The Fabrics Tutorial: Cut fabrics with Silhouette Cameo/Embroidery Works: Applique Corner

you hi there i'm kathy from applique corner and today we are here with the lovely and talented miss Lori Hernandez I have asked Lori to join us today to teach us how to cut fabrics using the silhouette cameo using embroidery works everyday or embroidery works advanced okay so let me go ahead and tell you the supplies that we're going to need to actually cut your application with your cameo silhouette the first thing that we're going to be using today is our washer works everyday art if you have a board your works advance both of those programs are going to help you make this process very very easy we have our Cameo silhouette we have our silhouette mat that comes with your your cameo we have a few little supplies here that possibly we might need we have a rotary cutting mat a ruler and a rotary cutter we do have a stabilizer this is a fusible applique stabilizer that we're going to use this stabilizer is fusible but it also has a sticky back on it so whenever we fuse this to the back of our fabric the opposite side when we pull the paper off is going to be tacky so it's going to help us lay that paper down at that application shape that we've cut down on to within our placement stitch and it's going to stay there nice and tidy while we actually start stitching it down so there will be no slippage using a fusible applique and the fusible applique is a little bit of a stiffer applique material so you'll see that it's going to give it a little more volume right now we have laying our work surface here our piece of fabric and our piece of fusible applique that we're going to actually fuse to the back of this fabric we're going to go ahead and get started on showing you how to actually cut your application with your Cameo the first thing that we're going to do is go to our computer and access our embroidery work software here's your embroidery works icon this is where I have it setting on my computer so I'm going to go ahead and select the icon to open the software we'll go up here to this icon this is our merge stitch file and embroidery works we'll click on that and then it's going to allow us to find where we have our stitch file I know that I have an external little flash drive and it is located right there on my computer so I'm going to select that and then my designs are going to open up here into the View window we'll go ahead and double click the design it appears on our workspace then we'll travel over here to our objects view you'll see the plus sign you'll want to select your plus sign and now on the right hand side you will see the stitch outs the first one is our placement stitch the second one is our tack down stitch I like to choose my tack down stitch now it's highlighted once I've highlighted that tack down stitch you'll notice the down here in the bottom right hand corner you have the color tab for that stitch out so let's go ahead and click with your cursor on that tab and it will pop up your window right here you're going to see the applique tab select the applique tab your drop down menu your applique position selection and then right here in the right-hand corner we're going to go ahead and this is where we will actually see where it says cutting we'll allow it it will allow us to save that as a cut file I know because I've done lots of Cathy's designs and I like to set this setting to 1.1 it's going to cut the file right to where it'll nestle over those lines of her placement stitch so now we'll click Save and now it gives me the option to tell it where to say I want it to save to my little flash drive that is in my computer you will make that decision where you want it to sit be saved on your computer and you'll notice in the bottom here if I do this drop down menu menu you have a few choices okay I'm to give you the accurate cut file you will want to choose the studio file SVG is a scalable vector graphic if you save it to the SVG it is not going to be the size which you need to cut your application shape you want to make sure you use the studio file to have that accurate cut file size so I'm going to select it and click Save and then close my window and at this point I'm through with my embroidery work software so I can close that no I don't need to save it and now I'm going to go ahead and open up my silhouette software which is also down in the bottom of my toolbar this is the software once you get a cameo you have a CD that comes in your software so you'll want to upload that to your computer we'll follow over here to the toolbar on the left the little square when I select that that brings up my workspace and if you'll follow my cursor over in the right-hand corner to where you see the grid I'm going to select that grid icon and it allows me to choose to show my grid the grid on the screen is actually increments of 1 inches which is going to coincide with your cutting mat that also has those same measurements on the grid ok so now we'll follow over here to the file tab click file come down to where it says merged I'll this is how I pull in the design and now it's actually going straight to my little flash drive make sure you have it right into the file that you have it saved on to your computer which is right there so now you'll notice right here in the left-hand corner I have those studio files so I know that this is the one that I chose right here and now it has opened up that cut file onto my workspace and I'll nestle it over here in the upper left-hand corner in the upper right hand corner you have a little icon that looks like your cutting blade notice that whenever I take the arrow the cursor over the icon it gives you a little drop-down to explain what that icon is four so let's click on the cutting icon and then we'll fall over here in the bottom and we get to choose whatever material that we're going to be cutting okay so we're going to use fabric and we're going to use our fusible applique stabilizer and it is a little thick so what I like to choose is I like to choose the icon that says fabric thick black canvas once we click on that you notice that I had a darker blue bar scroll up and so I'll just scroll down a little bit and now your software is going to give you some recommended settings okay this is a picture that it looks similar to your blade once you look in your Cameo and it's telling me for a new blade it's recommending that you set the cut setting on a5 okay and anytime I cut fabric I like to pop right over here where it says double cut and select that icon okay select that box make sure that check is checked in that box so now that I have all of those settings set I can go to the icon right here at the bottom and select send to silhouette and that is actually going to go to my Cameo and cut the file where I have this file located where I have a little Christmas tree located is exactly where it's going to cut on my mat so if I had it positioned to the right that's where it's going to cut on my mat so you'll want to make sure that you have your material placed on your mat in the same area that you have the cut file placed in your software so the first thing I need to do is I need to prepare my fabric with my feasible applique so I'm going to go ahead and turn my fabric over to where I have the wrong side of the fabric that fusible asked applique has that fusible side it's a little bit gritty and then it has a paper side okay so we're going to put that little bumpy gritty side facing the wrong side