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    There is something to be said about weed direction too though. I know that some designs weed easier one way than another. You definitely need to be sure you are all set with your blade depth then pressure and speed but once that's dialed in the same design will often weed easier one way as apposed to another. Typically if I am having a fight in a certain areas I spin the thing around and come at it from the opposite corner or at a slant and get it to come up better. You don't mention your machine. The budget models will not produce as clean a cut as the higher end models and are more often touchy about fine tune.
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    This is the correct way to set your blade depth To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should just barely see and feel your blade tip out of the blade holder. It should not matter which direction you are cutting. It should cut fine all directions. You have to start with the correct blade depth first. Then your force. Check for gouges or scratches in your cutting strip. They can cause problems.
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    I've been using Signblazer since day one. Free and easy!!
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    There are other FREE Graphtec cutting software to use. Go to the Graphtec site. You can also use Free Signblazer. Or buy new software. The serial number may have already been used.
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    You should have a local sign supply shop somewhere in your area. They will have several options for the plastic (usually called coroplast or similar. Some will be pre-cut but sometimes you have to buy a sheet and cut it down yourself with a table saw or carefully with a skill saw. The little wires will be sold separately. I don't do these often but when I did I just used cheap sign vinyl like the Greenstar or Oracal 651 on them. I'm not going to price out your job for you but I generally make a list of materials costs and then take a WAG on how long I'll be messing around with them and bill accordingly. Some of these kinds of things can be done much simpler by a big sign shop with a flatbed printer. I don't build many because I can't compete with the flatbed printed prices. There are videos out there showing people building the signs and how they have set up little jigs to hold the coroplast in place while they place the cut vinyl on them. Lots of options for those who are willing to think outside the box a little and get creative. Judging by your avator you are somewhere near Seattle. They will have either a Denco Sales or Sun Supply.