Why Is My Silhouette Not Cutting at All?

Are you having trouble getting your Silhouette to cut properly? You may be having an issue with the blade or blade settings.

If your Silhouette is not cutting at all, there are a few things that you can check and try to get it back up and running.

Check Your Material

First, make sure that the material you are trying to cut is suitable for your Silhouette machine. Different machines can handle different types of materials, so make sure that you have the right type for yours. Also ensure that the material is not too thick for the machine; if it is, then the blade may not be able to cut through it.

Check Your Blade

If your material is suitable for your Silhouette machine, then take a look at the blade itself. Make sure that it is in good condition and properly installed in the machine.

It should be inserted all the way into the blade holder with no part of it protruding out of the holder. If there are any signs of wear on either end of the blade, replace it with a new one.

Adjust The Blade Setting

The blade setting determines how deep into your material your Silhouette can cut. If this setting is too low, then it won’t be able to cut through even if you have a sharp blade.

On most models you can adjust this setting using a dial or knob on top of the machine. The higher this setting is set, the deeper into your material it will be able to cut.


In conclusion, if your Silhouette isn’t cutting at all then first make sure that you have compatible material and then check that your blade is in good condition and properly installed in the machine before adjusting its settings as needed. With these steps taken care of, hopefully your Silhouette will soon be cutting like new again!