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Cricut Crv001 Reviews

Cricut Crv001 Review

Do you love scrapbooking or crafting personalized greeting cards? Meet the ultimate smart cutting machine for small projects.

Cricut Crv001 presents the means to craft infinite possibilities at the touch of a button. This first gen Cricut machine can cut materials like vellum, vinyl, paper, and cardstock — all by utilizing lightweight cartridges to cut complete fonts or shape fonts.

What is included?

  • Cricut Crv001 electronic cutting machine comes with George and Basic Shapes with a 12-inch cutting pad
  • 2 Mats
  • Ac adapter
  • A user guide
  • Cartridge
  • A limited 1-year warranty

Overview of the features

Portable ​​​​electronic cutting machine

The machine makes DIY so satisfying as it is readily portable. It is only 10.3-pounds, meaning you can readily carry it around.

With the flexibility to carry it around and the precision to execute lightweight projects, Cricut Crv001 makes DIY more fun.

Cartridge based-system

The versatile cartridge allows the machine to cut lightweight materials into complete shapes, phrases, and letters on vellum, paper, cardboard, and vinyl.

The Cricut Crv001 only requires you to place your paper on the cutting mat, load it into the machine, insert your cartridge, and make your cutting section.

More importantly, the cartridge system operates independently without the need for a computer. It comes in a George cartridge and basic forms.

Size Dials

The third key feature is the dials. The machine comes with three dials or buttons that empower you to craft a whole new world of shapes and different cut sizes.

On the right side of the machine, you have the size dial, which gives you the freedom to customize how tall your design will be. It presents the option of designing a craft of 1 up to 51/2 inch tall.

On your left, you have two dials. The upper one is a speed knob, and the bottom one works for the pressure of the blade.

The speeds knob enables the Cricut Crv 001 to cut accurately over a speed range of 1 to 51/2. Speed adjustment depends on the type of material you’re working with.

If you’re using a material that is a little more sensitive, you might want to use one piece so that you don’t tear through it. If you’re using thicker material, you want to set it at a higher speed to get the work done in no time.

The pressure dial allows you to cut intricate shapes by adjusting the pressure that the blades exert on the paper during cutting.  The amount of pressure you’re going to choose also depends on the type of material you’re going to use.

See Related Article: How to Cut Layered Images on Cricut

How to Use the Cricut Crv001

Cricut Crv001 Reviews

First, power on the machine and open it.

Put the cartridge on the cartridge space on the farthest right side of the machine and put the keypad that contains your fonts in place.

Then prepare the mat. The mats are usually sticky, but if they’re not, you can always put some sticky glue on the mats to get them sticky again.

After you prepare the mat, use a scraper to apply some pressure on your paper to prevent it from moving. If the paper moves, it is going to destroy your design.

Push the start button on the right side of your machine and insert your paper. Go ahead and hit the “Load Mat” button for the machine to accept your paper.

Type the words you want to print on your paper on the keyboard. Then whatever you’ve fed into the machine will display on the LCD screen. When done, press the cut option.

Hitting the cut button initiates the cutting. Once it rolls over to the way right-hand side, it’ll tell you that it is done.

After the cutting is done,  hit unload and then use a spatula to remove the paper with your design.

You can print tons of designs depending on the type of cartridge you get.

  • Depending on the cartridge you`re using, it can cut phrases for wood signs
  • It will require the purchase of cartridges of different patterns which can be costly
  • It is extremely easy to use
  • Not recommended if you want to use the electric cutter heavily for bulletin boards
  • It has an automatic feeder which automatically maneuvers the cutting mat while your project gets printed
  • Can make stencils as it cuts a variety of material
  • It can cut through fabrics, but you must always attach it using an iron


All in all, Cricut Crv001 is a Personal Electronic cutting machine that empowers you to ride the waves of creativity on small projects. It is a designing tool that presents all you need to live the most creative life.

James M. Rai has been screen printing T-shirts and other textiles professionally and as a hobby for more than 15 years. During that time, he owned and operated a small screen printing shop in northern California for more than 7 years. More recently, James has gotten involved with Cricut and other cutting machines.

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