If you’ve ever tried to shave with a dull razor, you know that the consequences can be painful. The same goes for dull or old blades on your vinyl cutter–not only are you making it harder on yourself, you could possibly be ruining graphics, which costs money. When was the last time you changed your blade? If you cut stretchy or thin heat transfer materials, you will probably be even more aware of potential blade-related problems (including weeding). A dull blade is the number one problem people usually have when trying to cut thin, stretchy films. But no matter what you are cutting you simply can’t get good results with an old blade, or with the wrong blade! You also need to change blades when you cut materials that are thicker, like CAD-CUT® Thermo-FLOCK® or Glitter Flake™ or Poly-TWILL™. If you cut a lot of thicker materials, you will probably already have learned this lesson. With stiffer materials, blades break and get duller faster. The type of blade you need not only depends on the type of vinyl cutter you are using, it also depends on what you are cutting. Don’t be afraid of changing your blade to suit the material. Another common problem? Wrong blade depth. Inexperienced cutters have a tendency to load their blades incorrectly. The depth should not be any longer than 1/2 the depth of a credit card. (watch video for clarification) And as Josh also recommends in the video below, remember you may have to change the offset on your machine when you change blades. If you have any questions, we can help. This short video explains a bit more about the importance of the using the right blade.