So I got my birthday present in the mail yesterday from my husband (actually I ordered it, he just paid for it). I got a Cameo Silhouette Die Cutting Machine! I’ve been interested in the die-cutters since my cousin-in-law got a Cricut & I was fascinated in how I could use one.
I didn’t get the Cricut for one main reason: you can’t cut your own images on it, only their own images from the cartridges. So I decided on the Silhouette Cameo. I liked that it has software to create images & it was pretty affordable before you get to the industrial-like cutters.
I was super excited to see what my machine could do, especially with FELT! I know that a lot of people say that you can’t cut felt with these kind of machines, but I did some research & found some other tutorials on how to do it. The main thing you need in order to cut felt on a die cutting machine (like the Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, Sizzix, etc) is to stabilize the fabric with interfacing.
I tried two different kinds of interfacing for my felt: Totally Stable by Sulky & Heat’n Bond. The main different between these two is that one is removable so no sticky residue, the other is permanent. These differences also affect the way they cut on the machine….
So this stuff is interesting because you iron it on, it stabilizes the fabric for cutting, then it kinda just rips off the back, leaving just the felt. I liked the idea of this so that I could cut pieces for needle felting & not have the sticky webbing left on the back.
That’s the GOOD NEWS… now the bad news…
This interfacing is so thick that it doesn’t allow for clean cutting on the die-cutter. The finished piece has to be cut out with scissors & it look a little “smooched”, loss of details, etc.
I think it has it’s applications, like if I need to cut a lot of simple shapes for a needle felting sculpture, then I can cut them on the machine, trim them out, & still save a ton of time!
Here is a screen shot of the settings I used on the machine for cutting felt. I think the general setting can be used for any of the die-cutters like the Cricut, too.
Basically I set the machine on the Deepest Blade setting, the Thickest Material setting, pretty much the Slowest Cutting speed, & on Double Cut. A variation of these setting should work for you, but you might have to experiment with your specific machine.
Not great detail, but will work for some projects.
The other type of interfacing I tried was Heat’n Bond. This worked PERFECT… but… you’re left with an iron-on adhesive layer on the back of the felt. This could be good if you are using it for flat pieces, or or sewing it on as an appliqué, but bad if you want to see both sides of the felt.
I’m also excited about using this to make fun paper crafts, so business related. I think it will be a fun tool to open up new possibilities. So I’m off to try & make a real piece using this beast!