How Do I Use the Pen Holder on My Silhouette Cameo?

Using the pen holder that comes with your Silhouette Cameo can be an exciting way to explore a variety of creative options. With this tool, your Cameo machine can draw beautiful designs onto any media of your choice, such as paper, fabric, or vinyl.

You can also use the pen holder to write text on any type of material with precision and accuracy. The following steps will help you get started with this useful feature.

Step 1: Attach the Pen Holder
Before you begin using the pen holder, you’ll need to attach it to your Cameo machine. To do this, you’ll need to locate the slot on the side of your machine where it will fit in. Once located, simply slide the pen holder into place and make sure it is securely attached.

Step 2: Choose Your Pen
Now that you’ve attached the pen holder, it’s time to select a compatible pen for your project. Depending on what type of material you are writing or drawing on, different pens may be best suited for precision and accuracy. Selecting a high-quality pen is important for achieving professional-looking results with your Cameo machine.

Step 3: Insert Your Pen
Once you have chosen a suitable pen for your project, insert it into the top opening of the pen holder until it clicks securely into place. Make sure that all pieces of the pen are inserted properly and that they don’t feel loose in any way before continuing.

Step 4: Adjust Settings and Begin Drawing
Now that everything is in place, adjust any settings required for your project such as blade depth or speed settings depending on what type of material you are working with. Finally, load up the design file or text file into your Silhouette program and click start! The Cameo machine will then begin drawing out your design or text using precision accuracy from the attached pen holder.


Using a pen holder on a Silhouette Cameo machine is an easy way to explore creative options when designing projects for paper, fabric or vinyl surfaces. All that’s required is attaching the pen holder to your machine, choosing an appropriate compatible pen for precision results, inserting it into the top opening until secure and adjusting settings before loading up design files or text files onto Silhouette software before clicking start! With these simple steps in mind, anyone can begin creating stunning designs with their Cameo machine.