Sketching with my Silhouette Cameo

Easy Peasy!

I mainly use my Silhouette Cameo 3 for cutting fabric appliqués, and when I purchased the machine some time ago, I also purchased some after market adapters so I could sketch with it using any marker, pen or pencil… which I’ve never done until this morning!

I don’t really get into Christmas and I only send out two cards, one to my sister and one to my son, and realized this morning I’d sent neither! I’ve been considering either the Silhouette Cameo 4 or the Cricut Maker because both have a rotary blade for cutting fabric, and don’t require the fabric to first be fused to a stabilizer.

I’ve been watching videos comparing them, and ran across some sketching videos, something I’d completely forgotten about!

Sometime around 2am this morning, I found myself digging around for those pen and marker adaptors I’d bought, and in no time at all I’d addressed my two envelopes. No time… like an hour later. LOL

Naturally I could have written them out by hand faster, and even run them through the printer more efficiently, but this was kind of fun! While I just used a plain old black Sharpie and a font on my computer, I could have downloaded some amazing font, some Christmasy ding bats, and used a glitter pen and really had some fun!

Did I mention I’m a big of a Christmas Scrooge? So that didn’t happen. But it could have!

In the Silhouette Studio software, I just set up a 7″x5″ custom mat (same size as my envelope) and typed away. So darn easy! I will be playing more with this in the future.

A friend of mine is having a small group over for tea, and I’m going to do my best to stay awake and show up. I’ve had about 3 hours of sleep total the last two nights, and a wicked headache yesterday… entirely my fault, although I’m blaming my sweet mother-in-law for the box of See’s chocolates that arrived and attacked me.

As for my comparison research… I think I may be holding out for a bit longer. The Cricut Maker looks perfect, but I downloaded their software (which now offers a desktop version, not just internet based) and it sucks compared to the Silhouette Studio software. I know I can use my existing software, export an .svg file and open it with the Cricut software, but that’s a drag.

As for the Cameo 4… it looks rather flimsy. Most especially the adaptor tools, and I think to sketch you have to use an adaptor set, even with the new pens made for the Cameo 4.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Definitely prefer Cricut to Cameo, rotary blade is the best for cutting fabric. Agree about software, Cameo is better. Cricut will catch up!

    1. What do you prefer about it Patty? It looks like it’s built better for certain, to my eye. I don’t really care about anything other than the rotary blade and sketching, so it’s additional features don’t figure in my decision.

  2. For starters, it’s about twice as heavy, and when the carriage moves, it’s quiet and smooth. It cuts beautifully the first time. No stray threads, sections to cut. Perfect the first time I tried it. No excessive starching/fusing of fabric, manipulating of fabric. Just a better quality product. I don’t know of any bells or whistles, I think the Cameo probably has more “hype”. For me it’s just a quiet machine that cuts fabric well. Once you learn software, piece of cake!

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