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Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Better and Less Expensive Blade

I am so happy! I've been using a blade holder I purchased from Ebay for several weeks but didn't want to share this news until I used it for several weeks. I decided to buy this after going through 4, yes, 4 expensive Silhouette Ratchet blades in a short time. I probably used 4 blades in a little over a month. Two of the Silhouette Ratchet blades were destroyed after hubby and I made attempts to clean out the blade housing. As much as I love my Silhouette cutting machines I can not say the same for the faulty and expensive ratchet blades. The Silhouette Ratchet blades had become a sore spot with me. They are expensive, should be much easier to clean, and should not dull as quickly as they have dulled.

When looking around for other blades I found the Ebay dealer who sold the CB09 blade holders. The blade replacements come out to only $2.83 per blade. When I first started using the blade holder I wasn't too pleased but this was my lack of knowledge.  I spoke to my friend Kim from Scraps of Faith. She told me she loved her blade holder and blades. She was beyond frustrated with the Silhouette Ratchet blades and said she is so happy with the CB09 and will never go back to the faulty and expensive ratchet blades. Kim told me she set it to double cut and no matter what the setting she was able to get great cuts. She also told me she never changed her settings. So, I set up a CB09 blade setting of Speed- 4, Thickness - 32, and Blade - 5 and Double Cut with only exposing a rather small amount of the blade.If you purchase these blades use some scrap paper to make some test cuts to get your blade just the way you want it.

 I used the above blade settings because I use fairly heavy card stock most of the time. I have cut all sorts of card stock weights with these settings. It's worked out wonderfully! I did change the blade depth and settings when I used the 60 degree blade to cut some light weight chipboard. I exposed more of the blade by turning the black knob at the top of the CB09 blade holder to a depth slightly deeper than the depth of the chipboard I slowed the speed down to 1, the blade depth to 10, and the thickness to 33 and of course, double cut.This chipboard was heavier than a cereal box weight. The results were impressive with a nice clean cut.

At first, I thought I made a big mistake purchasing the CB09. I actually purchased two of them. One to hold the 45 degree blades and one to hold the 60 degree blades. I opened the first holder and discovered it didn't fit nicely into the blade holder housing. I grabbed some sanding paper and gently sanded the area which fits into the blade holder housing. After a little sanding I got it to fit perfectly into the slot. Recently, I used the 60 degree blade and this blade holder fit without any sanding.

If it wasn't for my friend Kim I would have given up on this wonderful blade holder. I told her when I first used it the blade did a great job but after making some adjustments to the blade settings it was awful! She told me she never changed her blade settings and just kept it on double cut. I thought, oh my, I have to set everything to double cut. Well, at the cost of the 4 Silhouette ratchet blades gone bad I would either have to give up using my cutting machine or try the CB09 holder again. Guess what? I did what Kim asked me to try and I'm in love with these blade holders. I've cut and cut and cut some more. Every time I get beautiful clean cuts. The intricate lace like cuts are fabulous!It's so worth the extra time it takes to set it to double cut.

The blade holders are $25.00 and the blades come out to a cost of $2.83 per blade. You can buy 3 blades for $8.70 or 6 blades for $17.00. I ordered the two blade holders at the cost of $25.00 which came with three blades each. The 60 degree blade is suppose to be for more intricate cuts but honestly, the 45 degree blade did just fine.

Here is a link to the Ebay dealer where you can purchase yours: CB09 Blade Holder from Ebay He has a 99.6 positive feed back. I would never endorse a product that I didn't use and love. I also get nothing from this dealer nor do I know him. When I wrote to him to let him know how much I enjoyed using the blade holders he asked me if I would like to be a U.S. seller but I chose not to do this. This being said, I did want to share my excitement of finding and using this product. I hope everyone who makes this purchase loves it as much as I love it.

Please make sure to check out Gayle blog Ligaya's Creativity Zone to learn even more about these wonderful blade holders. She has a wonderful in depth, fully detailed blog about these blade holders.





