Friday, August 31, 2018

Happy Friday! Or whatever it is that people say in offices. Working from home, I tend to lack that sort of conversation. Which is really kind of awesome when you are an introvert like me. Anyway, it is Friday, so that means this is the story of something I wish to spend money on. Besides some bills which are due on the first of the month. But most people don’t enjoy that sort of spending money. Putting the bills away, for now, the thing I wish to spend money on this week is a Cricut EasyPress. And what is that, you might wonder? It is basically a big iron. It is for adhering iron-on decals to fabrics. It has a large coverage area so the heat is even over the entire decal. I also have learned recently that it is what you need if you want to apply a decal with different color layers. With such things, even heat is a must. I watched a whole YouTube video on it.

Then comes the next question, why do you want it when you don’t do iron-on decals? Well, I have dabbled with iron-on transfers in the past, and as such, it is still in the back of my mind somewhere or other. I definitely don’t need any more tools, but I also really should have every tool in the world that remotely relates to what it is that I do. At least this is right up my alley. It would also mean that I should start selling iron-on decals in my Etsy shop. Probably.

The Cricut EasyPress is really cool, but it is a total wishlist type of item for me. I don’t really need it. I don’t. But I think I might need it. I have looked at it for a while in the stores. There is something so appealing to something so simple… but then you see this “simple” item’s price tag or $149.99 and a whole lot of WTF comes over your mind. Most regular irons top out around $60 with an average price being in the $20 range. So why… WHY is this thing so very much more? My first thought is that it is because it is a specialty item. It isn’t really in a class with an iron, it just functions in a similar manner. My next thought is that it is the brand name. The pricing is in line with many other heat presses, but still… for what it is, I think you are paying for the “pretty” factor, the name, and the niche nature of it all. And hey, it is on sale on Amazon for $20 off at the moment. Woo, eh? Right. One real reason is probably the fact that it has even heat over a large surface area and that takes tech and materials. It is about twice the coverage area of an iron and it would really simplify things… based on my previous experience with heat-transfer application. It can be a bitch.

The EastPress is still really neat and I will definitely think more seriously about it if/when I decide to venture more into heat-transfer materials.

Cricut EasyPress

  • Pro-level performance and home-friendly design
  • The big handle, Safety Base, and auto shutoff feature keep things safe every step of the way
  • The evenly heated plate adheres your iron‑on in 60 seconds or less
  • Lightweight, portable, easy to store
  • The giant, ceramic-coated 9” x 9” heat plate delivers the exact temperature you need
  • 9″x9″ Base is Great for large or layered iron-on projects
  • Reference chart included to determine time and temperature settings
  • Adjustable heat up to 350℉ (180 C)
  • WARNING: Maximum input 120V. Not recommended for use outside of North America.

Included with purchase:

  • Cricut EasyPress.
  • Safety Base.
  • Welcome Booklet.
  • Quick Reference Chart.
  • Materials for your practice project.
  • Warranty.