The new Silhouette Cameo 4 Machine is now available for Pre-Order so today I’m sharing everything I know about the latest Silhouette cutting machine!
Before I had the Cricut Maker, I had a Silhouette machine for all my paper cutting needs. I love my Cricut, but the new Silhouette Cameo 4 Machine is SO tempting! I think you can’t go wrong with either product, but let me give you some details so you can decide if the new Silhouette is right for you!
What Features does the Silhouette Cameo 4 Machine Have?
Much like the Maker, the Silhouette Cameo 4 has added many new features the Cameo 3 didn’t have. It still cuts paper and vinyl products, but here are some new features:
- It cuts 3X the speed of the Cameo 4. My friend Alexis from Persia Lou saw it in action and says it’s CRAZY fast!
- Smart Tool System auto detects tools and adjusts cut settings.
- The Tool Adapter allows for use of tools from earlier Cameo models.
- A built-in Roll Feeder lets you cut up to 150 feet of Rolls! This is probably the feature I’m most excited about. No more dealing with long awkward mats!
- To go along with that, it has matless cutting for materials like vinyl, card stock and HTV – that sounds like a dream to me!
- One other thing I really like about the Silhouette Cameo is it trims vinyl for you, so no more cutting around the vinyl after you cut out your design. It also has a built-in cross cutter so you save on material.
- Like the Cricut Maker, the Silhouette Cameo has a greater downward force (500 Kilograms compared to the 250 grams of the Cameo 3).
Silhouette Cameo 4 Blades
The Cameo 4 will release it’s new blades in October and they include. The Cameo 4 will include the Autoblade, but you will need to purchase the following (if you need to:
- Rotary Blade – Much like the Cricut Maker, the Silhouette Cameo 4 will have fabric cutting capabilities. I’m not sure what materials it will be able to cut, so stay tuned for updates!
- Punch Blade – The punch blade will mark your HTV, making it easier to see which sections to remove or weed out.
- Knife Blade (2 pack) – This will be used for cutting thicker materials. Once I have a list of materials, I’ll send it your way, but I’m assuming it will be able to cut things like chipboard and thinner wood materials like Balsa wood.
How much is the Silhouette Cameo 4?
You can get it for pre-order for $299 from Swing Designs. It includes the machine, cutting mat, auto adapted cutting blade, 4 tool adapters (if you have earlier models), plus the Silhouette Software and 1 month subscription to the Design Store.
When will the Cameo 4 be released for shipping?
You can order the Cameo 4 for PRESALE now and it will be shipped by the end of September.
That currently only applies to the white model, but they’ll have the black and pink models available to ship in October (though you can still pre-order those, as well).
What software does the Silhouette Cameo 4 use?
Silhouette uses their own design software, and that is the one thing I really miss about my Cameo. Cricut is really easy for beginners, but it doesn’t have much in the way of customizing designs. However, it’s a bit of a learning curve, so the Education Bundle might be of interest to you.
As for whether you should get a Cricut Maker or a Silhouette Cameo 4, I honestly can’t say because I haven’t tried the Cameo 4 yet. I do know that they’re reliable machines and the price point is more affordable than the Maker. Like I said before, you really CAN’T GO WRONG with either machine.
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