Cutting Fabric with Your Digital Cutter – Part 1 v. Silhouette Cameo

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QuiltFusion loves digital cutters! 

So the title of this two part video series is a bit misleading, cause I don’t loooove digital cutters, but I do really really like them, but sometimes they really make me mad. So I’m going to walk through using digital cutters with QuiltFusion patterns, and give you some tips and tricks to try and make things go smoother. But be warned… eventually things will go south and you will say to yourself – I may as well go back to tracing and cutting!

In this video we will go over accessing the cutting files, opening with your cutter’s software and prepping shapes for cutting. In the next video we will go over prepping the fabric and cutting tips. I have posted some notes below to help you along with the information presented in the video. 

First off, QuiltFusion patterns come with SVG cutting files. This format is compatible with the Silhouette Cameo. 

Did you know all the free patterns on our site also come with cutting files? All of our patterns are generated using QuiltFusion software – so that means all patterns come with cutting files!  You may say to yourself – I only got a pdf pattern when I purchased or generated it from QuiltFusion. Inside the PDF is a link to the files. It’s right after the materials lists.

Clicking this button will download a zip file containing all the cutting files. Usually this will download to your “downloads” folder. You will need to locate the zip file. And extract it’s contents. – find the file, right click and select extract here. You will now have a folder with the SVG files in there. You will see they are grouped and named using the fabric sku name. There may be more than one file per fabric if the pieces don’t all fit on a 12×24 cutting mat.

IMPORTANT – These cutting files are NOT reversed. Usually the tracing shapes are reversed because you are tracking on paper backed fusible. In this case, you will not be tracing, so these files are not reversed.

Now that we have the files saved to your desktop, let’s open up your cutting software.

Silhouette Studio Software

Make sure you have the latest and great. In prior versions you used to have to “import” SVG files. Now you just “Open” themAlso note, that SVG requires you have that paid version of Silhouette Studio – the free version – as of this video – will not import SVG.

Go to file open. And find the first file and open it. It will place the shapes on your cutting mat.

Tip #1 – use the 12×12 mat if possible. The reason being the longer it take to cut everything out, the more opportunity there is for the fabric to lose it’s stick or for something to screw up. In some cases the pieces won’t fit on 12×12 so you will have to use the 24” mat, but smaller is better in my opinions. If you think you can fit everything on the 12×12, then change the cutting mat size.

Now we need to rearrange the shapes. QuiltFusion does and OK job of arranging shapes, but it’s not human and usually we can save fabric by re arranging and packing the shapes better. It’s not required to do this step, but it will save you fabric.

  • Select the shape
  • Ungroup it (control shift G – or Object -> ungroup)
  • Now click just one shape – rotate and move it to fit better. DO NOT resize the shapes!
  • After you re-arrange them, select them all and note the size of fabric you will need – I always round off to the nearest inch and give yourself some decent buffer with the edge of the fabric. Write this measurement down and the fabric sku it is for.
  • With them all still selected, go to the cut settings… select fabric “cut edge”)
  • Then select material type – “fabric” thin cotton fabric.
  • The defaults are ok, but I also suggest a double cut.
  • This file is ready… do the same for the remaining fabrics.

You are now ready to prep your fabric and cut! That’s part 2

3 Comments

  1. Ramona Putnam  - October 20, 2017 - 8:37 pm
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    Great info! Thanks so much. New to Silhouette Cameo, so this is greatly appreciated.

  2. Susan Drago  - November 27, 2017 - 5:27 pm
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    I really enjoyed the video but I’m afraid I will miss the second part. I left my email and wondered if emails will be sent out letting us know when the second part will be out? Thanks, Susan

    • Uncle Gravy  - November 27, 2017 - 6:55 pm
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      The other video is here: Part 2

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