This is one in a series of posts answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the Cricut machine. See all the other posts in the series HERE. If you still have questions feel free to reach out via email or social media and I will get back to you.
Upgrading A Cricut Machine With Cartridges
I recently had a cricut craft night with a friend of mine who had owned an older version of a Cricut machine that still used Cartridges. Since I didn’t own a machine until the Cricut Explore, it was interesting to talk craft with her and it was interesting to see what great features have been added to the new machines.
The new features that made such a huge difference were being able to mirror image your designs for iron on. The older machines didn’t have this ability, so you had to cut out each letter or shape, then free hand place them on your material. Luckily now the letter spacing can stay the same because you cut the back side of the iron-on vinyl and the clear layer acts like a built in transfer tape, keeping everything properly spaced out.
If you are upgrading to a Cricut Explore you can link your cartridges to your account so all the images you purchased can be used in Design Space too! It’s pretty simple to do.
How do I link cartridges to Cricut Design Space with my Explore machine?
Make sure your machine is turned on and connected to the computer with the USB cable. Open up design space, making sure you aer logged in to your account.
- Click on the Account Menu in the upper left corner of Cricut Design Space and choose “Link Cartridges” from the menu.
- Select your Cricut machine from the drop-down menu. For best results, wait until Design Space has connected to your machine before inserting your cartridge. Once the machine has been detected, insert your cartridge into the cartridge port above the “Open” button on the machine, and click the “Link Cartridge” button.
If you have already linked your cartridges to your account through Cricut Craft Room, they will automatically be available in Cricut Design Space. There is no need to re-link them. For instructions on how to link your Cricut Gypsy to your Cricut.com account, please visit this help article.