Friday, August 24, 2018

One of the things that I make the most of right now is decals. I love decals. I love stickers. I love making things. That’s not new, though, and neither is the machine I use to cut my decals and such. I currently have a Silhouette CAMEO® cutting machine. It is consumer grade but it is an invaluable tool for me plus the end result is the same as any other machine: a sweet die-cut vinyl decal. I often look at the more professional grade machines, but those start in the thousands and they take up so much space, and I don’t have either to put into that kind of upgrade. My SilhouetteCAMEO® is the first generation and I have had it since February of 2014. While I didn’t use it much the first year for decals, once I started with them I could not stop. At four and a half years old it still works just fine… so why do I keep thinking about the latest model, the Silhouette CAMEO® 3? Well first off, I am a big fan of having the latest model of whatever technology I have, and second off, It just has some really neat new features.

The latest model of the Silhouette CAMEO® has already been around for more than a year, so this isn’t exactly a new product I am pining for. Even so, it can cut thicker materials than the machine I have, plus it has Bluetooth® so you can wirelessly send projects from your phone, tablet, or computer. In addition to just being a cool feature, it also means more flexibility in where you can put your Silhouette since it no longer needs to be plugged into your computer.

Other new features include a touch screen display, the capability to hold two blades at once with one of those blades (the AutoBlade) being able to automatically set the blade depth from the software settings, multiple places to store tools, and guides that can help keep everything in place (like a printer does with paper).

All of this might seem a bit foreign if you haven’t had a cutter like this before, so below are the details that the website for Silhouette has to offer. They also have videos on their site to see the machine in action. I remember how intimidating it all was when it was new to me, but now it is pretty much second nature. I have not had any direct experience with the Cricut brand of machines, other than they seem to be more popular in the craft stores since they stock more Cricut machines, tools, and materials. I am extremely happy with my current machine, though, and have no plans in the near future to switch brands. In my research, nothing has really tipped the scales for Cricut. So I am just going to continue on with my precious Silhouette CAMEO®.

The Silhouette CAMEO® is the ultimate DIY machine. It uses a small blade to cut over 100 materials, including paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric up to 12 in. wide. The CAMEO has the ability to register and cut printed materials and is PixScan™ compatible. What does this mean for you? It is our machine that has the largest cutting space and is most versatile in the materials it can cut.

The Silhouette CAMEO® 3 has all of the same capabilities as the previous versions along with some added features. This CAMEO features a dual-carriage so you can use two tools at once, and it features Bluetooth® technology (US, Canada, EU only.) To top it all off, the CAMEO 3 is compatible with Silhouette’s new AutoBlade. Learn more. Watch the video.


  • Silhouette CAMEO® 3
  • Power cable & USB cable
  • 12-inch Cutting Mat
  • AutoBlade
  • Crosscutter
  • Silhouette Studio® software (download)
  • 100 exclusive designs (download)
  • 1-month Silhouette Design Store subscription (available with tool registration)