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    support section

    agree, very poor layout. There should be a section for nothing but drivers.
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    Mh cutter not cutting heat transfers good

    What do you mean by 1 roller? You have to use at least 2 pinch rollers or it won't hold anything in place. Or are you talking about having both pinch rollers over the same bottom/grit roller? If that worked great, but that shouldn't matter. Two grit rollers are on the same axle and should spin together. I suppose it's possible the screws holding them in place have come loose but that seems unlikely.
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    another mg mk2 and windows 10...

    If the computer is not seeing it as a comm port then it's never going to work. You either don't have the correct drivers or they didn't install correctly.
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    another mg mk2 and windows 10...

    And when it is recognized, it will show up as a comm port, not a printer.
  5. If you're worried about inventory for making shirts, most hobby stores carry a good selection of HTV. Naturally it's more expensive than buying in bulk from USCutter but it's a nice backup if you need something in a pinch. Hobby Lobby also carries a nice selection of t-shirts for about $3 each. Again, you can get shirts cheaper in bulk from other places but from small runs 15 to 20 it's hard to beat the ease and convenience.
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    What's the best method?

    You could but I don't think it would look right. Unless you were using glitter HTV, that might look ok.
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    What's the best method?

    For that design you could get it down to 3 layers. Cut the red so that the blue area would be cutout. Put the red and blue one then put the black on and it will hide the seams between the red and blue. Then lastly put the yellow on. Also keep in mind, this design is a lot of vinyl and may make the shirt stiff or uncomfortable to wear.
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    Mh cutter not cutting heat transfers good

    How are you setting blade depth?
  9. I agree on skipping the sample pack of vinyl. It's only 5 yards of each color, which when doing large wall graphics, is not really that much. And you'll end up with colors that you will probably never use. I'd get some white, black, and maybe brown to start and go from there.
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    How would i do this?

    I'm not as familiar with VM but in Inkscape if you do an outline, the outline then needs to be converted to a path. If left as just as outline the cutter only sees the original single line of the original design. While you're still learning it's always a good idea to look at your design in wireframe mode to get a better idea of what the cutter sees.
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    Info for beginner purchase

    Great! Have fun learning. If you're not familiar with vector graphics that'll be you're first hurdle. Once you understand them they are great but if all you know is raster graphics it can be a bit of a learning curve. Inkscape is a powerful and free vector program worth checking out if you don't already have something.
  12. The vibration is it random on the same design, or always the same part of the same design? My suspicion would be the design has several nodes very close together that on the screen looks fine but if you zoom in you may see that they are not all in a nice straight line which would cause the plotter to move around more than it really should.
  13. Does the cutter have a test feature? Does the test work?
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    Info for beginner purchase

    As Wilson said, the start and stop point of a cut can be off on long cuts. I've done a 6' cut on mine and the start stop was off by about an 1/8" of an inch. It wasn't a big deal as I trimmed it a bit by hand and unless you are really looking for it you wouldn't notice that the two sides of the stripe are not exact. I also agree with the others, if you're just doing one car the MH would be fine or have someone else cut it for you. If you think this might become a thing, and once you start playing with a cutter it probably will, they are addicting and you're always finding new ways to use vinyl, you'll probably appreciate a step up from the MH. Not knocking the MH. I've been using one as a hobbiest for several years now and once I got over the learning curve, got things dialed in, and learned the machines limitations I've been quite happy with it.
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    Initializing cutter error

    Did you plug the usb cable back into the same usb port? It's stupid, but it does make a difference.
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    Brand new 721 not working?

    That star in square design is the default test of the cutter, no software involved. If that isn't coming out right nothing will.
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    Cut issue

    That myth just won't die. You only need enough blade to cut through the vinyl, that is typically around 0.004" thick. For comparison, credit cards are about 0.03".
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    cutting small letters

    3/8" should be doable, but it will take some patience to get everything dialed in to get good constant cuts with a MH. As Skeeter says, first step is getting the blade depth correct. Once that, set the speed to as slow as the cutter goes. Then get the offset dialed in. You'll want to add a bit of over cut, done in the software. Once you get it cutting good, you can then increase the speed in small steps to try and cut faster but there will be a point where you'll start loosing quality.
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    cutting small letters

    How small of letters are you trying. There is a limit and if might just be too small.
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    Brand new 721 not working?

    Do you have the pressure rollers over the grit rollers?
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    Brand new 721 not working?

    And I hate to tell you this, but the MH is only an upgrade over a cricut in terms of size and maybe software you can use with it. The Cricut has better cut detail.
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    Keep turning off and

    You get that quick flash then it turns off? Then if you switch it off and back on it happens again? I would suspect the power supply has gone bad, but that's just a guess.
  23. I'll use it to measure scraps but yeah, never use it to line anything up.
  24. I put clear scotch tape over mine so I could still see the ruler.
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    Software For Complex and Intricate shapes

    Inkscape does have a script to join segment ends. It works pretty well but does take some tweaking to get it right and will probably still need to do some node editing to get it just right.