The Brother Scan N Cut – Coming Soon!

December 15, 2013 — 81 Comments

I found out some exciting news a few weeks back and have been sworn to secrecy – until now!

The Brother Scan N Cut is coming soon to Create and Craft TV…

Yup, you heard right. The latest in electronic cutting machines is going to be launching exclusively on Create and Craft TV in January.

The next exciting news that I have to tell you (exciting for me at least) is that I have been lucky enough to be one of only a hand full of people in the country to have been given an evaluation model to play with because Mel Heaton and I will be sharing the pleasure of demonstrating this machine on Create and Craft TV – whoop whoop!

Whilst I haven’t had much opportunity to play with it yet (grrr, stupid life getting in the way) I am a little bit excited (understatement of the year) about the initial tests that I have done.

Anyway, before I get too giddy and carried away I guess that I had better give you a quick overview of what the Brother Scan N Cut is and why I am so excited.

Here’s a quick pick of the machine that I have been using (complete with finger prints from where I have been enthusiastically prodding away).

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - The Machine

In it’s simplest form it is an electronic drawing and cutting machine.

Ok, yes, you have seen other electronic cutting machines before, but there is one key difference.

The Brother Scan N Cut is the first home electronic cutting machine to have a built in 300 DPI scanner. I’ll explain a bit more about that in a mo.

Second, you don’t need either cartridges or a computer to operate this machine. You have 600 built in shapes (a variety of basics, themed, phrases, borders, alphabets and patchwork patterns …

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Built In Shapes

… AND (this is the most exciting thing for me so far) you can also create custom cutting files from your own drawings right in the machine thanks to the built in scanner – no need to connect the machine to a computer or learn complex software.

So blah blah John – what are you blathering on about with this scanning techno babble?

Imagine being able to create custom precision cut toppers from your outline stamps. Well, now you can!

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Direct Scan 2

The machine automatically recognizes where the stamped image is on the card stock, recognizes it’s outline and then cuts it out! And I still haven’t had to boot up the computer.

Ok, that’s good right? Now what about a more complicated design that couldn’t have been predicted – that would be a good test now wouldn’t it?

Remember all of those Inkadinkado Stamping Gear mandala designs that I have been doing? Well, I did the same “Direct Cut” process on one of these and look – it did it!

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Direct Scan

I could have gone on to create custom layers to matt the shape onto but my mind was racing ahead so I needed a lie down. I’ll revisit that in the near future.

This same scanning and cutting feature also gives you the ability to scan and create electronic cutting files from your hand drawn images. Here are a couple of images to show this in operation …

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Hand Drawn Images

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Hand Drawn Images 2

I am yet to test this aspect fully, but it looks impressive – I will report back once I have tried a few more things on this.

The scanning feature opens up many other possibilities as you can scan in and preview the sheet that you want to cut which makes fussy cutting (positioning the shape that you want to cut over a specific area of the page) a breeze.

Still no computer.

In my initial experiements I have been able to cut things from vellum to denim. Below are a few more of the materials that I have tested with this machine (acetate, shrink plastic and modelling plastic sheet).

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Materials

Now, I mentioned that you don’t need a computer and this is correct. The machine operates out of the box via a touch screen which is about the same size as an iPhone 4S screen (comparison shown below).

Brother Scan n Cut Coming Soon - Screen Size Comparison

If however you are computer savvy, you can also create things in design packages such as Serif Craft Artist or My Craft Studio, print them out and then create custom cutting files by scanning it into the Scan N Cut – no complicated conversion software to get to grips with – just design it, print it, scan it and cut it!

Anyway, there is just too much for me to tell you in this blog post so here is a quick video from Brother themselves to give you an idea of what this machine is all about …

As for what the price will be and what times the shows will air – I don’t know the answers – yet. Do subscribe to this blog (or follow me on Facebook or Twitter) or indeed subscribe to Mel Heaton’s blog for more information on this machine and when this will be heading onto your screens.

There is plenty more to tell and show you so I will be posting more in the near future once I’ve had a good old play – I just wanted to let you in on the great news and give you a heads up.

If you have any initial thoughts, comments or questions, please feel free to use the comments section below.

Take care,

J :)

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81 responses to The Brother Scan N Cut – Coming Soon!

  1. 

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.
    Tell me do you need to change the cutter very often?
    How do you hold the fabric still while it is cutting, say cotton?

  2. 

    hi john, i have been trying to register my scan n cut on the brother website,but have been unsuccesful.can you tell me please how to go about getting it registered. and i would like to thank you for all the hard work ,you have put in for us to benifit you and mel have done a great job.thanks ..gill

  3. 

    Hi John. Can you please tell me if Version 1.1.2. is the latest for SCanNCut Canvas. Regards Edna

  4. 

    Hi John again:) that was a quick answer to my post. Wish it was that quick to fly to the UK from New Zealand.The felt that you have described sounds like the type I use. At present I use the freezer paper technique and cut shape out with my scissors. So when I saw this machine I was excited to hear it could cut felt however the sales reps were not that successful. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. 

