How to Use the Direct Cut Function on the Brother Scan N Cut

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This in my second tutorial for my Scan N Cut Tutorial series. You can find all the other Brother Scan N Cut videos right here. I have to say I’m loving the Direct Cut function on this machine. I recently used it to cut stickers out that I’d printed onto an inkjet sticker sheet. The ability to be able to recognise the outlines is awesome and then to be able to cut to a depth where I could peel off the sticker part and leave the backing in place blew my mind. How cool is that! Anyway, I’ll get on with the tutorial now. Below you will find a step by step video tutorial for how to use the direct cut function followed by step by step photo illustrations for those of you who prefer to scan through the photos.

How to Use the Direct Cut Function on the Brother Scan N Cut Tutorial

Or watch it here on YouTube

The Written Steps for People Who Prefer to Read Them

You will need to start off with a ‘Test Cut’ before you go into the scan function, as there is no way of doing the test cut from within the scan function. An oversighton Brother’s behalf? maybe. That’s why I’m here, to save you the time of having to work that out yourself. Ok here we go….

Select ‘Pattern’.

1 test cut before using direct cut function scan n cut

Then Select ‘Test Cut’.

2 test cut using direct cut function scan n cut

I like to test cut with the square, but if you want to use a different shape then go for it ?.

3 test cut before using direct cut function scan n cut

Now you will see the small test cut on the screen ready to go. But first we need to load in something to test!

4 test cut scan n cut screen

Remove the protective plastic from the cutting mat and place your chosen material onto the cutting mat. I’m using cardstock for the tutorial. Hold the mat evenly in the machine and press the ‘Load’ button. Scan your mat in so you can see where your paper/card is on the cutting mat. Then you can move the test cut over to a suitable spot. Preferably somewhere where you’re not going to cut through a design you wanted to directly cut in the next part.

5 load cutting mat into machine

As you may have read in the photo above, it did take me 2 test cuts to get the depth of the blade right. Do the test cut people! It’s worth it. Not as frustrating as realising your direct cut hasn’t gone all the way through!

6 Check test cut

Once your test cut is all good then you are ready to go into the ‘Scan’ function.

7 go to scan function

Select ‘Direct Cut’.

8 direct cut function

And hit the go button to scan the mat and the material on it.

9 select the go button

Once your Scan N Cut has finished scanning the mat it will display what it has scanned on the screen. ‘Ok’ this.

10 scanned paper

Use the arrows to choose the parts that you want to use the direct cut function to cut out.

11 use arrows to select desired images

You can add a border around the outside of your cut shapes by selecting the button shown in the photo below.

12 add outline border to cut shape button

Choose the outline distance desired and select ‘ok’.

13 add mm outline

You could also choose to put a shape around what you want to cut out instead of cutting around the outline of it. Select the shape option in the photo below.

14 add shape around cutout

Once you’re happy with what the machine has chosen to cut out then select ‘Ok’.

15 select ok

Then select ‘Cut’.

16 select cut

Hit the Go button to watch the machine work it’s magic!

17 select go

Select ‘Ok’ when the machine has finished cutting.

18 select ok to finish cutting

Then unload your mat.

19 unload mat from machine

Use the little spatula to lift of the excess card, leaving the cut shapes on the mat.

20 use spatula to remove card from mat

Then use the spatula to carefully remove the cut shapes.

21 remove cut out shapes from mat with spatula

What an awesome job the machine has done! There’s no way I could cut like this by hand.

22 direct cut shape example

and Here’s the flower all cut out. It did cut the black outline line off a bit on this one and left a bit of white on as well, but still a very nice cut.

23 direc cut shape second example

You can also use patterned paper or card and cut out the pattern or design on it. Below I have some scrapbooking card. On one of the designs you can just see that I’ve traced around it with lead pencil. I did this to make it easier for the scanner to pick up the outline of the design.It’s important to have that solid line so the scanner can pick it up easily. If there is shading around the shape or broken lines the scanner may not pick it up.

24 trace around shape for direct cut

I followed the steps that I had recently gone though to get to the point in the photo below. You can see that the scanner struggles to pick up all the designs in the pattern. Some may be too light or the complete outline may be unclear. Sometimes moving the card to a different place on the cutting mat and rescanning can pick up designs that the scanner didn’t pick up previously.

25 scan n cut recognising shapes on card

I brought the arrows in to select just a few of the designs to cut out.

26 reduce area with arrows

Once they are all cut you can remove the mat from the machine and remove the excess card.

27 remove card from cut shapes

How cool is that to be able to cut out the shapes on an existing design!

28 example of cut out shapes from scrapbooking card

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. My goal with these tutorials is to help cut that steep learning curve when you get a new Scan N Cut machine. I’m happy to make the mistakes first and then help you not make them!

Thanks for watching or just stopping by! Don’t forget to tell me how you’re going with your machine by leaving a comment down below.

If you live in Australia you can now get the ScanNCut2 CM900 machine from Echidna Club Online. This is where I bought my machine from, although mine is the ScanNCut CM550. I bought mine a couple of months too soon! Not to worry, the general functions of the machine are still the same, you just get some new features with the newer model. I was very happy with the service, though. Living in a small country town, I don’t have the luxury of going into a local shop to look at and purchase a machine like this so I was really grateful that Echidna Sewing sell online.

You can also check these machines out on Amazon* or eBay*. Just be aware that there are a couple of models available. I’d recommend the higher end model as you get more built in designs and most of the extra accessories with it.

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Domenica ?

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30 October, 2015

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