Loc: Kent. UK
|Posted: 6/7/2013 6:24:10 AM|Hi I am a newbie to the Silhouette Cameo and this forum..
I have had several complications, firstly
The while rollers have been sooooooooo hard to move.. but to be fair when I contacted silhouetteamerica they replied by return but with all the advice they gave me they still wont budge
I have had trouble with the blade cutting intricate patterns and then the mat slipping resulting in me cutting through the mat .. Yesterday I ordered new blades and new cutting mat...
This is my first ever cutting machine so was wondering if the designer edition is a good buy or not
I so want to master this
I did find a thread all about the cameo but can't find it now
Thanks for reading my post ....
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 6/7/2013 6:39:46 AM|
I'm on my iPad so I can't search for the master thread. Hopefully someone will link that for you.
My white adjustable rollers were tough to move the first time. Now they are fine. Just muscle them, but make sure that the little white tabs are turned and lined up with the notches on the roller.
But really, the rollers should be out at the farthest position. They ride on the edge of the mat. Don't line the mat up with any of the raised lines on the platform. Just put the mat in between the rollers and cut.
Be sure that you have the roller bar in the locked position. The tab that does that is on the far right side and its blue.
When loading the mat, make sure it loads smoothly and evenly. If it doesn't, unload it and then try again. It's like loading paper into a typewriter. I never got paper to line up just right.
Finally, keep a spare mat and a spare blade in the house. Always. I've cut through several mats. You can tape the back, but it's good to have a spare.
|Posted: 6/7/2013 6:40:08 AM|
Are you lifting the lever before moving the white rollers? I find that if you twist the rollers they slip off the notches easier than trying to just slide them.
Are you using a small piece of paper when cutting the intricate item that slipped? I use washi or painters tape to hold down smaller pieces. oh! Or did you forget to lower the bar after moving the rollers? That would cause the mat to slip all over.
It is totally normal to see lines where you cut on your mat. My mats have tons of lines all over. If you cut all the way through the mat - so that you now have slits or a hole - your blade settings are too high. What settings are you using? What number is the arrow pointing to on your blade?
I've been using a Silhouette for several years and don't have Design Editor. I don't use the rhinestones so I can do everything I need in the free software. It goes on sale often so I'd say get comfortable with the basics and the Silhouette Studio software first before adding DE to the mix.
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 6/7/2013 6:55:15 AM|
I've thought of a few more things...
Make sure that the rollers don't run over the sticky part of the mat. They will get gummed up and make marks on a larger sheet of paper. And they won't move at the proper speed, giving you more problems.
And it seems counterintuitive, but a higher blade setting may be why your intricate cuts didn't cut so well. I've found for those intricate cuts, I want a good bond with the mat (so the paper doesn't move) and a lower blade setting so that the blade just skims the mat.
Also, Bazzill or Coordinations paper has a lot of "rag" in it and is very fiberous. I don't get as clean of a cut with those papers as I do with American Crafts paper.
Keep playing with the machine. I went through a lot of CS in the beginning. I have a ream of 8 1/2 x 11" CS that I got from Walmart. It's great for playing with and testing out different techniques. Then I don't have to feel like I'm wasting the expensive stuff.
Loc: New York
|Posted: 6/7/2013 8:25:14 AM|I had a lot of problems in the beginning too with my cameo but now I understand it and I love it. I always cut with theblade set at 3, you really shouldn't have to go higher than a 3 with your blade unless it's something very thick. Example, all the paper I get from here, all cardstock, patterned paper, I always cut with a 3 and it works well. I do know that I was having a lot of problems with more detailed images ripping and not cutting in a clean way and customer service for the Silhouette told me to change the settings. Go into File (or Silhouette Studio on Mac) and then into Preferences/Advanced and change the bytes from 3000 to 500. That was something I did and it did help me greatly. Here is a link that hopefully helps you too.
Loc: Kent. UK
|Posted: 6/7/2013 10:09:26 AM|Thank you so much for your replies it is so appreciated..
I will keep trying the rollers, I suppose some of the problems is, I don't have a lot of strength in my wrists, so hubby will have to move them for me... is the answer to just leave then where they are as the most important thing is to hold the mat?... only change them when I am doing vinyl? Perhaps if I leave them on the biggest setting it will hold the mat and it will not 'drift' while it is cutting
I have made sure that the lever is in the locked position before cutting..
