In my January QUILTsocial post, I showed you how to draw words on paper and fabric, and yesterday, how to draw an embroidery design on fabric. But the drawing feature on the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 can also be used to draw seam lines on pieced or appliqued blocks. If you like to make blocks or applique by hand, this is perfect for you!
Here’s how to do it!
1. From the main pattern screen, select the Sunbonnet Sue icon. This opens up a whole collection of applique designs.
For this tutorial, I chose the flower design AP-A017.
2. You can change the size by pressing the + or – keys.
3. Press OK and you’ll see all the design elements of the applique design.
4. Select the shapes you want, and they appear on the design screen. The screen shows that you need 5 petals for this design, and when you press Set, they all show up on the screen.
5. Select Edit, then Select All, and Group All, to keep all the design elements together.
6. Select Seam Allowance On. The seam allowance can be any size you like but I’ll use the standard ¼” seam allowance.
7. Because all the design elements are grouped together, the seam allowance will be applied to all of them at the same time.
8. Keep touching the OK key until you get back to the home screen.
9. Select Draw from the home menu. Put the blue water-erasable marker in the pen holder and put the holder into the machine. This pen is one from the set that comes with the Brother ScanNCut SDX225. If you need to purchase more drawing or erasable pens, they are readily available, along with many other supplies, on the Brother website.
10. Place your fabric on the Brother Fabric mat. Scan the mat so you can see your fabric on the screen. Ungroup the design elements and use the stylus or your finger to move them around on the screen so they fit on the fabric you’ve scanned.
11. Press Draw and the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 will draw the stitching lines for each shape on the fabric.
12. Leave the mat with the fabric in the ScanNCut and change to the fabric cutting blade.
13. Choose Cut from the menu and all the shapes will be cut out for you. Isn’t that amazing!
You can use this technique with any of the pieced or appliqued designs in the Brother ScanNCut SDX225, or you can scan your own designs and save them in the machine.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the wonderful things you can do with the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 electronic cutting machine. Be sure to look back on some of my earlier QUILTsocial posts for even more tips and techniques!
This is part 5 of 5 in this series
Go back to part 4: Drawing designs with the Brother ScanNCut SDX225