Why Will My Silhouette Not Cut?

Having trouble getting your Silhouette machine to cut properly? You’re not alone.

Many people have issues with their machines not cutting properly, and it can be very frustrating! There are a few potential causes of this problem, so let’s take a look at some possibilities and how to fix them.

1. Blade is Dull or Damaged: The most common cause of your Silhouette not cutting is that the blade is dull or damaged.

As you use your machine, the blades will naturally become duller over time, resulting in poor cuts or no cuts at all. To fix this, simply replace the blade with a new one – it’s as simple as that!

2. Incorrect Blade Settings: Another potential cause of poor cutting is incorrect blade settings.

If you have set the machine to use too shallow of a blade depth or too high of a speed setting, it won’t be able to cut through the material properly. To fix this issue, make sure you are using the correct settings for the material type you are cutting.

3. Wrong Material Type: If you are using the wrong type of material in your Silhouette machine, it won’t be able to cut through effectively. Make sure you are using a compatible material type for your machine and also check that it is an appropriate thickness for the blade being used.


There are many possible causes for your Silhouette machine not cutting properly, from dull blades to incorrect settings and even wrong materials being used. With a bit of troubleshooting and some trial and error, you should be able to find what’s causing your issue and get back to crafting in no time!