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Silhouette America Roll Feeder
- Holds rolls for easy feed into Silhouette
- Fits all models
- Assists in aligning your projects
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The roll feeder provides an easy and convenient way to place rolled material into your Silhouette. The feeder properly aligns your project to ensure that it loads straight. Compatible with the original Silhouette SD, Silhouette Portrait, and Silhouette CAMEO 1, 2 and 3.
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I have since only cut 5 shirts on my Cricut and 95 with the Cameo and the feeder. This thing is a gift from God! I had 30' rolls of vinyl cut and laid out 10 designs on the Cameo art board (as it will only go unto 120"). I hit start and walk away. When I come back I have 10 shirts cut at a time. I go cook and come back, I go clean and come back, I go to sleep and come back. Over the weekend I will have all the shirts cut. It's so much better than having to cut the vinyl, layout out on the cutting mat, load the cutter and wait. The longest cut mat for the Cricut is only 24" so I can only do 2 at a time, and for some reason, every other one isn't cutting the entire design. It's also better than a roll on the Cameo without the feeder, because the feeder holds the vinyl tight and in place without shifting.
I will definitely use this Cameo and feeder going forward. This feeder has revolutionized my time and my business!!! I no longer have to be afraid to take large orders. I don't know what I was waiting on. Don't wait - - just buy it now!!!!
The first problem is that while it's an official Silhouette product, they don't really bother to make accommodations for it within their software. Let's say you want to cut 40 individual items, and since you paid for the deluxe software you have the ability to 'nest'. Well, since there isn't a roll feeder option built in, you first have to figure out roughly how much vinyl you will need (in length) and then input that into the software as a custom 'page size', then 'nest' your items and see if they fit or not, then make adjustments as you go. The bigger plotters at my work offer a 36"x$length option, so essentially we have a fixed width (just like the Silhouette has) but then the software atomically nests the items and feeds continuously until done and the user never has to worry about length.
The second problem is cutter. They really just supply a letter opener that rides on a track to help you cut the roll wherever the job ends. What's missing is a built in clamp or tension bar to hold the material still while your running the cutter down the track. Since the material is free floating it's nearly impossible to get a truly straight cut as the forward pressure of the blade causes the material to want to shift right.
I no longer need to pre-measure and cut my vinyl before feeding into the cutter for a project. This saves vinyl that has to be recut because I measured incorrectly.
I always get a nice clean edge using the supplied cutter, but I wish that it was better quality than what it is. Either way, since there is a channel for which a blade can slide, I can use my rotary cutter or other blades.
I can now store a vinyl roll without having to put it away. This is especially good when it is a commonly used color.
The lip that the vinyl must travel across to get to the cutter is rather bothersome. The vinyl naturally curls at the end so you have to fight with it to get it across the valley and the space is very tight. I usually end up disconnecting the cutter and the feeder by accident. Which brings me to my next con.
It's annoying trying to get the Cameo and the roll feeder to match up... once connected its solid, well, until you knock it out of place again trying to feed the roll into the cutter. :P
The quality is not that great. The base is nicely build and feels heavy duty, but the roll holders are sitting on a wish and a prayer. They are very flimsy. One popped off just as I was taking it out of the box but thankfully it went back on easily. Too easily.
The feeder is pretty big, excessively big for what it is. I can indentify ways in which to easily condense the equipment for future versions. Just takes up a lot of desk real estate.