Having Silhouette Cameo Blade problems? You’re not alone! Of all complaints about the Cameo, problems with the blades seem to be the most common. Here are the most frequent Cameo Blade Problems and what you can do about them:
Problem: Defective Cameo Blade. Some early blades seem to have had quality issues that kept them from cutting properly. While this isn’t the case with every Cameo, some certainly seem to have had issues, particularly early on. You can request a replacement, but before you do so, check out this blog post to help determine if your blade is defective or if it’s just not installed right: Silhouette Cameo Defective Blades?
Problem: Blade not set to the right setting. It can be tough to know what to set the blade at for different media. Cardstock, patterned paper, chipboard, vinyl, and fabric all require different settings. Just guessing doesn’t always work. Here’s a quick guide to help you figure out what your blade should be set at for the best cut: Silhouette Cameo Manual (check page 9 for blade settings).
Problem: Blade is not installed properly. It’s a little tricky to get the blade installed correctly in your Silhouette or Cameo. This video will show you how to get it in the right orientation. Watch it and then try it yourself on your own Cameo to see if it fixes the issue.
Problem: Blade is full of debris. Just as you have to clean your bobbin housing on your sewing machine every so often to remove lint and debris, it makes sense that you would have to clean your Silhoeutte Cameo blade too! Here’s a quick step-by-step to help you get it clean and ready to cut: How to Clean the Silhouette Cameo Blade.
Problem: Dull blade. If you’ve been using your Cameo or Silhouette for a while, it might be time for a new blade. You can order them from the Silhouette America store or from Amazon. They’re about $13-$15 and will make a big difference in your cuts!
If you try all these options and you’re still not getting the clean cuts you desire, you may want to contact Silhouette support. They’re typically quick to respond and help you address your problems.