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Silhouette Sketch Pen Lines and How to Prevent Them

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Ya know what's the worst when using Silhouette Sketch Pens? When you get to the end of your beautiful sketch only for the pen to drag a big ol' line straight back to the starting position.

When you're using Silhouette brand Sketch pens they have a ridge on them that ensures they go into the holder the perfect distance.  But the stray line issue can happen when you're using a regular pen, pencil or marker to sketch with one of the pen holders adapters - either the Amy Chomas Sketch Pen holder, the Silhouette Pen Holders, or the DIY version I shared here.

The drag lines occur when the pen is too far down into the holder. It's actually easy to prevent - you just have to make sure your pen is at the exact right distance from the paper.

A popsicle stick, of all things, is the perfect thickness and so it's going to be all we need to guarantee a perfect sketch.

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Just place your sketch pen into whatever type of holder you're using.  Put the popsicle stick right under the pen.  Push the pen down until the tip of the pen just touches the popsicle stick. Now lock the pen into place.
 
Slide the popsicle stick out of the way and you're ready to sketch.

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12 comments

  1. Thanks for that as it always happens to me xx

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  2. This has been happening to me with Silhouette brand sketch pens. Any idea why? Should I adjust the height?

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  3. I, like Aneglica, have been having this problem with the Silhouette brand sketch pens. And the line isn't a faint one as shown in the pic at the top of this blog -- it's dark and just as defined as the text. It is apparent that my silhouette isn't lifting the pen at all when returning to the start position throughout printing as the line is the same thickness and darkness as the text and I am watching it drag w/o seeing the pen lift at all. I've been leaving the cover open while printing, and I've tried positioning the pen at higher and higher intervals with no success. Silhouette customer service had me change the setting to "ratchet blade" with a speed of 10 and thickness of 17 and it made the font look entirely different; it looked like a very scrunched up western style font with dot serifs. This makes since as the machine thinks that it is outlining the text rather than writing it. When I told the girl what happened with the text, she stammered, sounded unsure of what to do, and just hung up. I wasn't being pushy or rude, in fact I was very calm because I thought I was about to get a solution straight from Silhouette. Please help!!!!

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    1. Courtney, have you found a solution? I'm having the same issue today!! Mine makes a line in the middle of 'cutting' the file, and only at certain points. HAYLP!

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    2. So it's 4 months after your question and years since I purchased my Silhouette but I am just now having the same problem as Courtney. Did you ever find a fix?

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  4. I'm having the same issue as Courtney...the pen is not lifting and I have spent a lot of time and wasted materials on this! I contacted support and did everything they told me & I religiously use the popsicle stick - not sure why this is suddenly happening after months of perfect sketches. I've committed to making things for people and I'm freaking out!!!!

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    1. this is happening to me too- but it seems to be with certain fonts. It is really frustrating! Anything new come about on this??

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  5. Hey yall!! Same thing is happening to me. Very dissapointed. Also- my fonts- purchased from the silhouette store won't work!! Outdone!

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  6. As all above I am having the same problem. If any suggestions please inform us. I have had my silhouette for about 4 years now and Its just starting to do this. I have been using the sketch pen and never had this problem before.

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  7. Same here. Just purchased the Amy Chomas Marker Holder. Have tried everything and it will not work. Drags pen across the paper after every sketch. Have had Sil for over a year and have used the Silhouette Pen holder with no problems.

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  8. Mine is doing this as well! This is the first time I have tried to sketch with my cameo and I've tried Silhouettes pens as well as others and it does it with EVERYTHING! I'm super annoyed!

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