How to cut fabric with the Brother ScanNCut SDX225

Welcome back to Brother ScanNCut SDX225 week!

Yesterday I showed how to import 2 designs onto the cutting mat screen. Today you’ll see how easy it is to cut each piece using the ScanNCut SDX225.

Brother ScanNCut SDX225 with cutting blades, stylus and spatula

From the home screen, select Retrieve Data. The Welcome design was stored in the ScanNCut, so touch the scanner icon on the screen. Scroll down until you see the design on the screen. Select the design using the stylus or your finger and it appears on the cutting mat screen.

I’m cutting the word Welcome first, so I need to delete the boat. Touch Edit. Select each piece of the boat and then touch the trash can button to delete it.

Select each section of the boat and touch the trash can to delete it.

  • Now the word Welcome remains on the screen and is ready to be cut from fabric.
  • Touch Object Edit.
  • Touch the top right button to rotate the word 90° to the right.
  • Touch OK.

The word Welcome is on the screen and ready to be edited.

The word Welcome is rotated 90°.

  • Touch the size button (top left on screen) to see the size of the word welcome.

The screen shows the exact size of the word.

  • Cut a piece of fabric about 1″ bigger than the word.
  • Apply fusible web to the back of the fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions for the product you’re using.
  • Using the plastic spatula or a brayer, attach the fabric, paper side down, on the sticky standard tack mat (the one with the purple border). Make sure the fabric adheres smoothly and tightly to the mat.
  • Load the mat into the ScanNCut.
  • Press the scan button, then start and the machine will scan the fabric.

Fabric is ready to be scanned. Make sure the fabric blade (with the beige top) is installed.

  • My fabric was quite dark and I couldn’t see the word very well. No problem – just touch the tool button (it looks like a wrench) and you see this screen.
  • Touch the second button and that will lighten the scanned fabric on the screen.
  • Press OK and now you can see the word on your fabric.
  • Drag the word onto the fabric and place it exactly where you want it.

Scanned fabric before adjusting the lightness.

Background menu choices show scanned fabric in full color, lightened or not visible.

Scanned fabric after adjusting the lightness.

  • Keep pressing OK until you get to the screen that says Please select.
  • Choose Cut.
  • Make sure you have the fabric cutting blade installed. It’s the one with the beige top.
  • Press Start and let the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 cut the letters for you.

Press Cut to start the cutting process.

  • Carefully remove the fabric from the mat.

Now you’re ready to cut the sailboat

  • Touch the Home button and retrieve the pattern.
  • Delete the word Welcome so you just have the boat parts left.
  • Separate the boat parts by dragging them on the screen.
  • As you select each piece, touch the edit key. Now you’ll see exactly what size the piece is. Cut your fabric just a little larger than this. What a great feature – there’s little or no waste fabric!
  • Apply fusible web to the boat fabric as you did for the Welcome! shape.
  • You don’t have to cut all the pieces at once. As you can see in the picture, I just put the sail fabric and the boat trim fabric on the cutting mat, with the paper side of the fusible web on the mat.
  • Delete the design pieces that you don’t need.
  • If you think the fabric might slide on the mat, you can tape it down with a little painter’s tape on the corners.
  • Press the scan button to scan the fabric.
  • Drag the boat shapes onto the fabric. Arrange them as you want – it’s like fussy cutting! – and you’re ready to cut.

Drag the boat shapes onto the scanned fabric.

  • Retrieve the pattern again and delete the pieces that you don’t need.
  • Cut the remaining pieces of the boat.
  • The Brother ScanNCut SDX225 did an amazing job of cutting all those pieces!

All the pieces for the Welcome banner have been cut on the Brother ScanNCut SDX225.

Please come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to put it all the pieces together and create your own special Welcome quilt!

Finished Welcome banner

This is part 3 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 2: Let’s learn some ScanNCut basics!

Go to part 4: Using ScanNCut pieces for a quilted welcome banner

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