The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting machine that is great for light-duty, creative use. The cutter will accommodate materials up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long in dimension, allowing you to complete any die-cut project imaginable....more
The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting machine that is great for light-duty, creative use. Just like a home printer, it plugs directly into your PC or Mac with a USB cable, but instead of printing, it uses a small blade to cut a variety of pre-designed die-cuttable materials such as paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and more. The cutter will accommodate materials up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long in dimension, allowing you to engage and complete any die-cut project imaginable.
Materials that tool is recommended for: Paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, heat transfer paper, and more
Suggested uses: To create handmade crafts and home decor
For beginners, intermediates, and advanced die-cutters alike
Dimensions: 7 inches high x 21 inches wide x 5 inches deep
Silhouette electronic cutting tool
Bonus $25 gift card for Silhouette downloadable images
I got this for my wife as a gift, and she LOVES it!!!! She has her own craft room, and I always get her some sort of crafting machine for a gift because they allow her to enjoy her creative side. This is by far the best one she has. It's way more versatile, and user friendly then the Cricut that she has been using. The software that comes with it is easy to use, and she was up and crafting within a few minutes. The digital store allows you to only buy the images you need at $ a piece, which is so much more cost effective than paying $$ for a cartridge that has a lot of images that will never be used. The software accounts for pretty much every type of paper, and size which is a huge plus, and it even tells you what the blade depth settings should be for each. If your buying this as a gift, I highly recommend getting one of the four different starter kits that they sell. For the non crafty person like myself, this is basically a printer that cuts shapes instead of using ink. The things you can do with it if you are crafty are limitless!!!!
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Arrived as shown
How accurate was the on site description of the product? 100%
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great quality
I have been using this machine for a couple of weeks now and I am so happy with it. I'm glad I purchased this instead of the ones where u can only cut from cartridges. I have dipped my toes into drawing and cutting from my own creations. I would hate to have to try to explain this to a computer illiterate person.
Downside. Not a lot of help in the quick start guide. No real trouble shooting assistance. I watched some basic YouTube videos to get the idea of the settings that would work best. My blade was acting up at one point and I couldn't figure it out... A video suggested that maybe the little white housing at the tip was loose... Yes. It was slightly unscrewed leading the blade to go wonky at places. I highly recommend the product but know you're best off educating yourself in its operation and tricks from others in the Internet. Vast wealth of ideas and info on YouTube. Second bonus tip: buy a spare blade and mat. If or when these need replacing you are unlikely to want to wait for shipping to use your machine again. I cannot find any silhouette materials in stores in my area (except for vinyl , limited selection).
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exactly as pictured
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Exactly as stated
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great
I am an owner of a Cricut Expression along with multiple cartridges. Those carts are expensive and I found them to be repetitive. The Silhouette Cameo allows you to purchase images one at a time for a very modest fee. (Watch out for half price sales too!) You get to keep these on your computer, unlike the Cricut digital images. The Silhouette Online Store has thousands of images and every week offers a free download. This is yours to keep, not just "borrow" for a week like Cricut. The shapes are downloaded to your computer and are available for you to use even without an internet connection (Cricut only allows you to access their digital images via Cricut Craft Room when you are connected to the internet, although the physical cartridges may be used without a computer.) The Cameo also has a slot for an SD card, so you can save your work from Silhouette Studio software to the card and take it with you when you don't have computer access. (You can't design without the Studio software but this allows you to take pre-designed cuts to a crop, for example.)
The Mega Bundle is a great deal and will get you off to a good start. There is a bit of a learning curve with the software but I find it very similar to software packages like Cricut Craft Room and Photoshop Elements. Look to YouTube for instructional videos-those will get you up and running in no time. If you are ready to work with images that are not in the Online Store, invest in the software upgrade to the Studio Designer Edition (Shop around. This can be found cheaper than list price. )
The Cameo cleanly cuts intricate designs. There are some very sophisticated shapes available, from big-name designers, no less. I would recommend purchasing a couple extra mats and an extra blade because their supplies aren't as readily available in my local stores. Note that if you already have a Cricut, those mats will work with the Silhouette with a slight adjustment to paper placement if you are using the full sheet of paper. (Not even an issue with just a small cut here or there.) Also the Cricut vinyl, which is Oracal 631, can also be used with the Silhouette, so you can purchase whatever is available in your local stores. The Cricut tools work with the Cameo so no need to buy another set of them, although I highly recommend the pickup tool.
