I know, I know! We absolutely love our Silhouette machines, but that darn print and cut can be enough to want to throw our machines right out the window! Can I get an amen?
Well, today, my friend, I’ve got some great news for you! I found the absolute best fix for your Silhouette “registration failed” error.
I realize that’s a tall order, but this fix works every single time!
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I recently launched my new free monthly sticker cut files (If you haven’t signed up yet, click the following links to have them delivered right to your inbox every month! Day planner stickers and Prayer Journal stickers. I’ve been bouncing in my seat with excitement about these fun freebies!) and was preparing to get them cut.
So I loaded my favorite sticker paper in my printer, printed them off, adhered them to my mat, adjusted all of my settings and hit cut…..
I thought, no problem! I’ll just unload the mat, reposition the sticker paper, and hit cut again….registration failed! Seriously?!
I then did what everyone does next. I took to Pinterest and the help section in Silhouette America to find out how to correct it.
As I’ve done countless times in the past, I tried all the common “fixes.” You know…….
- I moved my machine to the brightest spot in the house.
- I shined a flashlight on the area.
- Made sure I didn’t change the 4th setting (bottom inset) in my registration marks window.
And then I came across a Silhouette game changer! And it works! Every. Single. Time!
Let me start by explaining why this is happening.
When you apply registration marks in Silhouette Studio before printing, it aligns your Silhouette and tells it exactly where to cut.
You want less waste and more room for your designs, so you move the left, top and right inset to make this happen, but it “confuses” your machine and you get that oh-so-frustrating Silhouette “registration failed” error.
Important! Do not change the Bottom Inset! (See the picture below.) That must be left where it is!
Since you made these adjustments, you now have to show your machine where the new registration marks are.
And this, my friend, is downright simple!
The registration mark that we’ll be focusing on is the little black box on the upper left corner of your paper.
In the “send” window (I’m using V4.1. If you’re using an earlier version, the steps are still the same.) go down to the bottom right and, using the turquoise arrows, manually move your housing unit on your Silhouette so that the cutting blade is situated directly over the upper left box on your paper.
**Update** If you’re using the latest version of Silhouette Studio, there are now two boxes to the left of the blue arrows. Click “Manual,” prior to moving the housing over the black box.
Click the “register” button (to the left of the turquoise arrows on your computer screen) and, drumroll please….., music to your ears! That wonderful sound of your machine registering those marks!!
That’s it! It’s truly that easy! Now you can fall in love with your Silhouette all over again!
If you’d like to see this great hack in action, check out this game-changing video from Palettes and Playdough.
Want more help with your print and cut files? Check out How to Print and Cut on Your Silhouette.
I also, highly recommend Melissa Viscount’s book, The Ultimate Silhouette Print and Cut Guide. I have it right on my computer and keep it minimized so I can refer back to every time I’m in Silhouette Studio. In fact, she has a whole array of books to help you master your Silhouette!
Do you have a favorite Silhouette hack? Comment below and share! We’re always looking for a great tip!
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Until next time, my friend…….
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