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  1. I thought Herman Oak only offered one style of English Bridle, but it looks like Weaver and SLC are selling two very different sides of HO English Bridle. Can anyone shed some light on quality differences between these two? In the pictures, Weaver has a finished flesh side, while the SLC flesh side looks undyed or less treated. Weaver also has a Herman Oak style number stamped on it. At a glance it looks like Weaver has the nicer leather, but wanted to hear from anyone that has used these before. $250 /side from SLC: https://www.springfieldleather.com/Hermann-Oak-Bridle-London-Tan?quantity=11&leather-thickness=15 $330 /side from Weaver: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/catalog/item-detail/02-180s-10-12/hermann-oak-english-bridle/pr_26819
  2. Yep, and that's what I've done so far. Just a text annotation. That's probably what I'll go with now to have the first die made, but long term, it's kind of a pain because that dimension text won't auto update as I make changes to the pattern. Another issue, as I add more details to a pattern, it becomes harder to describe which side/shape/line I'm talking about. For now I'll try to put the text as close as possible to the line it's describing. Not sure if the die maker even needs the dimension lines, but it's nice to have the visual confirmation on the intended size. Also, thank you JayEhl for the suggestions. I gave NanoCAD a try. It has a steep learning curve coming from the Adobe product line. It's been a hot minute since I've used AutoCAD, so basic tasks require research. I also tried exporting a PDF from Illustrator, and using the "Measure Tool" built into Acrobat Reader. Acrobat PDF Reader is pretty bare bones, it has a measuring tool exactly like I wanted, but it doesn't let you specify precision or edit the text labels after you draw a dimension line. I'm guessing they want $$$ for Acrobat Pro.
  3. I'm looking to have a handful of clicker dies created and I want to design them myself digitally. Today I used an old copy of Adobe Illustrator to make a pattern, but this version doesn't have a dimensions feature. I'd really like the dimensions to show up on the PDF pattern I give to the die maker. Showing length/height in mm, radius of corners, diameter of the circles, etc. How do you all create die patterns digitally? Are there any free tools you'd recommend?
  4. I could use some experienced perspectives here to make sure I'm considering the right machine features, and to make sure I'm not buying total garbage. I'm in the market for a low-end hot foil stamping machine, which led me to these two options. Both are on Amazon, but I've found it is significantly cheaper to purchase directly from Vevor or ZoneSun (manufacturers) directly. Of the two cheapie brands, these are the nicest machines they sell. #1 Vevor Machine $168 #2 ZoneSun Machine $179 Some Questions: 1. The ZoneSun has a screw-on mount to the hot plate. It allows a brass word tray (with handle) to slide on. The Vevor doesn't have this mount, so character trays have to be bolted on each time. It seems like a big time savings to be able to slide word sets on and off without shutting the machine down to cool first. Is my thinking correct, the ZoneSun has a leg up here? 2. With the ZoneSun's alphabet tray mount, do I have to use their letter holder? Will other alphabet sets fit in the letter holder? 3. The ZoneSun has a slide-able work tray on the bottom. Is this actually useful? Does it cause any accuracy issues with not sliding back into place exactly? 4. Are these machines actually worth buying or just hot garbage? 5. Has anyone purchased from Vevor or ZoneSun directly before? I won't have the return protection Amazon offers. I'm somewhat worried about getting a broken machine and SOL. 6. ZoneSun seems to have a number of different domains and webshops. ZoneSun.com ZoneSunTech.com, etc. Super sketchy to say the least. Experience buying from one of these? 7. Anyone own either machine? Lessons learned, things to avoid, upgrades to make, etc? 8. Any features I'm not considering? Any reason to go with a higher end machine? What would be the next step up?
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