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    Hello from another beginner

    Some people will advise you cutters and vector graphics are not hard. EzPezy they will say. I think they are on drugs. The good stuff. All of this is hard. Super hard? No. But hard enough. Inkscape, CorelDraw, Affinity Designer, Xara Pro, Gravit, what ever cutting software that doubles as design, and Adobe Illustrator are all a step learning curve. I will say I find, and have anecdotal evidence from others that CorelDraw is more intuitive for those just starting. Illustrator just swarms with options.
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    Hello from another beginner

    Inkscape too, is much more like CorelDraw in its node editing than it is like Illustrator. So if you are going Draw, (despite having a Mac,) practice in Inkscape translates over well. Some people run into a few difficulties getting Inkscape running on a Mac. Notably that it requires xquarz to be installed properly and that as Mac systems are high DPI displays, some of the gui in Inkscape might look funny. When they start using gtk3 I think this will be fixed. You can try a bleeding edge developer version if you have the DPI problem with your display, as I think dev versions are built with gtk3.
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    Best Vinyl to use for Polypropylene Bags

    Never done these bags, but polypropylene is going to melt around 330 F. This stuff has a low press temp compared to others, but have never tried it. Limited colors. https://www.cutterpros.com/specialty-materials-polybag-flex-for-polypropylene-bags I have a bit of brand loyalty gong on with Siser. On one of there forums they state this: http://www.siserna.com/heat-apply-htv-heat-sensitive-material/ Maybe someone else has actually done this.
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    Hello from another beginner

    CorelDraw won't run on a Mac unless your using emulation to run Windows inside your Mac like Parallels or Boot Camp. Just an interesting note Corel recently bought Parallels.
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    1973 Mazda RX 3 Graphics

    Unleashed Productions have MX5's but don't seem to have earlier ones. Maybe it would due. Some and I think this one are free. Others you have to buy their package. CorelDraw's Connect library has a 2004 one, if you have access to that. https://vehicle-templates-unleashed.com
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    What do you use?

    I use CorelDraw and Inkscape. CorelDraw it is easier to limit colors. Draw has a different kind of fidelity for how detailed to attempt the trace and how much to smooth it out. Inkscape has better brightness threshold settings. It's stacking ability ins't all that great for making cut ready images, but good if your going for a more photo-realistic effect. Inkscape's autotrace is complex, takes a great deal of dealing with the settings. Draw is nice in that it has many bitmap tools built in, if your trying to tweak the bitmap before tracing. It has a color mode to b/w that can make line art. Works some times before an autotrace. It used to be that Inkscape could not do center-line traces and I only had Draw, but now there is an extension in Inkscape that allows it. The Inkscape centerline trace has more options to fiddle with, making it more versatile and harder to use at the same time. Draw's does reasonably well without all the settings. But center line trace is needed rarely. Like others have said, the bezier pen is the most reliable. Yes it is not push button easy, but it really does not take long to get good at the bezier tool. At first it is awkward and unintuitive. Sometimes it is a combination of both the autotrace and the pen. Sometimes, a dark pen or marker, some tracing paper, (a lightbox if you have it,) and a scanner make an autotrace go much better. Autotrace is not, and probably won't be unless some deep ai network is created, going to ever be more that 15%, manual trace is were it is for now. I don't know I would call that extra work, just normal work. Par for the course.
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    What happened to all-silhouettes.com ?

    Well that sucks.
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    eps files viewed as thumbnail??

    Sagethumbs works here on most of them. Is ghostscript working? Try gsview on one and see if it displays it. If it does, ghostscript probably is working and sagethumbs should too. Eps files can include a prievew, which I think sagethumbs goes to first. But is there is no built in preview, that is when ghostscript is supposed to step up and make one. http://www.ghostgum.com.au/software/gsview.htm
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    SB designs to PNG file

    If no bitpamp output in SB, export as eps and use Inkscape to render it. It is free. That dimension and dpi is going to be over 80mb. Might have to wait a min or three for it to render.
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    Seike SK1350T 54"

    Never tried Artcut. But if Mz Skeeter says it is junk I am inclined to believe her. However, if it does cut, and just sucks at design, then I might be inclined to keep it and get better design software. I am partial to CorelDraw, but Inkscape is free and does everything you could want for a cutter.
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    HTV Bubbling and Wrinkling on 50/50 blend

    I wasn't aware of what a Cricut Easy Press was. I found a video. It's a big hand iron. I change my opinion, to 1) It's probably the big hand iron not being a conventional press. 2) It still might be something to do with shrinking, but maybe a little of the shrinking and the lack of consistent pressure/heat on your iron.
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    Illustrator to VinylMaster

    I will paraphrase the others, and hopefully clarify. Vector file formats can have bitmaps embedded. Thus a vector file can contain non vector components, which obviously your cutter can't deal with. If you have all vectors in your vector file, exporting as a bitmap and then going through the autotrace process again to make vector again is a bad practice. If you have all vectors in the long run you will be much better off using those and not doing the vector to bitmap to vector autotrace dance. Autotrace can fail on an epic scale at times. Best not to count on it and find a better workflow. It might have worked this time, might work the next, but it is foolish to think it will work every time. Maybe in Illustrator you were using some bitmaps and autotrace is the only option. But Illustrator has an autotrace. Why not trace it there and have all true vector before going to VM?
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    HTV Bubbling and Wrinkling on 50/50 blend

    What comes to mind first is the shirts are not pre-shrunk and washing/drying is causing them to shrink. The shirt shrinks but the vinyl doesn't, thus wrinkles. Worse in 100% cotton, but a 50/50 blend can shrink too. Maybe you could find a supplier offering pre-shrunk ones. Pre-shrunk shirts aren't necessarily pre-washed. Some kind of machine is involved in pre-shrinking. You could try pre-washing yourself, but maybe this isn't optimal. Second thing that comes to mind is they got the shirt right from your press quickly and washed them quickly, (the same night.) HTV does better after it has cured for a day or two, the adhesive hardening and sinking into the fibers. Lastly, the brands involved come to mind. What brand of shirt are you using? Some shirt brands are more shrink prone. Thicker HTV while being inferior hand tends to not wrinkle as much. I wonder if normal EZ weed would be better here than EZ weed stretch. Sweaters are not performance material, (for athletic wear,) which EZ weed stretch is meant for.
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    New guy here and ofcourse I have an issue

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    Having a hard time

    Nothing to add about your contour cutting problem but screen shots are really easy. Hit alt+printscreen, goto this website https://onpaste.com, hit ctrl+v, click the "i", get an imgur link. Then there is no distortion problems with taking a camera picture. There are dozens of other utilities too, I like the onpaste one as it produces a shareable link to the screenshot quickly.