Cut out shapes from paper and fabric
Cut out shapes from paper and fabric
Touch a button and it scans, cuts, draws…
resize your image, flip it, multiply it…
It can cut out gazillions of hexagons or other shapes from fabric
Scan anything you can print from your computer or a photocopy or use one of the hundreds of inbuilt patterns
It’s also an effortless stencil cutting machine
Great for paper or stencil art
Get creative and paint your own paper
Enlarge your drawings with the press of a magic button




Some technical information about the Brother ScanNCut:

  • The ScanNCut has a 300 DPI built-in scanner which can scan virtually anything – a handmade drawing, a magazine clipping, photos, and more – to create virtually endless cut designs and save to the machine’s memory or to a USB stick.
  • No design cartridges or PC required and it has hundreds of built-in designs.
  • The large 3.7” (9.4cm) colour LCD touch screen has on-screen editing capabilities such as rotating, welding, resizing and organising.
  • It has 11.7” (29.5cm) wide scanning and cutting area to accommodate large projects. A longer 24” x 12” (30.5 x 61cm) mat is also available for large scale scanning.
  • Easy to use right out of the box with a limited set up time and user-friendly interface.
  • Comes with blades, mats, low-tack mats, stylus, spatula, pen set, erasable pen set.



ScanNCut machine
product review


by Judy Newman




First of all let me say that once you try this machine, an overwhelming number of possibilities and ideas pop up for how it can be used – it was a real mind bender.



So let’s start with the basics. It is an electronic machine that can be used to cut out shapes from paper or fabric – and because it is electronic, it is effortless. Touch a button and it scans, cuts or draws.



Now back to the shapes for a minute – it comes with an inbuilt library of hundreds of shapes so you could be perfectly happy with that selection. They can all be resized, flipped to mirror image, and multiplied. Stacks of fun for any papercrafter and the first applications that come to mind are the obvious ones – cutting out your own frames, tags, embellishments and sentiments in any paper you like. Borders too – plus shapes like flowers, gift boxes and so on.



And if you’re a quilter, the prospect of being able to cut out a gazillion hexagons or other shapes from fabric or paper is exciting, but did you know that it can also draw and add seam allowance? So yes, it can cut out your shapes in fabric, but can also add seam allowance and draw (it has a little pen) the seam line onto the piece… now that’s cool.



To ensure you fit as many pieces as possible on a page, there’s a cool function that automatically arranges the pieces you want to cut as close as possible at the touch of a button, in order to minimise wastage. And if it’s fabric you are cutting, you can select to arrange the pieces but keep them all on the straight grain. Pretty impressive, huh?



But it’s when you consider that you can also scan in anything that you can print from your own computer or a photocopy that you realise you actually have access to a limitless supply of possible fonts, pictures and shapes.



Just pop the words ‘stencil images’ into Google and you’ll see that this is now an effortless stencil cutting machine and you have scads of possible patterns to stencil, print and cut out. Great for papercraft and textile art.



Now all that is fantastic, but we want creativity and originality, right? And this is where the fun starts because anything you scan in can become a cut-out design. Your own drawings, stamp carvings, print outs, block font messages, stamps. And of course you can change the size of the image and repeat it on the page. If you want to borrow my Living the Dream design, here is the pattern – of course you can cut it with a knife if you don’t have a ScanNCut machine (yet!).



Just as an example, you could paint your own paper in pretty watercolours brushed with a little metallic gold paint like I have done here, allow it to dry then cut out the motto. Tape a piece of gold card behind the cut out letters and frame it – nice huh? … happy with this one. :-)



Just for fun, to test the drawing function I scanned in some of my son’s funky drawings, fitted the pen then enlarged the designs. Press the magic button, stand back and watch it work away redrawing his original art in pen. Imagine, if you wanted multiple ‘hand drawn’ images on invitations or cards you only have to do one and the machine can reproduce it over and over.




I have loved trying this machine – it’s one of those times where the more you use it, the more ideas crop up for other things you could do with it. And I haven’t even tried it on fabric yet … or mentioned the new accessories packs that have just been released for stickers and rhinestone designs…. Hmm now what I could do with those… :-)

Next time: we’ll explore what you can do with fabric, stay tuned!

Test drive a Brother ScanNCut machine in classes at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo but careful – it’s addictive!

Or see it at an upcoming Craft & Quilt Fair near you soon.


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10 thoughts on “Product review: ScanNCut machine”

  1. I have had my ScanNCut for two weeks and I absolutely love it. I also have a Cuttlebug (now for grand-children use) and Ebosser. Last weekend I made 30 sets of Traffic Lights on light card as a theme for Childen’s Church. It was amazing it would normally take me most of Friday or Saturday for preparation but was able to complete the task in under two hours, no mistakes either. Very impressed and excited about checking out the classes at the Brisbane show this coming weekend.

    1. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. With regards the ScanNCut – we feel like we haven’t even scratched the surface of creative possibilities – but what a fun journey!

  2. Wow Judy, this is a really amazing machine. Can’t wait to see the quilting shapes made possible…
    Thanks for sharing your experience, your notes were very simple and helpful. Now the cost?
    Not something I could afford on a low income.

    1. Hi Kelly, That’s an interesting question. The piece that you can cut out is limited to the size of the cutting mat, so if you were cutting say doll’s clothes that would be possible, but usually dressmaking would require pieces larger than the area of the mat. For expert advice visit the Brother stand at one of our events – they’ll be able to tell you everything about it. And I notice that they have just released and updated version with even more features.

  3. Hello, I’ve just tried working through my friends scan n cut using your tips and ideas. It’s awesome!
    One question…should the cuts appear on the mat too? Or have I used too deep a cut? I’m worried I’ve ruined my friends may! (Yikes!)

  4. Just wondering if anyone has cut felt just thinking about felt stories for the grandchildren if so how did you do it needle ect would be great for some help please

  5. I would like to buy a machine for my school … and i would like to make stencils for screen printing. Is this the machine i need?


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