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  1. What software are you using to send to the cutter? It is not uncommon to have setup issues when connecting the first time. Most of the budget cutters have cheap usb chips and can be trouble. If that machine has a serial cable option you might have a better experience going that route. Some of the older ones did but most of the newer machines do not have that serial cable option. If you have strange things happening within a cut file you may have the wrong driver. If it just twigs out after running for a while it can be static. The budget model cutters don't like static and the back and forth movement of the vinyl dragging over the cutter can build up a strong charge. Not something I ever had that caused letters to flip though. Usually just stopped cutting.
  2. Could be a bad cable or connection port
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    Faux Leather

    Sorry Kim, Not made to cut textiles, especially leather. You do win the award for interesting attempts though. If you just gotta abuse your machine be sure to try a cutting mat like the Circuit machines use.
  4. On a risk assessment basis you would definitely want to have boiler plate in place to protect you should you mess up someones paint. Even if you don't hurt it sometimes old vinyl will leave a ghost image where the adhesive was that will never go away and there are people out there who would blame the removal guy. If I have a removal for someone I am worried about, and to be honest I almost don't work for anyone that I have any kind of worry, I send them to a body shop to have the removal done.
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    Certain letters don't get cut

    I think you probably need to do a little more pre-cut preparations. Looking at your file all the script letters are overlapped and not welded together so they will cut into one another. If you are unfamiliar with AI the process would be to select any live text and expand it and then while still selected use the "Unite" option in the Pathfinder menu to weld them all together. If you needed to do any special kerning or moving of individual letters that would want to be done before the "Unite" (weld) operation. That process may have zero to do with your current issue. Other than the need to weld the file seemed ok when I opened it up. I would also maybe consider saving it off to AI version 8 which is an older legacy file format that is usually better for file transfer. There are lots of things in the newer versions of Illustrator that cause file conversion problems with simple cut files.
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    Floor Graphics

    I did a large logo in reverse that a client used as a stencil and stained a floor with it and then pulled up the vinyl.
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    I didn't do it

    That's awesome!
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    Need a font suggestion

    It's called Run! Demo. I think you can probably get it to work. https://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=Run! Demo&text=THE
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    titan 2 cutting issues

    If you are prefeeding and it will run straight on the way out but not stay straight on the way back, all this while no blade touching then you have a tracking issue for sure. They usually don't recommend messing with the tension on the pinch rollers but possibly one got messed with or has become weak. We have seen new owners immediately start cranking on the pinch roller springs and get all sorts of wonky. If you can get it running true in and out without a blade then adjust your blade appropriately and it starts dragging the vinyl out of track then you could have weak pinch rollers. (not common) Most of the time we see set up being wrong and too much force being applied which causes bunching and off-track. A remedy can be as simple as a high quality Clean Cut blade that uses less force to cut with. Cutting stencil though is probably rough and tough with lots of pressure. I make a couple passes if I cut stencil so I don't abuse my machine but mine has great tracking and will stay in the same grove.
  10. 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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    Help! Best transfer tape?

    651 is known to be a little tricky especially with detailed work. I use 4076 R-Tape which is just a little extra tack over the 4075. For detailed work if you are not doing large coverage areas consider trying out 751. It weeds nicer and will transfer like a dream. 951 even better yet.
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    Signs Pricing

    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.
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    Signs Pricing

    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.
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    Pattern in font-VM Pro

    There is a way to do it in VM Pro although it is not easily understood and I have only ever done it once or twice. You will need to have your image inserted then add the object or shape that you want it to be masked by on top. Select both the original picture (I think this can be either a vector image or a bitmap picture image) and the object you want to use to clip it and then select the welding tools toggle and a pop up window comes up that has KEEP as one of the options. Select KEEP and it will basically crop it all away except the part covered by your top object. If your top object had color fill you will have to select and drag it to the side but beneath it will have trimmed your picture. This operation is pretty much how things work in most other programs but I couldn't find it listed in the help menu. I am more an Adobe Illustrator guy and it's much more clear within AI than in VM but IS Possible with some messing around. I have never tried to print from VM so you're on your own there.
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    Vinyl work on a parade float

    I'm seeing many hours of involvement.... the things we do for our kids