypsy. Who knew? ;-)
    So I could design the template to be exactly what I want, and then print it out in a variety of sizes, right?

    I was really NOT wanting to buy a machine, but is this a good deal?
    http://crafts-sewing.hsn.com/cricut-...ewing-_-126124
    This is probably not the machine you want. The mat for this is 6x12. You probably want the Cricut Expression. And yes/no. In a way you can design, but the cartridges have pre-designed images. To do your own design or to use clip-art from the web, you would also need Cricut design studio or buy a program on line called SCAL, short for Sure Cuts A Lot. I am not a computer person so have not even tried these, plus it would be very unhandy for me to connect my computer to my Cricut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    This is very timely. Your motifs looks fabulous.

    I've had a pretty complex quilt project in mind for over a year.
    I have all the fabric (over 70, and counting) but I've been vacillating and procrastinating on the method I want to use for the flowers.

    The Accu dies aren't quite the shape and size that I want even though I know that would be the easiest path to take. Actually, paper piecing stars would be the easiest but I'm now quite set on the flowers, and I have a certain look I want.

    So here are a few questions from someone who has NEVER even been in a scrapbook aisle in any store, and has only a vague clue as to how the Cricut even works:

    How can I tell the size of the flowers or is it adjustable? ******************* you can change the size of the flowers in 1/4 increments. If you have the larger cutting mat, you can go up to 11 1/2 or 11 3/4 inches. The smaller machine goes up to 5 1/2 inches with the cutting mat 6 inches.
    http://www.cricut.com/shop/#0/1/1413...pe%20Cartridge

    -Do you have to run it through the machine one at a time, or can you stack********************you can not stack. You can cut as many as will fit on the mat at a time. If you want them all the same size, there is a button you can push and it will automatically cut as many as will fill the mat. I have done this on paper with success. I have not tried it on fabric. Fabric does take more supervision.
    -How long does each "run" take? **************** Depends on how intricate the cuts are. I would guess a few minutes?
    -Are the dies on this site the only ones it can use, or are there 3rd party ones as well? (I remember reading something about a ProvoCraft(?) co - but it was regarding copyright issues. **************** only the cricut carts will work in the machine. There was a computer program (Sure Cuts A lot) that worked but Cricut shut them down I think.
    -Can you design your own images and cut those?*************** You might be able to ALTER designs using the gypsy, I'm not sure, but as far as I know there is no way to create your own designs.

    The reason I'm asking is I'm curious as to the time it would take to cut X of these if I were to pay someone with the machine to do it for me, assuming I bought the cartridge, and had prepared, cut, and had the fusible already fused to the fabric.

    Sorry for the very, very basic questions. Thanks.
    And sorry for temporarily hijacking your thread.
    My apologies - I haven't been able to figure out how to change font color to add my comments so you get the ***** instead. !!! I would be happy to try out some cuts for you to see how it would work. Free of charge :) I too have a floral design in my head and would love an excuse to try it out.

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    wow !! you are great !!! have been trying and trying !

    Thanks so much !

    Ell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabethann
    My apologies - I haven't been able to figure out how to change font color to add my comments so you get the ***** instead. !!! I would be happy to try out some cuts for you to see how it would work. Free of charge :) I too have a floral design in my head and would love an excuse to try it out.
    No problem, thank you for the very informative answers. So now I have an idea of what's possible. But I do see it will be time consuming for the operator as I want 150. Although, on the larger machine, you would be able to do 8 at a time. So a couple of hours maybe.

    I have the EQ colored rendition above my laptop, so I spend a lot of time staring at it. I feel like I'm getting closer.

    Again, thanks so much.

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    Yes, I have done this recently with a quilt I made my FIL. I cut out his name with the Cricut. It worked really great! I starched my fabric first and had my heat n bond on the bottom. No problem.
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    @Corry -
    Those letters are great, and the little peek you've shown of quilt looks fantastic. Can we see the whole thing? Pretty please?

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