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  1. Wildgoose

    Heat press lock

    Any press typically have an over center lock that will hold it during the press. Sometimes they get worn and sloppy and won't hold well. Some brands have an electric auto open feature but they are usually higher end machines. I am not familiar with that brand you ave but I would try adjusting the pressure a little and see if it's just not set right.
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    ISO Distressed Flag

    When it comes to this kind of stuff I have found that if I didn't have the skills or more likely the time to build my own I have good luck finding a sales deal at one of the vector sites. There are some freebies out there but they usually hold the good stuff back for a price. The only ones I have in my collection are ones I have paid for and therefor can't share due to copyright restrictions.
  3. For all who do HTV work. I recently received a new 50yd roll of Siser Stretch White and the application instructions on the sticker have changed from 305 for 10-15 seconds to 320 for 20 seconds. I called the tech line and asked what was up. They said they have had too high of a percentage of lifting and decided they needed to make an adjustment to combat problems. So this is retroactive to all the stretch products and not a new adhesive. I know that the stretch line uses something different than the regular non-stretch as evident when trying to remove a missed weed item after install. Almost impossible to do on the stretch where you can just reheat the regular non-stretch and pluck it out. This will affect the workflow a little especially when working with a combination of stretch and non-stretch. Siser North America tech help suggested a middle of the road approach in these situations. Reduced dwell time at the higher temp. I know from personal testing that I did on my own that Siser of either variant can handle a lot more heat than they recommend. I did some tests clear up to 350 deg and did not see any visible signs of trouble other than just a touch of adhesive coming out along the edges that was visible if layered. At the time I was trying to determine if I could layer the Siser with some Stahls products that needed 320-330 degree temps. Color choices being what they are I needed one from Siser and one from stahls. it was the only way I could get the correct color schemes on a certain job. It layered successfully without issues. I am a little bummed out about the need for this change because it has been one of the best parts of the Siser Easyweed line that it was at the same time and temp for both of those two products keeping the workflow simple and I prefer the lower temps especially when pressing 100% poly products. Just wanted to get word out if no-one was paying attention to their application instructions (which I would ordinarily have not bothered looking either but it caught my eye accidentally).
  4. Wildgoose

    Which RTape is this?

    I think his question is the other roll. What is it? Maybe look back at what you ordered and write it inside on future unmarked ones would be smart. I for one will pay more attention to my own rolls since I read this.
  5. IMO if you take reasonable efforts to determine that it's not out there (Skeeters instructions would qualify I would think, I am not an attorney though) you would have done due diligence in attempting to stay on the high road. If you get a Cease and Desist letter you'll know you missed something. That's my $0.02. I agree with darcshadow that most basic phrases are safe but there are works of word art that people put a basic phrase into beautiful design that would be infringement if you copied the design layout or even if it was derivative it would be technically breaking the letter of the law. If you have some shirt sayings ideas that are unique or a layout and look that is your own those are the best.
  6. Wildgoose

    Newbie and clueless

    Here is one that shows some pics. http://forum.uscutter.com/index.php?/topic/20225-carriage-wheels-in-wrong-place/&tab=comments#comment-160916
  7. Wildgoose

    Newbie and clueless

    Is the knife dropping down during the cuts and back up to the next object? If it is not moving up and down then there is something related to that messed up. If it looks like the little arm that holds the knife or pen is dropping down but it's just not reaching the material then the carriage issue is probably what's up pr you have your blade holder improperly mounted. I don't have that cutter so I don't have pics but I have seen others post pics about this issue. You can probably find the threads with some searching on the forum. Initial startup is probably the most frustrating time of being a new cutter owner. Too much new tech and not sure whats actually supposed to happen. Be patient and you'll get it going with some time.
  8. Wildgoose

    Multi color cut simultaneously

    Cut at once as in load several colors into the machine and have one cut file? Not happening, or at least not very effectively. You can cut weed and then either install in layers or layer then install all at once. My experience has been if they overlap there tends to be more bubbles when pre-stacking but when each color layer has it's own space with clear space between each layer it is great. If the application is going on a compound curve then definitely worth pre-layering and just put up with the bubbles. They can be popped and/or chased out if they are of any size. The super tiny ones will usually disappear after a few weeks of expansion and contraction. As you gain experience you'll have less bubbles. I know I really sucked at first but practiced and got better. Still a newb compared to a lot of those pro's out there.
  9. Wildgoose

    New to Forum and vinyl work

    Welcome from Idaho.
  10. Wildgoose

    How low tack is low tack?

    That is your application? Is this like a stencil or something? If you are trying to transfer vinyl over it will need to be strong enough to get the vinyl off the carrier. Finding a single sheet os going to be a challenge more than finding a low tack app tape that only comes in really long rolls.
  11. Wildgoose

    White Vinly Turned Yellow

    Most HTV that will block migration are thick and stiff. Some are in the middle and handle migration pretty good without sacrificing "hand" which is what we call the feel of the product on the shirt. Siser Easyweed is about as good a middle road that does a pretty good job at not migrating too badly. Most problems come when trying to use white or a very light color on sublimated blue, red, orange etc.... You can also work around it sometimes. Like if you have a white number with a dark outline second color you might stack the two colors so that background creates a color block from the white top color. Most times when I build two colors I put the center color in and actually have the background be an outline only that goes over the top. When doing this it's best to leave some bleed (overlap) where the outline can cover the edges of the inner color because everything shrinks and does weird things when it gets hot. It produces a better hand not being truly layered but if fighting dye migration then the stacked method might be a way to combat this.
  12. Wildgoose

    Help! new user

    Nothing wrong with starting out with something affordable. I did. I personally think learning on a budget cutter makes you a better operator. The budget cutters have to be "tuned" a little to cut clean and there are limits to what they will do on large graphics as well as tiny ones. Learning this limit you will be much more appreciative when/if you ever upgrade to a servo machine. Doing this fine tuning repeatedly will train you so you learn to recognize what's happening if something doesn't come out right. You sound like what you are starting out with will be one at a time items and that's the best for the budget models. When you start getting into multiple copies of things the memory and tracking are less so they have trouble. My budget model would only safely do about 10 copies of small left chest tee shirt logos or it would wig out and mess things up. I had to sort of hover over it the whole time ready to push the abort button if something went wonky. When my workload started becoming increasingly parser orders I upgraded and now I just load it up and set it to cutting and walk off while it works. I had a couple orders that were several hours of cutting that worked well into the night while I went to bed.
  13. Wildgoose

    The Coolest Weeding Tool EVER!

    Ok so they are currently out of stock at my normal supply shop and he is moving his business so it could be a little bit before they come available again. It's a convoluted situation with his supplier who has been an older retired gentleman who hand ground these and he hasn't been able to contact, as in possibly retired permanent but I will post some info as soon as I can get it figured out. In the meantime I am working another angle which should prove fruitful.
  14. Wildgoose

    Lighted Box Sign Help

    Plexiglass of more durable and from what my local supplier told me is usually used if the sign is low enough for someone to easily hit it with something because it will take a hit better. The Acrylic will resist the sun better (yellowing) but is more brittle.
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    The Coolest Weeding Tool EVER!

    I will PM you about them.