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Cricut wont cut

Progressively over the past few days my cricut has begun skipping as it cuts. I replaced the blade and not it won't cut at all. I also have tried using one of my ink cartriges it does not work either. It seems as though the arm is not going ua and down.

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My wife's Cricut recently developed the same problem. I work on computers and mechanical stuff, and figured it couldn't hurt to open the machine for a look. What was happening was that the solenoid (like an electromagnet) that pulls the blade down into the paper has stopped working. I don't know if the solenoid itself has gone bad, or if one of the two wires leading to it has fatigued and broken. Whatever the case, my wife called ProvoCraft, and the rep told her it wasn't repairable and she'd have to buy a new one. Personally, I'd like to try and fix it first...

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

  • angelachr204 Jan 21, 2011

    We liked GKetcher's advice so my husband took mine apart and it was the wiring. One had become disconnected. He said it was the 'ground wire' that had become loose. He recommended nudging the wires while the machine is on and it'll jump if that is the problem. He also mentioned the wires weren't put on very well in the first place, but that could just be mine. Anyway it works now! Yay!


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Apprentice: We have a very similar problem. I would love to know how you fixed it. Please email me to let me know.


Posted on Apr 18, 2010

  • Bubbs2010 Sep 29, 2010

    My problem too! I'm so lost without my Cricut!



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