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One Click Trick to Cutting Tiny HTV and Vinyl Designs and Text

If you've ever weeded really small vinyl or heat transfer vinyl designs you know the struggle is real to keep all the cuts on the backing and not pulling up with the excess.  Today I'm going to share a one click trick in Silhouette Studio that will solve this issues about 99% of the time!

Cutting small HTV, HTV, heat transfer vinyl, Silhouette tutorial

A few weeks ago I shared a tutorial on making DIY custom koozies with heat transfer vinyl.  One of the koozies had really small text.  The first time I cut the text it cut fine, but when I weeded it more than half of the letters peeled up with the excess vinyl. Giant fail.

Cutting small HTV, HTV, heat transfer vinyl, Silhouette tutorial

I know better than this which is why I was annoyed with myself.   It's just one click of the mouse that makes all of the difference with tiny intricate designs like this.

I re-loaded my Silhouette cutting mat with a new piece of heat transfer vinyl and this time from the Cut Settings Window I clicked "Heat Transfer Vinyl - Smooth" used the new scroll bar to scroll down and checked the box for double cut.

Cutting small HTV, HTV, heat transfer vinyl, Silhouette tutorial, Silhouette Studio

This time, I weeded with NO problems...look at the difference and all I did was double cut the one on the left.  The blade depth, speed, and pressure all stayed the same. My material and the mat and the size of my design - all the same. The only thing that changed was a double cut.  

Cutting small HTV, HTV, heat transfer vinyl, Silhouette tutorial

If you have really detailed and delicate areas you may want to reduce the speed as well.

In addition, to make weeding vinyl or HTV even easier on yourself, remove the excess vinyl/htv starting from the corner and pulling in a diagonal direction.

Cutting small HTV, HTV, heat transfer vinyl, Silhouette tutorial, koozie

 And to see how I added the 'Sharpie-ish' name, check out the custom koozie tutorial here.

Cutting small HTV, HTV, heat transfer vinyl, Silhouette tutorial


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15 comments

  1. Awesome. The end to wasting vinyl. This has been an ongoing issue that I didn't know how to resolve. Thank you!

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  2. I just finished a large order of banner flags which had VERY small wording on them and after much wasted vinyl I started playing with settings and came up with this same answer. It wasn't perfect but did simplify the process tremendously. I still had to piece in some letters but not whole wasted sheets of vinyl.

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  3. Help! I am cutting Oracal651 with a new blade set on 2, speed 2 thickness 5. I really don't need the little letters just the shadow that they make and all the little parts (like the insides of the a and e or the lines for x and w.) I guess the blade is dragging these parts out of place. Double cutting didn't work either. : ( What should I do? New font? Thanks in advance for your help!

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    1. try making thinckness 11 or 12

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    2. besides playing with the settings always check the blade for "clogs". When I notice the blade is dragging it is usually because it no longer swivels due to tiny piece of finyl in the opening. The new blades unscrew to clean - also use magnifier to see- sometimes hard to sii I tiny piece from a small e or other letter in the tip.

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  4. I've not used this but does this not cause the carrier to be cut through?

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  5. you make having a silhouette soooo much more enjoyable because I don't have to figure everything out. Thank you!

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  6. I guess right, but it doesnt work for me. sigh

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  7. What if you are using regular vinyl and not HTV?

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