Hello! Today we’re going to do a little blade troubleshooting. Sometimes you might notice that the cut quality of your blade isn’t as precise as it used to be, even though you’ve used the same cut settings many times before with no issues.

When this happens, it’s probably time to clean your blade.

Maintaining And Cleaning Your Blade

If you’re having cut problems, the first thing to check is your blade. You want to make sure nothing is trapped inside the blade housing that would impede the blade’s cutting edge or the blade’s movement.

See how the hole for this blade is clogged with debris?

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Let’s clean it out. Did you know the top of the blade housing is removable?

Removing The Top Of Your Blade

1. Turn the ratchet blade down to zero.


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2. Carefully unscrew the top of the white section of the blade housing.

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See all that paper dust and debris in there? You may be surprised what you find. It could be tiny pieces of vinyl or other material you’ve cut that gets caught in there to hamper blade function.

Inspecting Your Blade For Debris Or Damage

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1. Blow on your blade, tap the side of it, or use a small paintbrush to clean out the cap and blade.

Just make sure you don’t use your fingers; it’s sharp!

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2. Visually check the tip of the blade to see if it looks blunt from damage.

If it’s chipped or blunt, it’s time to use a new blade.

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3. Once the blade is clean again, carefully replace the white cap.

Be sure to tighten it all the way so it doesn’t come loose while cutting.

Using Your Blade In Your Silhouette

The other thing to pay attention to is the proper way to install the blade once you’ve set it to the correct depth for your material.

1. Place the blade in the machine carriage with the fin of the blade in the 6 o’clock position, facing the front.

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2. Make sure the blade is seated correctly by pushing it down all the way in the blade holder.

3. Be sure to lock the blade in completely by twisting the knob clockwise. You’ll hear a click when it’s in place.

We hope this helps with any blade trouble you may be experiencing. You may also want to see my previous post on Test Cuts, or check out Silhouette’s troubleshooting and FAQ.

What other questions do you have about the Silhouette blades?