Tips for Cutting with the Silhouette Cameo

I have been asked quite a few times about tips for cutting with ecutters (i.e., the Silhouette Cameo or the Sizzix eClips–or Slice, etc.). I found several posts in the blogosphere that I think may be helpful to those of you who own one of these machines or who are considering getting one of them. I know that Brother has a new machine that is coming out soon–not sure when it goes on sale, but of course, we’ll have to try it out.

Questions come up about cutting with ecutters, and the links below should take you to some different points of view and tips. And I’ll be writing more about this in the near future.

Silhouette Cameo review by SewCalGal

An article by me on the Craftsy blog

How to Create a Cut File for the Silhouette Cameo from an applique using a jpg

Project Using Felt Shapes Cut with the Silhouette Cameo

Step by step for cutting fabric with the Silhouette Cameo

Great overview of cutting all kinds of materials and other tips for the Silhouette Cameo

And this link has a chart about cutting software:

http://www.mygrafico.com/software/info_65.html

These articles will get you started thinking about or working with your Silhouette. And, I will have some more tips for you in the next few days.

To begin, here’s my 2 cents on fusible and whether to leave the paper on or take it off before cutting. I have tried it both ways. On both the Silhouette mat and the eclips mat, I found that with the paper removed, the fusible sticks to the mat in places. It is hard to clean that off the mat without running the mat under soap and water. And if you don’t clean it off, the mat doesn’t work as well for cutting or stickiness. So, I finally have come to the conclusion that I need to leave the fusible paper on until after the shape has been cut.

I don’t use the Silhouette fusible, but use WonderUnder. When WonderUnder is first fused, the paper sticks to the fabric so well it is very hard to remove–but it’s great for cutting with the Silhouette. After a day or more, it is much easier to remove. But that also means that sometimes the fabric will come loose on the paper while cutting on the mat. I need to do some experimentation with other fusibles to see how each of them works. For me, it’s easier to use the same fusible for all the different projects I do, so buying a special fusible isn’t practical.

This is a photo of the way I feed fabric shapes into the ecutter on a 12 x 12 mat:

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