63 comments:

  1. I have been debating over purchasing a non-silhouette blade for months.

    Thanks for reporting your results and giving me confidence to move forward!

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  2. wow - this is great information you've shared. I haven't had too many issues with my blades but my very first one (from the box) didn't seem to have lasted too long and I hadn't made too many cuts. This is really something to consider as a less expensive alternative. Thanks You!

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  3. Thanks for this info as I've all but abandoned my Silhouette because I cannot get a good cut. Will definitely think about purchasing one of these..x

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    1. If you're having trouble with the blade that came with the machine let Silhouette know and they will send you a new one. Some of the blades that shipped with machines are faulty. I had this problem and was very frustrated. I had actually gone out and bought a new blade because I had heard that it could be possible that the blade was bad and had great results with the new blade. I'm too busy having fun with my Silhouette to call and complain about the faulty blade, but I had heard that they are very good about replacing them! I hope this helps!

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  4. I have followed your blog for ages and after reading your blog post today went ahead and ordered the 45 degree blade holder and 2 packs of 6 blades, so this should last me a while. Also now I will feel free to cut to my hearts content.

    I recently bought a Cricut mat, I wonder if this will work with these new blades. Which mat do you use?

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  5. Hello everyone, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

    Kathy, I use the Cricut cutting mats and the Eclipse cutting mats. I first used the Eclipse and thought I was buying the same thing when I purchased the Cricut cutting mats. Both the Eclipse and the Cricut mats are sturdier than the current Silhouette cutting mats and they are less expensive. I will order the Eclipse cutting mats the next time I re-order cutting mats. I find them to be even more durable than the Cricut. Either the Cricut or Eclipse are great but the Silhouette mat is out. They are too costly and don't last.

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    1. Also the eclips mat's grid is more like the silhouette grid. Matches almost to perfection.

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    2. Can you use the different mats in the Silhouette machine?

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  6. I'm a faithful follower of your blog! I greatly appreciate your findings with us. Always looking for more reasonably priced accessories. You are such a generous blogger! Thanks a million! :)

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  7. Debbie,

    What are the springs for and approximately how long did it take to receive them if you went with free shipping?

    Marda

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  8. Hi Marda, I always go with free shipping. It didn't take me as long as I thought it would to get them. There is a link to email the Ebay seller. He can answer this much better than I can. It seems like it only took a week but my memory is terrible on things like this.

    The springs are slipped over the blade then placed inside the blade holder. It's really easy to assemble it. I had to fiddle around a little bit to get the best cutting depth. I'm glad I keep my scraps. :) Hugs, Debbie

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  9. Thanks so much for this information and your endorsement. I, too am finding I am having to replace the expensive blades in my Silhouette way too often.

    I don't want to buy a second holder unless I have to to get the 60 degree blades. Are you able to cut everything with 45 degree blades? I am not seeing where I can get just the 60 degree blades without another holder except for vinyl? I do not cut vinyl at all at this point.

    Thanks for your advice! And by the way, my daughter loved her Celtic knots and her wedding invite is almost done.

    Karen Hasheck
    khasheck at gmail dot com

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  10. Hi Karen, they call the blades vinyl plotter blades but they are for the blade holder. You don't have to order two blade holders. I just ordered two so I could have one dedicated to the 60 degree blade. I hardly ever use the 60 degree blade so your best purchase would be the 45 degree blades but you can purchase on blade holder and both sets of blades. They even have a 30 degree blade but I didn't see any use for this one. Karen, I will also email you with this information just in case you don't see this. Hugs, Debbie

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  11. I just wanted to add; the reason why I ordered tow blade holders was to have a dedicated 60 degree blade holder and not have to change out the blades. It's totally not necessary to get two blade holders. I just figured it would take a while before the blades dulled so I opted to get the two blade holders which come with three blades. The cost of 6- 60 degree blades is $17.00 so I figured a better value for me to have a dedicated blade holder was worth the extra $8.00. Both the 45 and 60 degree blades fit in the blade holder so it's not necessary to buy two.
    Hugs, Debbie

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    1. Debbie,
      I bought 2 blade holders just in case one didn't fit correctly right away.

