Post 8: Cutting your Own Vinyl Part II

Last week’s post about hand-cutting your own vinyl got some really good feedback so I thought a “Part II” would be appropriate. I heard from some people who have cutters and love them, I was also called crazy for taking the time to hand-cut my own.

Maybe I am crazy, but I really enjoy cutting my vinyl by hand, it’s therapeutic to me. I lay out in front of my TV with my vinyl, an X-acto, and a beverage or two (that doesn’t sound risky, does it?). Even years later, I can usually remember exactly what was on TV or what I was listening to as I cut each individual part. Not only do I enjoy the process, I take extra pride in them on the car. Yes, I’m keeping an eye out for a cheap, used digital cutter… but no luck yet. In the meantime I’ll keep up with my self guided therapy sessions.

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Vinyl Cutting Therapy Session: Just like this… but with X-Acto blades

As I learn that I may be a bit crazier than I initially thought, I’m hearing from a lot of happy people with their own cutters, despite the initial buy-in cost. The common theme is they bought the cutter, and either did enough cutting to offset the machine cost, or started selling vinyl numbers to pay themselves back. The USCutter Vinyl Cutter MH 34in was mentioned multiple times by people very happy with it. It has a pretty steep initial pricetag, but its 30+ inch by 8 foot max(!!) cutting size can create seriously large stuff.

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These cutters do large cuts, but aren’t cheap and take up a lot of space

I have also heard positive things about the Cricut Explore Air 2 (Mentioned last week). They have a relatively small cutting width compared to the larger units, but have a lower initial price and take up much less room for those of us who may be space limited. Even with a smaller cutting width (about 12″x24″) you can get quite a lot done, even if that means piecing together larger jobs.

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Cricut units are about the same size as a typical home printer

The good things I hear across the popular cutters is the included software makes it all super user friendly and easy to pick up, no matter which one you have… Maybe it is worth a try? I’ll still be on the lookout for a super cheap one on craigslist.

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Hand Cut, Machine Cut, or purchased… find out what works for you

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