(Closed) Bought a Silhouette SD on Cyber Monday!

posted 7 years ago in DIY
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

I bought one online on Black Friday! We can learn about it together. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sign up for their newsletter, they have a free shape each week. I also bought a lot of shapes over the weekend, because they had a Black Friday weekend sale.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

It just arrived! I’m unpacking it now, and trying to figure where it’s going to live… I may have to clear off my desk! I think I should also let it warm up a bit – it’s cold in that Canada Post truck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sorry for the stupid question but what is a Silhouette SD???

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/

It’s a cutting machine, sort of like the Cricut if you’ve heard of that one.

This particular machine plugs in to your computer, and you use their software to design shapes (or download shapes from their online store) and the machine cuts them out. It’s a little like a printer that has a black instead of an ink nozzle.

The Cricut is probably more well-know, but that’s mainly suited to buying the company’s catridges that plug into the machine to get more shapes. The Silhouette is entirely run by your computer.

Here’s a little demo video where they’re cutting on a roll of vinyl! It takes more than just paper!

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Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

It’s smaller than I thought, much smaller than our printer.

First tip: do not mix up the  lightweight vs. heavyweight cutting mats. The sticky stuff on the mat meant for cardstock tears printerpaper to shreds. Shreds which you have to pick off the mat very slowly for hours afterwards.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also just purchased the Silhouette SD from Overstock and got it about a week ago. I haven’t gotten to play with it too much but here’s what I’ve noticed so far:

1) I agree with the above comment that you should never mix the cutting mats with media it’s not intended for. I accidentally got some regular paper stuck to the heavyweight mat and had a terrible time trying to get it off.

1b) Sidenote: I’ve heard not great things about the Silhouette mats. A lot of people prefer to use the Cricut mats and trimming them to fit the Silhouette. I’ve used mine like a dozen times (cutting the same shape in the same place on the mat) and it’s already losing it’s stickiness. I might try a replacement mat from Cricut just to see how it works (Cricut mat is also cheaper).

2) Make sure the paper you’re cutting is stuck pretty securely on the mat. I’ve noticed when I get sloppy sticking the paper to the mat, the cuts are slightly less precise.

3) Take the simple tutorials that Silhouette has on their website – they may seem really basic, but it makes it easier to get started. I also found some random ones on youtube that were great for figuring out how to use the native software they provide for creating your cutting shapes (like the tutorial covered grouping and ungrouping objects, etc.)

4) If you have a MAC, you have to use Adobe Illustrator with a plug-in instead of the native software (I’m almost positive of this).

Here are my first “test cuts”. They turned out pretty well and I’m pleased with the outcome. I did not use the Silhouette software – I used Adobe Illustrator with the CraftROBO plug in to create this shape.

 

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