Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Starter Kit Bundle with PixScan Cutting Mat, White
- Included: CAMEO machine, vinyl starter kit, and bonus pixscan mat, 12 inch x 12 inch cutting mat, cutting blade, vinyl trimmer, software for pc and mac
- The CAMEO includes silhouette studio, an easy to use but powerful program which allows you to create your own designs using your own fonts and images with your CAMEO
- With the silhouette pixscan cutting mat you can turn hand drawn sketches and lettering into cut jobs, digitize fabric patterns, and much more
- The silhouette CAMEO is an electronic cutting machine that can cut a variety of materials (from vinyl to fabric) up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long
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The silhouette cameo is the ultimate DIY machine. 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 other material up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long. When the blade is replaced by a Pen, the cameo will sketch instead of cut. It can be controlled from a computer or save your art to an USB and plug right into the cameo. The machine also has the ability to Register and cut printed materials and is pixscan compatible. New: comes with: pixscan mat, silhouette cameo studio software for windows XP/ Vista/7/8 and Mac OS x 10.5.8 and higher basic, instruction guide, 51 exclusive cut able designs, vinyl Trimmer blade, black Cutting blade, 12 x 12 Cutting mat, 1 free month to silhouette store, USB and power cable vinyl kit includes:, 4 sheets of 9 x 24 premium vinyl in black, white, dark pink, and Leaf green, 10 feet of premium transfer paper, silhouette hook, silhouette scraper, exclusive download card good for 10 vinyl designs, idea booklet and instruction guide, instructional DVD.
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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.