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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:50 pm

Weeding Techniques

I watched the tutorial on here about weeding and it mentions always weeding from right to left (IIRC). Ive been doing a little work tonight and ended up going from left to right as this meant there was less tail ends to deal with (it was a big flame and yes, I know I could have turned it around lol!!).

Anyway, do you all have preferred methods or do people tend to stick to right to left?

Its not really an important question, but I was just interested.
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:00 pm

right to left for me..

I use a knife to flick up the edges....weed with right hand holding down the letters if needs be with my left

then when it comes to the counters... I flick them up with the knife in my right and hold them between finger a thumb on my left hand
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:15 pm

it has been covered many times over, my preferred is right to left I use a dolly needle can't use a knife, make sure you have enough weed borders and away you go :D


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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:18 pm

The tutorial was text based and due to the nature of the alphabet characters, it makes sense to weed right-to-left on account of the open letters like c,e,g....etc. End of the day there is no right or wrong just a preferred method and a faster one.... :lol1: :lol1:

anyway if you rotated the flames through 180 degrees, you could have done it right-to-left!!! Also depends if you are left or right handed too..........
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:19 pm

Method A. Left to right. But then I am left handed.

Method B (preferred). Get somebody else to do it. :D
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:20 pm

Graeme Harrold wrote:
anyway if you rotated the flames through 180 degrees, you could have done it right-to-left!!! Also depends if you are left or right handed too..........


Beat you to it, I stated that in my original post :lol1: :lol1:

Like I said, its not an important question, just one of those things that a newbie thinks about when learning.

I used a stanley knife, what are weeding tools like?
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:21 pm

John Childs wrote:Method A. Left to right. But then I am left handed.

Method B (preferred). Get somebody else to do it. :D


Funnily enough I said to my wife "this is one of those jobs apprentices and YTS lads must dread"
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:26 pm

I love weeding sad I know, if my plotter is running right, and it usually is I can weed all day It is quite therapeutic :roll:


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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:27 pm

John Childs wrote:Method A. Left to right. But then I am left handed.

Method B (preferred). Get somebody else to do it. :D


Me too John, I'm a lefty but I work both ways, left to right Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and right to left Tuesdays and Thursdays :lol1:

On Saturdays I break all the rules and work from the middle out to each end. :wink:
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:30 pm

Text left to right, numbers right to left.
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:34 pm

Jillbeans wrote:Text left to right, numbers right to left.
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I wouldn't have thought of that but it makes sense. I learn something new everyday.

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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:36 pm

right to left for me... but as has been said, do what your most comfortable with, and same with the tool you use.
me, i use a good old genuine metal stanley knife. :D
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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:44 pm

top to bottom or visa versa, is far more efficient.
out of box thinking :D

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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:46 pm

left to right with tweezers, which i find to be very quick...and like glenn i put all my middles in a built up pile on my left hand :D

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Post Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:59 pm

ok sign uk weeding competition's or demos ?I also put middles on my 2nd. finger


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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:00 am

Right to left for me with all fingers and a Stanley knife when I need it.

I certainly don't find weeding a chore, with the right music on in the background it can be a time to contemplate all sorts of things.
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:12 am

Craig Bond wrote: with the right music on in the background it can be a time to contemplate all sorts of things.


yeh...and loud with it too :D

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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:16 am

Working on the bigger stuff is great and as said quite therapeutic. Still hate small text esp the centres as they tend to ping out and ALWAYS land sticky side down............bit like buttered toast :lol1:
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:21 am

Depends on the mood.

I listen to Radio 1 most days but in the afternoon I listen to Classic FM (just to get away from Edith Bowman, who is as interesting as listening to paint dry) I have had some very inspirational afternoons of sign making in all aspects of the job!
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:25 am

Craig Bond wrote:Depends on the mood.

I listen to Radio 1 most days but in the afternoon I listen to Classic FM (just to get away from Edith Bowman, who is as interesting as listening to paint dry) I have had some very inspirational afternoons of sign making in all aspects of the job!

try Weed FM,
great little radio station...

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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:26 am

Quite enjoy weeding to talk radio ....RTE in the mornings Radio 4 in the afternoons.

I use a homemade weeder for the centres....works much better that a knife.......get a clutch pencil, take out the lead and raid the sewing box for a needle...snip needle to desired lenght...insert needle in clutch and voila, instant weeding tool.

p.s. Don't forget the sticky back plastic and say hello to Shep! :D :D
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:31 am

Harry Cleary wrote:Quite enjoy weeding to talk radio ....RTE in the mornings Radio 4 in the afternoons.

I use a homemade weeder for the centres....works much better that a knife.......get a clutch pencil, take out the lead and raid the sewing box for a needle...snip needle to desired lenght...insert needle in clutch and voila, instant weeding tool.

p.s. Don't forget the sticky back plastic and say hello to Shep! :D :D

Harry, good tip as long as you dont have the habit of writing on the back of your hand!

I had a bad experience with grafityps weeding pens.,.,.,.

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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:32 am

Same as Jill for me, Right to left for text and left to right for numbers. For anything else I just have a look before I start and work out the best way to weed.

I have two son's that use to do a bit of weeding for me, they use to offer if I had some that needed doing as they both found it quite therapeutic as well.

Like Graeme said it's just small stuff that can be a bit frustrating sometimes, what Graeme forgot to mention was that the centres that land sticky side down normally end up sticking to another letter so you have to then try and remove it without lifting or damaging the letter underneath :lol1:
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:35 am

Peter Normington wrote:Harry, good tip as long as you dont have the habit of writing on the back of your hand!

I had a bad experience with grafityps weeding pens.,.,.,.

Peter


:D :D :D been there Peter. Thats why its important to make sure it retracts! I have a habit from brush signwriting of putting pencils behind my ear!!!!!! ouch!:o
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:37 am

Peter

Is WEED FM similar to BONG FM

Or am I completely on the wrong track? :D :D
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:43 am

Craig Bond wrote:Peter

Is WEED FM similar to BONG FM

Or am I completely on the wrong track? :D :D


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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:49 am

Typically - top right to bottom left with tweaks & flicks as it comes off to work round any odd characters.

Scalpel with slightly blunted 10A blade...dumping the centres onto my fingers as I go.

Done it this way since day one...not going to change any time soon!
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:55 am

always used a rounded blade scalpel until i started to weed t shirt flex, then needed something different, so ground a watch type screw driver to a point. tool of choice this month.

weed left to right, right to left, top to btm. btm to top. which ever way the letters flow.
but best of all learn how to set the cutter well as that alone will save so much time, effort and bad words.
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:25 am

Being right handed, right to left seems more natural, and also works best on text due to the open letters (as Graeme stated earlier).
It's the opposite for numbers though but I still prefer to work right to left.
Turning the sheet upside down makes numbers much easier as the "open" parts of the numbers are opposite compared to text.
For very small text I pull out any centres first.
Always used tweezers (2 sizes). Tried the knife way but seemed slower to me and prone to getting cuts.
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:23 am

Im a right to left also, I prefer to use a weeding hook, like a dentists hook, nice and accurate on the edges and corners and then put them between thumb and finger on left hand. I always have me music on also.
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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:41 am

Scalpel for me - a little blunt.

Check your software for assistance as well - on flexi there is an easy weed option (which will cut boxes around the words) - although I mainly use the option for horizontal weed lines that automatically puts a line where possible and will let you take off a line at a time quickly.

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Post Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:48 am

Scalpel - again better when a little blunt - and right to left.
Or most of the time I get John to do it! :wink:

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