      I should have bought more blades but did not think of it at the time ; (

      It is always nice to hear from someone that has used a product if it works or not. I appreciate that.

      Marda

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  12. Thanks Debbie for the info as I have been getting frustrated with the blades and the mats,I purchased a set of Cricut mats and I just cut them down to be the same size of the silhouette mat.do you use the same setting that it says only always do a double cut? When you know if you had to use a 60 degre blade?
    You are alwaly such a wealth of information.
    Blessing's Jocelan

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  13. Hi Jocelan, Since chatting with my friend Kim I've stuck to making sure to double cut everything. The results are so wonderful I wouldn't want to change. I definitely needed to double cut with that chipboard it was pretty thick. I wanted to mention, I use the Cricut mats and the Eclipse mats. I prefer the Eclipse mats as they are a bit more durable. I never cut them down. I just load them as is and so far it's worked out for me. The Silhouette mats are way too flimsy and cost too much for the little time they can be used. I love the Cricut and the Eclipse mats.Hugs, Debbie

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  14. Hi Ruth, I told Silhouette about the 4 blades and they never offered to replace them. Two of them I could totally understand why they wouldn't replace them. My husband and I managed to mangle two of them while we were trying to get them apart to clean them. The CB09 blade holder and blades are working out fantastic and they cost is so much less.They are also a lot easier to clean. Thank you Ruth for trying to help. Big hugs, Debbie

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  15. I wish that Silhouette would perfect their blades so that no one would feel the need to search out other products.

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  16. Tine, I wish they would have done this too. It's been a long time issue and really, it makes the cutting machine look bad. New users think the problem is with the machine when too often it has been the blade. The ratchet blades are also way too hard to clean the housing. My thoughts after rapidly going through 4 blades was; "stick a fork in me, I'm done." I also wish the blades were not so expensive.This is another reason I chose to use the CB09 blade holder and blades. Silhouette has promised for way too long about making blade changes. They should have made this a priority.

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  17. Wow Debbie! This is the first I've heard of the option of using another type of blade. THANK YOU!!! I will indeed check out your resource :) You're the BEST ♥

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  18. Thanks for the great info... I just order 2 new Silhouette blades from Amazon, guess what? They're going back and I'm heading to the ebay seller you suggested.

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  19. Thanks Debbie for this feedback on the holder and blades. I'm certainly going to give them a try.

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  20. Debbie!!
    Wow, Wow. You are so sweet! I am glad you LOVE the Blades and Holder. They ROCK baby!! I just can't say it enough. We are saving so much money. I always have a clean cut!(My machine stays set on Cutting Mat and Double Cut always).I wish I could say that about the those Cameo blades they are a HOT MESS!! and alot of money as per our conversations on them!! What really upset me with Cameo Blade was that the blade would go dull in a few days or weeks. I needed to find an alternative I am glad I did. If you decide to become a vendor (Wink, Wink - Smiles) I am on the list baby!! I thank you so much for taking my advise on purchasing them and using them!!!! Also Gayle is amazing I am glad I found the both of you!! Love my Blades Baby!!!

    Hugz
    Kim

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  21. I have a CB15,and I got very bad cuts with it ... it seems to strong for my silhouette power.
    I don't know what I did wrong .... it makes strong noise when cutting, and it cut too deeply, I damaged my mat. :(
    Maybe I would have order the CB09 ...

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    1. Hi Cynthia. The CB15 does not work with the Silhouette Cameo as the machine does not have enough power/force to make the CB15 work efficiently. The CB15 is for more powerful cutting machines. The CB09 works perfectly with the Cameo.

