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Greetings, TSF family,

THE QUESTION: I am wondering, are there rules of what is considered acceptable fonts for vinyl t shirt cutting and weeding?

For example, is it ok to cut and weed "thin" fonts with serifs?

I have attached an example. Would YOU cut this for a vinyl t shirt or would you use something more blocky instead for weeding ease purposes?
 

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THE REASON WHY I AM ASKING:

I ask because maybe it's bad vinyl that I have, but I found it kind of difficult to weed the FASHION FILMS from Stahls that I bought.

This is my first and only vinyl that I've used thus far. I'm trying to determine if I chose a bad font to use, or if this just isn't a good brand of vinyl. Your thoughts, TSF family?
 

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The example shouldn't be a problem if the vinyl and cutter are decent. I've cut and weeded much more detailed and smaller designs with no problem. The only problem I've had was when the design/text is like 5 mm high. Then I had some problems with the really small details falling away from the sticky backing.
But in this scale, that kind of text shouldn't be a problem to cut and weed.
 

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Thanks for offering your experience on the subject. I appreciate it.

By the way, am I supposed to always UNITE the artwork before I go to cut it? I did a difference piece and noticed that I had some small lines that were cut into my artwork. I realized afterwards that they were to intersecting shapes that overlapped. To the naked eye they were one piece, but apparently they were not.
 

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The example shouldn't be a problem if the vinyl and cutter are decent. I've cut and weeded much more detailed and smaller designs with no problem. The only problem I've had was when the design/text is like 5 mm high. Then I had some problems with the really small details falling away from the sticky backing.
But in this scale, that kind of text shouldn't be a problem to cut and weed.
Agree with the above.

I'm not familiar with the vinyl your using. You may try Siser Easyweed. That's what I always use and I've never had a problem with it.
 

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Thanks for the tip, Dan. So ANY font should be doable? WOW I am shocked. I thought the thin stuff would be troublesome holding up but okay, everyone.

Thanks a lot for your professional input.
 

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Shouldn't have any problems with that mockup with Fashion Film.

I always suggest having a weed box per line of text to assist in weeding, in the case of really small lettering, I will do it per word, but the mockup shouldn't have any real problem weeding with text that large. You should be left with score marks on the tape for any area weeded, if not, you are probably not cutting deep enough (either not enough pressure, or your blade is not exposed enough). If you are having incomplete cuts, then it is most likely an offset issue.
 

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This is who we use and the font will not be a problem with good vinyl It is kinda our store thing is putting custom sayings on a t shirt while the people sit there and wait so we have done a lot of different fonts.It gets fairly easy after a while!! like laxbum4 said make sure to unite/weld the words so they don't cut over each other.
By the way we use thermoflex just our preference might be better ones out there but we have good luck with it staying on and taking the washing abuse for years.

Good Luck!!:)
 

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Also consider the Thermoflex product by Specialty Materials.
I've been using the Thermoflex plus and cutting both thin and thick fonts and designs. I have cut lettering as small as 1/4" tall. I agree any font should work and the serif's or lack of them shouldn't pose a problem. I'd simply make sure you have a new-ish blade when cutting to ensure a good cut.
 

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I use Stahl's fashion film on any detail work. But what you posted is fine with premium plus. In fact, that's one of the easiest to do type of fonts. Nice and big. Premium plus is hit and miss as far as carrier stickiness. You should be able to do it fine in white or black though. It really just depends on your cutter blade and how dialed in you are to that material though. It's not very forgiving since the carrier isn't very sticky. Fashion film is very forgiving. Fashion film is also hot peel and premium plus is stated as hot peel, but it's much better cold peeling. I've found a LOT of colors will come up with a hot peel.
 

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THE REASON WHY I AM ASKING:

I ask because maybe it's bad vinyl that I have, but I found it kind of difficult to weed the FASHION FILMS from Stahls that I bought.

This is my first and only vinyl that I've used thus far. I'm trying to determine if I chose a bad font to use, or if this just isn't a good brand of vinyl. Your thoughts, TSF family?
Hello,

Fashion Film typically has a really good tack to it and also allows for a moderate to high level of detail. What you have pictured should be no problem at all for Fashion Film.

What type of cutter are you using? I can help troubleshoot settings if needed.

Please let me know.
 

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And have you all had a problem with the vinyl "cracking" after you wash the t shirt a few times?
I have not had much in the way of problems with either Siser Easy Weed or Spectra Eco Film.....However, if you use too much heat or time, I think that "over cures" the vinyl and can cause premature failure......Vinyl is a petroleum product and by overdoing it you effectively dry it out....
 
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