3.12.2014

Silhouette Cameo

Last week Kathleen and I finally picked up one of our dream toys, a Silhouette Cameo.

I remember a few years back when the idea of the Silhouette Cameo was just coming out, thinking to myself, I wish that machine could cut more than vinyl and paper. I want to cut fabric on it. Well, now we can!
After we picked up our new Silhouette Cameo we came right back to the studio to try it out. I installed the software, which is super easy to navigate, and then I designed a simple little applique shape.
If you know me well, you know that I strongly dislike putting fusible in my quilts, so I tried my own little starch method and cut this shape out, the Silhouette Cameo did fantastic. I'm thinking I'll put together a little tutorial on how-to cut without using fusible.

So, here's what Kathleen and I are most excited about, over the next few weeks, when I find a few thousand extra hours, we're going to be converting all of our embroidery applique files to the Silhouette .SVG files, so anyone with a Silhouette machine, or any cutting machine can cut our embroidery applique files, this will make the process of embroidery applique so quick, and smooth! I'm so excited about this!



Oh, and what makes this process even more awesome, if you don't have an embroidery machine, but want to use our files to cut your own fabric, or paper, or vinyl you can! 
Can you tell I'm really excited about this new venture?!?!

10 comments:

  1. Yay! Can't wait for the starch tutorial!

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  2. I too have cut fabric with my Silhouette and I love it. I don't do too much applique but when I need too its a great tool! I love it for Scrapbooking too. Thanks in advance for converting all your files. What a job. Cynthia

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  3. Oh wow, so excited about your files!! And the tutorial should be great too. I'm still using fusible to cut with my silhouette and would love to not have to!

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  4. Pls tell us more about the silhoutte and how you like it after more trial and errors. Thanks

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  5. I am so glad to hear about this. I am debating among the current offerings and cannot decide. I would love to see your starch method as well.

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  6. I saw it at a quilt show recently, but they didn't have the computer hooked up. I love Nancy Halvorsen's designs, but I don't like all the tracing, plus I like to machine embroider and this looks like it will fit the bill.

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  7. Ohhh, I might have to borrow my daughter's Silhouette!!

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  8. My sister and I just bought a Cameo SIlhouette and have yet to use it. It seems a little daunting. I would love to see some tutorials, especially some very basic beginner things.

    I visit you blog every day without fail for inspiration and really enjoy when you include with your pictures what the quilting design was, panto, digital or not. Thank you.

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  9. The only problem with creating svg files for use in Silhouette Studio is that the svg file needs to be resized to the shape needed. People won't know what size a shape is unless you tell them. You will have to list that in a pdf file so people get a proper cut. I hope you will also leave the shapes in the pdf file also as that's the more accurate method at the moment for cutting with the Silhouette. If you find a better method, I would absolutely love to know.

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  10. Looking forward to tutorial. Was also not wanting to use fusable on quilts. Love cutting fabric with my Silhouette.

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