At the beginning of May I was trying to finish a baby quilt for an order but struggling with stencilling the text in the font I wanted. So, choosing from a myriad of stencil cutters now available I ordered the Silhouette Cameo from the Creative Printers of London. It arrived the next day and after a few trials I cut the font I wanted. Since then I have tried several materials and items, but not enough to give a full report. But here are a few points:
The machine will accept A3 (short edge) any length
Cuts direct from Adobe Illustrator (a plug-in is required, cost about £15)
Software is excellent, easy to install (on my Mac) and use
Very fine cuts can be made
Cuts a range of materials, including thin leather, fabric, card, balsa
The machine works by moving the cutting head on the x-axis and moving the material to be cut on the y-axis. Material may be held on a sticky cutting mat but some things will cut without the mat. A wide range of cutting options are available.
I envisage using this tool to cut figures and scenery for my model theatre, stencils and embellishments for fabric work, paper for a range of projects and leather for masks. There are many other possibilities. This machine would be a serious addition to any fabrication and print department; not just a ‘poor man’s laser cutter’. One of its attractions is that it cuts without leaving a burnt edge.