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#1 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2013 5:53:37 PM(UTC)
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Hello all, I'm very new to the Cricut world and am having an issue I'm not sure how to fix...
I JUST took my new expression out of the box and got it hooked up... the very first cut (and each one since) is very rough. I have adjusted the speed, and the pressure... and the depth of the blade... but I still am getting rough cuts... any ideas on how to fix it?
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#2 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2013 6:05:28 PM(UTC)
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Chipboard? What are your settings? Are you using the deep cut housing?

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#3 Posted : Monday, March 11, 2013 7:30:56 PM(UTC)
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your photo looks as if you are cutting chipboard or at least some type of paper that is very "fiberous" for lack of bette word. Cricut will not cut papers that have a lot of loose fiber content. Sometimes it just takes trial and error to figure out what paper works best. A lot of crafter, me included, will use cereal boxes (my favorite is bisquick boxes)for chipboard. It cuts smooth and it is not so thick that you have to use the deep cut blade. you can cut multiple cuts and glue together if you need it to be thicker. Set your blade on 6 and pressure to the max. I will always do a multi cut 2 times on chipboard and thick papers just to make sure it cuts through at all the turns and corners.

Since you have had obviously lots of ripping and tearing with your paper like the pic shows, you probably have fibers trapped in your blade housing and that will cause it not to move freely. Remove the housing, punch the blade out and clear out any loose fibers that may be trapped.

hope this helps
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:00:23 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the input, but it wasn't 'chip board' it was cardstock for a card... as you can see from this photo it does it on plain copy paper, too. I have it set to 6 and the pressure to max... I think I'm going to buy a new blade this weekend and give it a try... otherwise the whole thing is going back for a refund! Sad

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#5 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:06:50 PM(UTC)
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For regular paper since its so thin try it with the blade on 2 and the pressure on med.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:20:26 PM(UTC)
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Sorry it hasn't worked out for you yet. Hoping the new blade will be better, but first as maxluv says, the max blade and pressure is too much for thin copy paper. The blade is probably digging into the mat and dragging rather than cutting. The thinner, lighter weight the paper is the lower you need pressure and blade setting, and vice versa the heavier, thicker it gets. The speed because i use ccr is not something i never change because ccr controls the speed but if you are using the machine as a stand alone, the more intricute the cut is I think the slower the speed needs to be.

But again, there are some papers that just won't cut well. Somewhere there is a chart that has been mentioned on here that is a settings guide for different types/brands of papers. Maybe someone will post a link to that. I don't remember where it is or I would. My favorite cardstock is ACCardstock (American Crafts)

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#7 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:26:34 PM(UTC)
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Before you ship it back (as I almost did) give it another try or two. Have you downloaded the Cricut Cutting Guide? It has a lot of the card stocks and what depth, speed and pressure to cut them on for intricate and basic shapes. PM if you need info
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 6:14:58 PM(UTC)
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The Cricut Cutting Guide can be found at Above Rubies Studio.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:36:54 PM(UTC)
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Here are a couple of guides from PC that I have on my blog {where you can click on them and they will enlarge}:

http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/p/cricut-help.html



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#10 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:39:20 PM(UTC)
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Where can we find these to download or print?
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:45:41 PM(UTC)
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I'm not sure as I had saved them before the website was updated and got them from the "NEWS" section {which isn't there any more}. Let me look around. . .I'm sure they are still somewhere!
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:00:59 AM(UTC)
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You can right click on the enlarged image in Scrapalettes blog and save to your desktop. Then you can right click on that image on your desktop and select print - you can choose whatever size you want to print it.

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