The Perfect Kiss Cut

We do get questions once in awhile on how to get consistent kiss cuts. Kiss cuts are challenging because it requires a narrow setting window. 

These are the questions we seek to answer in this article:

  1. How to identify a good kiss cut?
  2. How to get the right kiss cut setting without wasting too much material?

While we discuss in the context of Silhouette machines, the knowledge should apply to other cutting machines as well.

Identifying a Good Kiss Cut

How do you know if a kiss cut setting is good? Here is an example of what we think is a good kiss cut. The following image shows the Silhouette test cut pattern with optimized kiss cut settings (Blade =1, force = 3, speed = 1, platform = 5, Machine = Silhouette Curio):

silhouette test cut

The triangle stays on the backing sheet and the blade does not cut through the backing sheet. When we remove the triangle piece, we can see an indentation on the backing sheet.

We adjusted the lighting to get a clearer image of the indentation:

kiss cut indentation

A deep indentation shows that the sticker material is cleanly cut through and should give a nice kiss cut.

We can see the indentation from the back too:

kiss cut backsheet


How to get a the right kiss cut setting without wasting too much material

We found a nice video by Don Goddard which demonstrated a good way to find your setting:

In short, use the test cut feature in Silhouette studio to find the correct cut setting and learn to identify a good kiss cut as discussed.

Hope this helps!