Cutting SVG Files with Cricut Cutting Machines

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Update! Click here if you have a Cricut Explore and want to learn more about using SVG files with Cricut Design Space:

Based on recent site analytics, we’re seeing an increase in the number of Cricut users wanting the ability to cut SVG files with their machines! Did you know that it was once possible to purchase software that gave Cricut users the ability to do just that? Sure Cuts A Lot 2 and Make The Cut software were available for purchase and compatible with the Cricut Personal, Cricut Cake (12×12 and 6×12), Cricut Expression and original Cricut cutting machines.

Lawsuits

Initially, ProvoCraft filed a lawsuit against Make The Cut, a few months later the case was settled out of court and Make The Cut stopped selling the Cricut compatible version of their software. The software is still available and works with a variety of cutting machines (Pazzles Inspiration, eCraft from Craftwell, Boss Kut Gazelle etc), but no longer supports Cricut Machines. A few months later, Craft Edge (the maker of Sure Cuts A Lot 2) was also hit with a lawsuit. Sure Cuts A Lot 2 was taken off of the market and was replaced by Sure Cuts A Lot 3, which no longer supports Cricut machines.

Cutting SVG Files With Cricut Craft Room

In the spring of 2011, Cricut posted a statement (see the image at the top of this post) that explained and defended their actions. We agree with their statement and understand how important it is to protect intellectual property and prosecute those that illegally circumvent security measures for one’s own financial gain. Would ProvoCraft have been open to creating an approved version of Sure Cuts A Lot for the Cricut? We’ll never know, but what we do know is that they realize the importance of creative freedom and stated that they would “provide their customers the ability to cut some of their own images in Cricut Craft Room in the future“.

When Will I Be Able To Cut SVG Files In Cricut Craft Room?

We’re not sure! We’ve contacted ProvoCraft support and asked them just that, but they didn’t have any information on when the feature would be available. We suggest that you contact ProvoCraft and ask them! It would also be a great idea to express that you specifically want support for SVG files! Here are some of the ways you can contact them.

You can email: support@cricut.com
You can call: 801.932.1144 or 877.7CRICUT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut

SVG Files and Cricut Cutting Machines

Is any version of Sure Cuts A Lot compatible with the Cricut Expression 2?

Can I cut SVG files with Cricut Design Studio?

Can upgrading my Cricut's firmware cause me to lose the ability to use Sure Cuts A Lot 2?

Cricut Craft Room is telling me that I need to update the firmware on my Cricut. Will I still be able to use Sure Cuts A Lot 2 if I upgrade?

I already own Sure Cuts A Lot 2, can I still cut SVG files?

I just purchased a Cricut and want to cut SVG files. Is that possible?


92 Responses to “Cutting SVG Files with Cricut Cutting Machines”

  1. Cindy September 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Somehow PC suing people who make excellent software while PC’s software fails by comparison does not sound like they are putting their customers first. I believe the motive behind these lawsuits had a lot more to do with cartridge sales and limiting crafters than protecting intellectual property. The whole thing just did not seem to be in the best interest of their customers and ultimately PC as this caused many people to discontinue using their products. Perhaps that is why they may someday allow people to cut their own images. But if you know PC they are not quick to do anything. And what exactly does it mean to say “some of their own images”? Sounds pretty wishy washy to me! Just my humble opinion.

    • Rita DeCook December 2, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      I agree. If the price of the cartridges were more “reasonable” and the images more versatile I would buy more.

    • Jeffrey January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      I totally agree with you Cindy… When someone is in the market for a cutting machine, ProvoCraft/Cricut will bend over backwards and promise you the world to hook you into purchasing their product—but once you get it—-it’s YOU that’s bending over, and “that ain’t backwards either”

      There is a group of us who are working with a law firm to fight back against ProvoCraft/Cricut for the injunction/lawsuit that prohibits anyone from obtaining a cutting program that would allow the cutting of any image on one’s own machine. Would anyone else be interested in joining a class action suite against ProvoCraft/Cricut? The MAJOR issue we all have with them is the way the lawsuit/injunction against purchasing any software that works on a cricut type machine, is the fact that they refer to these machines as being “THEIR’S”…they constantly use the term “OUR machines”. WELL, I’m sorry , but when I paid $299.00, that cricut machine became MINE, and is not one of their “OUR” machines…therefore, I should be afforded the ability to purchase a software program that performs as I want it to perform, and makes MY machine perform as I want it to perform. By their injunction, I have a machine that is restricted, and not able to do what I want….therefore, I am dissatisfied with their products, and should receive some type of compensation.

