You’re enjoying a glorious day in your craft room, making printable planner stickers and gorgeous designs that you’ll print and cut from your Silhouette Studio. You hit “send,” ready to watch your Silhouette cut your fabulous creations.
Instead, you get that dreaded “registration failed” error…again!
Now that great day you’ve been having has turned into complete frustration and you’re ready to throw your Silhouette machine right out the window!
Does that sound about right?
I know, my friend! I’ve been there all too many times.
But today, I’m going to show you how to easily fix your Silhouette “registration failed” error. And when you follow these simple steps, I’ll have you falling in love with your Silhouette machine all over again!
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Recently, I was in need of some new day planner stickers. (You can find our FREE monthly sticker files in our community library. Simply subscribe to our newsletter below and get instant access to all of our free resources, including the past six months of sticker designs.)
You guessed it…registration failed!
How to fix a registration failed error message
At this point, 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 I’m sure you did. I took to Pinterest, Google, 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.
- I verified that I hadn’t changed the bottom inset in my registration marks window.
Easy registration error workaround
And then I came across a simple registration game changer! And it works! Every. Single. Time!
Let’s first start by understanding why this is happening.
When you apply registration marks in Silhouette Studio so that you can print and cut your designs, it aligns your Silhouette and tells it exactly where to cut.
But, you want less waste and more room for your designs. I mean seriously, who doesn’t?
So you move the left, top and right inset (in the advanced features of your registration window) to create more space on your page.
Unfortunately, it can “confuse” your machine and you get that maddening Silhouette “registration failed” error.
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!
How to manually adjust your Silhouette
Once you have printed your design, you’ll be focusing on the little black box on the upper left corner of your sticker paper (or whatever type of paper you’ll be using).
When you’re in the “send” window:
- Check the box next to “manual” on the bottom right of your window.
- Using the turquoise arrows, manually move the housing unit on your Silhouette machine so that the cutting blade is situated directly over the upper left box on your sticker paper.
The image below shows the housing unit directly over the black box on the upper right of your page.
- Click the “register” button and, drumroll please…music to your ears! The wonderful sound of your machine registering those marks!
That’s all there is to it! Wasn’t that simple?
Now you can save your Silhouette and fall in love with it all over again!
Another possible fix
If that didn’t work, one of our amazing community members found another possible fix to your Silhouette print and cut error.
This reader found that the printer paper settings and the Silhouette paper settings did not match (A4 letter vs. US letter).
The marks were only a few millimeters off, but that was enough for the Silhouette to not recognize the print and cut marks.
Thank you, thank you to our incredible community for helping each other out!
If you’d like to see this great hack in action, check out this game-changing video from Palettes and Playdough.
If you’re in need of more help with your Silhouette machine, I highly recommend Melissa Viscount’s book, The Ultimate Silhouette Print and Cut Guide.
This book cut my learning curve in half when I was learning how to Print and Cut with my Silhouette Cameo and I often refer back to it often. As a Footprints of Inspiration reader, you get 10% off by using coupon code: FOOTPRINTS at checkout.
Do you have a favorite Silhouette hack? Comment below and share! I’m always looking for a great tip!
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Until next time, my friend…….
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