First let’s talk about my Cricut background…
I figure before you listen to me on what Cricut accessories you need. I should tell you about me and why I know what I’m talking about. SimplySena started as just simple crafts in 2017. I made shirts, signs and decals using my cricut. I practiced with small projects for family friends and next thing I knew I had a full blown business on my hands.
Since starting this business I have had consistent work and have helped countless people start their own Cricut business as well. This post is me letting you know that I have been through it all at this point. I have spent money on things that are still sitting in packages because it was a “must have” item that was just not needed. Note that this is directed towards basic vinyl projects. You may need other items when producing paper products.
A little about Cricut machines…
First, my first Cricut was the Explore Air 2 it was an excellent machine. I highly recommend it for someone starting and not sure what they what they want to do with it. The main differences between the machines would be the depth in which you can cut materials and the cutting force that the machines use. What the heck does that mean? The air can cut tons of materials, but the maker can cut thicker materials such as balsam wood and thicker leather. If those are something you are interested in working with, then I would skip the air and go straight to the maker. If shirts, signs, decals, and stickers are your thing then the air will be just fine!
What do beginners need to get started with Cricut?
Next, question I get is what should I buy to get started? Luckily Cricut sells a accessory kit that honestly has it all. I have this set and I love it, however there are better tools out there you can purchase separately. The weeding tool being one of them. I use this one specifically and I love it so much. Cricut brand has a good one that comes in the set, but for personal preference the retractable works best for me. The set also comes with a pair of scissors which I love. I just keep a larger pair on hand for bigger projects. These ones happen to be my favorite!
You will also need a mat or two. I use green the most and my second used mat is the purple. The green mat is for most materials its their mid grade strength when it comes to stickiness. The purple is the strongest and I typically use it for things like glitter vinyl that is much thicker than basic iron on. They also have a pink and blue mat for fabric and paper products.
Another bit of advise I could give is the type of vinyl and htv you use. I purchase most of these from Amazon, but there are a lot of great sites out there you can buy from! I mostly buy things now to make for myself or very last minute so Amazon has turned into my go to for those things. You can see my favorite permanent vinyl here and my favorite HTV here.
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