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