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    USCutter "Premium HTV"

    Thanks. I must have just over looked it.
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    MH 871-MK2

    What do you mean didn't work? Setting the blade depth is only the first step. From there you then adjust speed and pressure. What exactly is it that is not working?
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    FOREVER mutli trans paper

    Just a guess but I'd go with the aluminium setting to start with and adjust from there. My guess is you'll need to increase the temp and time a little as aluminium will transfer heat faster than stainless steel.
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    Cutting HTB Glitter

    Guessing she's referring to a cricut machine.
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    Delete Line Segments

    Already did that. can't edit the nodes till you convert to curves. I suspect this ability does not exist in the software. May take some time to get use to, but so far, I'm not a fan of the edit nodes capabilities. I like my nodes to be on the line in question. For curves, VM has them floating off at what would be the intersection of two lines. I can see how that could be handy at times, but they way I think of nodes and editing them it does not work for me.
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    Pulling my Hair out

    You'll want to do an outline of the @ and use the outline to punch through. If you don't, there will not be a gap and it'll just look like the @ blends with the camera graphic.
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    Font Identification

    I would also guess, what ever it is, it has been squashed and stretched.
  8. You can't cut a JPEG. You will need to vector it, although if it's just ruler markings and numbers it'd be easier to just remake it in your vector program. Once you have the design as a vector you can easily cut it up into smaller sections to fit your vinyl.
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    MH-721 Disassembly Instructions?

    What are you cutting that is getting caught on anything? Once the vinyl is fed in there shouldn't be anything to snag on the cutter. The vinyl backing should be nice and smooth.
  10. I have rarely found the knife tool useful for most tasks. Drawing a box and punching it through the object typically gives the results I'm after in a faster and cleaner way. That's what you're wanting to do here. Draw a box through your letter then use the "Punch Out" tool. You can access it either from the "Shaping & Welding Tools" on the left of the screen, or from the "Object->Shaping" menu at the top of the screen.
  11. If you're trying to cut out sections of the O so that the center doesn't fall out, you shouldn't be welding, you'd be cutting. What exactly is it that you did and that didn't work?
  12. The brother machine uses a fabric blade and a high tach cutting mat, so I don't believe you'd be able to cut fabric using your machine. HOWEVER, I did find a youtube video of a lady explaining how to cut without using a fabric blade or a cutting mat. She used two sheets of freezer paper to sandwich the fabric and then cut it with a normal blade. Might give that a try.
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    Opening Scal 5 svg in Scal 4 program

    SVG is an open format and as a result not every program implements all the protocols exactly the same way. Most usually have an option to save as a "flat" svg file, which from my understanding is the bare basics of an SVG file. It does support some of the "fancier" features that SVG can do.
  14. Strange. Has anything happened to your computer recently. Sounds like the file has gotten corrupted. A reinstall should fix the problem but it'd be nice to know what caused it in the first place. Hopefully it's not a virus.
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    Larger pen for plotting

    Wrap some tape around the sharpie till it fits tight.
  16. What does the other end of that cord look like? If it's truely a 16A 250V cord the other end is not something that you can plug into a normal 15A 120V outlet. If it does have a "normal" plug on it, then the next question is the heat press actually expecting a 250V source, if so, that would cause your breaker to trip as the machine would be trying to draw double the normal current that it would use on 250V line. Now if the press is designed for 110/120 and somehow the wrong plug was put on it you can buy a 16A 250V cord and simply cut the plug portion off and put a new one on. Home Depot sells them and it's quite easy to do.
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    28" vs 34" sc2 cutter

    Yeah, most on here that have had something over 24" typically say it wasn't worth it and a 24" cutter was more than big enough for their jobs. It comes down to what you plan to cut with it though. If you plan to do really big signs the 34 might be the way to go. Keep in mind though, big decals are a big pain and often times a design can be broken down into smaller more manageable pieces.
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    inkscape file won't open in corel

    Just an fyi, there is a newer version of Inkscape, 0.92.3, but I believe it's mostly bug fixes.
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    641 Economy Oracal vinyl doesn't release to transfer tape

    Are you laying the decal face down and pealing the backing off? That makes a world of difference vs trying to peal the tape and vinyl off the backing.
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    How to cut the backing paper on Vinyl

    The example you show is just a simple rectangle so I I would guess they most likely used a paper cutter, or even a straight edge and a good knife.
  21. Once you vector your file, do you not save it off? If not, I would recommend you start. That way you have the actual file you used to cut saved and ready to go again if you ever need it. Vector the file then go to save as, and save it as a .eps file, or you might need to export, to get the .eps option. I'm not too savy in VM yet to remember for sure which way it needs to be done.
  22. So the original JPG was 1080x720? If that's the case then yeah, something that high resolution will probably trace well enough that no one would notice anything in the final results. However, if you look at it in wireframe mode where you can see each individual node, you will still very likely see more nodes than you would if you typed the text out in the vector program to begin with. Regarding the choppy font, is that how it appears in VM, or the font manager? I ask, because I have seen some viewer programs that for what ever reason do not display a font well yet when used in the actual design software it comes out just fine.
  23. Sorry to say, but the issue is your cutter. It is the bottom of the barrel of cutters and does not track well on large jobs, let along on two different cut jobs. Only being off by an 1/8" of an inch on a design that big is actually pretty good. If you're going to continue with large sized jobs you'd be well served to upgrade to a higher end cutter, ideally one with a servo motor rather than steppers.
  24. What resolution is your jpeg file. An extremely high resolution can result in decent Text trace but it'll still be better to type the text out in the vector program rather than doing a conversion. Here's an example. The top is the vector the bottom is the jpg, as you can see the larger word did trace pretty good, although not perfect, where as the smaller version is not good at all.
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    inkscape file won't open in corel

    Strange, shouldn't be any reason Corel can't open an EPS created in Inkscape. In fact, it should be able to open the svg file without any hassle. Might try a PDF. I know it's not the format they specified but again, corel should be able to open it no problems. And if they can't open it, I'd question their process rather than your file. Pretty much all vector programs these days can open svg, pdf, eps, ai, and several others.