of your fabric okay you want to make sure you have a nice hot iron which is what I have I don't have any steam coming out of the iron we're going to get this pressed you really want to make sure this this that this adheres really really well so make sure your iron is nice and hot and you always want to reach or meant your manufacturers instructions on whatever stabilizer you're using I have this one set at a cotton setting I haven't had any problems with it being too hot you definitely want to keep the iron moving around you wouldn't want to just leave it in one spot because you might have a little situation there if you would do that so let's just keep it moving moving it around okay so I feel like now I've got it nice and good used to that fabric we'll let it cool down for just a moment okay so once I have it cooled down I go ahead and move my pressing surface out of the way and I'm going to square this up because I'm going to line this piece of fabric up on my cutting mat and it is nice and square okay I'll go ahead and since the line the side of that stabilizer is nice and straight I'm going to take my ruler and line up one of my lines on the top I want to get enough I don't want to cut too much off because I don't want to waste fabric so I'm just going to go ahead and do that straight cut and I'll turn my fabric and my stabilizer and do all four sides now that I've cut the first side and that's nice and straight I'm going to go ahead and use my line and line it up with the edge that is straight and cut my second side can you use it a rope rotary cutter you want to be really careful okay it's sharp it can definitely cut you so when I'm using that ready cutter one of the ways out I like to make sure especially when I'm teaching classes you want to take that rotary cutter and move it away from you don't come back with the rotary cutter also when you get through cutting make sure you close the blade that's how accidents happen this is a nice model when you whenever you squeeze it it cuts when you let go it at sure actually will retract the blade which is going to give you a safe option okay I don't want you to get hurt so now I'm on my last side got that line lined up and now I have all four sides that are nice and straight okay so here's my mat maybe my cutting mat this cutting mat has a grid on it I'll put it above my fabric so maybe you can see those lines for a little bit better just to give you a little I notice that you have a black arrow pointing up okay so if you're actually cutting a fabric for a certain design and your fabric has a direction a top or a bottom you'll want to make sure the top of your fabric is going to be facing the top of your arrow okay at this point it really doesn't matter to me because this little fabric can go any way and it'll be just fine so the thing that I'm going to be more concerned about is I'm going to get my straight edges lined up with the straight edges of my grid and again you have a numbers you have one inch marks on the grid which actually correlates with the grid on your software that we've got on your software work space in your Cameo software so remember we placed that Christmas tree cut file in the upper left hand corner I'm making sure that I have the edge of my fabric lined up with the left left line and the top line so when we go to cut it's going to cut in the same area that we specified the software to cut so now we have our fabric position perfectly on our map so let's open up our Cameo and we'll talk about a couple of things here is your blade we're going to flip the lever to the left that's going to release the blade where we can pull it out and adjust the cut settings okay there's a little slot right here on the base of your Cameo to where if you line up the red dot to where the little arrow is and slip that in there those grooves will Nestle in there and you can move your blade to adjust the cut settings now I did do a little cut earlier and I found that I wanted to go ahead and make a heavier cut with a blade with one cutting so I'm going to go ahead and set it on a seventh and now you see the red line in front of the seven I'll go ahead and slip the blade into the little sleeve once again okay just slips right in here and then I'll turn that lever to the right to lock that blade in so now we'll talk a little bit about the screen you have a low-cut option and you have a load media option when you're using your mat you'll want to use load cut net when you're using vinyl without and that that's when you would want to use load media whenever you're loading media it's going to start pretty close to the edge of whatever you're loading and it's going to start cutting there so when you're doing low cut mat there's about a 3/4 of an inch on that mat before you hit the top of your grid so it's not going to start cutting till you hit the top edge of your grid if you actually accidentally cut your load media when you're using a mat you're going to cut into the top of your mat no worries your mat still will be fine it'll just be a little more loved ok so now we're going to let our mat we'll line the edge with a blue line right here and we'll slip the top of the mat right up to the edge of your bar and these little black bars and the little white bars are going to help nestled the mat into that groove and we'll use select load cutting mat okay so it's loaded so we'll go ahead and go to our software and deuce into silhouette hello and now we will be ready take your cut file a little cut shape off a map okay so here we have our cut file and if you ever have the situation to wear a few of your fibers are still stuck a little bit you can go ahead and take some scissors and just snip away the areas that might not have released really smoothly okay so now we have that paper backing on the back of your little ornament your little cut file your little applique shape that's what it is so with this fusible applique we'll want to get in here and fill the paper off you want to leave that sticky on here so when you take it to your machine and applique after you stitch that place of the file you'll just stick that run into that area and it will stay put so that's how easy it is to actually cut your applications on your Cameo boy thank you so much for showing us how to cut fabric for our applique on the silhouette cameo and boy is that that's a real time-saver it is right yes it is especially if you've got those orders or for multiple designs or if you if you have children or grandchildren say your grandmother and you do five shirts the same you want to cut all your fabrics save a lot of time good idea it's a fast and easy way definitely wanted to share that one y'all I'm so glad I got the opportunity to do that so just keep in mind we did use our board rework software and there's that feature in that software that allows you to cut it with the studio cut file to that accurate shape and that is a designer's gallery product it is sold through baby log dealers thank you it's always a pleasure having you you're so welcome always yes and I always enjoy coming home I think thanks for joining us hi there I'm Kathy from applicate corner I have asked Lori to join us today to teach us how to cut fabrics for applique do it using chute it'll actually say that as it will a cute really hi I'm so excited ready to go ahead and share with you what I like to do is use my blue baked bread blue the excuse me so what I like to do is I'll use my blue black so what I like to do is I'll either keep my blue baked you


