Silhouette Cameo Ratchet Cap Missing? Check the Machine.

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Let us glimpse into the Silhouette Cameo and find what secrets it holds:

I thought that piece looked important. LOL!

 I was so annoyed that I couldn’t adjust my Silhouette Cameo Blade because I’d misplaced the stupid grey ratchet cap.  Annoying!!  I was griping and stomping around…hollering into the den to DH about how stupid Silhouette was for making a product that can’t easily be adjusted without that dumb grey piece I’d lost.  Basically, I was pitching a little fit.  That’s when I looked closer at the Cameo and began to wonder…hmmm…just what is this grey round thing that looks just like the ratchet piece I’d lost?

I knew that’s what it was for the whole time. I was just testing you.  Uh, tell no one I didn’t know.

 After looking more closely at the machine, I had what I like to call a “DUH moment”.  That’s a moment where something that’s quite apparent to everyone finally becomes obvious to me.  LOL!

It’s a permanent ratchet station.

The grey round thing on the inside left of your Cameo IS a ratchet for adjusting the blade.  Just put the blade in there and twist.  Whew.
Dear Silhouette, about calling you stupid…it could have been a slight oversight on my part.  LOL!

This is what comes in the replacement blade package.

 If you buy a replacement blade…I’ve been through many…then you’ll get a ratchet cap in the package.  Now if you lose it, you don’t have to worry!  Just use the one on your machine.  Whoopee!  Now, let’s just keep that little fit I had earlier between you and me. 😉

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  1. OMG!!! You are soooo funny, but I think I would have been pitching a fit also if I had lost something I needed.

  2. Krafty Kim says:

    LOL!! I’m the same way, especially when I’m looking for a small tool or a certain embellishment that may be hiding in my mess on my craft table! But I try to remember the old advice: Take a deep breath, count to 10, . . . and clean up my mess so I can find my stuff! LOL Glad you found your rachet thing!

  3. Hahaha… Yep that sounds just like something I would do. I’m glad you found your thingy and all is well. No worries we all do that kind of stuff. I’m just so glad its not just me!!! ;)-

  4. scrapper69 says:

    LOL! You always seem to crack me up! I probably would have done the same thing! It happens sometimes… Don’t tell anyone and I won’t tell on you! LOL


  5. kryptonite72 says:

    HAHAHAHA!! I literally laughed out loud. I didn’t notice it either. Does that make you feel better??? I had wondered myself at their wisdom of a piece like this that could be lost so easily.

  6. You are a life-saver! I just spent an hour looking for my stupid ratchet thing and then found this blog entry through a google search. THANK YOU!!!!

    1. Ashli,
      I am SOOO glad I could help! Can you believe we both overlooked that thing? We’re twins! 😉

  7. Oh man, I don’t know how I didn’t notice that before! I actually found this blog entry because my blade was stuck and it wouldn’t turn with the ratchet thingy(which took me HOURS to find!). Using the one on the machine allowed me to turn it again! Thanks so much!

  8. Hi Taryn,
    I’m so glad that helped!

  9. Kathleen Martinez says:

    Hi there! I’ve tried several times to adjust my blade settings with the ratchet. However, it seems as if the blade is stuck. The ratched won’t turn 🙁 I may be twisting the cap the wrong way or did not attach the blade to the ratched correctly. Any advice you can share? Ive tried the ratchet cap as well as the ratchet that is on the machine itself. The blade is ruining my mat 🙁

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Katheleen,

      You might just have to get a little rough when it when twisting it. Did you know that you can open it for cleaning? It could be that you have paper or something stuck in there. Now, fair warning that this might break it but since it’s not moving at all, it also might help. Here’s a video on how to open it that was posted on You Tube by someone (not me). I’ve used this technique for a while and have been successful with it. Out of the many blade housings I’ve tried it with, I’ve only ruined one. Experiences doing this vary. Another option? I’d contact Silhouette and ask about this problem. They’re usually pretty helpful. Here’s their contact info: I hope that helps!

  10. kelly aguayo says:

    oh my goah thanknyou so much!!! i never noticed that before! i lost my ratchet and i needed to cut something out for tomorrow… its too bad i already ordered a new blade because i thought i broke mine LOL seriously THANK YOU!

  11. Ohmygoodness. I just had my OWN little missing rachet fit. Then I thought, “Surely Google will have the answer!”. And here you are! 😉

    Thanks for posting this! xo

  12. my machine doesn’t have the built in one, 🙁

  13. Anonymous says:

    Does your machine have a funny little hole on the left instead? If so, that’s your rachet 🙂 Instead of sticking up we have ours built in! Just stick your blade into it with the red arrow pointing at you (so straight to the front and turn like normal) Works like a charm!

    1. Anonymous says:

      oh my gosh thank you I was wondering about that as well!! you are awesome!!

  14. Um, you totally just saved me right now. Face palm. Thank you!

    1. YAY! You’re welcome, Sarah! Face palmers, unite! 😉

  15. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this! I was one of the many who misplaced the cap and was ready to buy a new blade. You are a life saver!

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