Hi all, thanks for the responses so far, really appreciate it!
I’ll take a look at the kerning, but at the same time, I initially tried using one of the easel Pro fonts “great vibes”:
And whilst it has the overlapping line segments, it doesn’t have the same outcome. :\
The font I’m using is Queen of Heaven, and I did it in inkscape.
Basically I typed it out in inkscape, then converted object to path, then saved as dxf.
I also tried svg, but it had the same outcome.
I’m also still confused why the cross on the “t” isn’t appearing when the line does exist in the actual font.