Manual - Die Cut Machines
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Thu Mar 13 00:00:00 MDT 2014rkramadh Rating:5.0
1) Best price and service at OS, no questions! I have had it for exactly 2 weeks now. 2) Blade installation was really simple once I stopped reading the manual which doesn't simply tell you to pop it into the slot and turn the lock to the right. I saw you tube video and it was a snap. 3) Mat was way too tacky and manual doesn't say to remove tack by rubbing it on a low lint pillow or something. My first cut was good but the white residue left over by CS was a mess. Plus the blade setting was set according to the instructions but it gouged through the mat right off the bat. 4) Loading the mat was complete guess work, why no instructions on how to align? If I place it such that my 8x11 mat sits between the two white rollers, it seems to work. There are 3-4 guide lines on the machine front left but no markings on them, not sure what they are for! 5) There are markings for letter size and A4 size material placement on the mat. Align your top left and right corners of paper on the mat using them, they are hard to see but there. This will ensure perfect placement of paper on the mat. 6) Software installation is very easy and using it is intuitive. I haven't played with print/cut or other advanced features yet but will soon. 7) Free 50 designs will come through after software installation and you click on recent downloads (or is it import to library? sorry, can't remember). 8) I cut intricate vines/leaves on Coordinations textured cardstock, it came out very well but for one of the smaller sizes. I had put several sizes on one 8x11 CS to avoid wasting CS. 9) Tried a Moroccan lattice background (very detailed) on regular patterned scrapbook paper. The setting was at 3 and it didn't cut anything. I set it to 4 and then it did a beautiful job. So their blade setting recommendation is not an exact science, it's trial and error. 10) Machine is light and portable, make sure you have room on the table for the mat to go back and forth, without it being obstructed by your laptop or wall etc. 11) Silhouette should post some basic videos on their site to show basic placement of material on the mat, mat loading, blade installation etc. They are seriously lacking in that especially for new comers to die cutting world. The DVD that comes with it is not that much more useful especially regarding mat insertion. They just say align between the rollers but you could align exactly the left edge of the mat or you could load with half an inch off as they show...sigh! I have it figured out now with trial and error. 12)You can even cut .svg files WITHOUT designer edition of the software. Just use inkscape. Google for instructions. Of course you can trace and cut any jpeg too if you didn't know. Oh, and you can turn a regular cut file into a print and cut file. How cool is that? 13) Categorizing and tagging free designs is not well designed in studio software. Even the silhouette store bought designs have pnc (print and cut) on some files and not others! You can't change tags for those either. Free designs on the net can be easily tagged or categorized when you import them into your library from your HD. 14) I am already ordering a spare blade/mat because they will be consumables. Shop around for good price, enough price variation out there.
Sun Jan 08 00:00:00 MST 2012craftingtiger Rating:5.0
I have started an on line business with the Cricut machine and using it and the cricut software was a real pain. I decided to up grade and I can tell you that I have put my cricut in the closet and have not looked back. The Cameo is a great machine. This may sound weird but the Cameo cuts with conviction. The cricut is sluggish and apprehensive compared to the Cameo. I am so glad that I ordered this product. It has already saved me hours because I don't have to watch the machine to make sure it didn't do anything stupid. I can just click cut and walk away and know that it will cut where it is suppose to. I really really really love the software that you use to design what you want to cut. It directly connects to the online store and you can pick out what ever image you want or even draw your own! It can be a little confusing at first but just mess with it for a while and read the manual that is right under the help key and it is really easy to just create. I will recommend this to anyone who asks about a die cut machine. It is so worth every penny!
Tue Jun 26 00:00:00 MDT 2012mopti Rating:5.0
This is my first die cut machine, and I love it! I was afraid when I bought it that it would be complicated to use, but not at all. The instruction manual is very clear, and there is also the instruction DVD that is sooo helpful. I was able to cut my first letterings in 15 minutes by following the instructions. What I also love in this machine is the possibility to cut your own design. It comes with its own software that you can install on your computer. Seriously, I love silhouette cameo!
Wed Oct 23 00:00:00 MDT 2013saythankyou Rating:5.0
This is the same machine as the Sizzix Big Shot. It is a manual die cut machine and I bought it because it was a fabulous price on Overstock with a coupon and free shipping. I got it within a week of purchase from Overstock. It comes with the extended platform, but only with the standard cutting plates. You will need to purchase the extended cutting plates if you want to use the extended bigz dies.This machine works beautifully and it works exactly like the famous BigShot, Vagabond, Big Kick die cut embossing machines. It can cut thru 10 layers of fabirc, chipboard, thin metal, felt, cardboard, and other materials as well. It cuts using other manufacturers' dies. It is a wonderfully versatile machine if you make cards, create scrapbook pages, mini albums as well as quilts. It can use Accuquilt dies for cutting up to 10 layers of fabric. It is a pleasure to use to create the art you love. I cannot recommend anything else.
