I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday!
I am still enjoying pajama days, hot cocoa, and playing with my kiddos. (There is nothing better than brand new Christmas toys, right? We’re surrounded by Lego pieces and Barbies over here!)
How many of you found a Silhouette under your tree? I know a lot of you were hoping Santa would leave one for you!
Today I have a video how-to for reverse weeding. It’s a super simple technique for weeding vinyl that works best for your teeny tiny text. A few people have asked in the Crafting With Your Silhouette program about how to do it, so I thought I’d pass along my tips and tricks!
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Elizabeth Barnett says
marvelous!! my last vinyl job shifted all over the place – this method will solve that problem! – thank you!!!
Elizabeth, you’ll find yourself using this method time and time again! I wish I would have discovered it when I first started with my CAMEO. I don’t even want to say how many times I had to recut designs because the pieces shifted too much in the weeding process!!
Diane Swearingen says
Omigosh…thank you so much! I can’t tell you how many handfuls of hair I have lost when weeding small text! How did I not think to do this?!
I thought the same thing, Diane!
How many pieces of vinyl did I waste trying to weed those teeny tiny letters?!?!?!
Theresa Romani says
I see how well that worked, but how well does this work to get it onto cardstock? Does the contact paper release from the cardstock without tearing?
I’ve used transfer “paper” to move designs to cardstock. You know…the one that almost looks like a big piece of masking tape?
So, I think with that change, you’d be ok!
dj vinolus says
I just found your website and plan on joining the monthly member site this Friday (payday!). I just got my Cameo for Christmas. I’m having a very difficult time with the blade settings. I’m trying to cut vinyl using the mat and it is cutting completely through the backing paper and the vinyl. I’ve adjusted the blade to “1” and played with the speed and thickness to no avail. Has this happened to you? Thanks.
Here are the suggested cut settings right from Silhouette.
Why don’t you reset everything to there so we have a base to work from, then we’ll adjust as needed.
Here are a few notes to help, too.
I ALWAYS slow my speed down. I rarely ever cut above a speed of 3.
If you have a brand new mat, it can be too sticky. Some people like to pat it a few times with a t-shirt to help take some of the sticky off.
I have never actually adjusted my thickness. Maybe I’ve been lucky? Usually for me, I can get the settings right just be adjusting my blade and speed.
Like I said, try these and let me know what happens!
For vinyl, Silhouette recommends a blade setting of 1. A speed setting of 8. And a thickness setting of 9.
PS…I’m so excited for you to join us in class! “SEE” YOU SOON!!
dj vinolus says
Thanks for responding to my plea for help! I will slow the speed down and let you know. My SIL defaults to cut at a 2 blade for vinyl but I backed it down to 1. I’ll fiddle some more. Can’t wait to join you for class.
Sarah Hughes says
Thank you for this!!! I have been having so much trouble with tiny text and wasted HOURS plus had to recut and more. This is amazing!!
My pleasure, Sarah! So happy I could help!!
Weeding has always been a challenge for me.. I’m looking for easy hacks..Thanks for the tutorial..
sharon mclusky says
Thanks so much, Sharon!