Cricut vinyl settings?
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Posted: 2/14/2011 5:46:01 PM
I cut vinyl for a Valenine project today, using my Cricut. It's not the first time I've cut vinyl (I decorated both my Expression and my Gypsy with vinyl), but I couldn't remember the settings I used for cutting vinyl before.

It cut fine for the first several parts, then the last items didn't cut as cleanly, and I'm not sure why not. I had the blade set to 1 for everything up to this point, and up to this point, everything cut great. I tried setting the blade at 2 at the end, to make sure I got a clean cut on the final pieces, but it cut into the backing paper, too.

So what settings work best for you when cutting vinyl, please?

And maybe this is a dumb question, but does cutting vinyl dull the blade?


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Posted: 2/15/2011 11:09:32 AM
Good questions! I just bought vinyl for mine, but haven't tried it yet. There was another post last week about vinyl. I am pretty sure she said she sets everything on 3. Not positive, though!


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Posted: 2/15/2011 11:44:53 AM
Yup, with the regular blade, set everything at 3: 3blade, pressure medium, speed medium. Gives you the perfect kiss cut.

I tried and had less success using the deep cut blade housing/blade. Never could get the perfect kiss cut after lots of fiddling. So, if you aren't lazy like me (I just didn't want to change the blade), go for the regular blade housing.


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Posted: 2/15/2011 1:24:48 PM

I tried and had less success using the deep cut blade housing/blade. Never could get the perfect kiss cut after lots of fiddling. So, if you aren't lazy like me (I just didn't want to change the blade), go for the regular blade housing.


You don't need the deep cut blade to cut vinyl; that is for cutting thicker materials.




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Posted: 2/15/2011 2:04:19 PM
I have ALWAYS used the settings recommended by Cricut. Blade at 6, pressure at 2 and it cut perfect kiss cut every time.


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Posted: 2/15/2011 5:31:00 PM
I was using a regular blade. I was using vinyl from a sign shop, not Cricut vinyl.

When I was cutting with the blade set on 2, it was cutting into the backing of the vinyl. I had the pressure set at medium, and the speed also. It had actually cut fine on the 1 setting for the first several cuts. I'd been getting a perfect kiss cut on just 1. I'm not sure why it didn't cut the last pieces as well, which is why I switched it up one notch to the 2, and then it cut into the backing a little. Setting it at 3 would have cut even deeper, and at 6 would probably have been gouging my mat.

I'm really kind of puzzled at how everyone is using such different settings.


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Posted: 2/16/2011 11:05:41 AM
Check out : http://www.aboverubiesstudio.com/the-cricut-cutting-guide/. There is a free cricut cutting guide you can download and print out. Great tool that helps with almost every imaginable material you would want to cut.

Beth

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Posted: 2/16/2011 2:06:01 PM

Check out : http://www.aboverubiesstudio.com/the-cricut-cutting-guide/. There is a free cricut cutting guide you can download and print out. Great tool that helps with almost every imaginable material you would want to cut.

Beth


Thank you, Beth! I subscribed to their site and downloaded it.

I notice that it suggests a 3 blade depth, but a 1 for speed and 2 for pressure. I had the speed and pressure set at 3, so maybe that sort of balanced out the lower blade depth I used. It was a somewhat intricate cut I was doing.


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