Silhouette Cameo: working with vinyl

If you bought your Silhouette Cameo with visions of all sort of wonderful vinyl projects in mind, raise your hand.

If you are having problems getting your Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl, raise your other hand.

Okay, so now you have both hands in the air, you’re frustrated and ticked off because you spent almost $300 for a machine that isn’t doing what you want. Right? Okay, put your hands down and read on.

As a Cameo owner, and self-professed research junkie, I have done extensive research on Cameo problems and solutions–and, happily, I have come across some fabulous sites that offer really helpful information. I’m listing them below for you to refer to.

Make-the-Cut has an post entitled, Silhouette Cameo and Skipping Issues. After your read the post, be sure to read the reply that follows it.

Expressions Vinyl Blog has a beautifully illustrated post that describes in great detail the steps, settings, etc., to complete a beautiful project using vinyl.

Also at Expressions Vinyl you will find charts that provide the speed, thickness and blade settings for a whole range of vinyls. There are separate charts for Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette SD and Cricut.

Hope this helps, crafters!!!


5 thoughts on “Silhouette Cameo: working with vinyl

    • Hi, Brittany,

      Thanks, so much, for your lovely note. I am thrilled that you feel inspired to keep trying with your Cameo. It will take a bit of fiddling around, but before you know it, you will be a pro!!

      I hope you will drop by, again, and let me know how it’s going. By the way, I love your blog!!!


  1. I love my Silhouette cameo. However, I am having issues with vinyl when trying to cut long projects. It keeps slipping and sliding in the machine and ruining perfectly good and very expensive vinyl. I ordered the vinyl from the silhouette website but it doesn’t seem to fit under the rollers well enough to get a good grip. And there isn’t a closer roller setting.

    Any suggestions? My next project requires 31 inches of vinyl be cut. I have already ruined some. Don’t want to ruin any more.

    thanks for your help.

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