Setting up the New Maxx Air – Free Label File

I didn’t get any projects done this week – I was anxiously awaiting my new Maxx Air, which arrived on Friday, then setting it up, then playing/playing/more playing and never getting around to FINISHING A DARN THING! I stayed with it all Friday evening- calibrating, cutting chipboard (it cut like butter), and so on but then the outdoor work took me away for the rest of the weekend. Boo hoo!

Nevertheless, I thought I could share with you my shortcut to efficiency. I keep several blade and blade holders at the ready. Its easier and quicker for me to leave them set for a specific material and swap out the whole assembly (since I’m not good at keeping my eyeglasses nearby and can’t really see the blade tip without them). I’ve labeled the blade holders with vinyl as shown in the photo. I have 2 specialty tools for engraving and embossing, a fabric blade, 3 standard blades set for different materials, and a thick material blade set for chipboard. Click on the photo below to download the free file. I included a blank in the file – in case you want to label yours differently. The measurements are a perfect fit to wrap around the blade holders.┬áNote: ┬áThe engraving tool is a different diameter at the top than the others.

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I don’t keep them exactly like this picture though – because I might accidentally chip a blade tip. I keep them in the plastic case they came in, with the colored blade cover (cushioning the blade tip at the bottom of the case) and o-ring spacers (so I don’t have to go looking for them). I also have a few spare spacers on the right side of the control panel. BladeHolderStorage_sm You may notice that the front table and the bar where my blade holders sit look different. Space is limited, so I use this front table for multiple things, like prepping the mats for the Zing or the Maxx, or braying material to the mat. I covered these parts with glass etch vinyl – so I can see through it, but the cutter is protected from my haste or general clumsiness!

I truly LOVE this machine and I’m so glad I decided to upgrade! I wish the retreat were closer to me so I could bring it with me to the Light Your Fire with KNK Retreat in August!

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

37 thoughts on “Setting up the New Maxx Air – Free Label File

  1. You really know how to tempt a girl like me . . . I keep telling myself that I’m complete happy with my Maxx AND I am, but you certainly make it look inviting!

    • Thank you. You’re right – I’m sure there are all kinds of tips and tricks out there to make things simple!

  2. Is this a KNK machine. I am looking to replace both of mine for just one. But would love something wireless. Thanks

    • This is the KNK Maxx Air 24″. I have been using the Bluetooth connection since I set it up. I love not tripping over wires!!!!

  3. What is a Maxx or Zing, it sounds like an upgrade from the Cricut or the Silhoutte? Help me!

      • I am in Texas, where are you? The reason I asked is because I have been scraping for many years and this is the first time I have heard of either these machines. Where do you purchase them? Are they used for business or personal purposes? Thanks for your response.

        • They are used for both! The Zing is more of a personal crafting type machine, in my opinion. It is great for card makers and scrapbookers, as well as those using vinyl for smaller projects. The Maxx 15″ is a step up from the Zing with a wider cutting swath and twice the force capability. The Maxx 24″ is even wider for those that create larger projects. The nice thing though, is that you can cut large projects at any of these sizes and simply piece them together. For example, I made a sign that was 4′ x 6′ by cutting each line of words and then applying them to the sign board in order.

  4. Great idea. I have multiple holders but just for the different type of blade. I do have a spare so I could do one for vinyl and another for card stock. Thanks for turning on the light bulb over my head!

  5. Good ideas, Michele!! Glad I’m not the only one with dedicated blade holders. And I do like keeping them in the little vinyl tubes. Just don’t have mine labeled – have to try to remember. Guess I’d better label them.

    • I sure will! It was a smooth transition so with no diversions (other than my own wandering thoughts) I am back in business already.

    • Not only is it quicker having separate and labeled holders, but if you cut a lot of the same materials it takes away most of the ‘testing’ part of the process.

  6. Wow, that hummer is HUGE. I thought the Groove-E was big after only having a Silhouette but that Maxx Rocks. Would love to have a wireless cutter. Hope they come out with one similar to the Groove-E that is wireless. I’d be in heaven for sure. Thanks for sharing the file.

    • I have to add that it is super quiet too. I am very impressed with that – although it still sings to me like the old Maxx, it is at a lower level.

    • Thank you – I am not a very patient person so this eliminates the need to go hunting for my glasses and then adjusting the blade to the correct exposure. By that point, I could be quite irritated – lol!

  7. I love the way you have everything at the ready for cutting. I will try to do that in the future.

  8. Wish I could come up with a good reason to upgrade from my Zing to the Maxx Air. Love my Zing but wireless would be so cool! I’m a real gadget girl.

    • I have the Zing too, and there’s no beating the size and portability!!! My mom loves to use it to scrapbook and cut fabric for quilting and I simply cannot tote the Maxx back and forth 350 miles each way every time we visit.

  9. Great post, Michele. Congratulations on your new 24″ Maxx Air. It’s always a treat to see how others organize their cutting area. I use the front table of the Maxx for other things too, so your idea to put a protective covering on it really appeals to me.

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