Cut It Out! Brothers 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!

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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