Grouping VS Welding – Silhouette Studio

Grouping Vs Welding

I am part of a Facebook group where Silhouette beginners can come and show projects or ask questions, especially if they are having difficulty on a project. One of the most common questions I see are about welding or grouping. It seems a lot of other Silhouette users are confused on the difference. So… let’s go over each option and some uses for them.

Group

Grouping is when you want to keep letters/shapes together allowing it easier to move around the design area without worrying you missed a part of the design. When using grouping, all lines will still be cut even if they are overlapping. Think of grouping like its a paper clip, keeping all the papers together but still ultimately separate.

The option of group/ungroup is available when you highlight all the parts of the design you want to group together. You can do this by clicking and dragging the cursor over all the parts of the design. Or you can hold down shift while clicking on each element you want to group. Once all elements are highlighted, you will right click on any part of the design and click Group to make it one or Ungroup to release to multiple elements.

I love using the group/ungroup tool when I’m working on multiple designs at once. If I want to keep each design in its on little pod, I will use group so I can move it all at once. It eliminates the need to highlight everything you want to move, every time you want to move it without leaving any part of the design behind. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed an apostrophe or period when I try and move a design in the design space. While using group, you can forget about this problem!

Welding

Welding is when you want to fuse multiple elements of your design that are overlapping, creating one fluid design. It is important to note that welding is permanent, you cannot unweld like you can ungroup. Think of welding like it is glue making everything one.

TIP: If you are unsure if you want to weld, copy and paste an extra copy of the design so if you mess up you have the original to work with.

To get to the Welding tool, you can highlight all parts of the design (like you do in grouping) then on the right side, find the Modify Panel (the icon looks like a Rectangle and Circle intersecting), and in the new pop-up window click Weld. Or you can right click on the design when it is highlighted and find Weld.

The most common use for welding is when I’m using a script or cursive font. If you cut the script font without welding it will cut each letter individually. You will have overlapping lines which will result in your design looking choppy.

Check out this quick video on the differences! I hope this help clears up a lot of questions! If you have any more please comment below and I’d be happy to answer them!

How it all started…

Back in 2012, I was a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of my best friends from college. I was searching Pinterest for a personalized wedding gift and came upon something that was super cute. I thought to myself, “I could totally make that!”. This is my downfall: when I find something I like, I always want to make it myself.

I wanted to try a floating frame with the couple’s last name in one color and then ‘EST’ with the wedding date below it in another color. I thought I could just print it out on a piece of paper and use an X-Acto knife to cut out the letters carefully. BAM! it would be done! Well… that’s not exactly how it worked out.  I printed it out on thin printer paper then tried the first letter of their last name. It was a DISASTER! The paper kept ripping and the parts I was able to cut showed white and it looked so crooked. I couldn’t give this to my friend! I was so sad because I wanted to make her a special gift but I didn’t have the right tools to get it done.

Months later, I saw a Facebook post about a Silhouette Cameo. I decided to look it up and I instantly fell in love! I begged my fiance (now husband) to buy it! We decided it would help our wedding a lot if I could make my own decorations, especially the invitations.

Unfortunatly, the Cameo came at a significant price (especially when you’re not far out of college and planning a wedding) but I could imagine making a bunch of things with it. I waited until Cyber Monday came around and got a great deal!

I was so excited when it arrived in the mail! I opened it up and it was so pretty. But how in the world do I make anything with it? Sure, it looked great and I could make a ton of things, but I was new at it and had no clue how it worked. I tried making a few things and after a while I started to become more confident. I made A LOT of mistakes. At times I would give up and try again in a few days (I’ve learned so much in the six years I’ve had my machine).

I made shirts for my nephew and posted a few pictures on Facebook and got a few people interested in what I was making. I decided to set up an Etsy shop if other people were interested in what I was making.  At this point, I was married and had a full time job. I was doing my business on the side.

When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I decided I would quit my full time job once our little girl arrived in 2015. I was excited that I could focus on more on my business. I wanted to go full-on legit. I registered my business and opened a business account; I’ve been working on it full time ever since.

Now with two kids, it can be difficult to find the time but I thoroughly enjoy being creative. I have always been a creative person, but since becoming a mom my priorities have changed. I think I need that time to help with me feel like myself.

I love working with customers who have their own ideas and making it come to life! They can come to me with a small idea or a big idea and we work together to make it the best as we can.

My goal is to help you create projects and gifts without having to buy the expensive vinyl cutter and spending months (and years) learning how to use it. I want you to be creative and allow me to help you make your ideal project. You will be able to take pride in the fact you created it yourself. And when someone asks, “where did you get that?”, you can smile and say, “I made it!”

Can I help you with a project or gift? Check out my Etsy shop or email me. I’d love to help you!