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  1. 2 points
    The local news done a story about me. One of my friends contacted them about some of the things ive done for just friends but still have not gotten any orders. JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY. News article here https://www.wxii12.com/article/high-point-business-sandblowing-art/34742879#
  2. 2 points
    I do mostly shirts these days. For a beginner I expect you'll be keeping the budget low. You can just use some Parchment paper like you bake cookies with for a cover sheet. It's cheap and easy to get more about any store. You can get hundreds of press cycles before it starts to brown and nothing, NOTHING seems to stick to that stuff. If the budget allows, a teflon cover over at least your lower platen is nice. It lets you slide your shirts around much easier on the press. I now run an upper platen cover as well but didn't for many years. If you do run a top cover you can skip the cover sheet and just press things without too much worry. I do add a couple seconds to my dwell time to compensate for the teflon. You will also benefit from some sort of see-through craft ruler or other alignment tool. You will be finding the center of your shirt (possibly making a crease) and then using the ruler to get consistent offset from center and distance down from the neck. I do so many now that I bought a fancy laser tool from Hotronix but it was several hundred bucks. I do a lot of sports uniforms that all have to be laid out the same spacing and could not live without the laser thing so it's been a good investment. For press pillows you can also get by with a mouse pad or two stacked up to get a left chest on a polo with buttons etc... I bought a 12x14 press pillow that I have worn out the foam in three times. I just buy 1" thick foam at the fabric store and re-stuff it when it goes flat. If you are handy you can make your own with some teflon, foam and a sewing machine. HTV is a great hobby and can turn into a good source of revenue if that's what you want.
  3. 2 points
    don't forget you can do mirrors for people - this is one I did. blasted from the back, black paint for the filigree and gold leaf for the lettering and then coated all for protection - used some cherry wood milled from out yard for the frame but it was a special piece
  4. 2 points
    I cannot tell you what I sell. I created my own niche'. So that others don't have what I sell. That is why I still keep selling after all these years. Plus many repeat buyers. You have to get some experience, go buy some good designs that you can make decals out of. Some that you have the rights to resell the decals.You have to mess with trial and error on which designs will sell. Work up to a better cutter with a servo motor. People like to buy very detailed designs. They are more unusual. And be prepared to like weeding them. Shutterstock. Legal clipart. etc. Create your own niche'. My average sized decals are 20" w 90" L up to 27" w x 16ft..L Your not going to do that with an MH cutter.
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    Don't do that. Vinyl, after cutting, will tend to repair itself along the cut lines (re-bond/re-adhere). This makes it unsuitable for having it sit like that for any protracted length of time. The rule is: Cut & weed in proximity. As for weeding it and then not app-taping it? Yeah, that'll work, but you have to exercise extreme care in handling/storing, because the vinyl bits are now exposed and can more easily become dislodged from the backing paper as you stack the sheets. Best thing to do is figure out how to increase your sales and not have extra stuff lying around. Get a grip on why things are 'slow' now and work harder to overcome the lack of orders. Promote, Promote, Promote --- that is the way to do business in the era of Covid19.
  7. 2 points
    Have you tried to reach out the Sign Cut, like previously suggested?
  8. 2 points
    So the trough is just a trough, and you can choose to use it as a means to cut your vinyl with. I personally put a long strip of painters tape over because when the edge of the vinyl would get to that length, it would get caught int he trough and tent up. So I taped over it and just use a scissors or sliding letter opener. I'm not sure what other people do.
  9. 1 point
    I agree. As mentioned above, SignCut has, I believe, the very best tech support of ANY cutting program out there. Live help with real people who will even remote into your computer if needed and get you going. You have to request a session and they contact you pretty quickly. It will start out as a chat session which is usually sufficient.
  10. 1 point
    I would drop the free ship and be closer to the competition. Most people see the bottom line before calculating the shipping.