      Anyone wishing to join our class action suit, please let us know, first, by a reply below. If enough people are interested on this blog, we’ll begin communications and going forward with our plans…

      • Bob Moravsik February 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

        Installed CCR and sure enough it updated the firmware to 2.43 and SCAL 2 won’t work. These bastards obsoleted over 1,500 images collected over time. We are looking at the possibility of dumping the Critcut and picking up a Sizzix eclips machine.
        I’ve written Cricut but have not gotten any answer. I hope their strategy fails and they go bankrupt

        • Thereasa Willis March 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

          So since my Cricut has the 2.43 firmware the SCAL2 won’t work at all with the Cricut Expression I have. The Cricut was given to me by a friend and I just started looking around and finding information on how best you use it. This sucks if I am limited to cartridge only stuff.

          • May June 22, 2013 at 10:45 am #

            I have the Expression and the Imagine. SCAL works on my Expression, but will not work on Imagine because that came with a new firmware. I have not upgraded my Expression’s Firmware for that same reason. I have recently purchased the Silhouette Cameo and love it way more! It is by far more versatile. Now, what to do with my Cricuts? LOL…

      • Patricia Jackson February 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

        I am a digital art designer, and I would love to be able to cut my images for the scrap-booking kits I make. Right now I can only make digital kits. I want to make my own tags with my images, but either have to hand paint or cut out by hand. I can’t use any other programs with cricut. Is there any other machines that you can use to cut your own images?

        • leconie February 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

          From my understanding of eclips which i bought one,
          and with the eCAL software (for use with your computer and eclips electronic shape cutting machine), you can create and modify your own design….furthermore, the eclips can draw as well…if you buy the accessories…

          I am a designer too… i am looking forward to do more on this machine once i got the little problem i had with this machine sorted out.

        • Carol Carratt April 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

          Silhouette Cameo

        • FERGILAN July 29, 2013 at 10:29 am #

          I use the Black cat cougar and make the cut software and have found both excellent

      • Krystianna February 28, 2013 at 7:22 am #

        Jeffrey, I agree! Once bought it is now my machine. If it is “our” machine, then maybe they’d like to kindly contribute a bit to the supplies “our” machine needs. Count Me In!

        • Laura March 13, 2013 at 8:48 am #

          I purchased a Sizzix Eclips about 5 months ago and within the first hour using it I realized I would never use my Cricut again. My Cricut was only 2 years old and was a gift from my husband. With his permission I put it on Craigs list(along with a few cartridges and the Gypsy I got on closeout at Michaels) and the same day had more cash than my Sizzix and SCal software costs. Why waste the energy struggling with a company that doesn’t put customers first? Cut your losses and get an Eclips!
          In the 5 months I have owned my Eclips I have used it far more than the entire 2 years I owned a Cricut.

      • Andrea-rose March 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

        I am interested! Sign me up. I designed my own company logo and I can not cut it on my Cricut. I feel like buying a machine that the Sure Cuts A Lot program works with, and returning my Cricut. They should lower their stupid prices too – over-priced and most of the images are not usable for me.

      • Martha March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

        I totally a greed also I have MTC but I cannot use it because this mess and I will not buy PC products any more!!

      • Cheryl Belisle April 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

        I agree with everything you said above. I want to be able to cut SVG files
        along with my cricut cartridges on my cricut expression machine.

      • Jacqulynn Balsano April 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

        I would love to join the group. I am tired of having to dish out the money for cartridges that I can use/ only want to use one or two of the images. I also do crafts for our high school & would like to use our band logo & twirler images for good luck gifts, etc. I know these images will NEVER be on CCR! Please keep me informed.

      • Cathy June 7, 2013 at 9:20 am #

        What’s the status of this? I would love to be able to upgrade my Make the Cut with all the fantastic features to use with my E. But now i’m limited to keeping a very old version – which I still love – just so my machine will work.

        • A-Gurl August 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

          You can run two versions of MTC on your computer. Use the updated version to design, then export the SVG to the older version just to cut. An extra step but it works.

