Proper loading of the blade into the Silhouette cutting machine is critical for achieving proper cutting results.

Loading the Blade

Prior to loading the blade into the machine, make sure your blade is set to the correct level for your job.


The blade level will be adjusted by the cutting machine based on the Blade setting selected in the software. 

Manual Blades
You will need to adjust the blade setting by hand prior to loading it into the cutting machine.
NOTE: All blades aside from the AutoBlade are considered Manual Blades.

Once your blade is ready:

  1. Load the blade by dropping it into the blade holder in the machine
    NOTE: The blade should be pointing down and the flat edge of the blade housing facing toward the back of the machine. 
  2. Push the blade all the way down before locking it into place
    NOTE: Hold the blade lock with one hand while pushing the blade down with your other hand. This will ensure it’s seated all the way down into the blade holder. 
  3. Lock the blade by pressing the lock lever inward

Common Loading Issues

Cutting issues can be encountered if the blade is not properly loaded. The most common blade-loading issues are:

  • Loading the blade into the machine upside down (tip is pointing upward)
  • Not locking the blade into place
  • Locking the blade into place before it is seated all the way down into the blade slot

These actions can cause the machine to cut poorly or not cut anything at all.

Blade Video

The video below shows an example of the proper blade-loading technique.