Sat Jul 27 00:00:00 MDT 2013tiffylulu Rating:5.0
Never had a manual die cutter before but im glad i have one now. I've been debating between brands and decided to go with sizzix. Love the new color & this machine is sturdy. Cuts well with minor adjustments (adding a shim) to certain sizzlits which is common. I love using this. Just something about cranking it through manually makes me feel that i put that much more effort into my projects. Also its one less electrical plug i'd have to plug in. This kit came at a great price compared to any other site. So glad i got one.
Sat Mar 30 00:00:00 MDT 2013cre8ive2 Rating:5.0
There is so much you can do with this machine! It goes far beyond the typical scrap booking community. You can cut fabric (makes exact appliques), vinyl, and icing sheets for edible decorating! A word of caution...if you are not an experienced computer user, you will become frustrated with this. A better choice if this describes you would be the Grand Calibur from Spellbinders. It's all manual power.
Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 MST 2012tarakaym Rating:5.0
I Love, love, love my Cameo! The software seemed a little overwhelming at first but I felt pretty comfortable after about an hour of playing with it an reading the manual. I highly recomend!!
Thu Jun 12 00:00:00 MDT 20141954scrapgal Rating:1.0
This was NOT what I needed or expected!! I own an Expressions and was expecting to be purchasing a machine that was a cut above the one I already own. I have not used the machine as I intend on returning it ASAP. I did read the manual and am truly disappointed. The screen is so small I cannot read it and to have to keep a stylus n hand to maneuver the controls is a pain. I have at least 40 cricut cartridges and find that I can't use the keypad over-lays with this new machine!! It is also difficult to learn the new process. I would not mind spending the time learning the Expressions 2 if I thought it would be a much better machine...it is NOT! Just so you know, I taught classes on the Cricut Expressions at Michaels for 3 years so I know what a Cricut should do...this one is difficult to see the screen and to use.
Wed Mar 21 00:00:00 MDT 2012aliciamd003 Rating:5.0
I am in love with my Silhouette. I have already cut fabric on it for two shirts, vinyl for a wall saying with trains on it in my son's room, and plan on using it on a wood sign to create a stencil for painting. In addition, I have a couple of more projects lined up (some paper products for a birthday party, and cutting contact paper to decorate a window). This machine is so versatile, I love that I can upload jpeg files and trace shapes that I like, and use all the fonts I have on my computer. Plus, there are soooo many in the Silhouette store, and they are each only 99 cents, and they give out a free shape every week. Cons: It is quite a bit more expensive than the comparable product of it's competitor. But that one requires cartridges, and in the long run, I think you will save money on the Silhouette. So that's not a major con. The instruction manual is horrible. I cut a hole in my mat the first time I used it because I put the blade in backwards (per the manual). There is a getting started video on the Silhouette website. Go with that instead.
Thu Jan 16 00:00:00 MST 2014sashja2413 Rating:1.0
It has been a total waste of my time and money! I have ruined all the vinyl that came with the starter package. My plain stock has been ruined, all the vinyl has been ruined! The cutting mat has been ruined! The sliders aka rollers do not catch i've tried tips from You Tube to add tape to the ends and the vinyl still slides sideways! I am so upset at the purchase of this machine. I've watched countless videos from you tube along with the dvd that came with it, and it's nothing that I'm doing I'm following the instructions to the "T". From the manual i tried the settings there and it ruined my vinyl, i tried attempts with the you tubers suggested and it ruined the vinyl. I sent an email to the support team for them to only send me a response that had absolutely nothing to do with my question or concerns. The needle tears the vinyl to shreds i've changed the settings. I've done everything imaginable this machine is garbage! I even went out and purchased two more vinyls to give it another try and today i'm just upset at how much money i've wasted on this. Im new to the Cameo but I'm not new to crafting. As a beginner which I'm extremely intelligent this is a default! I should be able to complete the smallest and simplest project. I have a pile of shredded vinyl and watching my money go down the drain. Each time i have created a logo or spelled out words it rips right through the vinyl or my card stock .. totally NOT happy with this! It's an expensive shredder!
Sun Sep 09 00:00:00 MDT 2012remarkovable Rating:4.0
I love my Silhouette Cameo. It cuts even the tiniest details with such precision. My problem with this product is that the Silhouette Studio software that comes with this it doesn't do what I need it to do. If you are just wanting to cut pre-made designs for personal use, this is for you. However, if you want to create your own designs, forget about it. The user manual for the software is also lacking as far as explaining how to use the features. The Designer Edition software (purchased separately) makes me want to pull my hair out in frustration because it is so difficult to convert your own images to the software and there is no explanation anywhere that explains how to do so.
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