10 tips for great Vinyl Cutter decals through careful Tool Selection

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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

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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. 

Step 2: Weeding Tools

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A variety of weeding tools will improve your final product. Sometimes when you're starting out the tool with a sharp tip is easier to pick up the very small pieces of vinyl that you want to remove from your final decal. A less sharp tool is better when you have accidentally picked up a piece of the final decal and want to put it back in place.

If you use a sharp tool to put the vinyl back in place you can sometimes leave pressure points on the final which looks like a dimple and is difficult to get rid of on the final product.