These tips on how to successfully weed small designs with your Silhouette Cameo will help you keep your sanity while learning actionable tips to get a clean cut and easy weed for your projects!
Please tell me that I am not the only one who dreads cutting small intricate designs with my Silhouette!
And let’s be honest here, the worst part about cutting small designs isn’t the actual cutting part (though it is annoying). It’s weeding it all.
Then, getting those small pieces of the inside of the letters stuck on other pieces of the design. UGH. And then having to pick it off and hope to the Silhouette gods that it won’t wrinkle or ruin the letter it’s stuck to.
I’m seriously getting mad just thinking about all the times that’s happened to me. It’s so annoying! 🤣
But I promise that you can successfully weed small designs. It just took me years to figure it out before I could pass along the information.
I’ve owned my Silhouette for 3 years and I still am learning new tricks every time I use my machine.
For three years I’ve gotten frustrated and angry because my cuts never worked the first time. I wasted materials, time, and my sanity trying to get it all to work. And then I’d get upset because I couldn’t figure out why other crafters had such an easy time while I was on the struggle bus.
It seemed unfair.
But really, I was just feeling sorry for myself. I know I’m not the only one that fails (far from it) but sometimes you just have to throw a pity party and then move on.
Still, it was annoying I had to recut this design 5 times before it worked. And I had already cut a similar design for a friend the day before perfectly fine.
The biggest problem I have when it comes to my projects is that I rush through them. I like to do things quickly so that I can be done and move on to the next thing.
I know I should double check all my cut settings before I hit SEND but I always forget because of how fast I move through things.
To be honest, this is bad for weeding for two reasons: (1) Cutting your design too fast will cause you to lose pieces, and (2) if you don’t click double cut you’re more likely to not get a clean cut the first time around (and you’ll waste vinyl).
The other big part of getting a clean cut is making sure that if you’re tracing an image, the trace is clean.
I will admit that this is something I really struggle with. I bought this file off of Etsy and had so much trouble tracing it in my software. The ‘made with love’ text was a butt to trace and it always came out weird. Even now it’s not perfect, but it was as good as I could get.
Anytime you trace something I encourage you to zoom in and check out how the letters came out. If they look rounded where they shouldn’t be or have parts missing, delete and retrace. Play with the settings until you’re happy.
And also, double check once you get to the SEND screen. The red outline will tell you where your Silhouette will cut and looking at it closely will tell you if you’re going to get a clean cut or not.
Don’t be like me. Slow down and double check things. This’ll help you not waste materials in the long run.
These how to successfully weed small designs tips are:
- simple tricks for quick and easy cuts,
- helpful so you don’t waste materials, and
- easy to implement
Ready to successfully weed small designs? Let’s go!
Now let's put the vinyl on your board!
But, this really does help stop it from happening often!
Like with anything else there is a learning curve and you’ll find that some tips work better for your workflow than others. Try many different things until one sticks!
And then come back and tell me which tips worked for you!
Want more vinyl crafts to try these out on? These are some favorites around here!
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- Decorate your Disney Magic Bands with Vinyl, and
- Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft
This is part one (of a four part) how-to series here on the blog! Next week we’re going to talk about transfer tape and how to use it to get the most out of each roll!