While I don’t own a Brother Scan N Cut (yet!) I know that a lot of my customers do. This tutorial will show you how to use the SVG files included with a lot of my design collections to cut your appliqué shapes.
For this tutorial, I am using the Express Yourself designs to start cutting the letters needed to spell “Sarah”. Click on any image to view a larger version.
How to use SVG files with the Brother Scan N Cut to cut your appliqué shapes
You will need to use the Scan N Cut Canvas software. This is online software so you will need a good Internet connection.
Go to: ScanNCutCanvas.brother.com
If this is your first time using the software you will need to create a free account. Otherwise, enter your Login ID and password and click Log In.
On the Canvas Project tab, click New to create a new project.
Click the Import SVG/DXF/FCM file button.
Click Choose File… and navigate to the SVG file containing the shapes you want to cut. For Express Yourself, the SVG file name tells which letters are in each SVG file. Then click on OK.
Scan N Cut Canvas will automatically fill all shapes with black. Because I include an appliqué fabric placement box in most of my SVG files (it helps to show you where to position the fabric on the cutting mat), chances are the only thing you will see is a black box on the screen.
You need to get rid of the shapes you don’t want to cut, starting with the appliqué fabric placement boxes.
Click and drag a box to move it, revealing the shape underneath it, and then delete the box.
You can use the appliqué fabric placement box to find the size of fabric needed for the shape.
Click and drag the box covering the shape you want to cut and move it to reveal the shape (and to make sure you have the right shape!). Now right click the box and select Properties…
A popup box will appear showing the dimensions of the shape, height first then width.
Pay attention to where the shapes are on the mat. The appliqué fabric placement boxes are designed to help you position your appliqué fabric on the cutting mat to ensure the shape you are cutting is covered by fabric. It’s easy to use the grid lines on the mat to position your fabric.
The cutting mat has a no-cut margin of about 0.1″ all around, shown by the dotted red line in the image below. While you still have at least one of the appliqué fabric placement placement boxes on the screen, click and drag to select all shapes and then move them so that the appliqué fabric placement box is aligned with one of the grid lines.
I moved these shapes to the top left hand corner of the mat on the screen.
When you have removed all the appliqué fabric placement boxes, now you can remove any letters or shapes that you don’t want to cut.
Now you need to download to your computer a cutting file that can be used by the Brother Scan N Cut cutting machine.
Click the Download button.
You are presented with two choices:
- Download to PC: you will need to copy the file that is downloaded onto a USB stick that can be inserted into your Brother Scan N Cut cutting machine.
- ScanNCut Transfer: this option allows you to use WIFI to transfer the cutting file directly to your Brother Scan N Cut cutting machine. Since I don’t have one (yet!) the option is not available to me.
To download a cutting file which can be copied onto a USB stick and used in your Brother Scan N Cut cutting machine, click the Download to PC button.
The file you download will have a .FCM extension. It will more than likely end up in your Downloads folder.
To save the project so that you can use it again, enter a project name and then click the Overwrite This Project (Save) button.
A popup will appear to indicate that the project has been saved.