      • Sabrina June 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

        I’m interested in the class action. I have people asking me to do cuts of images they provide, but I can’t do it. I’m about ready to dump the machine and buy something more versatile. I can get a BIGGER cutter with better software for about the same price. I wish I’d done more research before buying.

      • Debra Garza June 23, 2013 at 4:44 am #

        This would be about time. I think Provocraft has lied so many times to their costumers. Especially with the cricut imagine. I would definitely join!

      • GiGi June 25, 2013 at 6:02 am #

        Jeffrey,
        I’m in on the lawsuit!!!!!
        But I haven’t noticed any
        updates?
        Would love to see this happen!
        Thank you!

      • Jackie Carter August 31, 2013 at 11:22 am #

        I would like to join i have a cricket expression and sure cuts alot 2. i got them right before the law suit. I wont up grade for the fact that i will lose my svg files. I love the fact i don’t have to buy the cartridges that are way out of my budget now. Im on a fixed budget and very low income and so now i cant afford the cartridges. I love making the 3D items like the houses and flowers and you cant get them on the cartridges. I dont wish anyone bad luck but karma will get you later on and PC will lose in the long run.

      • TLP February 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

        I agree with both you and Cindy, I to paid a lot of money for my Cricut machine and I I’m only limited to the cartridges wich are extremely expensive even on sale I can only afford to by one. We should be able to cut anything we want. I would like to join in the suit.

      • Fran February 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

        I am interested

        • grace March 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

          I’m interested what is the status of the class action.

      • Anna March 27, 2014 at 7:46 am #

        Count me in. This is the only reason that I bought my Cricut in the first place.

      • TRenee March 28, 2014 at 11:44 am #

        I am also interested, I’ve resulted to tracing with an exacto knife after paying close to over $300 for this machine.

  2. Lalia September 6, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    I’m thrilled to hear this. I’m needing to update my Cricut this month to use CCR for my workshops. I’m so thankful you are on top of the current status. It’s giving me a bit of peace of mind!

    • Jemma September 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      I’m new to all this Sure Cuts A lot stuff. I have a Cricut Expression and i just got my hands on the sure cuts a lot 2 software. If i update my cricut now, will i be able to use the software with my cricut? Will my cricut work at all?

      • SVGCuts September 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

        Yes you should be able to.

        • Rita DeCook December 2, 2012 at 7:24 am #

          what about SCAL Version 1. I’ve hesitated upgrading my Cricut Expression software for fear of losing that capability.

      • Mrs. Pennington :) March 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

        Jemma,

        is there anyway I can get my hands on a copy of the sure cuts a lot?? If so please tell me how! I would love not to have to spend what some of them are going for on ebay, plus I contacted a lady (I’m assuming lol) by email about it like she asked and my email account got hacked after she sent me an attachment she stated was the instructions for installation. I downloaded the attachment and my email account went nuts and started sending all types of links to every email contact and took me forever to regain control of my accounts, so now I’m a little leery of eBay lol… Needless to say tho I really need a copy of it to make custom cuts for an autism group I help with!!! SO someone please help!!

        • Debbie April 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

          Hello I just purchased the software on ebay from a lady. Loaded mine today.. I do believe very shortly I believe I read you will not be able to purchase it.. So I would try soon if you haven’t already.. I purchased the scal 2.. for my epxression..
          I hope this helps,
          Debbie

        • Jackie Carter August 31, 2013 at 11:26 am #

          there is but you have to be so careful of not getting a pirated copy. read the notice on SVG’s web site they explain it better

  3. Tanya September 6, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I finally decided to sell both of my Cricuts… And have an interested buyer (even though I explained why I wouldn’t get another Cricut if it was me). It’s been more than a year since I used any of their cartridges. I always use Sure Cuts A Lot and create my own stuff or use SVGs. It makes me so upset that Cricut wants to limit people’s creativity so they can make more money. I would rather spend my money on companies who promote and encourage creative uses of their products.

    Once I sell my Cricut will I be able to sell my copy of SCAL 2? I hate to see it sit unused when so many people are looking for it. I did not buy the CD copy, just the download version.

    • Tammy Joyce September 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      No u cannot sale your version 2 software. I asked about this too and was told by support from Craft Edge no because it is proprietary to you for your use only. Sorry.

