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#1 Posted : Sunday, July 21, 2013 2:06:58 PM(UTC)

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Hi, I've been using my Cricut Original and Expression for some time now. I keep having the same issue again and again. When cutting intricate images or small letters (1-inch), the paper is torn rather than cut. Then the paper bunches up under the blade. Can someone please tell me why this happens? It is very frustrating. I get all excited about working on a new project; then, it takes forever because I have to cut and recut and recut. I have tried several things: a new mat, a new blade, increasing the pressure and speed, and lessening the pressure and speed while using the multi-cut function. Any other suggestions?Confused
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#2 Posted : Sunday, July 21, 2013 3:13:11 PM(UTC)

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When my bug does that, I usually start by replacing the blade. My problem is that I keep going and going and going until I have a problem like this.

I also burnish the paper onto the mat, really hard, with the back of a spoon when this happens.

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Sometimes, certain papers don't cut as well as others no matter what you try to do.

Have you tried cutting the intricate image just 1/4" bigger....with the same paper? Maybe that can give you some insight as to why it's not working so good at the size you're trying to cut.

If you're using an E, be sure you have the arrow on the blade housing pointing out to you as you tighten the screw around the blade housing. ALSO, be sure it is screwed tight.

The burnishing helps me, too. ALSO, just try taping around the edges of your paper to be sure your paper isn't moving. Any little movement will cause the intricate pieces to not cut out too good.

Hope something suggested helps you. Let us know.

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I would try another brand of paper. I know some brands don't cut well for me. Even sometimes a certain color. (I've found I can only cut the Michaels brand of Primary Green paper.)
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#5 Posted : Monday, July 22, 2013 2:58:04 PM(UTC)

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I had my Expression for quite sometime and mine started doing the same thing. Even on images that weren't so intricate. I tried changing the speed, pressure, mat, blade, and yes even different types of paper and brands (all of which I'd previously been using). I eventually gave in and bought a new expression. Well, all is good in the land of Cricut at my house now. My new one is cutting like butter and I am quite happy. Sometimes, I think the machines just wear out and no matter what, they just need to be put to rest. I wasn't angry about it, I had gotten many years of cuts out of the first one, he just need to RIP.
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