what to do with cut files

Cut File Information, FAQ and Tips

Feel free to use this page for any of our cut file designs. Don’t worry about losing this page, as we will send you an email with this information as well. We want you to have the best experience possible, so we are including quite a bit of info for you here. 🙂

  • The individual designs in SVG and DXF will be the most used formats. When
    downloading these zipped folders, you must unzip/extract before trying to open the designs in your software. They will not appear in your folder unless you unzip the files.
  • How do I Extract/Unzip my files?
    • Right click on the zipped folder that you downloaded and select Extract All. This will unzip your files and put them in a usable folder. Make sure you remember where the folder saves to so that you can then upload them to your design space.
  • What do I need all these files for?
  • What types of Vinyl Do I use
    • Heat transfer vinyl (HTV)—vinyl that you use to put designs on
      clothes, fabric bags, or other fabric crafts (this is our main focus).
    • Adhesive vinyl—vinyl that you can use for signs, wooden crafts, glass,
      mugs, or even walls (special type).
  • Things to remember specifically for working with heat transfer vinyl for application on clothing…
    • You will want to make sure that your shinny (sometimes more colorful
      or pretty) side will go down on your mat before cutting.
    • You will want your design to be mirrored so that when you iron your
      design onto your fabric, the words read correctly. Sometimes you will
      have to select your entire design and flip horizontally. Some cutting
      machine software will flip it for you or remind you to mirror before
      you cut.
  • What do I do after my design has cut?
    • You will weed your design. This is the process of removing the vinyl
      that is not a part of your design. Think of your design as the flowers
      in a garden and you are weeding out the unnecessary weeds. I usually
      trim around the outside of my design with sissors first before
      weeding.
    • It is easier to remove the inner parts of the letters and designs first
      before your backing is all sticky.
    • Use a weeding tool. Sometimes tools like seam rippers or even sewing
      needles or pins for fine intricate designs are very useful.
    • Weed by starting at a corner and pull the vinyl into the letter cavities
      like shown in the video below. This will help the design not to tear.
    • Weeding Video
  • How do I put my design on a t-shirt or onesie?
    • Once your design has been weeded, it will be sticky on one side. If
      you look at the smooth side, your design will read correctly.
    • I always wash my fabric first, but I know people who swear by not
      washing. However, fabric sometimes shrinks and the vinyl can get
      twisted or misshapen by fabric shrinkage.
    • I use a home iron for my application. You want to make sure that your
      iron’s steam feature is turned off. I iron or heat up my fabric by
      ironing it before placing my design sticky side down. This gets rid of
      any moisture that might be trapped in the fabric.
    • I do not use an ironing board because you want pressure from both you pushing down on the iron and pressure from the back like a hard
      surface. I have a ceramic tile I bought from a hardware shop that I
      like to use in the middle of the shirt. For onesies which are too small
      for my ceramic tile, I use a wooden cutting board inside the onesie.
    • You will want a heat resistant sheet in between your iron and your
      vinyl. I use a Teflon sheet for mine, but you can also use parchment
      paper.
    • You want to press downward for about 10 seconds in each section of
      your design. Pull your carrier sheet off the design. Iron again with
      your parchment paper making sure all the edges are pressed down
      firmly and do not come up when you run your hand over them. I use a
      flashlight to see if I see the fabric grain lines through my vinyl. This
      tells me that my vinyl has sufficiently bonded to my fabric.
    • Heat Transfer Vinyl Application Video

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