      Gayle
      ligayatg.blogspot.com

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  22. I have this blade and absolutely love it, I purchased it because the Silhouette one's are expensive in the UK and not that great. In comparison this blade is far superior and the blades are readily available in the UK on ebay. The initial setting up does take a little work but is well worth it.
    Kim xXx

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  23. I wish I've known this before ordering 2 new sil blades. I haven't use mine that much but wanted to have spares since I've heard about how little they last. Still it didn't retract me from buying the machine. LOVING IT! I might wait just a little more before buying this one, but is definitely on my wish list. Thank you Debbie, your are a blessing.

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  24. This is wonderful news!

    Will this also work in the Silhouette Portrait blade housing holder?

    Thanks for the info and the link.
    PJ

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  25. Hi PJ, If the Portrait hold a Silhouette Ratchet blade it will hold these blade holders. I've been so happy with these blades.

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  26. Hi Debbie. I read the post in the Silhouette Users Yahoo Group leading to your comment in the Silhouette Plus Group. I was so happy to read your experience on the CB09 blade holder and I updated my blog post to mention about your post and indicated a link to your blog. Thank you for the link to my blog. I'm also happy to hear about your connection with Kim Bell regarding the CB09. BTW, I keep 2 blade holders, too, but not for the different blade degrees as I only use the 45 degrees blade. I use one blade holder for a new blade for intricate cuts and the other blade holder is for an old blade used for basic shapes.

    Cheers,
    Gayle

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  27. Debbie - I have a question. I have a Cameo and bought the CB09 holder very shortly after I got because I too found the blades dull quickly and are hard to clean out. I love my CB09 holder and have not changed my blade since I installed. I have started to cut vinyl and always use a mat (because I have a hard time moving the rollers) I seem to always have the problem of the blade dragging across one area of the vinyl and cutting right through the middle of one of the letters. This happens when I am cutting large projects or long words. Do you having any ideas why this is happening and what I can do to correct it?
    Thanks for all the information,
    Hugs
    Donna

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  28. Hi Donna, This sounds more like a "Packet" issue. First try to reset your Packet size by going to File, Preference, Advanced then tick the radial button showing 500 packets, if this doesn't work well try ticking the 1000. Make sure to close, then re-launch Studio before trying this. You may want to try test cutting with paper first. If this continues to happen, please call or email Silhouette support. No matter what blade or blade holder you are using should cause this to happen. Hugs, Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I never knew that stuff was there LOL and it makes no sense to me :/ anyways I went in there and my ticking was already set at 1000.
      It only seems to do this when I am cutting vinyl and a long piece like words for a wall hanging, so it is hard to do a test cut. It has happened to me both in using Design Studio and MTC. I ruined a whole piece of 12 x 24 vinyl trying to cut out my great daughters name. Maybe I should call Silhouette and see if they have some ideas. I thought maybe I had my blade out to far but just checked and it is barely sticking out. Thanks for your help
      Hugs
      Donna

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  29. Hi Gayle, thank you so much for the awesome tutorial and instructions you provided. It is the most wonderful resource of information on using the CB09. Also, thank you so much for linking my blog. This is so sweet of you. Big hugs, Debbie

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  30. Hi Donna, that is just terrible to ruin such a nice big sheet of vinyl. I would surely call Silhouette. I hope they get this all straightened out for you. Best wishes, Debbie

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  31. Thanks Debbie, I did call Silhouette and they were so very nice and friendly, They had me go in and change my packet to 500 just as you suggested, I hope this helps will let you know next time I cut out a larger vinyl piece. THANKS
    Hugs Donna

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  32. Hi Donna, :) you are very welcome. I sure hope your next large vinyl cut goes well. Please keep me posted. You can email me from my "Email Me" link on the right hand side of my blog. I'm looking forward to learning how things turn out after the Packet size change. Hugs, Debbie

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  33. I ruined 2 cleaning them as well. They sent a new one but it turns easily by hand and white cap unscrews while cutting. Had 3 more I got for $8 each on a group buy. I have Cricut mats but not used them yet. I order lots from Warehouse Deals on Amazon. Its not used as it says but packaging may be bent or taped in a spot. Will see if they have Eclipse mats.
    Will get CB09 soon. Just know someone will come up with a way to use those old broken blade holders for pens, or ill try, someday".

