March 18, 2011
Did you know that you can apply new adhesive to your cutter mats? I’ve been doing this for years and it works great. There are several different adhesives that you can use. Here is a list of some of them:
- Repositional spray adhesive (Krylon makes one, not sure what other brands are available)
- Basting spray (It’s in the fabric section)
- Xyron re-positional adhesive for the sticker makers, or re-positionable glue runners
- Zig 2 Way glue (I’ve been told they have a wide marker, I tried the chisel tip on a smaller area)
- Aleene’s Tack-It Over and Over diluted with equal parts water (I use a foam brush to paint it on)
Here are the basic steps for any of the adhesives:
- Clean your mat. You can use baby wipes or wash the mat with soap and water. Let the mat dry. This works great in between applications too since it removes all of the extra paper bits and lint sticking to the adhesive.
- If you are using a spray, mask off the edges of your mats.
- Apply your choice of adhesive, then let dry if needed.
- Most of these adhesives will leave your mat overly sticky, so pat the mat all over with your hands to reduce the stickiness.
I have tried several of these, but my favorite is Aleene’s Tack-It Over and Over. It does have a longer dry time, but you don’t need to mask your edges (just be careful with your foam brush) and it doesn’t have fumes like the sprays. I’m all for the quick and easy! I have a container that I use to store the diluted Aleene’s and the foam brush I use to apply it. When I need to re-apply adhesive I just get out my container and I’m ready to go with no prep time. :)
August 4, 2010
I found three more new features in SCAL 2.021.
One is the ability to open more than one SCUT2 file at a time. If you click on the Import svg button or use Import from the file menu you can open multiple SCUT2 files. Each one will open in a new page, but if you want them on the same page you can copy and paste them where you want them.
The font list is now alphabetical, no more lower case font names at the bottom of the list.
The other new feature is the ability to simplify your cutting files. Here is how you use it.
- Select the Path that you want to simplify and from the menu use Path/Simplify.
- A dialog will appear. You can change how severe the simplification by increasing or decreasing the threshold. Click on Preview to see the change. The number of nodes is shown above both the before and after images. A higher threshold will result in more nodes being removed, but can cause distortion of the shapes. Click OK when you like the results.
- This is what my simplified text looks like using the default of 50. It originally had 623 nodes and the simplified letters had 194 nodes and will cut faster than the original.
I have updated my original post on the SCAL 2.021 update to include all of the features that I found after I wrote that post.
August 3, 2010
I found another new addition to SCAL 2.021 today. For those of you familiar with Inkscape, this would be the same as Path/Combine. It doesn’t change the cutting lines, just the fill settings. This is really useful when working with paper piecing files to combine pieces together into one layer.
Here is an example of how it works.
Shapes before using Object Merge
- Shapes after using Object Merge