    Hi I am from New Zealand and Brother have just released the scan and cut machine here. Nzd 699. Roughy £350. Today I went to a craft and quilt show where they were demonstrating this machine. I was so excited! I was hoping to cut wool felt with this Machine (not the woven wool felt but the other kind that has a bit of rayon in it) I walked away disappointed as the sales reps were not that great! They were unable to get the machine to cut the felt cleanly. Have you cut wool felt? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Tracey

    • 

      If I’m honest I’m not sure of the difference. The type of felt that I have successfully cut is a mixed fibre with more than 50% wool content. If you could email me some more info (brand/shop link etc) I may be able to take a look.
      The felt that I have cut does require a backing of some sort in order to be cut – I have been advised that Reynolds freezer paper would be a good temporary backing but am waiting for some to arrive so that I can test it.
      Hope this helps in the meantime :)

    • 

      have tried to cut felt as well with no luck so losing my faith in it at the moment have been through 2 cutting sheets don’t know what to do

  6. 

    Hi John (again) :)
    Well at long last Ive sussed it out and finally got my scan and cut to the right pressure and blade depth and voila I am now producing my own quilt appliqué cut outs even saved material and bondaweb (yes the english version of heat and bond) by cutting out a snowflake at 1″ perfectly. Im sooooooooo proud of myself lol.
    If you would like a photo i will email it to create and craft. I used bondaweb no starch on cotton polyester fabric turquoise blade depth 5 and pressure at 1. Perfect cuts all the time.
    I have been in sales (selling new houses) for 25 years and gave it up to craft at home. Although I miss the sales and meeting people I am now enjoying craft fairs galore.
    (any jobs going lol).

    Thanks for all the advice on Create & Craft.

    x Chrisi
    Darlington.

  7. 

    Sorry John, I have another question.
    Would the ink from the pens stay wet enough after drawing to be sprinkled with embossing powder and be heat embossed? if so what would be the best paper?
    So far I have missed out on the pens and holder and just waiting for them to come back in stock.
    Love and Light

  8. 

    Hi John. I’ve had my Scan N Cut for a few days now and I love it. I have 2 other cutting machines previously bought from Create and Craft, and although they are good, this one is the best. It’s so easy to use. John, I have noticed that on the start up sheet with the blade & pressure advice, the pressure is quite often 0 (zero), and sometimes -1 (minus one). Does this latter one mean there is no pressure at all? or is there still a little pressure. Thanks for bringing this great product to us Love and Light xx

    • 

      The minus figure is more for when you want to kiss cut something like a sticker sheet where you want the machine to cut through the sticky part but not the backing. It’s also good for very thin things like paper.

  9. 

    Hi john
    Can you cut the sheets of plastic sold in model shops. Thanks Denise

  10. 

    Hi John,
    I too have purchased the scan n cut from Create and Craft, I can’t wait for it to arrive. My question is, can you connect an external hard drive to the usb connection.

  11. 

    I have purchased the scan n cut from the create and craft. I was just wondering what do you actually get with the machine. I see their are lots of extra bits to buy, but not sure what you get in the box.
    Thanks
    Mary

  12. 

    Hi John, You mentioned this blog address on Create and Craft but also said that Mel was doing a blog, too. Could I have that address, please, as I’m trying to get as much info as possible on the ScanandCut. Thx. Mandy

  13. 

    Bought this John as I am interested in the fabric cutting element – specifically quilting blocks. My cutting has never been the best so now my quilting shapes will be great and the seam allowance is just amazing. The minute the erasable pens are back in stock I will be stocking up.

    Love brother products. I already own their over locker and a top of the range embroidery machine which is sewing 7 days out of 7 for my eBay shop – this machine will definitely add to my personalised saleable products.

    Love your sample quilts on create and craft

    Elaine, Kilmarnock

  14. 

    Hi John
    I am really interested in buying a brother scanNcut
    I watched your show today and after a while began to realise the possibles with this machine
    So I can stamp any stamp anthem scan it then it will cut around the outline (brill) because they are so tricky to cut by hand even if you do have a good pair of scissors
    Also I would like to know you know when you sometimes get sheets of decophage that’s not been die cut could you also scan and then cut
    Many thanks for reading hope you understand
    Kind regards Janet xxx
    Hope this might sway me to buying one :)))

  15. 

    Hi Paul.
    I am very exited as I have purchased this machine, one reason is I will not have to buy dies or punches to cut out my stamps and as I have just started card making I don’t have many of the standard punches but with all the pre-loaded shapes it won’t be a problem….
    Elaine

  16. 

    On the C&C website, the description of the item and what you get mentions blade holders both standard and deep cut but no mention of any blades. Are these included? I am concerned because the standard blades have sold out! So that we can order additional items that we might need, it would be useful if the website tells us what is NOT included also.