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  34. Hi Debbie
    Thanks for the info. I have just used a blue blade for the first time, and it didn't cut at all! when i checked, i found that the removeable bit at the tip had done just that, and unscrewed itself while cutting and was just laying on the paper behind the roller bar! after that, i will Definitely follow you down this road. I was a bit disappointed, to say the least...
    Many thanks for you blog...wouldn't miss it
    Pete

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  35. Hello again Debbie: Just received my CB09 tried cutting 4" detailed doily with Cameo; made slight adjustment (more blade); used patterned paper 65lb setting; slightly textured cardstock; these blades cut beautifully! : ) thanks.

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  36. Just got my blade(s), but can't figure out how to adjust them --no springs in mine, I inserted the blade but there are no numbers on them to figure out how to adjust to a different blade length. However, I finally fiddled with dial at end and through turning it managed to get different depths of blade. Just put it through a test run on my Silhouette SD and I am very pleased. Even used an old mat that I had refurbished with 2 way glue which I am not too pleased with, but the cut was great. So glad I have extra blades.

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  37. Pauline, I'm so glad you like the blades. I'm a bit perplexed about the blades not having springs. Every one of my blades has a spring. You should email the Ebay sell (Liu) to let him know your blades didn't have springs.To refurbish my mats I use Krylon repositionable spray adhesive or the Slice spray adhesive. Both work great. I also buy the Cricut or Eclipse cutting mats. They are more durable and last longer.

    Thank you for posting about your results with the blades. I hope everyone enjoys their blade holder and blades as much as I have.The beautiful cuts these blades make me so happy. I'm glad Kim told me to set everything to double cut. Before this, I was not too thrilled.

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  38. Okay i am getting that blade no doubt about it ;)but why do you set it to double cut? Doesn't it cut the first time thru the cardstock? Or is this only for chipboard?
    Hugs Ria

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  39. Hi Ria, I set it to double cut after I learned from my friend Kim how clean and perfect it cuts. I cut everything on double cut. You'll love the results. Hugs, Debbie

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  40. Hi Debbie thank you sooooo much for all the information on the CB09 blades I will definately be trying them also thank you for the information on cutting mats. I have learned so much from watching your u tube tutorials just love them xxx Jean

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  41. I bought one of these from your seller on Ebay. The blades that came with it are as slender as needles and there are no springs with the extra blades. No springs anywhere, actually. So now I have to figure out where to buy these slender blades, I guess. I will say, it cuts like butter. There were no numbers on the blade holder so I had to experiment with the adjustments. My friend ordered one also and got the tiny blades. She had to use a jewelers loop to see the end of the blade to see what was happening when it wouldn't cut right. The very tip was broken off.

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  42. Hi Linda, I'm not sure what is going on with the blades. The ones I received look like those in the picture and have springs with them.Even though the ones you received are cutting like butter they sure don't sound like the ones I was sent. There are not any numbers on the blade holder but it was easy for me to figure out the blade depth by following the link in this post to Ligaya's Creativity Zone blog.She has some excellent information and instructions on how to do this. I just wrote to the Ebay Seller (Liu) to ask about the blades you and your friend received. I'll get back with you when I hear from him. Please feel free to email me for his response. My email link is on the upper right hand side of my blog where it says' "Email Me". Hugs, Debbie

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  43. Hi Debbie, I was referred to your blog from Gayle,s blog. I also have ordered the
    blades. A few days ago I put a new silblade into my cameo and I do not like the cuts it makes. Hoping my new blade arrives soon.
    Thanks for your beautiful blog and videos.
    Jogry/bali

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  44. Hi, I found you through Pinterest and am certainly glad I did. I am a new Cameo user and have not cut much but I am an old signmaker and have used cutting machines for my business. I often wondered how the blades from Silhouette compare or if there even would be an alternative. I see many comments regarding how long lasting the CB09 blades are. They are carbide tipped and these blades are made specifically for the sign industry and must hold up to the rigorous demand of that industry. I am also glad to find that there are both 45 and 60 degree blades that work with this. The 60's will work well with the chipboard or cereal cardboard.
    I have pinned you to my board and I also belong to a Silhouette group on Facebook. Thanks once again for sharing this information with us.
    Karen

