As I was checking my social media outlets I came across this question on someone else’s post, “Can you cut vinyl on a Cricut without a mat?” It was a good question and I wanted to find out the answer. So I did a little experiment and I have listed my steps and my results.
The first thing that did was line up the 651 vinyl (https://amzn.to/38NBn1L) underneath the plastic guides and the rollers. I was concerned about two things. The first was that my vinyl is stored in IKEA trash bag holders (https://amzn.to/3a10q1I) and the vinyl kept curling up. The second was how soft flexible the vinyl I chose was. I was thinking a thicker, stiffer piece may do better but I tried it anyway.
What I didi not expect was for the vinyl to pull to one side. I loaded and unloaded the vinyl several times to get it as straight as possible. The vinyl in this case was pulling to the left. I am not sure if this was because of the way I had it lined up, the pressure I had on the vinyl or some other reason.
After the vinyl was pulled in the Cricut made the cut. This actually stirred up another concern for me. I was wondering whether the knife would cut through the vinyl and mark up my machine. I am glad to report that on the default setting, it did not.
Once the cut was complete, I was able to weed the vinyl as normal.
The above photo shows the final cut. Due to the machine pulling the vinyl to the left the second image was a little distorted. The first image was fine. I found it interesting that it cut some of the smaller details perfectly but the overall design was offset.
If you are a visual person and the pictures in this post was not enough, I have posted a video of the process below. If you decide to give this a try post your results so that we can see.
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