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Jparrish
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Date: 6/6/14 11:49 PM

Has anyone used the Cameo Silhouette Fabric Cutting Machine? At $279-$299 it's a bit pricey. I have my own shape that I need cut repeatedly so it may well be worth the price. I am curious what personal experiences have been before I buy. If there is another fabric cutting machine recommended I am interested in hearing about that/those as well.

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Date: 6/7/14 4:58 PM

The Cameo Silhouette is a wonderful machine. I don't believe I have used it to cut fabric just yet but I do have friends that have used it for this purpose. IMHO it is well worth the price because it is such a versatile machine and it comes with software but I would recommend that if you purchase it you get the full version of the software (around $50) because it allows you to do so much more. There are 2 other machines that I can think of - the Cricut and the Brother Scan N Cut. I have not used the Brother but I did own the older Cricut and for me the Silhouette is a much better purchase and less expensive overall. Get out on YouTube and view some the videos and check out some of the reviews that people have given. I have had my Silhouette for a number of years now and it is one of the few purchases that I have never regretted buying.
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Date: 6/9/14 11:29 AM

I recently got myself this Silhouette Cameo, precisely to help me with cutting intricate patterns in fabric. I was making an Elsa (from Frozen) costume, and the Cameo was indispensable for cuting all the intricate snowflakes in iridescent fabric to heat-and-bond into the cape, and for cutting the stencils to paint with fabric paint.







I also used it to cut the decoration items for my daughter's Frozen-themed birthday. Bottom line, it was worth the money for me. Plus I know I'll continue to get use out of it in the future. God knows I could have used it last Halloween, when I had to cut the Crayola logo in black felt by hand 3 times! Ouch!

I have to say, though, that depending on the fabric, it might be hard to keep it "attached" to the mat while cutting. But that depends on the material and will probably happen with any system you buy.

If you do buy it, make sure you get the bundle. You'll need the extra tools. I also bought the additional larger mat (12x24), which was great to cut longer pieces of fabric (as well as making banners for the party).

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Date: 6/18/14 10:05 PM

I just found an email from Nancy's notions. They have a nice pkg for this....hmmm may have to order one soon.

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Date: 6/24/14 4:02 PM

Have you looked at Brother's Scan n' Cut? It is specifically made for cutting fabric.

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Date: 7/4/14 10:09 PM

I have the Silhouette Cameo, but never actually cut fabric with it, as it doesn't have a dedicated fabric blade. I also have a Klic n Kut machine. It has a fabric blade and cuts absolutely beautifully. You don't even have to put a backing on the fabric, you can just lay the fabric on the mat and cut away. Very pricey machines, though.

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Date: 7/4/14 10:28 PM

Brother is about two hundred more than the silhouette. I believe there is a fabric blade you can purchase for the cameo.

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Date: 8/22/14 3:53 PM

I've been using the Silhouette Cameo and it's predecessor ST for several years and have cut fabric very successfully with both. Most recently yesterday, as described on my blog http://elegantsufficiency.com . I'm also the proud owner of a new Bernina 880 and V7 software which I'm trying to persuade to play nicely with my Silhouette. So far, so good, but it's a steep learning curve!
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Date: 8/22/14 6:16 PM

I have used my Silhouette to print (on my printer, from the software) cut fabric, it works like a dream. There is a fabric blade available for them, but a sharp regular blade works just fine (it's rumored that the only difference in the blades is the color).

I've made stickers, cards, and cut vinyl from embroidery designs (the machine will share formats with my embroidery software), and generally had a lot of fun with it.

I'd recommend the upgraded software too, it's well worth the price. It allows you to manipulate the designs more before cutting. It will basically cut (and set up the print) for anything you can scan or have on your computer.

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