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  45. Debbie - would you use the 45 degree or 60 degree blade on vinyl (651 and/oron HTV)? I don't cut paper or cardstock yet. I will hopefully do material for appliques soon and will continue to do vinyl. Thank you - Judy

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  46. Judy, I used the 45 degree blade to cut some 651 vinly. I didn't set it to double cut and it worked out great. Isn't viny fun to work with?I love all of the things that can be done with it. Have lots of vinyl fun. :)

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  47. Have you tried using the blade to make stencils? I am using Grafix .007 plastic and it's not cutting very nice. My settings are speed 1 thickness 33 and blade depth of 6 and double cutting.

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  48. Hi Shannon, I haven't cut any stencils but this is a material where I would try the 60 degree blade (it's for thicker materials), or use the 45 degree blade at a deeper blade setting. If I get the chance, I'll try to do a test cut.

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  49. Debbie-I'm a newbie to the Silhouette Cameo (2 months) but read your blog and purchased the CB09 and 45 and 60 degree blades. The silhouette blade holder has a ridge on one side so that after you adjust the blade depth the holder always drops back into the machine, and I assume, so the blade always begins the cut in a preferred direction. Should the CB09 holder be marked so it is placed in the machine in a direction to begin the cut? Any suggestions/recommendations are appreciated. Diane

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  50. Debbie-I'm a newbie to the Silhouette Cameo (2 months) but read your blog and purchased the CB09 and 45 and 60 degree blades. The silhouette blade holder has a ridge on one side so that after you adjust the blade depth the holder always drops back into the machine, and I assume, so the blade always begins the cut in a preferred direction. Should the CB09 holder be marked so it is placed in the machine in a direction to begin the cut? Any suggestions/recommendations are appreciated. Diane

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  51. Hi Diane, I sent you an email to explain further.When I first began using this blade holder I placed my CB09 in the same direction as the ratchet blade and set my blade depth to a minimal depth. I never change the blade depth, just the thickness and speed.

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  52. I'm a little late to this party but I'm hoping you can answer a Silhouette question for me. I use a Silhouette Cameo and when I cut vinyl I keep getting portions of what I'm cutting left uncut by the blade. For an example: "twinkle twinkle little star" was cut but portions of the K or the T or the S was left uncut, thus ruining a huge piece of vinyl. Do you have any idea of what would cause this? Thanks

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  53. Hi Debbie! I found your link on Ligaya blog. I recently brought the CB09 blade after reading her article, but after it had cut beautiful for the first 10 cuts, I went back to cutting more after a couple of hours & it was so crappy! It wasn't even cutting through the cardstock, even with me increasing blade depth & how much blade was exposed. I designed & sell my cutfiles, so my machine gets alot of use. I think I've been through 7 silhouette blades before getting the CB09!! Thanks for trouble shooting on this - now to come up with a cheaper alternative for the cutting mat LOL. Anita :)

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  54. i am new to the silhouette cameo. I am having problems with the cutter when doing smaller letters. It seems to rip alot. I was looking at your blog and saw that you were using a different cutter. The cb09. Do I need to purchase 2 of the cbo9, one for the 45 degree and one for the 60 degree or how does that work? This is like a really nice blog and I will be following it alot more.

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  55. I just got my blade and holder. I bought the 45 degree one. It took me some practice to get the blade depth correct but it works like a charm on double cut. Thanks Debbie!

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  56. Hi Michelle, yes you can use different cutting mats I use the Eclipse and Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mats. I'm so glad you're enjoying your new blade holder. I am still loving mine.

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  57. thank you for this information!
    And you're so sweet replying to everyone. I'm going to pour over your blog since I just got a machine and am overwhelmed

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