Until recently I was not familiar with the Brother Scan N Cut 2.
My cousin Beth received one for Christmas and was telling me how great it was! I stopped by to see it in action. I was so impressed and excited, now I want one! LOL
The Scan N Cut 2 is a home craft cutting machine that is similar to a Cricut cutter. It cuts paper, adhesive vinyl, and HTV (iron on vinyl),etc.
One of the great things about Scan N Cut 2 versus a Cricut is that it does just what the name says it scans then cuts. You can also import designs from your computer. Not only are there no more cartridges to have to buy, you also save a lot of paper or vinyl.
The scanning feature allows you to scan exactly where your vinyl is placed on the mat. Then it cuts your design out of the piece of vinyl in that exact spot on the mat. There is very little waste!
Beth took step-by-step pictures of the awesome machine in action!
Enter your design from computer or USB.
It will show up on the screen like this.
Place your vinyl on the sticky mat decorative side up.
If you’re using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) place it on the sticky mat decorative side down. In this tutorial we’re using HTV.
Enter the mat into machine and press the button to scan your mat.
Select your design. (In this picture there is only one design. If you have multiple designs you will see all of them. Touch the one you want to select.)
If you are using HTV select the reverse image button (It’s the button that looks like a triangle split in half) If you are using any other material, skip this step.
When your design is ready to be cut, make sure it is placed on the scanned vinyl shown on your screen. If you need to center your design, use the touch screen with your finger to move it around. Press OK.
Press the green Start Button.
Allow the machine to cut. When cutting is finished, eject the mat.
Gently remove the excess vinyl.
They are so easy to iron on. Just place them where you want on anything that safe to iron.
Cover with a handkerchief or thin piece of fabric.
Place the hot iron on top and press down firmly for 10 to 15 seconds in each area.
Gently pull off the clear film.
Place the handkerchief or cloth back over the top and repeat the ironing process. Ta-Da! You’re done
There are so many cool things you can do with this. Anything that you would normally embroider in addition to things that you were unable to embroider with a home embroidery machine you can use HTV (iron on vinyl) instead. For instance, sometimes bags are very hard to embroider because they’re hard to hoop. Some bags are just too thick to embroider. You could use the HTV for bags, luggage, pillows, stuffed animals, window shades, etc. almost anything you would want to embroider that can’t fit into the hoop. There are so many choices of HTV, glitter, furry textures and designs plus tons of solid colors. Endless possibilities!
The adhesive vinyl is great too! They work well for walls, headboards, rain boots, dry erase boards, clipboards, Easter buckets and baskets, just about any hard surface you can think of.
If you don’t have a Scan N Cut 2, you can purchase cut outs from Beth’s Etsy shop. Here’s the link:
Here’s what I did with mine.
Cute bag for Game Day!
Have I mentioned I love Brother Scan N Cut 2! I want one! 😉