Tips for Cutting Siser® HTV & PSV on the Silhouette Cameo 4 and Cameo 4 Plus
The Silhouette Cameo 4 is back and bigger than ever with the Plus! The updates to both machines are the same except in size. The Cameo 4 remains the tried and true 12″ width, but the Cameo 4 Plus is 15″ wide! With that said, let’s get into some tips that apply for both machines!
Tip #1: Update your Software and Firmware
This tip is honestly a good one to keep in mind whenever your machine starts acting a little silly, but it’s especially important with this new machine since it requires Silhouette Studio V4.3.219 (at least) to run as well as a firmware update when you first plug it in. Perform all updates before starting your projects.
Tip #2: Familiarize Yourself with the Blade Adapters
The Cameo 4 AutoBlade will complete any and all of your Siser® heat transfer vinyl and EasyPSV® projects, but if you have blades from an older Cameo, you can use the corresponding adapter to still utilize them. Please note that there is no adapter for the Cameo 3 AutoBlade and it does not fit into the Cameo 4’s blade holder.
In any case, we always recommend doing a test cut before cutting your full design. Not much has changed with the test cutting process, so if you want to know more about how to determine what makes a good cut, check out my original blog post on Cutting Siser HTV with the Cameo 1, 2, or 3!
Tip #3: Take Advantage of the Built In Roll Feeder
Cutting without a mat and up to 10ft has been an option for Cameos since the beginning, but never have you been able to cut so wide! Now, 15″ rolls of Siser HTV can easily be cut thanks to the built in roll feeder (no attachment required!) that secures the roll at the front of the Cameo 4 Plus.
If you’ve never cut without a mat, here’s a few extra tips:
- Change Mat Settings in Silhouette Studio to “No Mat” and Media Size to reflect your roll of material
- Align the edges of the vinyl under the pinch rollers so there’s equal margin. Space out the additional rollers evenly across the center.
- Ensure there’s plenty of space in front and behind the Cameo 4 so the material can feed back and forth without any obstacles.
In addition to the built in roll feeder, the Cameo 4 Plus also features a built in cross cutter at the back of the machine that’s super convenient for trimming the end of the sheet when everything is cut!
I applied all of these tips to make an extra large yard banner for my nephew’s quarantine birthday. Just an old sheet, some heat transfer vinyl, a couple of yard stakes (or lawn chairs and clips, a porch and rope, whatever you can DIY to hold it up!), and of course the Cameo 4 Plus and a Heat Press are all the supplies you need to make your own banner and bring a smile to someone’s face (the banner is a secret for now, but I’ll try to snap a pic next week when it’s delivered to his yard!) If you have a loved one celebrating their birthday during this pandemic, make sure you grab the FREE CUT FILE so you can make your own simple yard sign.
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