Two Helpful Silhouette Cameo Tips

I bought my Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit almost three years ago and it is still one of my favorite tools in my studio. I have cut paper, cardstock, tag board, fabric, vinyl, and plastic in a variety of sizes and shapes.

I love that the Silhouette Cameo is able to cut any font that's on my computer. I love the trace feature that allows you to trace and cut any images from your computer. And, I love that I can purchase shapes inexpensively on-line and they can be downloaded and used immediately.

Yes, it takes a little bit of time to learn the ins and outs of the machine settings and the Silhouette Studio software, but overall, I have no buyer's remorse over this purchase. In fact, I have only had two problems with my Silhouette Cameo and both were very quick and easy to fix.

My first problem occurred when I saved files from my computer to my SD card and inserted the card into my Cameo. I became quite frustrated when I slid the card into my Cameo and on the screen were the words "SD Error."

How to fix an SD Error on a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.

I checked to make sure I saved my files properly using the Silhouette Studio software, so why the heck am I getting an SD Error on my Silhouette Cameo?

I took the SD card out and pushed it in again and still would get the SD Error. Grrr...

I still don't know what causes the error, but the solution is simple. Take a deep breath. Whew! Turn off the Cameo. Remove the SD card. Unplug the Cameo. Wait at least 10 seconds. Plug in the Cameo. Insert the SD card and turn on the power. Problem solved. (This is much easier than angrily pushing the card in and out 100 times only to get an SD error each and every one!)

The second problem I had was also an easy fix. After a number of uses, the cutting blade was not lowering at the beginning of the cutting process. So, I would have a small section of my shape that was uncut.

All you need to fix this problem is some silicone spray or WD40.

Turn off your Cameo and open the lid.
Locate the cutting mechanism.
Remove the blade.
Press down the blade holder.
How to lubricate the Silhouette Cameo cutting mechanism so the blade lifts and lowers properly.
Spray a little silicone spray or WD40 into the top portion above the blade holder. Gently lift and lower the blade holder a few times to spread the lubricant around. (I also had to use a cotton swab to clean up a couple drips because I went a little crazy with the spray.)
Replace the blade, turn on the Cameo and you are ready to go.

If you are looking for more information about using a Silhouette Cameo or are interested in some of the projects I have made with my Cameo, check out my Silhouette Cameo posts.

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