After 6 years of being a top Etsy seller, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned to having a successful business on Etsy. If I can do it, you can do it! Today I’m sharing my go-to supplies that I use on a daily basis for my business.
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Oracal 651 is the holy grail of vinyl. I use the glossy finish and the cut settings are standard. It’s affordable and you get the same quality every time. No surprises here. There are a variety of sellers. I usually purchase it from Amazon because I’m a sucker for two day shipping.
I use Teckwrap vinyl for all my holographic and chrome needs. Now, I’m going to preface this by saying, they have given me 6 free rolls in the past. It’s not going to sway my opinion. They have the best specialty vinyl… meaning it sticks. The other brands I have used in the past, they just slide right off (not great when you’re trying to sell items). They have so many colors, and just keep coming out with more.
However, it’s very expensive. I usually purchase on Amazon (again, fast shipping) and it’s over $12 for a 12x5ft roll. When I went to purchase from www.teckwrap.com it is $52 for 12×15 ft roll … and yes, that’s way more expensive than Amazon prices.
Finding the right cutting settings is difficult on Teckwrap vinyl. Some have a grid backing, and I have to increase my blade length and force. But some some have a solid white backing, and I have to decrease my force. Either way, it seems to cut too deep making it difficult to adhere to my high tack transfer tape.
But for now, I am going to continue to use their product. For selling reasons, it’s reliable.
I love all the design and color options. I use ExpressionsVinyl for now. They have so many designs including leopard print. A 12×12 sheet of adhesive vinyl will cost you $3.85. They are almost always running a sale and often have free shipping coupons.
The printed vinyl is also a pain to cut. I have to increase my blade length by 1, and usually increase my force by 3. This too makes it cut too deep (anything less will make it not cut at all) making it difficult to weed. It sticks to my high tack transfer tape without any issues and the quality is great overall.
I have been using AT-65 for years. Ask any seasoned adhesive vinyl user… that’s what they use because it works well. It is now classified as a high tack tape (used to be medium, but quality hasn’t changed) and runs $25-30 for 4×300 ft roll. It may seem like a large initial investment. But, I can make about 2,000 Etsy orders with one roll. One Piece can be used over and over. This one will not disappoint.
Other Helpful Tools
I use basic pointy tweezers from CVS. Nothing fancy here. They cost about $3 and work like a dream. I’ve tried other kits and pens, but nothing lives up to standard tweezers.
These little squeegees have changed my vinyl game. They make it easy to get enough force against your vinyl. I love the soft side, which help the vinyl get into tiny grooves and adhere better.
What is your favorite weeding tool is? Drop a comment below and let me know.
Getting started with your plotter can be overwhelming. There are so many options and it’s hard to know which is the best. After using my Silhouette for my business for the past 5 years, I have compiled a list of supplies and materials that I served me well.
What silhouette machine do you recommend?
Here is a breakdown of Silhouette machines.
- This is great for crafters. It’s small but mighty: Silhouette Portrait, 8-inch cutting width
- This is more than sufficient for business: Silhouette Cameo 4 Plus, 12-inch cutting width
- This is a great option if you do 3XL and 4XL shirt designs: Silhouette Cameo 4 Pro, 15-inch cutting width
- Silhouette Cameo 4, 24-inch cutting width (sold out)
What software do you recommend?
I suggest starting with the free version of Silhouette Studio, and then deciding later if you want to upgrade. Silhouette offers four software options:
- Silhouette Studio – Free
- Silhouette Studio Designer Edition – normally $99, on sale here for $29.79
- Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus – normally $99, on sale here for $42.79
- Silhouette Studio Business Edition – normally $99, on sale here for $59.79
You can review the comparison chart here.
Recommended materials, but not required:
- Nicapa Mat 12×12 | Light Grip
- This is the one I use frequently for vinyl: Nicapa Mat 12×12 | Regular Grip
- This is the one I use for leather: Nicapa Mat 12×12 | Strong Grip
- Nicapa Mat 12×24 | Regular Grip
- AutoBlade for Cameo 4
- Ratchet Blade
- This is the one I use frequently for vinyl and leather: Premium Blade
- This one is great for cutting balsa wood and thicket materials: Deep Cut Blade.
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