    • curious December 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      will you email me as i have some questions for you. my email is marnie.flores@gmail.com

    • Sherry Johnson December 26, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      Have you sold your sure cuts yet? If not I would be interested in buying it as I’m disabled and my copy got ruined and I don’t have funds to purchase it new again.
      Thank you,
      Sherry Johnson

    • Mrs. Pennington :) March 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      I would definitely be interested in your copy of SCAL!!! have you installed it more than once? From what I understand you can only use the the code twice then its invalid!!!

    • Martha March 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Tanya how would u b able to sell it if u only have a download?

  4. Jen September 6, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Talk about shooting themselves in the foot! If PC’s customers were 100% satisfied with the product, there wouldn’t be a need for sites like SVGCuts to exist. Do they not understand that more people would likely buy their machines over a competitor’s if they worked with third party developers? I agree with Cindy in that they’re more likely concerned with how the availability of SVG files would impact their cartridge sales. It does make me wonder if they had never considered how a business partnership – ie, offering limited edition SVG image sets with a purchase of a cartridge, etc. through sites like SVGCuts – may open more doors for them? I guess innovation is threat to companies like ProvoCraft who truly do not understand what their customers would spend money on.

  5. Jen_A September 6, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    The concern I have is that I thought Provocraft claims to have the rights to any images uploaded to the CraftRoom. As a designer, if, and when the ability to import SVGs becomes available, my concern is that Provocraft could claim the ownership of any images/SVGs uploaded by folks who have purchased my designs.

    • Deb September 8, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Jan, and so you should be concerned. Because, they state that the images become their property. They can even remove them. I just wouldn’t trust this for a second.

  6. Sandra Rice September 6, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    You alienated a very large base of potential customers when you made it impossible to use the Cricut Expression to make our own .svg files. I am a machine embroiderer and so many of us were very excited that we could buy a machine that would allow us to pre-cut our fabric pieces for applique. Sadly, we did not find out about this machine until just about the time you decided to make it impossible for us to use. I am in one group that has over 1500 members and while several bought the Cricut Expression (just before the change came about), your subsequent actions removed it from consideration for any that had not yet purchased it.

    Most of us spend a lot of money on this hobby/business and the cost of a Cricut was very affordable for us and would have been a major additon to our arsenal of tools. I don’t think anyone I know will ever trust ProvoCraft enough to spend any money with your company. The ability to cut what WE want instead of what some company rep thinks we should be cutting is paramount to any creative process. I really think you dropped the ball with this decision. This has been posted on many embroidery boards and ProvoCraft is considered a company to steer clear of.

    • Tammy Joyce September 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      I am with Sandy 100% on this one…I use my Cameo now to cut my applique fabric for my quits all the time. and if I need 25 2″ blocks of the same fabric I can cut those all at once and they are perfect cuts. PC(rap) really hurt themselves with that move and now they are feeling it. To me that ship can’t sink fast enough.

  7. Karen S September 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I have Make the Cut and refuse to update it. I was very disapointned with PCs decission to not work this out with their customers in mind unlieu of the all mighty dollar. I have lots of cartridges but I like my freedom to cut what “I” want. I have been looking into a different machine. It is a large purchase, but I know if it ever breaks I will not purchase another.

    • Pam September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      I have MTC also. I was afraid to update it too but I did and have had no problems at all.. Just thought I would let you know. I am saving my money for a zing though.

      • Martha March 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

        Pam how did u upgrade u must to done it b4 last March I just did it without knowing that afterwards my MTC don’t work so frustrated!! And same here I will never buy PC products again!!

  8. Kirby Elizabeth Manning September 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I am a retired Art Educator and I was thrilled to think there was a system that would allow me to draw my own designs instead of being limited to the Cricut Cartridges which I did buy. After they blocked artists and individuals from using Provocraft/Cricut I quit buying their cartridges. I enjoyed a lot of what they did but in all honesty there were many things I could draw better. I didn’t realize they could also be used for embroidery. It is sad when innovation and creativity can be blocked by a company. I think their methods were totally not in the interests of the individuals who bought the Cricut. In the long range it hurt them. I don’t buy any more cartridges.

  9. Debby September 10, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    I also sold two cricut machines and bought the cameo silhouette. I have about 150 Cartridges and will not be buying anymore. Shame on you Provo Craft. Greedy….I was still buying carts and svg files Cricut made a bad decision. LOVE MY CAMEO cuts better then the cricut ever did .

