Silhouette Cameo -- Starter Bundle
- This bundle includes a New Silhouette CAMEO2
- 2 12"x12" cutting mats, 2 cutting blades
- a Silhouette Pick Me Up tool
- a Silhouette Metallic Sketch Pen Pack
- and One-month basic subscription to the Silhouette Design Store
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The Silhouette CAMEO is an electronic cutting machine for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long.
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It was very easy to learn to use, although I already knew a little about designing, because I used to make decals professionally. But there are a ton of useful and very helpful youtube tutorials that will walk you through step by step.
I will add a few pictures of some things I've done with the silhouette. Unfortunately I never take pictures so I don't have a lot. I made the two shirts, the valentines cards, the banners and lettering on the hot air balloon.
The silhouette store has tons of adorable fonts and designs, but you can also copy just about any image you find on google or pinterest.
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The silhouette cameo is wonderful. I have had it for 9 months now and I just love it. I have been able to make so many really cool, personal gifts. I have mostly worked with vinyl and the cameo handles that beautifully. I have found it to be pretty user friendly and had no problems getting started. I did watch a lot of youtube instructional videos while waiting for my new toy to arrive and I think that was very helpful.
I need to change the cutting blade every month and the cutting mat probably every 2-3 months but I use my cameo a lot (Amazon Subscribe & Save has been nice for that). I upgraded and bought the Designer Edition Software and have found that helpful. I also bought the 12x24 mat and use that a lot especially with larger vinyl projects. Getting this machine and all the accessories and supplies has been quite the investment but I really cannot imagine life without it anymore. I absolutely love this machine and the creative freedom that it provides.
I run a printing business and have had all of the three versions at one point. All three versions are the same size, use the same software, and work at the same speed with the same accuracy. However, the Cameo 2 introduces a gimmicky touchscreen and the Cameo 3 introduces some gimmicky new features such as dual blades and in cutter storage. There's no difference other than a slightly different shape and price tag.
All three versions are wonderful and get the job done, so my advice to anyone is to get the cheapest version they can. Currently, Amazon has all three versions up for sale but this one is the cheapest, so when I decided to get another cutter I just went with this one. Until there's a sale or a price drop on the new version, I recommend this one.
I'm very impressed with this little cutter. I've cut lettering as small as a 1/2" and weeded it without a problem. The software is very easy to use. Importing JPG files and cleaning them up to cut can take a bit of time, but once you understand the settings you'll fly through the process each time.
I got the roll feeder bundle because experience has taught me that if your vinyl roll isn't aligned with the cutter or your roll is too tight and the machine has to pull to get material, you're going to ruin whatever you're cutting when it pulls the material out of alignment. The roll feeder is helpful in keeping the roll in line and also allows you to unroll your material to give it some slack.
I wish the rollers had more lock settings on them so you could make better adjustments for the size of the vinyl you're using. Sometimes there's not a lot of room for error on a 12" piece of vinyl in terms of alignment. If you veer too off track on one side it's going to lose it's grip.
I know this machine can do other things and I'm sure I'll explore the other features at some point, but for now I'm very pleased with it's ability to cut vinyl.
I love love LOVE this little machine! As a graphic designer, the software is intuitive, but I can see how it might be intimidating for new users because there is a definite lack of instruction on learning the ins and outs of the software. There are loads of tutorials online and videos on Youtube that can help decipher a lot of the features.
Cuts like a breeze, love the designs that are available in the Silhouette store and the fact that I can trace and create just about any of my own designs as long as I can scan them or take a photo of them (I do a lot of Zentangles and doodling, and the shapes I end up with make great cut files). And not having to keep up with any more dies (or cartridges) is a blessing too!
I've just discovered that this can cut stamp material, and engrave thin metals with the right adapters. I am totally in love with this thing. My husband is getting jealous of it!
So glad I went with this little machine instead of the Cricut machine.