Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
A few weeks ago I was sent a Cricut Joy cutting machine to review. It has changed my life and given me a new hobby that I enjoy so much. When I say so much, what I mean is that a family member now has a Cricut Joy too and a friend of mine kindly gifted me a Cricut Maker. I can struggle to unwind, but having these Cricut cutting machines in my life has made such a difference. It is so much fun to discuss makes with other family members. Not long after receiving the Cricut Joy to review there was a knock at the door and a Cricut EasyPress 2 (23cm x 23cm) was delivered. Cricut have sent it to me to review. I felt like the luckiest person on the planet at that moment as I can struggle to use an iron. I could not wait to get started. Upon unpacking the box I found the EasyPress 2, safety base, quick reference chart, welcome booklet and practice project materials. Whilst I did not use these, I think it is great that Cricut give you the opportunity of doing a practice project. It’s a lovely gesture. I also received a draw string bag and an Easypress mat.
I had purchased a ‘Dogs are cuter than boys’ SVG cutting file off of Etsy seller Muse Digital Art. I used an inexpensive T shirt purchased from Amazon and the Cricut black and white iron-on from this pack which Cricut had kindly sent me.
The t shirt came out looking wonderful, so wonderful in fact that another one has since been made for my 17 year old niece.
So how did I achieve such a professional result? I firmly believe that the Cricut Easypress 2 heat press was the key to this and I cannot get over how simple it is to use. I simply ensured that it was sat on its safety base before plugging it in. You then press the on/off button to turn it on. Then you set the temperature to the required temperature by pressing the temperature button on the EasyPress 2 until it flashes and then use the plus and minus buttons to set the temperature. The light on the C button starts out orange but goes beeps once and goes green once the heat press reaches the temperature programmed in. Please note that there is a useful heat guide that you can refer to in Design Space. You can also set how long to press for by pressing the clock button until it flashes and then the plus and minus button to set the timer. Once you are ready to use the heat press you simply press the C button and the heat press presses at the correct temperature for the timings you have programmed in. It even makes a sound when the timer has counted down so you know when to stop pressing.
I always use a piece of white card stock between the layers of the t shirt and I have found that putting a tea towel on top protects the iron on/HTV during pressing. A 15 second press of the t shirt before pressing the HTV/iron on on seems to work well too. The EasyPress mat is so well designed and very easy to press on.
Here are the features of the EasyPress 2:
- Size 23cm x 23cm (also available in 2 other sizes)
- Easy to use – I would agree with this
- Turns off after 10 minutes of inactivity – this is an excellent safety feature
- Lightweight – I agree with this.
- Advanced heat plate design with ceramic surface
Both myself and my mum (who is now a massive Cricut fan) have used the EasyPress 2 and we both love it and think that the results are fantastic. Here are some pictures of other items made recently. This tote bag was made by my mum ready for when my niece goes back to Dance school in September. The red HTV was purchased off of Amazon and the tote bag was from Hobbycraft.
This ‘So apparently I have an attitude’ t shirt was made from a t shirt purchased from Amazon and Hobbycraft holographic iron on. The SVG cutting file was purchased from seller SVG Cuttables on Etsy.
I did also want to mention how user friendly Design Space is. My mum was designing her own designs with text and Design Space images on day one of trying Design Space. I left my Cricut Joy with her to enjoy as I now have the Cricut Maker and my mum has been doing a combination of buying SVG cutting files and making her own design in Design Space to make T shirts, a water bottle etc.
Thank you so much Cricut for introducing us to the wonderful world of Cricut cutting machines. I am so happy to have found such a wonderful hobby that myself and two other family members can enjoy as a family.
I wholeheartedly recommend Cricut as well as the EasyPress 2. In fact, I hope to buy a Cricut EasyPress Mini once I can afford to as I want to put HTV onto canvas shoes.
The Easypress 2 23cm x 23cm heat press can be purchased from Hobbycraft here.