  10. Treva September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I’m kinda surprised this is still going on. It’s been a long time now since this happened. I’m still using my 2 Cricut machines and I love my SCAL software. Everytime I use it I get all excited and am thankful for my software, then I look at my Cricut and it almost makes me feel sick. When I first heard about this I knew I got in on the tail end of that oppuntunity, I know I was lucky. I decided right then that I wouldn’t keep my Cricuts until they die, but I won’t be buying another. I will look into another machine for sure. I’m agreeing with you all, they shot themselves in the foot when they did this. I wouldn’t have even bought the Cricut to begin with if the software wasn’t available, I’ve never bought a cartridge and only have the ones that came with my machines.

  11. Eddie September 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    I bought the original Cricuit and then SCAL and also a bunch of cartridges. I was really upset when PC said we could no longer use SCAL. I kept the Version I had on both. So I can still use it. I would like to ask if it will run on a Windows 7 computer. My husband is going to get me a new one but if the programs won’t run then I will tell him not to get it unless he gets Windows 7 Professional that will work with XP programs. I have to have my SCAL and Cricuit. Can’t afford a new machine but wish I could. Hate PC for doing this and refuse to get another cartridge.

    • Nicole December 20, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      I am running SCAL 2 on Windows 7, and it works just fine.

      • Dee January 25, 2013 at 10:31 am #

        I am also running SCAL 2 on Windows 8, and it also works just fine.

        • Sharon January 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

          It is not the computer program ,but rather the circuit machine. I recently updated my expression and now it will not cuts with SCAL. I am so disappointed. :-(
          As soon as I finished the update- so that I can use my gypsy, a message came up telling me that I can cut with design studio, gypsy, Cricut cartridges.

          • Tina June 18, 2013 at 10:32 am #

            I FOUND THIS POST ON CRICUT.COM:

            You can try to reset the expression.

            HTH

            TECH SUPPORT NOOK – Reset Process
            If your machine freezes, experiences power problems, cutting issues, or anything out of the realm of normal Cricut behavior, this reset procedure is a good place to start the troubleshooting process. Nine times out of ten, this will resolve the issue:

            - First, turn your machine on with no cartridge loaded. Then you are going to roll all your gray dials (the two on the left and the one on the right) down to their lowest setting.

            - Then you will want to grasp the green/gold cylinder blade assembly and use it to pull the entire gray carriage car unit (the one with the Cricut bug on it) along its track to the other side of the machine. Back in the cave where the gray carriage car usually sits there is a red button. Press that button and hold it down for about three seconds. Let go and then move the gray carriage car back into place.

            - This next step will sound a bit odd, but many times it can fix your little “bug”. You’re going to roll all your dials all the way up and all the way down three times–three times for each dial.

            - Then you are going to hit the “Cut” button and turn the machine off. Let the machine sit for a few minutes (15-20), load a cartridge, turn it on, and try a practice cut.

            If this does not solve your problem, give us a call toll free at 1-877-727-4288 7am to 6pm MST Mon-Fri (make sure you are by your machine) and someone here will walk you through some troubleshooting tips and determine if a replacement machine is needed.

  12. Marianne November 14, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    I called Cricut Customer Support a few moments ago to ask when Cricut Craft Room would be updated to allow customers to use their own SVGs. I was initially told that there were no plans to allow this because the company’s products were based on a cartrige system. The customer service person the I spoke with indicated that she was not aware of Cricut ever promising to eventually permit customers to use their own designs. When I directed her to this website and the Cricut statement appearing above, she asked to put me on hold so that she could get some additional information. I was on hold for a good amount of time before she came back and said she was still looking into it and would have to call me back sometime later. I would really not like having to purchase another non-Cricut machine but it is sounding like I will have to if it is true that there has been little if any movement in the direction of allowing the use of SVGs.

    • Candace November 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      I purchased the Expression2 in May. I have not had much time to use it until recently. I am very disappointed at finding out I can’t use the SVGs. I started looking into SCAL but have found its no longer compatible. I have came across a few used SCAL 2 programs but am nervous about purchasing. Can anyone tell me if it will work with my machine?!

      • SVGCuts December 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

        I would not recommend buying SCAL 2 at this time, especially if its on eBay as the copies are likely pirated.

