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Brother Scan 'n Cut machine


Brother Scan 'n Cut machine

A discussion group for anyone with a Brother Scan 'n Cut machine.

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Started by KATHI KELLY. Last reply by Barbara Winters Dec 8, 2016. 2 Replies

I am so glad to have found this group!I have purchased the scan n cut 2 and am very frustrated. I mainly want it to be able to scan my stamped images and cut them out with a small border.The machine…Continue

2 cutting mat questions

Started by Jayne Linfante. Last reply by SandraMaria Mar 29, 2016. 16 Replies

?1-Anyone have any tricks to re-generate the tackiness of the mat??.  It seems to loose the tackiness too quickly. Yes I cover the mat  with the plastic they give you and clean it off with the…Continue


Started by Denise Best. Last reply by SandraMaria Jan 31, 2016. 3 Replies

So once again I decided to try my machine today for a very simple project. For once it scanned easily because I had a very bold simple image. But could I get it to cut properly? NOOOO! Either it just…Continue

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Comment by Diana Scott on November 30, 2016 at 1:04pm
Shelley, mine will cut fabric also. So it probably is the same as Faith's. Sorry about the typos! Finger on my hand are numb and I hit all the keys, just in the incorrect order. Had surgery to fix but will take some time for the nerves to regenerate!
Comment by Faith on November 30, 2016 at 12:52pm

I have one of the original ones, the one up that cuts fabric. I set it up, but have not used it at all, so it's never been used. If you are going to do like what Diana Scott said and just cut.... I would like to sell mine for $100.00 and the shipping cost... if anyone is interested.


Comment by Diana Scott on November 30, 2016 at 12:07pm
Shelley, yes to all your questions. I have the original one, all I use it for is to stamp and cut with a 1/4" border. And yes, you can use Gina's pdf files - I print on GK card stock, and cut. I would get the 250 one if that is all you want to do. I have cut out some of their sayings, and a few fo the shapes, but mainly just stamp and cut. For GK paper I use a setting of 8 on the blade. Any mroe questions, elt me know.
Comment by Shelley V on November 30, 2016 at 11:52am

I too, am weighing whether or not to make the investment in a brother scan n cut.  I have never owned, or even tried out, a electronic cutter of any kind.  So I hope you can help me.  I am just looking to be able to cut out any stamped image I have, preferably with a border around it, too.  I also want to be able to download Gina's free cut files and use those for some of her stamp set that I already have.  I don't anticipate getting any fancier than that.  What is the difference is in the 250 and 350 models?  I see Walmart has the 250 version for $199 today.  Do you have to purchase additional software to accomplish the things I want to do or can I use it right out of the box for those things?  I would appreciate any help.  Thanks in advance.

Comment by Bonnie Ashley on November 12, 2016 at 4:34pm

Hi I am so glad to see this group here.  I have had a scan n cut for about a year and have only been successful using scan n cut canvas.  I would like to try some new things, but am tired of pulling my hair out and wasting paper.


Comment by Diana Scott on November 10, 2016 at 8:06pm
Make sure your outside line is solid. Use a fine pen to fill in if needed. Also, I add a 1/4 inch border on most of mine, then it doesn't cut anything off. Hope this helps. I started by just playing with cheap cardstock as some of it is trial and error. Make sure you have a sharp blade also. I order mine on Amazon.
Comment by Linda Osterwise on February 8, 2016 at 8:09pm

Jane, I never thought of using the powder - that might have helped.  I've had so much fun playing that I'm at the point I need to "wash" my mat.  I've been lazy the last few days and used tape to secure my paper.  I've seen videos on this, so I'm not afraid to try it.  But... I also bought myself two additional mats - one with light tack (only used it so far for cutting heat-adhesive vinyl), and another with medium tack like the one that came with my machine.  I also have a back-up blade, but haven't needed it yet, either.

SandraMaria, I also think that the ability to scan only 6 inches vs 12 would be a nice feature - let's tell Brother to think about that - but I do like the fact that I can place many objects on the mat at the same time, and I can place many pieces of paper anywhere on the mat, too.  You can also turn the mat upside down.  That's helpful.  Now that I know I can use my Cricut mats, I think I'm good to go.

Jane, I did some water coloring today (backgrounds only - I'm not a talented water colorist), but need to wait until it dries to cut something out.  I'll let you know what works for me.

Go ahead - give it a try!

Comment by SandraMaria on February 8, 2016 at 5:26pm

LOL I didn't even think of that!!! :b I kinda sorta wish that Brother would make a smaller mat to use. It's seems so funny to scan that entire mat when sometimes I just wanna cut out a couple things in one go. =)

Comment by SandraMaria on February 8, 2016 at 5:01pm

Jane, my mat was a little too sticky when I first got it. What I did was I brushed it lightly with my EK brush know the powder we use for dusting before we emboss? It helped a lot and was still tacky enough to hold my cardstock but didn't tear when I went to pull it off. You can always wash it off if you get too much.

The only thing you need is to get busy and start using it. =)

Comment by Linda Osterwise on February 8, 2016 at 9:19am

Jane, relax and have some fun with it.  Use cardstock first.  Don't hesitate to try the Test feature.  My first attempt was not a great cut, and the paper stuck to the mat, but it didn't take too many tries to get it right.  I'm still experimenting with different things.  I started keeping a small journal to track my attempts. 

I think the videos are easier to learn from than the book.  They can be found on YouTube and on ScanNCut's website. 

When you try to cut your watercolor paper, try cutting the outside frame on your paper first - a simple cut, like a rectangle before you've painted on it.  

I really love the versatility of my machine.  I'm going to try watercolor paper soon.  I'll probably use these settings, Speed at 3, Cutting depth at 5, and Pressure at 2.

Good luck, and, most importantly, HAVE FUN with it! 


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