If you plan to cut large items from vinyl, then today’s post will definitely be of interest to you.
Power Weed is a function in KNK Studio which allows allows you to sort of “chop up” the waste part of your vinyl for easier removal. This is important because (1) you do have to remove the waste first from the backing sheet, leaving your cut letters or images and (2) if you’re not careful, the waste vinyl might flip over onto your nicely cut images and stick!
So, have a look at today’s video and let me know if you have any questions!
Yes… make absolutely sure that the blade tip isn’t too low… nor too long. I’ve had the same thing happen and vinyl seems very sensitive to even the least little scratch.
This power weed is indeed a blessing, and Sandy, you’re a fabulous instructor!!! But i found that my knife is leaving a VERY thin trail above the vinyl. (i didn’t see this happening on paper tho) … do i need to raise the knife a smidge more when doing vinyl?
One little warning on power weed… if it’s a big project, the weeding cuts may get off and extend into your letters/images on one side and miss on the other (because the weeding cuts happen last and the vinyl may not roll back exactly to the same place it started). It doesn’t cause a big problem if you don’t mind the little cuts since you usually won’t see them after you’ve applied the vinyl, but I had it cut through some small little pieces once on a huge curly monogram (bad weed planning on my part). Mostly it’s irritating, but when I’m in perfectionist mode I can’t stand to have tiny cuts into my work. You can power weed individual pieces and rearrange the order things cut to minimize misalignment, but sometimes that’s more work than the extra effort on the weeding end.
I love it when I come up with something that everyone can really use. Sometimes it’s just not obvious to me what’s needed.
Sandy, you are the biggest jewel in the crown of cutter gurus. I appreciate you and all of the knowledge you share.
Doreen aka: Creative Monkey
Wow Sandy! I’m so glad you posted this video. This little tip is going to make my weeding soooo much easier and faster. I’ve been using a utility knife to do this same thing after I cut my project.
Rhonda (aka Mim)
When it’s a very specific topic like this and there aren’t a bunch of exceptions, it goes pretty fast! Some videos take 5 minutes… others can take weeks!
Glad this will help you!
Sandy you ROCK. Thank you so much. I got some vinly a while back but haven’t even tried to use it yet. Now I am ready to go. You amaze me at how fast you can do a video.