      • Sherry Johnson December 26, 2012 at 8:12 am #

        where did you find use copies of SCAL, I’m disabled and my copy got ruined and I’m looking for an new copy to purchase/share
        Thank you,
        Sherry Johnson

      • Martha March 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

        No it will not work!

  13. mary lou December 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I have been working with my cricut and the software for some time, and it was fine…. then i got silly, and thought i wanted a couple of the free craftroom files a week ago. i saw that it was doing something….and quickly unplugged it…but now it is cutting wonky–sometimes my designs are not cutting in the places on the mat that they are placed on the screen in the software, and it is is making tiny little cuts and stopping to think and taking forever to cut–also quality of cuts is reduced, even with new mat and blade :(

    i was running firmware 2.34, and was wondering if i were to update with DS would i get that version or a different one. this is pretty bad, but i am still limping along…i dont want to jump into a change that completely shuts me down :(

    i love the cricut ease of use (although for the first year i hated it because it is was the pink E and came with a faulty blade housing made of plastic). i wish they had not been so crazy. i am 90% sure that there is a new cutter NON_PC under the tree!!! but i have all of these gifts to make b4 i get it!!!!!! it is killing me. guess he wants me to be REALLY grateful LOL!!!

    please help me
    thanks

    • Debra Ferreria January 23, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

      I have a Cricut Imagine that I finally figured out would not cut SVG cuts and Cricut cartrdiges or anything out of the Craft Room if I left my Sure Cuts A Lot 2 on my computer. So, thankfully I had an old laptop I transferred all my SVG files to and my old Cricut Expressions and can run those together. And then run the CRicut Imagine with the Cricut Craft Room. Thank goodness I have lots of craft space but sometimes I feel like an IT person going back and forth and troubleshooting. I had trouble getting my Imagine to cut for a while after I did all this and found that Cricut Craft Room V 2.31 would allow cutting, otherwise I would have to wipe out the registry for the Cricut and start over. I will never buy another Cricut nor recommend it but am scared to death to buy another cutting machine because I have so much invested in these two machines. What a nightmare!

      • Kim Johnson November 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

        Debra,
        I am new, very new to cricut and have purchased an imagine, was new in box off craigslist about two months ago. For a really good price. and then I also bought a few cartridges. they are expensive. I purchased because I love scrapping and have several great programs. When I heard what the imagine could do was amazed. needless to say after many re installs and changed to our best computer, I finally got it to work very well. However I too would like to be able to use my own artwork. Can you provide me with any insight? would greatly appreciate any info…
        Sincerely Kim J

  14. SusAN December 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    SHAME ON YOU! GREEDY..AND YES YOU PROHIBITING CREATIVITY. yoU SHOULD BE MAKING ENOUGH ON THE SALE OF MACHINE.

  15. Tira December 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Marianne, I, unfortunately, just received the same response….

    “Cricut – The Official Page! Tira, the mini and the cake have always been a Cricut based cutting system that uses only the cartidges or images from the craftroom. There are no current plans for cutting images outside of the cartidges and craicut craftroom.
    about an hour ago”

    Sucks. My husband bought both the Mini and Cake for me for Christmas with the understanding from the salesperson (who was obviously misinformed) that I could use the machines to cut custom designs through additional software. I asked about the Official Statement above on their FB page, which seems to be only filled with positive comments… hmmm?, and got the quoted reply above.

  16. Susan December 29, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Hi thanks for posting about this. I have had cricut’s for a couple of years now and love the fact that it is cartridge based although it would be great if you could design stuff your self too. I have now got the Cameo and know if they still allowed use of SVG then I would not of bought it. They went backwards over this and not to the good of the customer.

  17. Drew Johnston February 1, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Hello There,

    I ordered a Cricut Expression from Amazon and it arrived yesterday, I downloaded SCAL and MTC software and used it last night on the device right out of the box, and it worked flawlessly.

    The firmware on the Cricut Expression was 2.35 or 2.45 (Can’t remember exactly). I am a graphic designer/illustrator so to be able to design in Adobe Illustrator, export to SVG and get my Cricut expression to cut the designs is awesome!

    Just wanted to give you an update for those of you who want to be able to do this still.

    Thanks,
    Drew Johnston.

    • Shunny85 February 10, 2013 at 6:32 am #

      I was getting ready to purchase the expression from way, but wondered if scal2 would work! You have given me confidence to purchase now!

