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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  5. 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.
  7. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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    Creation Kingcut

    Is USB the only connection on the cutter? If it has a serial port give that a try, you don't need a driver to talk over the serial port.
  18. Really? What are you using to vectorize? Would love to see an example of text you traced with no problems.
  19. Are you sure you're connecting to the serial port and not the Parallel port? Most RS-232 serial ports are a 9 pin D-sub connector. I'm not seeing anything in the manual about null modem vs straight cable so I'm assuming straight. If that is the case and the genders match up you should be able to plug that trip lite cable directly into the plotter.
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    If you buy any clip art be sure to read the license. Often times people will sell clip art but you're are not legally allowed to reproduce it to sell. Also, not all clip are are created equal, they might look good in a document or on the screen, but when you start looking at the actual vector lines they can be crap and will cut poorly. I only do this as a hobby and I'm a big fan of Inkscape. It is a little limited in manipulating text and fonts compared to a true sign design program, but so far it has been able to do everything I've needed. Any while learning any new program is a pain, Inkscape is pretty intuitive to me and can't be beat for the price. You can even cut directly from Inkscape, although it is pretty limited and not as straight forward as a true cutting program.
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    Vinylmaster Cut

    Can you post a photo? What happens if you rotate the direction of the letters? Does it only do it on letters or do shapes come out wrong as well? What software are you using? Mac or PC? USB or Serial?
  22. Does the on board test cut work correct? If it does, you have a software/setting problem, if it does not you have a hardware problem.
  23. From just a general trouble shooting stand point, sounds like something has slipped off. You're probably going to need to open it up and look around, find what is making the whirring noise then figure out what should be connected to it. I don't own a Titan though so maybe someone that has one has a bit more insight.
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    how to separate colors?

    In the vector window, on the bottom left you can change the number of colors you want look at, then on the right side is a drop down to select how many colors you want to vector. Once vectored you can ungroup the image and them move individual sections around.
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    Now we know that can't be right, it's way to sensible be law.