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Robins Creative Cottage Offline
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:17:48 PM(UTC)
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Seriously... what is wrong with my cricut machine? Have any of you had this problem?? {see photo}



This is the first time I've cut this particular image with my cricut, I used my gypsy to cut it and thought maybe that was the problem, so I pulled out my cartridges (which I rarely use, because I use my gypsy almost daily), so using the cartridge didn't help at all the cut looked the same, I even tried to make it bigger... still the same.Mad

I'm starting to have this "love/hate" relationship with my cricut machine, because of problems like this.... when I cut images, circles are not "true circles" scallop circles don't look right. Can some one help me to "love" my cricut machine... I can't even think of purchasing another cutting machine with all I've spent on the cricut and a ton of cartridges.Mad

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#2 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:52:13 PM(UTC)
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Looks like the paper didn't stick to the mat and slid around. I hate when that happens Scared . Try smoothing it all down and watch when you cut.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 5:12:41 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: sunflowerbug Go to Quoted Post
Looks like the paper didn't stick to the mat and slid around. I hate when that happens Scared . Try smoothing it all down and watch when you cut.


It does look like it, but my mat is fairly new so the paper stuck really well. I did try again and watched the paper... it didn't move. :(
Thank you for your thoughts, any other ideas.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 5:28:49 PM(UTC)
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have you tried running a brayer or something over your paper? although it appears to be firmly stuck sometimes it needs that extra umph.

Do you have paper particles stuck in your blade housing?

have you tried cutting in a different spot on your mat?

have you tried resetting your bug?
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 5:32:12 PM(UTC)
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What type of paper are you cutting?
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#6 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:23:32 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Doxieluv01 Go to Quoted Post
have you tried running a brayer or something over your paper? although it appears to be firmly stuck sometimes it needs that extra umph.

Do you have paper particles stuck in your blade housing?

have you tried cutting in a different spot on your mat?

have you tried resetting your bug?


Hi thank you for your thoughts, I do run a brayer over my paper before loading it in my cricut (really I use a pastry/dough roller, but it's like a brayer).
I've checked the blade, no paper particles, I have cut the same image several times in different places on the mat and each time the image looks the same... horrible :(
I did reset using these instructions -HERE

Thank you for helping me check out all areas.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:24:49 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Maxluv Go to Quoted Post
What type of paper are you cutting?


I'm using Stampin' Up! real red cardstock
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#8 Posted : Monday, January 30, 2012 11:31:33 AM(UTC)
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I have recently learned that the cricut really doesn't cut a perfect circle. Wonder if the problem could be in the programing of the cart? Does it work on other images from that cart your using? What about trying a different blade housing. Mine was cutting really off and I thought it was the paper and then it just stopped cutting. I learned by using a family members that it wasn't cutting correctly because my blade housing was defective. It now cuts that paper it couldn't cut before and the cuts look so much better:O) Good luck!!!
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#9 Posted : Sunday, February 05, 2012 1:47:57 PM(UTC)
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I have had the exact same problem until I discovered that the mats I was using where actually the Imagine mats! They state that they are suitable for the Expression but I disagree strongly.
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#10 Posted : Sunday, February 05, 2012 2:09:59 PM(UTC)
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Hi there,
Have you tried a 'hard reset'? It does seem as if the programming for the beginning & ending of the hearts is way off...
Just a thought...
Gayle
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, February 08, 2012 12:34:40 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GayleWheaton Go to Quoted Post
Hi there,
Have you tried a 'hard reset'? It does seem as if the programming for the beginning & ending of the hearts is way off...
Just a thought...
Gayle


Hi Gayle,
What is a "hard reset"?
I have done the reset following these directions -HERE Is a hard reset something different?
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, February 08, 2012 12:37:40 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MelissaNoel Go to Quoted Post
I have recently learned that the cricut really doesn't cut a perfect circle. Wonder if the problem could be in the programing of the cart? Does it work on other images from that cart your using? What about trying a different blade housing. Mine was cutting really off and I thought it was the paper and then it just stopped cutting. I learned by using a family members that it wasn't cutting correctly because my blade housing was defective. It now cuts that paper it couldn't cut before and the cuts look so much better:O) Good luck!!!


