Silhouette Cameo Fabric Cutting Instructions! Available Now!

All patterns generated now include SVG cutting files for personal cutters like the Silhouette CAMEO! No need to trace and cut!

Each pattern generated will contain a link to download your custom SVG file for your quilt design. General instruction below or click here for more info on cutting fabric with your Silhouette Cameo.

Instructions:

  • Your pattern will have a button labeled “Cutting Files” that links to a zip file. Note: If you open the pattern PDF on your iPad, links will  not work. You must click the link in the PDF on the computer where your Silhouette Studio software is installed.
  • Save the and extract all the SVG files to your desktop.
    • The pieces are grouped by fabric. There is a separate SVG for each fabric, some fabrics may have more than one cutting file if there are a lot of pieces.
  • Open Silhouette  Studio or the cutting application for your device.
  • Open “File of Type” -> SVG
  • Open the file for the fabric you plan to cut.
  • NOTE: SVG pieces are NOT reversed. This is opposite of how they are in the pattern tracing guide – where they are reversed because you are tracing them. With the cutting files, they are not reversed because you cut them with the fusible(glue) side down. 

Tips:

  • Use a fresh blade, be sure to get the fabric blade from Silhouette. Use it only for fabric.
  • Spray your fabric with Terial Magic and iron. This is like a starch, but the fabric will be a lot stiffer, making it easier to cut. Check out this video on YouTube.
  • Fuse the fusible to the backside of the fabric.
  • Remove the paper backing from the fabric and lay it glue side down (glue side to the sticky side of the cutting mat)
  • This means the pieces should NOT be reversed. We don’t reverse our SVG files.
  • Smooth out the fabric on mat and make sure it is really stuck. If your mat looses stick-ability, spray it with some basting spray.
  • Use the fabric cutting setting and do a “double cut”
  • Only cut a sheet of 12×12 size or smaller if possible. The longer the fabric is stuck to the mat, the more it loses stick and will pull up. If you try and use the full 12×24 mat, the last pieces will probably be a nightmare.

The real key is having your fabric be stiff, and making sure it’s well stuck to the matt so it doesn’t pull up.

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9 Comments

  1. Kathy  - September 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm
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    Hi, I am very interested in the silhouette cut files. When will they be available and will there be an extra charge for them?
    Thank you.

    • UncleGravy  - September 7, 2015 - 5:03 pm
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      Hi Kathy,

      Silhouette cutting files are available now, when you generate patterns with a subscription. There is no extra charge aside from the QuiltFusion subscription. A subscription is good for 1 month and allows you to generate unlimited patterns, along with the cutting files for those patterns.

      The cutting files come as SVG cutting files – one file for each fabric in your design. All of them are wrapped up in a ZIP file. In both the email and the PDF pattern that is generated, there is a link to download the SVG files. Click the link, download the zip and extract them to get the individual SVGs. Please shoot me an email if you have any problems.

      Thanks!

      Uncle Gravy

  2. Kathy Shaker  - November 2, 2015 - 2:37 am
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    I’ve tried importing and cutting several SVG files, and nothing happens (the Send to Cameo window appears to show the file is being cut, but says the cut is complete a second later). If I go in to the Designer software and trace the designs, they do send and cut correctly.

    • muddyme3  - November 2, 2015 - 1:54 pm
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      Hi Kathy, when you open the svg file is the Designer software you will need to

      1. “Select All” cntl-A
      2. Click cut settings
      3. Under material type select “Fabrics – thin fabrics like cotton prints”
      4. Then you can cut.

      The SVG file format does not save cut settings – so you have to manually assign what material type you want to cut.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Janet  - July 29, 2016 - 2:22 pm
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    I have an Artistic Edge which can “see” SVG files. Can I use the Edge?

    • UncleGravy  - July 29, 2016 - 2:40 pm
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      Hi Janet, I spoke with a Janome rep last week, and am told that you will be able to use the SVG files with your Artistic Edge. They are sending me the software for their machine so I can post instructions. I’ll post those instructions here when I have them written up.

      If you would like to test it, download this week’s free pattern – SVG files are included with all our free patterns. Let us know hoe it goes!

  4. Marian  - August 9, 2016 - 2:16 am
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    Any cutting machine that allows SVG files should be able to use these, including software such as Make The Cut or Sure Cuts Alot, which would allow one to merge the same fabrics into one .svg file and then prepare to cut. You can use these software’s to cut with most cutting machines such as Silhouette, Brother, KNK, even Janome’s cutting machine. The only one you can not cut files with would be the Cricut machine since they only allow their cutting machines to be used with their software. It doesn’t mean you can’t open these .svg files in that software, you just can’t use other software to cut with.

    Now, about the instruction above that says you need to double cut the fabric when you use Terial Magic and a fusible glue such as Wonder Under or Heat N Bond or the others on the market. It is not necessary to double cut, Terial Magic makes your fabric so stiff, you don’t even need the fusible glue, but if you are wanting to glue the shape to the background you need to put the fusible web ironed onto the fabric first.

    I’m looking forward to trying the Quilt Fusion software, the fact that it produces .svgs alone is a major bonus since the other well known quilting softwares do not do this yet. As an applique designer also, I look forward to seeing what I can do with this software.

  5. Susan  - September 17, 2016 - 12:11 am
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    Are we going to get the Artistic files?

    • UncleGravy  - September 18, 2016 - 8:03 pm
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      Hi Susan, the link for the cutting files is inside the PDF pattern. Just below the materials guide is a button to download the svg cutting files for this design.

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