Cricut EasyPress 2

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of my favourite things to play with and craft with with Cricut is the iron on vinyl. I love the bespoke look, I love things labelled – pretty helpful in a family with three boys even if one is an adult, I love making tweaks to every day products that you find and making you smile when every you see them! And now the Easypress 2 from Cricut makes this a million times easier. From designing your own t-shirt and making it unique to tailoring cushions and items around the home this can now all be done in seconds without the need for waiting for the iron to cool then reheat to the relevant temperature between layers and also enabling a stronger hold than before so it doesn’t come off in the wash.

After my review on the Cricut maker last week this is my review on the EasyPress2 which works along side it. The Cricut EasyPress 2 is used to adhere material to another material using heat. While most people use it for iron-on vinyl you can actually also using it for bonding quilting cottons together with heat transfer bonding for example.

The EasyPress  is like a rather clever iron. The EasyPress 2 is updated version of the original EasyPress. It comes in three sizes which I love – 6” x 7”, 9”x 9” and 12” by 10”. I have the 9” by 9” to review in this article. You control the temperature depending on what material is being bonded to very precisely and it heats up to 205C or 400F. Its heats up surprisingly quickly and includes on the top a countdown timer and comfortable handle. The base is ceramic coated and glides easily across the fabric. It also has a safety base and an auto shut-off.

Included in the retail price of £170 for the 9” by 9” is the safety base, a welcome book, a cotton storage bag and vinyl iron-on Cricut logo to practise with, safety instructions and warranty.

So what did we create?

Well I have been trying to work on the boys about not just dropping the dirty clothes on the floor in our house as amazingly they don’t make their way to the washing machine on their own so the boys chose some of their favourite bright colours of Vinyl and laundry bags have been made!

We saw the Laundry bag design on Cricut Design Space and thought it was superb for our laundry bags. We customised the design to be in three colours rather than one or two and we thought it was nice and clear and bright. We made sure it fitted the bag we have and proceeded to make it – we flipped the design to allow a kiss cut (only cuts through the vinyl not the liner)

Once cut the vinyl was peeled off the cutting mat and the bits we didn’t need removed. The Cricut has a great tool for this! Weeding tool!

I had checked out on Cricut first what temperature I would need for Everyday Iron-on Vinyl on to 100% cotton and using the EasyPress Mat underneath and it gives you the temperature perfectly. I love this tool- it’s a real bonus and saves so much faffing around.
It advises preheating the cotton first for 5 seconds having preheated the EasyPress to 170C. One we had done this and placed the Vinyl in place we placed the EasyPress 2 
straight on top and pressed the button. 

No need to worry about timing as the count down starts automatically for you. We then flipped the fabric and pressed from the back too. Once you have done this I would highly recommend burnishing your Vinyl first before removing your liner. It gives it a little extra power and the liner was then easy to lift off. We moved almost immediately on to the next piece and had the bag finished in a matter of minutes with the different layers and colours!

We have since making these made a new t-shirt for hiking in, and currently designing and creating spring/summer cushions – after all why not?!

Having used iron-on vinyl with the iron for years I did wonder what my thoughts would be but I have to say I loved the EasyPress 2 . It was light, glided well across the fabric, didn’t stick and maintained its heat superbly. I might even have used it to try out the sheets and duvet covers too – they look amazing after!

I personally will be investing in the smaller one as well as I can take that round friends and will allow me to use it on smaller crafting projects and quilt cushions. I think it makes using the iron-on so much easier and gives a better longer lasting effect than an Iron. Its really inspired me to start making gifts too for friends using it. Its definitely a worth while investment if you’re going to be working with materials!

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