My new Cameo is not cutting through paper

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Posted 12/24/2013 by carolam in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 12/24/2013 10:19:20 AM
This has probably been encountered before but I couldn't find anything with the forum search so hoping someone can help.

I just got the Silhouette Cameo and it's not cutting all the way through just scrapbooking paper.

I'm setting it to the recommended blade depth, it's all the way seated in the holder. I've selected the correct paper type.

The blade seems to drag and rip the paper in parts. Today I tried a piece of heavy patterned cardstock with the corresponding blade depth and settings and tried the test cut. It didn't go all the way through.

I'm feeling like there's something wrong with the blade, but it is brand new. Anyone else have this experience? Thank you.

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Posted: 12/24/2013 10:27:20 AM
A year ago there was a batch of cameos that had bad blades. Do you have a second one you could try?

Take the blade out of the machine and crank it to ten. Blow on it to get any paper pieces that may be in the blade housing.

Replace blade and give it a good push. I had an issue a few months ago when my cameo all of a sudden wouldn't cut. I used a little bit of WD-40 on the mechanism that raises and lowers the blade. That loosened it and it cut fine.

Since it is new you might try their CS dept. if they are open today. I would call, not email.




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Posted: 12/24/2013 11:03:23 AM

I'm setting it to the recommended blade depth, it's all the way seated in the holder.


Just to make sure, you're using the correct settings on the software and changing the settings on the actual blade itself? That's a mistake I made when I first got mine.

With textured cardstock you could try turning the paper over so it's texture side down and flipping the shape over before you cut. That works for me. It just doesn't seem to make a clean cut with the texture side up.


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Posted: 12/24/2013 11:16:28 AM

Just to make sure, you're using the correct settings on the software and changing the settings on the actual blade itself? That's a mistake I made when I first got mine.



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Posted: 12/24/2013 12:01:02 PM
Thanks for the help. I am changing the actual blade depth on the blade itself.

I'm going to just keep trying on paper for now. The Silhouette support is closed today. Ironically, I ordered during the sale and opened it before Christmas to make Christmas decorations with the kids. Bummer.



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Posted: 12/24/2013 12:09:13 PM
I have an old machine so I don't know what it says on machine but I have seen other having trouble with Load media/Load mat?. If you want to cut paper you should select Load mat (or what it says on the machine).



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Posted: 12/24/2013 1:03:03 PM
If it's ripping and dragging, but still not "cutting through" you have the blade extended too far. Set it for a shallower cut and then you could always double cut if need e. You really only barely want the blade tip to be stocking out to where you can just barely feel it.

A quick way to check the blade depth too is to hold the blade/bladeholder in your hand and "cut by hand". Have your cardstock on the mat and swipe the blade across it. It should just barely cut through the carddstock if it's the right depth. Then it's just a matter of the right pressure on the machine itself.


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Posted: 12/25/2013 5:11:01 PM
I'm with Jen. I think the blade is set too deep. When my paper rips, I ease up on the depth.

There is a bit of a curve learning the cutting depths and how to use the machine. Start out with some ugly paper that you want to get rid of and cut stuff. And wait until you cut vinyl. It's like butter, baby!


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Posted: 12/27/2013 9:01:07 AM
I want to add to always do a test cut to check your settings. It is an extra step to cut that triangle and unload the mat to see if it cut cleanly.

But it is worth it compared to having a design not cut cleanly on your last piece of nice paper.


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Posted: 12/27/2013 9:23:55 AM
Take your blade housing out and use a fine needle to remove any paper or vinyl pieces that may be gotten lodged up in there. That will keep the blade from rotating and give you bad cuts.

Paper makes a huge difference - there are some brands that just will not cut well. I think the Hobby Lobby ones are the worst.

For cardstock, I use the Textured Cardstock-Heavy 80 lb setting with my blade at 5

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Posted: 12/27/2013 10:56:05 AM
Thank you!!! What settings do you use to cut Bazzill card stock?


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Posted: 12/27/2013 11:05:58 AM
I had the same problem when I received my cameo. I bought new blade and haven't had a problem since. Try a new blade.


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Posted: 12/27/2013 11:13:57 AM
Also, make sure that when you're inserting the blade, that it's lined up properly. The line on the top should be above the double bit of plastic on the holder (facing straight forwards).

But from the ripping, it sounds like your blade is set too deep, as others have said. When it's too deep, the angled part of the blade is below the paper, and it's trying to cut with the straight vertical part.


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