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Can the Silhouette Rotary Blade be Used in CAMEO 3

The Silhouette Rotary Blade is hands down one of my favorite Silhouette accessories.

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The ease of use in cutting fabric, felt, tissue paper, and other difficult to cut materials has made it extremely popular. It's so popular the rotary blade is often difficult to find....and highly intriguing to users with older model Silhouette machines as well who are left hoping and wondering: "Can I use the rotary blade in Silhouette CAMEO 3?

Unfortunately the answer is no.

The Silhouette Rotary Blade can only be used in the Silhouette CAMEO 4, 15" Silhouette CAMEO 4 Plus, and upcoming Silhouette CAMEO Pro.

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The CAMEO 4 Rotary Blade needs to be used in the specialty tool high pressure carriage on the CAMEO 4 series machines. The size of the carriage - and therefore also the diameter of the tool - is different than the older model Silhouette machines.

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So not only will the Rotary Blade not fit in the CAMEO 3, CAMEO 2, Curio or Portrait, those machines do not have the newer technology developed for the high pressure carriage to use the rotary blade even if it did fit.

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Because the rotary blade is a wheel and rolls across the material instead of dragging through it like the blades, you can cut fabric and felt of different weights cleanly without any type of stabilizer.

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It is possible to cut fabric and felt on the older Silhouette machines, but a stabilizer like Terial magic, Heat n Bond, or freezer paper is needed to make it easier for a ratchet or Autoblade to cut through the fibers of the material cleanly.

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  1. I had just purchased the Cameo 3 when the 4 was release. ( well, 6 months before). If I’d known the rotary blade would be in a new machine in such a short time I would have waited. Oh well. It’s good to know not to bother buying the blade to try out in any of my other Sil machines

  2. It is a great tool that can cut mostly materials other that just cardstock and fabric.

    I do really wish wish wish that there is a “Trade In” for older Silhouette machines with the new one. I just don’t know what to do with the older machines if I buy the newer ones. I already own Silhouette 1, 2, 3 and Cameo.

    Maybe.... maybe.... Silhouette America and you can think a way to do the “Trade In Program”. Just like, other electronics. ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️


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