  1. I know it's three years later, but I thought I would add my two cents: I have Husqvarna Viking's Premier+2 Ultra and a Silhouette with the latest software which works with Premier+2 Ultra for applique, however, I still find it SO much easier to simply have my Designer Diamond do the placement stitch, then place the swatch of fabric, let it stitch the trim line, and trim off the access. From there the machine finishes the applique. You can still use the Heat & Bond on the swatch if you want. It's so much faster that all of these steps.

  2. You need to include the "names" of your supplies.Β  Several people have asked with no response…not good!

  3. what did you change it from when you changed it to 1.1. Will all patterns need to be 1.1?
    And you need you Embroidery works correct? you can't do this without correct?

  4. What a great video. I have been trying to find some help for my embroidery files for the new update. I have Viking software do u think u could show how to use it to get your cutting file. Or do u know where I could find the information? Hugs

  5. I FINALLY figured out the easier way ever for me to pull applique designs into the Desiger Edition Plus (DE+) software that the Silhouette Cameo uses. Simply click on File, then Merge and go find your applique design and then choose the file type you use and click on the file to import it into DE+. Granted, you have to buy two upgrades to get this to work, unless your embroidery software will save the file in a format usable by DE. Hope that made some kind of sense and happy stitching everyone.

  6. This is great information. However, I don't have the Embroidery Works Everyday software. I just have the software that came with my machine which is a Janome MC 10001 and I'm using the Customizer software. Any ideas as to how to do the same thing with the software that I have? I'm so lost at his point. TIA for your help.

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