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Talk to me like I'm a 5th grader - from the beginning

I have had my Zing for a long time, BUT have not used it.....AT ALL! I have no idea how to cut.  I just want to cut, right now, 3"x3" squares from a 8.5"x11" card stock paper.
Can someone just tell me plainly how to do this before I throw this machine against the wall??????

Thank you.


  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 3,378
    edited October 2017
    Do you have a copy of the user manual
    The user manual set out step by step how to use your cutter
    I afraid there no way to avoid this step
    If you have any questions ask here we will help
    If you done all that and performed the practice cutting tasks
    and this is a MTC design question we can help with that to


    I Use Zing Air, Make The Cut - Pop Card Studio, WinXP- Win7 -Win10
    Paper Modellers I Revere Marc Hagan-Guirey ----- Yoshinobu Miyamoto ----- Peter Dahmen
    Gallery ID #26944 ----- Link to My Cloud Have a Look your Welcome to Make Use of the Files
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,063
    @pamipoo - follow Crazy Mr Zing's suggestion, and read the User Manual. It has step by step instructions.
  • Di-liteDi-lite Member Posts: 3,407
    Follow the manual as far as you can and then shout if you need help.  Plenty of people to help here - don't let it beat you.  If you can't get it to do what it says you should do after two tries ask.  You have a lot of friends here willing you on.
    Have fun, Di, ID 14610
    UK, Cameo, Serif Draw, Win10.
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    Feel free to use anything in these links.
  • leslie6111leslie6111 Member Posts: 2,366
    Once you follow the manual and get your cutter working here is a 3 inch square file
  • 1cardcreator1cardcreator Member Posts: 835
    @pamipoo, have you figured it out yet?  I'm not too good with manuals myself.  If you still need some help I would be happy to do a 2way Skype call to help you get started, we can both see each others machines and what we are doing.  Once you learn a few basics your confidence will help you learn the rest.  Good luck and let me know.  PS if you respond using @in the beginning of the name that person will get a notification that you are talking to them.  I wrote this to @Pamipoo so you should have a notification.  Good luck, I hope you get it going. ~Diane
  • pamipoopamipoo Member Posts: 8
    Ok so Cry_Mr_Zing, thank you for your advice and the link to the users manual - when I click the link, it comes up "blocked", so here I am. A few months ago I copied a 300 page "KNK ZING and ZING AIR with Sure Cuts A Lot" document. Is THIS the manual you are referring to?
  • pamipoopamipoo Member Posts: 8
    Sorry I meant @Crazy_Mr_Zing - not Cry......
  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 3,378
    Sure Cut a lot is a different program to Make the Cut

    I assumed you were using Make the Cut since this is the Forum for Make the Cut ?
    Try this link to the Zing User Manual Page
    If you using Make the Cut I would recommend choosing
    Zing and Zing Air with MTC User Manual – PDF Format

    I Use Zing Air, Make The Cut - Pop Card Studio, WinXP- Win7 -Win10
    Paper Modellers I Revere Marc Hagan-Guirey ----- Yoshinobu Miyamoto ----- Peter Dahmen
    Gallery ID #26944 ----- Link to My Cloud Have a Look your Welcome to Make Use of the Files
  • MeFlickMeFlick Member Posts: 9,163
    Since you are struggling with the Zing cutter, and the manuals were written by Sandy, let's call her into the thread @SandyMcC . Not sure why you would be blocked from the UMs on her site. Perhaps your anti-virus software is blocking it for some reason. Unfortunately your title of the thread doesn't really indicate what you need help with so she has probably missed this thread.

    We do need you to clarify, are you trying to use the Make The Cut software (on who's support forum you are on) or SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) software since you indicate that is the manual you were trying to download.
    Go Vols!
    Cutting with 18" Silver Bullet and a KNK Force (the rest are collecting dust!)
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,433
    I can't imagine why anyone would be blocked from my site. It's certainly not something I would do intentionally to anyone.  Can you bring up the home page?


    Also, when you say you "copied" the manual, I hope you just mean downloaded it? 

    Finally, I agree with the need to clarify which software you're using. I have Zing manuals for both programs on the same page at my site.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit
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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,063
    If the link is blocked to Sandy's website, then its on your end. Are you trying to get there from a work location? A business may block users from visiting what they consider to be nonviable websites - ie ones that are not required for their employees to do business, other than that it could be overly stringent settings on a router or firewall. Try googling I LOVE KNK and click to Sandy's site from a link there. If you are using Chrome and antivirus, it may give green checkmarks for websites that are checked as safe.
  • 1cardcreator1cardcreator Member Posts: 835
    @BrendaS ; Thank you for the compliment on my cards.  I read @pamipoo was unsure if she had MTC or SCAL.  I have not used SCAL since I got my Zing and MTC so I don't think I remember enough to help her on SCAL.  But I would love to help her get started with MTC.  I'm an impatient learner, I needed to get a small grasp on the program to want to take time to understand the videos.  When I started I was so overwhelmed by all of it that I got hung up more on what I didn't understand, than to take the time to try what I did understand.  I hope she finds her way, its a real pleasure to create with MTC and my Zing.  ~Diane
  • 1cardcreator1cardcreator Member Posts: 835
    @BrendaS That must look really cool!  I have not tried anything that ambitious!  I am lucky I have mine set up in an extra bedroom but when the kids come to town its a nightmare to make room for the little ones in here, and to find anything in here for a month afterward, lol.   Im working on my Christmas cards, getting ready for a craft show.  Last year was my first craft show and I did OK so I will try again this year.  ~Diane
  • Chubby_NinjaChubby_Ninja Member Posts: 55
    I have to say I applaud all of you for the help you are giving.

    I think most software like MTC, SCAL and SS are like bikes, once you learn one you basically learn them all and you never forget how to ride a bike. My partner was struggling with SS and so I bought her MTC, she took to it like a duck to water, this surprised me as I thought she'd struggle a bit but she loved it.

    MTC could be greatly improved with a few tweaks and I hope it gets a native mac version one day, Silhouette while it looks pretty just isn't my cup of tea and SCAL is the love child of MTC and silhouette lol!
    iMac 27inch Late 2015 Fully Loaded, Dell Inspiron 5767 17inch laptop.
    Affinity Designer, Illustrator CC, Inkscape, Sketchup, C4D, Blender.
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