Silhouette Cameo and Cricut business owners usually purchase vinyl in rolls rather then sheets, because it is cheaper. Unfortunately, most heat transfer vinyl sold in rolls comes wider than 12 inches. It can be time consuming to use scissors, a rotary cutter, or guillotine cutter to cut down your vinyl rolls. To save time, I usually cut down my rolls as soon as they arrive with a table saw. Yes, you read that right, I use a table saw! Here’s how:
How to Easily Cut Down Vinyl Rolls with a Saw
Step 1) Make sure the vinyl is rolled very tightly. Using tape (I use painter’s tape), tape the roll together on both ends.
Step 2) Use a permanent marker to mark where you will cut the vinyl roll. I usually purchase 15 inch rolls and cut them down to 13 inches. 13 inches still fits on a Silhouette or Cricut mat well or feeds into a Silhouette Cameo without a mat. Tip: You could also purchase 24 inch rolls and cut them in half to make 12 inch rolls!
Step 3) Cut the vinyl roll down. I use a table saw, but you could also use a circular saw. If you aren’t comfortable with power tools, you could probably use a hacksaw (depending on the thickness of the roll).
That’s it – it’s just that easy to save time in your Silhouette or Cricut business.
Let me know in the comments – how do you buy vinyl: rolls or sheets?
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