I love my Silhouette. But when it comes to the Silhouette Print and Cut Function, the relationship changes. And not in a good way. A few weeks ago, I was trying to print and cut labels for my shop and was almost in tears during the process. My carefully crafted labels printed beautifully, but every time I tried to cut them, the cuts were getting farther and farther from being right. It was incredibly frustrating. So I want to share the process of how I solved my silhouette print and cut issues.
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Solve Your Silhouette Print and Cut Issues
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- Open your Silhouette Design Studio software.
- Open the settings panel. It can be found in the lower left corner.
- Click on the “Advanced Panel”.
- Change the packet size from the default of “1000 bytes” to “500 bytes.”
- Click “OK.”
This should solve the issue of the cuts not aligning correctly. I’m not even sure why it works, but it’s something about how much data the Silhouette sends to the computer. Sending less data sounds bad, but it’s actually better because it keeps it from getting bogged down. This is a pretty common problem, so I’m not sure why it is set so high to begin with.
Other Things to Check
- Lighting. Your silhouette needs to have a decent amount of light to be able to read the registration marks. Place a lamp near your silhouette or place it near a window for daytime use.
- Bluetooth. Even though my machine sits inches away from my computer, I can’t always get it to link via bluetooth. Just plug it in.
- Images in the registration zone. You can’t have anything in the registration zone. Cut your design apart and place them on separate pages.
- Make sure that you paper is properly aligned on the cutting mat.
Have you solved your cutting issues any other ways? Let me know. There’s nothing more frustrating that tech issues and I would love to help as many people as possible.
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