      Thanks!!!

    • Mark February 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      Drew. what versions of SCAL and MTC worked for you?

    • Linda April 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Are you using it on a Mac? I have the Cricut Expression and have SCAL2 software for a PC. Want to get the SCAL2 for Mac. Are there any instructions on how to use the SCAL2 software?

    • Linda April 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      I have the Cricut Expression with firmware 2.43 also. I have the SCAL2 for windows. Haven’t gotten it to work yet. I want to purchase SCAL2 for Mac. Do you know if this works on a Mac?

  18. Chari February 3, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I have the Cricut Expression and also the Sure Cuts Alot 2. I’ve noticed there are MANY images in different categories that are not even there. Has anyone else noticed this? Does anyone know why that is? I purchased both a couple of years ago but haven’t had a chance to really use the Sure Cuts A lot 2 until recently…Would appreciate any help from someone who has this going on as well……

    • Andrea-rose March 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      I used to design my own images in Illustrator – did not use SCAL stuff at all – so I am really upset that I can no longer cut my own designs.

  19. Susie Stanton March 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I am certainly willing to join a class action lawsuit. I have the small Cricut, and purchased SCAL, almost 3 years ago, just to be able to use my own drawings.
    I liken the purchase and use of my Cricut cutting machine exactly the same way as the Brother sewing machine I bought. The machine is MINE, and I sew any damn thing I want to. Can you imagine if Brother came out and said, “You can only sew patterns that we provide.” It’s just ludicrous for a manufacturer to demand totalitarian use of a product after its purchase.
    I can think of NO OTHER manufacturer that demands the right to control the use of a product after it is sold.

  20. Jo Anna March 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    I just bought the Expression 2 yesterday expecting to be able to pre-cut appliques. However, I have found out that that is not possible. Now I don’t know whether nor not to even take it out of the box.

    Considering taking it back and getting a Silhouette instead. Any advice?

    Thanks

    • SVGCuts March 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      I would recommend the Silhouette CAMEO! The Expression 2 is not compatible with any 3rd party SVG software.

  21. Martha March 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    If anyone knows how can we get MTC to work again in our cricut plz let us know thanks!!

    • Althea May 1, 2013 at 4:52 am #

      I have a cricut expression firmware is version 2.34. I had never updated the firmware. I also had purchased MTC back in 2010 and also SCAL v 2.0. I was not aware of the lawsuit and that cricuts were no longer supported. I installed MTC from a copy I had created from my laptop where it was previously installed and installed it on my HP desktop activated it with my serial number and at first it was saying it needed the drivers. At the top of make the cut menu under Help then Advanced..you will see download and install cricut drivers. I did that and it activated and works with my cricut beautifully. Also I purchased of copy of SCAL v 2.0 because I couldn’t find the previous install on my laptop. I installed it and used my serial number from the prior purchased and installation and YEP it works beautifully. I don’t know if the info about getting the drivers and installing them will help you but that was my issue. Good Luck.

    • Jana May 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Martha,
      Sad news is, MTC will no longer work with any Cricut machine, especially if you updated the firmware in your Cricut. If you have MTC version 4.0 or earlier (I think those numbers are correct.) then you can still use it. Otherwise you cannot get an older version to work with the Cricut. You can thank Provo Craft for that! They sued MTC not once but two times for trying to help owners of MTC and Cricuts get their machines to be compatible with MTC. I recently got so tired of PC’s antics that I sold my Expression and 120 cartridges on eBay for close to $3000. I bought a new Zing cutter that was designed specifically to work with MTC and I have NEVER looked back or missed my Cricut machine. That was the most liberating thing I have ever done in my crafting life :)
      Good luck!

  22. Sandie Lewis May 16, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    I haven’t bought a cartridge for my Cricut since they stopped me using SCAL (which is THE most brilliant software!) and will never buy another one until they review their customer service and allowing us to use OUR machines as we wish, I bought the machine and was very happy with it, then I got SCAL and it opened up a whole new world to me, I will NEVER buy another PC machine on principle because I don’t like their policies, I do by the way still use SCAL with my Cricut as I never updated it and when that changes it can go in the bin! I only hope its cost them a fortune in lost cartridge sales! in short put me down for the action suit!
    kind regards
    Sandie

    • EVI September 16, 2013 at 1:37 am #

      Hi, I am planning to buy a used cricut expression from ebay which includes the SCAL and the cricut’s drivers too. Can someone tell me if I’ll be able to use the SCAL properly? I have windows 7 on my pc will that support SCAL?

