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Cameo 4 Rotary Blade – First cuts

On October 18, 2019 a package showed up in my mail box. My kids were excited, I was excited – we were all excited. While their excitement quickly wore off, mine has not.

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The new tools for the Cameo 4 had arrived. After attending the Silhouette Summit in May and learning about the new Cameo 4 release and the new tools to go with it, they are finally here.

From left to right they are: The Punch Tool, Rotary blade, 2 mm Kraft blade (Cameo 3 or 4), and the Pen Holder. The 3 mm Kraft blade was not in my box, but will be coming soon.

*Note – these tools will begin shipping in early November. They can be found for pre-order at Swing Design HERE.

Today I’m going to show you my first cut with the Cameo 4 – Rotary blade.
It is a pretty simple cut.

Last week while I was finishing the prep for my Foil Quill on a Traveler’s Notebook class for the upcoming All Things Silhouette Conference, I was having a heck of a time getting the same foil results as I had with my original demo. I ended up having several traveler’s notebooks that were “sacrificed” in the testing process.
What was I going to do with all these “failed” tests?

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My fabric selection is very minimal, so I just grabbed the first one I found.

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And no joke, it was the first one I saw. This is leftover from a gift making session a few years back where I tried my hand at fabric key fobs.

Why not cover the journal as a test?
Cut this thin cotton fabric with the rotary blade and test it out. Perfect!

I measured out how big the traveler’s notebook was and then drew a rounded rectangle in the Silhouette software. I added a little bit to the measurements to allow for some overlap around the edges of the cover. In hindsight, I should have allowed a bit more.

So the first thing I want to mention is that when you get the Cameo 4 Rotary Blade, you want to twist the bottom to expose the blade. This is a safety feature so the blade is not exposed right out of the package.
And it won’t cut very well at all if you don’t twist the bottom to expose the blade. You’ll have to trust me on that one.

Once you install the Rotary blade in the Cameo 4 Tool 2, the software will recognize the tool has been installed with the new Tool Recognition and will give you the cut options for that tool.

Next, when you use the Cameo 4 Rotary blade, you will notice that you have these extra lines on your design mat when you go to the Send tab. This is so the rotary blade can orientate the blade to the correct position to cut the design out.

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It is just like a hand held rotary blade and rolls across the material to cut.

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Now, my design is a very simple rounded rectangle.

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While it may be simple, it is a great way to test out the blade to see if it will cut this thin cotton fabric.

And success! There were a few threads that needed to be clipped around the edge, but I’m good with that. And it is improving. There are software updates coming that are improving the cut settings and allowing more possibilities to customize those settings because we all know that not all materials are created equal. As I found with Foil Quill foil, even in the same brand of items, not all will perform the same. The Gold Finch 4″ x 6″ sheets did not foil the same way as the foil that was included in the Foil Quill bundle or like the large roll of gold color did.

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Now, I was so excited to test this blade out, that I didn’t really think how I was going to apply this piece of fabric to my traveler’s notebook, which is like a faux leather on the outside. So I reached out to my friend Libby for her advice. It was pretty much the answer I had thought – Heat & Bond or Fusible Stabilizer, but confirmation from a fabric user is always better.

Yes, it would have been much easier to put the Fusible Ez-Steam on the fabric and then cut it, it would have even cut with a regular blade since I had such a simple shape. But, it was a test to see how it would cut with the rotary blade and it was a success!

I can’t be the only one that has these hindsight moments on how to make the project easier….. after the first one is done. Or gets excited and just jumps in before thinking the project all the way through.

I ironed the fabric to get it nice and smooth. Then I peeled the paper backing off the Fuzible Ez-Steam and applied it to the backside of the fabric.

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Then I placed the fabric on top of the travelers notebook and carefully ironed it on.

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After I ironed the outside, I flipped it over and then carefully folded the edges over and ironed those down to the inside. The inside of the notebook is a paper material, so I didn’t hold the iron in the same place very long.

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You can see in the bottom right corner that the edge was a little bit small, this is where I would adjust for the next one and make it a little bigger for a little more edge allowance.

I used a Diamond Tip Reamer to poke the holes through the fabric. This little tool is fabulous for all kinds of projects.

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Then I threaded the elastic cord back in the holes, added my notebooks back in, and have covered this “test” subject from my failed Foil Quill project.

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Of course, I couldn’t leave it at just that. I had to add a charm made from an 15/16″ acrylic circle and etched with the Silhouette Curio.

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Can you see yourself using the Cameo 4 Rotary Blade in any future projects?

Next up on the testing list is leather, faux leather, more fabric or whatever I can find.
I can’t wait to share that too!

I would love to see your projects feel free to post on my Facebook group at Silhouette Secrets with EllyMae.


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8 thoughts on “Cameo 4 Rotary Blade – First cuts”

  1. Have you used your rotary blade to cut faux leather yet? I was trying to find some tips about how to but I can’t seem to find anything about it.


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