Saturday, October 4, 2008

Speed / Pressure Adjustment Chart for the Cricut

Every machine seems to be different so this is just an approximate but hopefully it will give you a starting place for cutting with your Cricut. For the rest of my Cricut Cheat Sheets, click HERE.

Speed Adjustment Chart
LCD Screen Speed / Material
5-Max Extra fast for heavy cardstock or very simple cuts
4-High Fast for cardstock, textured papers or simple cuts
3-Med Factory default setting for printed papers or normal cuts
2-Low Slow for lightweight papers or detailed cuts
1-Min Extra slow for vellum or very detailed cuts

Pressure Adjustment Chart
LCD Screen Pressure / Material
5-Max Extra firm for heavy cardstock
4-High Firm for cardstock, textured, high fiber content papers
3-Med Factory default setting for printed papers
2-Low For lightweight papers
1-Min Light for vellum


  1. Thanks for this chart. Can you also share the blade settings for each choice?

  2. April, the 1, 2, 3 etc is the blade settings. ~Linda

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  4. So Linda, do you adjust the blade itself for each different material you cut?

  5. I usually leave my blade on 4 BUT I almost always cut light cardstock. You might have to adjust it for paper or heavier cardstock. ~Linda

  6. Thank you so much for posting this! I've borrowed my Mom's Cricut Expression for a while, and it's really helped me with settings.