  11. 1 point
    I have a HF cabinet and do a little blast etching here and there. I found it was NOT a money maker for my business platform. WAY too much time investment to make it work out for me but that's just me. I now mostly do personalized gifts that I give to people from myself not as business. (although it has occasionally generated some interest that I ended up doing) For instance, I have a friend who brings over pies and I always etch her pyrex pie plates before I return them. Stuff like that. Customized wedding Pyrex sets are great gifts too. I usually do them mirrored so you can read them from looking into the pie plate or pyrex cookware. Cheap glassware from the dollar store suddenly turn into sweet personalized Christmas candy jars. Fun stuff but I can't afford to try and do them to sell. Maybe you can find a niche there, good luck.
  12. 1 point
    if you are selling the same thing as everyone else you will only make sales to friends or make no money - trick is to have unique items that the other 200,000 people with plotters and heat presses aren't making. heck I did a sign 6 years ago for a local business and found out the person that redid their sign (due to change in business partners , hair salon) after I said I would do it again with a new substrate used a cricut to redo the big sign and when they couldn't clean the substrate good enough they tried to recover it - saw it afterwards and looked the part. don't even try to compete in a flooded market - find your own thing
  13. 1 point
    it's not reading the second pressure roller position - turn off the sensors in the control panel and just use it manually
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  15. 1 point
    with the duct tape holding the crooked pressure roller on I have to wonder about the condition of the rest of the machine. which model of refine plotter is this?
  16. 1 point
    I always go in with photos and measurements - go in fully loaded - phone support guys don't tend to be there more than 2 years as they get experience and move onto the other big tech companies in redmond
  17. 1 point
    When you call them mention the missing return button so they can fix the instructions , that way another person isn’t searching for it
  18. 1 point
    That's all you need to get started. Heat press pillows are nice to have around as well. They let you press stuff that may have thick seams or buttons on the garment that prevent the press from a good even press.
  19. 1 point
    Wow some really helpful insight here guys! I did do a visual check of the cutting strip and It looks ok for now. I also read that 60 degree blade could help on intricate cuts. I just ordered some new Roland Blades, which I thought would be top of the line. How do they compare to the Clean Cut Blades? @ Wilson thanks for sharing some real world images. That logo looks feasible. I think it seems to really boil down to the font I had more success than others depending on what I was cutting. One question I didnt see get answered is the red horizontal slot on the face of the SC2 is that in fact intended to be a channel to cut off your vinyl after the job is complete or no? Kinda looks like it but nothing in the manual stating so. I think I just saw someone trim it in a video this way and assumed thats its intended purpose. Also do I need anything more than the Sisser HTV to do the shirt? Beyond a press and a teflon sheet?
  20. 1 point
    You should be able to do 1/4" lettering without any trouble. I have an MH and have done some stuff that was about 1/8", it was a pain in the butt and I'll not be doing it again, but it was doable. Also keep in mind though, the smaller something is, the less glue there is to hold it in place and the more likely you are to have it fall off when applied. With HTV you can actually do pretty small detailed stuff because of how the vinyl sticks to the backing. You still have to weed it and again, the smaller something is the less glue there is to stick to the shirt but you'd be amazed as has small you can get. Again, not something I'd want to do, but still interesting to experiment and learn the limits.
  21. 1 point
    I think layering the red in letter by letter may be a bit over kill, but breaking it up into words, or 2 - 3 foot sections would probably be wise. Paper tape and wet application can help as well. Doing a web app you have a bit more liberty to position the vinyl. It's a pretty good way to doing when just starting out. As you develop your skill and learn various tricks you'll get to where you can do it dry pretty easily.
  22. 1 point
    The black cut is solid, not a problem for the entire 8 feet to be applied right onto the dumpster (or truck) in one shot. Then, I would lay in the letters, one by one, aligning them by eye onto the black background (here is a good example of clear app tape being useful).
  23. 1 point
    I've cut gasket material on my laser but never on my plotter.
  24. 1 point
    No, there are curves and cutouts around the posts as seen in the image. I should have said it's a gasket for an electronic device. The gasket goes to the edge of the case. Don't ask me what it is because he's trying to make me guess and I haven't figured it out yet! I have the SVG of the gasket and it is clean, I just offered to find out for him if it can be readily cut by machine.
  25. 1 point
    Simple rectangle pieces? I'd suggest a piece of scrap wood or a Cutting mat, straight edge, and a utility knife.