Cut It Out! Brother’s Innovation for Applique

We heard a lot of buzz about Brother’s revolutionary ScanNCut at International Quilt Market. This machine can quickly convert patterns, drawings and more into applique fabric patches. The built-in 300 DPI scanner will scan your images, then precisely cut the pieces for you. What a great tool for applique enthusiasts!

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Brother ScanNCut

To see how it works, I played with the ScanNCut using Nancy Mahoney’s Apple Cider quilt from the Sept/Oct ’14 issue of Quiltmaker.

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Apple Cider by Nancy Mahoney for Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct ’14 issue

After setting up the ScanNCut, the first step was scanning the pattern image. I selected “Scan” from the Home screen on the Operation Panel, then I attached the pattern to a low tack mat, inserted it into the feed slot and pressed the Feed button.

1 300x216 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueBecause I was using a pattern for fusible applique, I selected “Scan to Cut Data” on the operation panel, and then pressed the Start button.

2 300x212 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueWhen scanning was done, the image appeared on the screen. To create cutting lines around the patches, I selected the “Region Detection” icon. I saved the scanned image into the memory and unloaded the mat and pattern.

3 300x214 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueThe next step was preparing the fabric. I applied the fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric and removed the paper backing. Fabric is adhered (fusible side down) to the standard mat. I inserted the mat into the ScanNCut and pressed the Feed button.

4 300x221 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueBecause not all of the patches will be cut from this fabric, I needed to edit the pattern next. On the Home screen, I selected the “Pattern” icon.

5 300x233 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueI selected “Saved Data” from the next screen, then located my pattern image.

6 300x228 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueWhen the edit screen appeared with the entire image, I deleted the patches I didn’t need to cut, made multiples of patches and arranged them for the most efficient cutting. I was only cutting circles from the dark brown fabric–I needed 4 of the largest and 4 of the smallest.  I selected “OK” to save my work.

7 300x222 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueThe screen shows the patch layout. I selected “Cut” and pressed the Start button.

8 300x209 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueI was amazed at how quickly the pieces were cut. When the ScanNCut finished, I unloaded the mat and peeled away the excess fabric.

9 300x224 Cut It Out! Brothers Innovation for AppliqueThe fusible web adheres to the mat really well, which helps with the precision cutting. I used their spatula to carefully remove the patches.

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So simple! Just repeat a few steps—prep fabrics, edit and cut—and my patches are ready to applique in record time.

To download the Apple Cider pattern image, go to quiltmaker.com/scanfriendly.

For more information about the Brother ScanNCut, visit brother-usa.com/scanncut. You’ll find video tutorials and creative ideas for applique and so much more!

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Applique lovers might enjoy these additional items:

Easy Wool Applique free tutorial

How to Keep Fusible Applique Soft free tutorial

 Applique Inspiration: See QM’s Year of Applique Pinterest Board

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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6 Responses to Cut It Out! Brother’s Innovation for Applique

  1. Zel.boake says:

    Hi, I have the same problem. I would like to cut fabric without a backing, however at my first attempt I destroyed the very flimsy and good for nothing sticky film. I am now trying loads of starch and stabilizer, uses a lot and it seems that I am going to need loads of blades, sooo expensive. What a shame no one answered your question.

  2. Peta says:

    I have purchased a Scan’n'cut & truly love it, except for one thing. I really need to know what fusible web you use. I have tried so many & and the edge of the fabric is always pulled. I see you also used the standard mat. Will remember that. Please help me I am getting really sick of this problem. Thanks Peta

  3. Peta says:

    I have purchased a Scan’n'cut & truly love it, except for one thing. I really need to know what fusible web you use. I have tried so many & the edge of the fabric is always pulled. I see you also used the standard mat. Will remember that. Please help me I am getting really sick of this problem. Thanks Peta

  4. Michele says:

    How often do you have to change the blades on this machine? Also, I’m confused as to whether I should get the Scan n Cut or the AccuQuiltGO. I don’t know enough about either one to make an educated decision.

    • Sheree says:

      What type of quilting/sewing do you do? Having both Accuquilt GO! and the Brother Scan N Cut, I would get the Scan N Cut first. Then save for the GO! The SNC is terrific for cutting varying sizes of a shape, of one layer of fabric at a time. The GO dies are not resizable – you must buy a die if you want a shape a different size, and you can only choose from the sizes that the GO offers. Also, it is so easy to convert a picture and/or a machine embroidery applique design into a cutting file. I’ve steered away from the applique technique since you usually have to hand cut in advance (using paper to trace, etc) or carefully cut around the applique shape in the hoop and hope it lines up when you’re done. But now, there are several ways to get that machine embroidery applique shape to cut perfectly. I’m loving that part. Embroidery designers are even starting to add the Brother .fcm cutting file with their designs!
      However, if you want to cut up to six layers of quilting fabric at a time, quickly and easily, then the GO is the favorite. It does seem silly to need a GO to cut when you could use a rotary cutter for most chores, but I sometimes have “slippage” and it is much easier on my wrists. Also, if you are into rag quilts, the dies are truly a God-send.

  5. Christa says:

    Our guild purchased one this year and it has been making its rounds. It can do so many amazing things!! Well worth the money in our opinion!!

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