I have been loading the mat lining it up with the little ridge on the left had side ...
I have been setting the blade to 3 ..
My new blades and mat came this morning, so will be trying it out again and will keep you informed..
I am in the UK so don't have a walmart here..but off to hobbycraft tomorrow so will get some more card..is the best weight 250g?
Oh I am so glad that I found this forum
Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 6/7/2013 3:30:12 PM|
I have a ream of 110 pound paper. It says 199 g/m2, if that helps.
Don't move the rollers unless you are using vinyl/stencil medium/or a smaller mat.
Load the mat so that the rollers line up on the edges where there isn't any adhesive. At first, I tried loading the mat using the groves, but now I just look at the roller alignment.
If you are using a setting of 3, try a setting of 2 if your CS is thinner. Slowing the speed also helps with the intricate cuts. If you cut where there isn't paper (like if your mat slips or paper slips), I've cut my mat clear through that way. You can turn the mat around and use the opposite side (without the arrow). You can also tape a cut from the back. But if cut an actual chunk out of your mat, I would ditch it.
I keep multiple mats on hand. It's nice if I'm using multiple colors or making several of the same thing--like favors or labels, or something like that.
In your down time, watch YouTube videos. There are some great ones out there and some worthless ones. Also go through the Silhouette Blog. There are tons of great tips and projects on the blog.
Loc: Kent. UK
|Posted: 6/7/2013 4:09:28 PM|
Thank you Michelle
I have taped the mat together, that's a good idea to use the other end..
Will watch You tube for ideas and will go to Silhouette Blog
Thank you all for your help
|Posted: 6/7/2013 6:49:18 PM|
I had trouble with the mt loading correctly. It tended to go in crooked. I never really got used to the Silhouette mats. I tried my Cricut mat and find it works better for me. Also, make sure you are pressing load mat, not load media on the Silhouette itself. I did not have to move my rollers since I have only used 12 by 12 mats. If you are only using that sized mat, you don't need to adjust the rollers, just leave them where they are set.
I also found the paper would slip off of the mat after I has only done several cuts. Maybe the mats I had gotten were not that sticky to start with.
Keep trying. It will get easier, and you will love your machine.
Pea, Glorious Pea
Loc: In the land of loss...weight loss, that is. 44.8 down, about 6.2 to go! :D
|Posted: 6/7/2013 10:13:02 PM|
Sorry you are having so much trouble. There is a link to the master Cameo thread in my siggy. I hope that helps!
Loc: Kent. UK
|Posted: 6/8/2013 3:53:23 AM|Thank you so much for that link I will be using it frequently...I think..
|Posted: 6/8/2013 7:25:43 AM|
When cutting cardstock - I use the "Textured Cardstock-Heavy 80 lb" setting .
My blade is set to 5.
Make sure your blue lever on the right side (inside under the cover) is in the locked upright position. This ensures that the rollers are pushing down on the mat. The thickest part of my rollers are what contact the very outer edge of the mat - the non sticky area.
Loc: Kent. UK
|Posted: 6/8/2013 11:51:38 AM|
Thank you Iowa_girl
Loc: San Diego, CA
|Posted: 6/10/2013 11:51:26 PM|I had a mat that was cut through in several places and the cameo had all sorts of cutting problems with it; I had to trash it even though it wasn't that old.
It's been mentioned before but I'll mention it again because the reason my mat was cut through is that I had the settings on the actual machine wrong (vs the computer software). It is very easy to accidentally change the settings (or to forget to change the settings back after cutting vinyl) from 'load mat' to 'load media' which caused my cuts to start off the paper directly on the mat (thereby causing the cuts on the mat). So even though my cut settings were correct i still had a mat that looked like it had been through a shredder. It took me FOREVER to figure this out and even then I only 'got it' after reading a blog where someone else had the same problem I did.
Hope you figure out what's wrong ASAP; I know how frustrating it can be
Loc: SW Ohio
|Posted: 6/12/2013 3:59:54 PM|
Another one who didn't realize I had load media instead of load mat as the setting and wondered by it was cutting the mat. Figured it out and life has been better. I also find it easier (and cheaper) to use a Cricut mat. They are thicker and last longer. I usually leave my blade set at 5 unless I am cutting vinyl.