The Cameo also allows you to print and cut when connected to your printer. The Cameo sends the info to the printer to print an image along with registration marks, then you send it thru the Cameo to cut. You can also cut out any font on your computer. For example, I searched for a free font similar to the one used for the word "Bazinga!" from the Big Bang Theory. Downloaded it to my computer and was able to use it in the Cameo to make a great card. Easy Peasy!
Will I be getting rid of my Cricut? Not yet. There are still some cuts I really like and it is great to pop in a cartridge and cut something on the fly. But for versatility and customization, along with intricate cuts, the Cameo is the way to go.
I got this machine a few week ago and wanted to wait until I used it a few times to write a review. I LOVE it! I purchased a few extra tools that helped with the removal from the cutting mat a little easier, as the mats are pretty sticky to keep the paper in place while cutting.
I would certainly recommend this product to any crafter that wants to branch out into a more extensive and detailed paper and vinyl (along with a plethora of other materials) designs and styles.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? The image matched the contents perfectly
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Perfect!
Out of the box, the Cameo fired right up, cutting out the test pieces on vinyl stickers in a flash. Had a slight issue with the lack of a cutting mat, quickly resolved by Customer Service. Cutting paperstock on the mat proved as easy as the vinyl.
Make sure you load the stock square along the lines (most difficult part) and the rest takes care of itself.
Tested vinyl and cardstock, works well in creating window stickers out of vinyl and snowflake decorations out of cardstock. Had a few issues (user error) loading the vinyl the first few times crooked, which lead to crooked cuts. Take your time loading the pieces in, and no problems after.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Good
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good. It's about as quiet as a printer when cutting straight lines, bit louder for perforations (cutting blade moving down & up is noisy).
I love the Silhouette Cameo machine. It cuts clean and sharp images. In addition, the Design Studio Software allows users to capture shapes from other sources, like the internet, and create your own shapes to cut.
The ** gift card allowed me to purchase lots and lots of images to add to my cutting library.
The Silhouette is, in my opinion, the best crafting tool ever made. I use it to cut cardstock for cards, heat transfer for t-shirts, fabric for sewing projects, vinyl for crafting home decor, contact paper for making my own stencils, and now stamps to create my very own personalized stamps. Purchase the software to fully customize your own designs and use all the fonts on your PC. Love it! Best investment in crafting. Be careful - your friends and family will be visiting to use your Silhouette!
Can the included gift cards, both the $25, and the $10 be used in the silhouette store toward purchasing the deluxe software, or only images?poshprincessbows1 on Feb 13, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello poshprincessbows1, thank you for your inquiry! The only limitation that we found with the gift cards is it has to be over 99 cents. I hope this helps. Happy shopping! overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 18, 2014
YUP! Towards purchasing anythingsjsooze on Apr 11, 2014
Thank you for shopping with us deannasch. Yes it will also work with Windows 7. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 16, 2014
Before purchasing this item, I would like to know whether the software that comes with the machine is compatible with windows 8. Some responses that I have received say yes and some say no. I would like to know if this particular bundle includes software compatible with my computerdnf4403 on Jan 13, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for shopping with us dnf4403. Yes the Cameo is compatible with Windows 8. Have a great day. overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 14, 2014
When cutting vinyl that is backed is the cutting matt still required? Or can you just load the vinyl and cut it?morganfuller on Jan 11, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for shopping with us morganfuller. You will not need to use the cutting matt with material that has a backing. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 14, 2014
Agreed, you do not need to use the cutting matt with vinyl. Yay, save on wear and tear on matts!!!lp3leos on Feb 10, 2014
I saw on Pinetrest that this machine does embossing lettering... is that correct? I am looking for a machine that will let me emboss for invites.fawneecakes on Nov 20, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for shopping with us fawneecakes . Yes it will but you will need to buy embossing mats. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 21, 2013
Thank you for shopping with us oscar5521. It is compatible with Window XP. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 6, 2013
This may sounds silly, but this is the actual machine right? not just die cuts or something? and is it new or used? My sister really wants this for Christmas and I was going to buy it on their website but you have it for much cheaper! I just want to make sure I am covering all my bases! Thank you!!hechtk on Nov 4, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for shopping with us hechtk. It is the SILHOUETTE-CAMEO and it is new. You’re a great sister, but you knew that already. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 5, 2013
I need to cut 3m adhesive backing by the thousands for bscking on small brass numbers. will this machine do the job for me?maisonvictoria on Aug 1, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello, maisonvictoria. Hope your day is going well. We appreciate your patience. Unfortunately, research has not turned up any information on this item's ablility to cut 3m adhesive backing---we apologize. Thank you for shopping with us and please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.