      Thank you!

  23. Monica Rosendal September 2, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    I have scal 2, but it will work with Cricut ekspression 2. So now I bought an Silhouette

    • Sherry September 18, 2013 at 5:43 am #

      Monica, How do like your Silhouette? I’m thinking I might buy one very soon. I’m tired of the Cricut stuff not working properly. Thanks!

  24. nicky September 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    can you use sure cuts alot with the sizzix? I already have it on my top and used to use it with my cricut but my boyfriend bought a graphtec cutter and and programmed the SCAL to it, now it only works on that and not the cricut. Or does anybody know how to restore SCAL for the cricut? Thanks

  25. Holly Veach October 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi all. I need some help. I own Sure Cuts a lot 2. I have it on my Vista laptop and it works great but I need to move it to my new Windows 7 laptop. I don’t recall getting a disc, just a download. Can anyone give me the steps to move it over successfully? Thank you sooo much! Holly

  26. Paula November 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Can someone advise me please. I’ve just bought a Cricut Expression 2. Is there any way currently that I can cut my own designs? Craftroom software is totally infexible (putting it politely!).

    • carol November 16, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      i brought a cricut mini so wish i hadn’t , as the software could be provided to use svg files ,i feel provocraft could team up and charge for this, and put its customers first.
      i understand they are cartridge based, but a company who publicly puts its customers last will disappear quickly, how many buy a cricut ,only to purchase a cutting machine that will cut their own images , and then dont use cricut.machines
      wake up provocraft customers walk with their feet. every dissatisfied customer will pass their disappointment on , i purchased my machine and you feel you then dictate what i do with it , shame on you

  27. Deb December 1, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    The way I look at it is, do you buy a dishwasher and have to use only the type of laundry detergent that the manufacturer tells you to? Do you buy a table saw and the are restricted to using only the manufacturer’s wood. For that matter, when you buy a pair of hand scissors, are you restricted to what you can cut with them? I think not. I agree with the lot of you. When you purchase a machine, it is your machine, to use as you please.
    I understand where PC is coming from. It is totally cart sales driven. They sell their product inexpensively, and then you have to and want to purchase the expensive carts. What they do not see is that their customers are not ignorant. We are more creative, and want to be able to cut whatever we choose. This makes companies like SVG Cuts strive to make products that will appeal to more of us, and we, in turn, are thrilled to purchase more interesting cut files, and then even to put our own twist on them. The creative freedom to cut what we choose without restrictions is mandatory. And, we crafters are seeing the light and coming around in masses.
    And, this is coming full circle if you read Leo’s most recent blog on the subject where PC is now possibly in development with new software that would open the door they closed a couple of years ago. Can’t wait to see where that goes. However, in the end, they have lost many customers. Also, it has been realized that their cutting machines do not cut to the caliber of the cutters on the market today, so their products will not be the first choice for anyone once they open those doors.
    Thank you, and good night. :-)

    • Susie Scrapper March 30, 2014 at 9:56 am #

      I think a more accurate statement would be “do you buy a dishwasher and expect it to cook your dinner? Or do you buy a table saw and expect it to sew your clothes?” The old Cricuts were cart based cutters. Why buy a cart based cutter if you don’t want to use carts? Buy a software based cutter instead.

      • Pam April 6, 2014 at 7:03 am #

        I think if a machine is capable then it’s up to me. These silly comparisons with a dishwasher don’t mean a thing. A dishwasher is not CAPABLE of cooking even with software added but a cricut machine IS capable with software. It is my machine, I paid for it, and I should be able to add whatever I want to it to do anything it is capable of. Why on earth didn’t they choose to sell scal under their name and as an accessory to the cricut machines? I’d have bought it without a thought along with their cartridges for instant cuts. A win win for everyone. I have scal2 and cricut expression and cartridges and love it all. I’m sad I can’t use cricut craft room but hey Ho, I’ll not update my firmware to disable scal, no way. I have more creative freedom with the scal software so win some lose some. When it breaks provocraft will not get my business again, I’ll enjoy it while it all works together.

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