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15 Silhouette Accessories You Need (and Want) to Get Started

I'm often asked "What else do I need to get started with my Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait?" The answer isn't always easy...because it kind of depends on what material type you'd like to focus on to start.
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My suggestion is to pick one material: vinyl, paper, heat transfer vinyl, fabric, or sketch pens and learn the basics before moving on. But in order to do the basics you need a few accessories to get started (unless you purchased a Silhouette CAMEO Bundle that has what you need to get started out of the box)....and there's a difference between what you need and what you will want to add on later on!

Silhouette Vinyl Project Essentials to Get Started

Silhouette Heat Transfer Vinyl Project Essentials to Get Started
Heat Press or Iron


Silhouette Fabric Project Essentials to Get Started


Best Silhouette Accessories You'll Want to Get Now...Or Later

  • Designer Edition (DE+ or BE) - Unlock more features in Silhouette Studio by upgrading your software to Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, Designer Edition + or Business Edition.  You can check out the features and a comparison of the different upgrades here
  • Silhouette Roll Feeder - Cut longer than the cutting mat but without the risk of your vinyl slipping out from under the rollers by using the Silhouette Roll feeder attachment
  • Amy Chomas Pen and Marker Holder - Use the Silhouette sketch feature with your favorite pen, marker, or pencil by placing it in the Amy Chomas Pen or Marker holder which is designed to perfectly fit in the Silhouette cutting machines.
  • Deep Cut Blade - Cut thicker materials with the Silhouette Deep Cut blade. The Deep Cut blade goes up to a blade depth of 20, rather than the standard 10. Find out which materials you can cut with the Deep Cut blade - and on which settings - in this post.
  • Ultimate Silhouette Guide Second Edition for V4 - The best selling ebook/video combo to shorten the learning curve with Silhouette Studio and your Silhouette cutting machine. 160 page reference guide with almost 2 hours of video instruction. Completely updated for the current version of the software
  • 12x24" Silhouette Cutting Mat - Cut larger designs on a mat that's longer than the standard 12x12" Silhouette cutting mat.
  • Light Hold Cutting Mat - Want to cut paper without it ripping or curling? The light hold Silhouette Cutting mat has a lower tack adhesive to keep paper in place while cutting, but won't cause it to curl when removed
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