This tutorial is the second in a two part series of creating SVG files for appliques and tracing the files in the Silhouette Designer Edition software.
You can find the first part: Creating SVG files in Floriani FTCU here.
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My Favorite Applique Tool
Appliques are fun to digitize and stitch, especially when cutting the shapes using a cutting machine.
I own a Silhouette Cameo and love it! After digitizing a design, I convert the placement lines to SVG files and then open those files in the Silhouette software, trace them, arrange the fabric on the cutting mat, press start and they are all magically cut in the exact size that I need for my appliques. Awesome!
I get lots of questions on how to do this entire process, so I have written these tutorials to help you.
If you would like a PDF written copy of this tutorial, click on the link at the end of this tutorial and it will be emailed to you!
Part Two: Tracing the SVG Cut Files in Silhouette
Open the SVG file:
Open the Silhouette Studio Designer program
- At the top left, click on FILE > OPEN > navigate to where the svg file was saved
- Suggestion: set page size to 12 x12 and grid to 1” squares
- Drag the shape/shapes to the center of the grid/page to make them easier to work with.
Trace the Outer Edge of each shape:
- Click on TRACE icon (6th from right on the top toolbar)
- Click on SELECT TRACE AREA
3. Click and drag a blue box enclosing ALL the shapes.
Note: The appliqué shapes will be outlined in yellow.
4. Uncheck the HIGH PASS filter box
5. Slide the Threshold to 100%
Adjusting these settings, makes it easier for the software to find the outline.
6. In the trace menu, click on TRACE OUTER EDGE icon.
7. Click on the red shapes and drag to the side of the mat.
8. Click on the original shape (blue line) and DELETE these lines.
9. Move the red shape lines to center of the mat.
Release Compound Path:
- Drag a box around the red appliqué shapes
- Right click and select “Release Compound Path” from the dropdown menu (if it is available)
a. Note: It may not be available if it is a single shape or if they were not grouped
3. This will Ungroup all the shapes and now they will be individual shapes
Shapes are now ungrouped after Releasing Compound Path
Place shapes for cutting and Cut Settings:
- Drag shapes on the grid mat to the location for cutting placement.
- You can cut several different fabrics at one time. So place your shapes accordingly.
Adjust Cut Settings:
- Open the CUT SETTINGS screen (second icon from right on the top tool bar)
- Click on each shape on the grid and in the CUT STYLE box – click on “cut edge” for shapes that need cut around the outer edge only.
3. For shapes that need an inner cut (like letter D), then highlight the shape and click on CUT and it will cut both outer and inner areas.
3. Under MATERIAL TYPE – select the FABRIC type you will be using
4. Under EDITING – select BLADE type to fabric and set speed to 1
Sending to Silhouette and Cutting the Fabric:
- Place prepared fabric onto the cutting mat in the same location as the pieces are on the grid.
2. Connect Silhouette Cameo USB to your computer and turn on the machine.
3. Adjust blade settings – 3 (or 4) depending on fabric type
4. Load cutting mat into Silhouette Cameo
a. line up and press ENTER on machine
5. On computer screen, click on SEND to silhouette.
This whole process may seem a little daunting at first. But once you have practiced it a few times, it really saves on the cutting time, especially if you have alot of applique shapes.
I have tried to simplify the instructions for you by giving the most important details. I hope this tutorial helps and that you give it a try if you own a (affliate link) Silhouette Cameo. If not, then it’s definitely a “tool” that I would recommend! So fun to use!
As always, send me an email or comment below with any questions!