Hi Melissa,
The only other blade housing is my deep cut blade, I'll try that. And also try other similar cuts from that cartridge. I'll see how that goes.
Thank you so much for you suggestions
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#13 Posted : Wednesday, February 08, 2012 6:45:26 AM(UTC)
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It's your Cardstock. So many of us have trouble with SU's CS. It's not the best for cutting on the Cricut. Can you try the cut on a different cardstock? If that gets the same result let us know.

The arrows on your blade housing need to be facing you. It's best to point the arrow right between the blade holder arms.
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#14 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 8:56:34 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Robins Creative Cottage Go to Quoted Post
Hi Gayle,
What is a "hard reset"?
I have done the reset following these directions -HERE Is a hard reset something different?



Hi ladies,

I think I need to know how to do this too. Did you find out how to do a hard reset? Thanks for any help.
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#15 Posted : Sunday, February 12, 2012 9:01:09 PM(UTC)
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A "soft" reset is just pressing the reset button. The link previously posted is the "hard" reset but here it is:

1) First, turn your machine on with no cartridge loaded. Then you are going to roll all your gray dials (the two on the left and the one on the right) down to their lowest setting.

2) Then you will want to grasp the green/gold cylinder blade assembly and use it to pull the entire gray carriage car unit (the one with the Cricut bug on it) along its track to the other side of the machine. Back in the cave where the gray carriage car usually sits there is a red button. Press that button and hold it down for about three seconds. Let go and then move the gray carriage car back into place.

3) This next step will sound a bit odd, but many times it can fix your Cricut. You’re going to roll all your dials all the way up and all the way down three times—three times for each dial.

4) Then you are going to hit the “Cut” button and turn the machine off. Let the machine sit for a few minutes (15-20), load a cartridge, turn it on, and try a practice cut.

If this does not solve your problem, give PC a call (or use the Live Chat option) toll free at 1-877-727-4288 7am to 6pm MST Mon-Fri (make sure you are by your machine) and someone there will walk you through some trouble shooting tips.
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:27:10 AM(UTC)
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Just wondering if you ever were able to fix this? I tried my same matte, paper, cut, and cartridge in a friends machine, and it cut fine...mine is wonky. I'm doing the cursive word "hello" and it's all smushed. I've tried every suggestion on this page multiple times.

*hard reset X3. The first time, it seemed to get better, but I didn't have the pressure reset. When I adjusted the pressure, it was back to the same.
*new needle inserted
*various papers
*adjusted blade depth
*blade is between housing arms
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#17 Posted : Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:02:59 PM(UTC)
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what cartridge is that heart border from? I'd like to cut it if I have it and see if I have any problems.

Joyce
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#18 Posted : Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:17:46 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JoyceG Go to Quoted Post
what cartridge is that heart border from? I'd like to cut it if I have it and see if I have any problems.

Joyce


I think it's Paper Lace. HTH
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#19 Posted : Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:43:16 AM(UTC)
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I never have problems like this with my Expression. All of my cuts come out looking like they do in the books & my circle cut perfect. I just cut 18 circles for a birthday banner last week & they are all perfect. I have had some jagged edges when my blade is dull, but a new one works wonders! If the hard reset didn't work, call CS!
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Did you try a different mat? Sometimes the edges might be slightly curled and can throw off the cuts.

I am really thinking that the reset might help more though.
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#21 Posted : Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:01:26 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: funnybandaidsf3e1f318 Go to Quoted Post
Just wondering if you ever were able to fix this? I tried my same matte, paper, cut, and cartridge in a friends machine, and it cut fine...mine is wonky. I'm doing the cursive word "hello" and it's all smushed. I've tried every suggestion on this page multiple times.

*hard reset X3. The first time, it seemed to get better, but I didn't have the pressure reset. When I adjusted the pressure, it was back to the same.
*new needle inserted
*various papers
*adjusted blade depth
*blade is between housing arms


Try using your friends blade housing in your Cricut (or visa versa) and see if you have the same problem. If it cuts correctly it probably means it's the blade housing that needs replacing.
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#22 Posted : Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:01:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: LovelyLady Go to Quoted Post
I think it's Paper Lace. HTH


That's one I don't have :(

Joyce
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