When working with your tools it is a good idea to perform a test print initially to make sure that the settings on the machine match up with the tools that you have. A test print on the machine will print out a star that looks like this picture.

When test printing using the test label on the vinyl cutter make sure to weed the vinyl and test that the depth of the cut is adequate before cutting large areas. When using a blade depth that is slightly too little you can spend up to an extra 25 minutes weeding a single final piece. 

measure twice, cut once,
"Test twice", "vinyl cutter print once"

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Step 1: Knife: 1 Sharp , 1 Dull

Using a knife that is sharp and sometimes another that is more dull is the best combination for tools. You always want to use a sharp knife when cutting out vinyl decals / stickers and a dull knife is useful when weeding the vinyl.

With a light amount of pressure a sharp knife will also allow you to cut only the vinly and not the backing to make weeding easier. 

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