overstockcustomercare1 on Aug 13, 2013
I would imagine it would cut your adhesive backing but the adhesive will foul the blade and require clean out and replacement routinely. The tape couldn't be any worse than adhesive back vinyl which is why many users buy this machine. The blades for this machine aren't cheap though so beware.silhouettefan on Aug 15, 2013
Hello, maisonvictoria. Hope your day is going well. We apologize for the length of time it took to research this information. This item can cut adhesive tape. We appreciate your patronage---feel free to contact us again with any further questions.
overstockcustomercare1 on Aug 13, 2013
What is the Maximum thickness we can cut ? and Cost of the Blade? can we use this machine for production purpose?vivaaha on Jun 28, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The thickest I have seen these machines cut is chip board. The blades are around 12.00 to replace. I think this machine would work great for production.
Thank you for shopping with us! overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 3, 2013
We are Wedding Card Dealers, Can we make personalised wedding card (i.e., micky mouse or bride groom photo die cut) Is it a heavy duty machine can we cut 100 invitations of the same design, I want to know the production cost, How many cuts we can do with one blade, and the blade cost, pls give the complete specifications with maintenance cost?vivaaha on Jun 27, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Yes there are downloads for mickey mouse. The blades for the Silhouette can last up to 6 months. This, however, is an estimation only. The actual blade life will be dependent on usage and the type of material being cut. Please note that thicker materials will wear down the blade much more quickly.
Thank you for shopping with us! overstockcustomercare1 on Jun 28, 2013
This bundle does include one mat and one blade, but not the pick up tool. Overall it is a great bundle at a great price!!salido99 on Jun 14, 2013
I currently own a Shilhouette SD. If I buy the Cameo, will I be able to use all the designs I currently own for my SD? Will i need to 'dump' my current software so as to install the Cameo software? Will I lose anything in the switch? Thanks.weirdo6 on Apr 16, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for your interest in the Silhouette Cameo Mega Bundle Die Cutting Machine with Bonus $25 Gift Card. All though we are here to answer questions we are just general help in this. This type of question requires a professional in the area of this software. The manufacturer is a good place to start or a computer place is second. Sorry for the inconvenience and hope you have a great day.
overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 17, 2013
Same software and yes all the designs you have now will work great with the larger Cameo.silhouettefan on Aug 15, 2013
In the picture an upgrade to desiner edition is shown. Is this not included? I do not see it in the product details.keliglover on Apr 5, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello- I have researched the product and unfortunately, the item does not include an upgrade. I have requested the image update and apologize for the confusion. Thank you for shopping with Overstock.com!overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 10, 2013
What do the 51 exclusive cuttable designs look like or is there a description somewhere?karebearcook on Dec 26, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately, other than the one design shown in the photo, a picture or description of these designs is unavailable. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 26, 2012
Is this the latest model and does it come with a warranty even though not purchased directly from the manufacturer?mdolingy on Dec 11, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
The Cameo model is a current model available with Silhouette. The Portrait model was just released in November 2012. This product does come with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 11, 2012
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