    Fab machine though. Can’t wait to see your demos.

  17. 

    HI John,
    I missed the date,when are you going to be doing a demo on this..I don’t want to miss it.. lol…Keep up the good work
    Ali

  18. 

    Another thought, will this machine have the draw facility I have seen on the web?

    • 

      Yes, the draw function is available on the machine.

      I don’t know re max acetate thickness yet. I have tried the acetate from Crafters Companion already and this worked just fine.

      J :)

  19. 

    Looks great I am hoping to make my own stencils what micron thickness of acetate would you reccomend

  20. 

    Hi John, been looking in Utube and there are 2 models of scan n cut. Do you know if it’s the blue or red one.? Kind regards Janet C

  21. 

    Hi John, I have been looking at the brother scan and cut on YouTube, they all seem to only cut one thing at a time can you fill a page or is one at a time it’s limit’ s Mary x

  22. 

    I did leave a comment earlier but can’t see it This machine looks amazing I’ve been toying with buying a silhouette but if this is as simple to operate as it looks I would love to buy one Maximum flexi pay please! I need to know if I print off a sheet of embellishments from Craft Artist or My Craft Studio will it cut them out?

    • 

      Karen, good question. I have tried this with varying results. Just trying to find a common factor and will then blog about it. There is always the option of ‘fussy cutting’ as you can scan the sheet into the machine and see it on screen so you can see where you are cutting.

      • 

        Thanks John I am so looking forward to seeing you & Mel demo this ( I bet it’s going to clash with my trip to Scotland – no Internet!) There’s a vid on YouTube that is an 30 min info-mercial that shows fussy cutting on a piece of 12×12 pre-printed card stock – no prob But I’ll be interested in your results. That would “swing it” for me because it appears less troublesome than Silhouette & when cutting I won’t need laptop I could take it to a Craft Club How small can it cut & how thick coz one of the ladies makes doll’s house & 3D picture pieces & I can see her using it to make fencing, shapes, trees etc

  23. 

    Hi John

    Do you know if it works with SVG software?

    Thanks very much.

  24. 

    This looks
    Amazing,so come on create&craft give us the best price so we can afford to buy this.

  25. 

    Oh no…. what can I sell to afford this one ;0) ideas flying

  26. 

    Can’t wait! I have a Cameo, which I love, but I may “need” this too.

  27. 

    hi do you know price yet

  28. 

    Hi John ,it looks amazing saving my Xmas money ,I have the Silhouette Portrait but think this will be better.

  29. 

    this sounds and looks amazing I ‘m finding it difficult to cut by hand but if it can work with Craft Artist it will be a must have

  30. 

    I think this sounds amazing. I had heard it was coming but like other people I have the Cricut Mini, Cake Cricut, Expresson 2, Cricut Imagine so would have to wait and see what the difference in this new machine is although I like the idea you don’t have to use cartridges (saving money??). So John have a great Christmas playing with this machine and congrats that you have one. Look forward to the shows in January. xxx

  31. 

    This machine looks absolutely amazing – can’t wait t see your demo. Amazon USA has it for $388 so it will be a considered purchase. The amazing capabilities and the fact there’s no need to purchase cassettes will make it a really attractive option. Pat x

  32. 

    Hi John, thanks for the preview can’t wait and hope like everybody else it has flexi-play.
    Have a great play and also a great Christmas.
    Jan xx

  33. 

    Hi John, Really looking forward to seeing this “on air”. I already have the Cricut mini which naturally requires cartridges for it to work. Also got various die cutting machines. I was weighing up the Silhouette, but again you need to download stuff to increase its possibilities. The thought of having a machine that scans and die cuts without needing a computer seems too good to be true. I hope the price wont be too overpowering, and that it will be on reasonable flexi-pay. Just thinking you would only need to buy a fancy shaped card once and then you could scan it and cut it as many times as you wanted to!!! We can all dream eh!!

    • 
      Gayatri Johnston December 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Hi John …I’m tired of buying cartridges. I got a Silhouette but the computer is always busy…now Scan N Cut I have to dream . The 600 built in shapes Copyright now or in the future? Let us all know before the machine is on CC.

  34. 

    Ohh tec porn!!! This looks exciting, So with some brain itching and working out I could design and cut my own stencils? Me LIKE! I’m thinking lettering printed from your computer to get your own font styles and then cut out the printed words if the machine will let you meld the individual letters together or would images/words need to be connected to be recognised as one shape?

    I have a brilliant Celtic font system where you design your own celtic knotwork. If I printed some of those out they would make amazing stencils & I’d never get faffy to cut them out. Does it only cut around edges or can you tell it to cut into ‘landlocked areas’ too? Do you need stuff to have dark bold edges for them to be recognized?

    Where can I get some of that stencil plastic you have pics of? I’m hoping to get into Geli plate soon and if I could make my own stencils, this would make a good companion. How far into the hundreds is it? How big is it? Soz ‘helping’ by asking all the questions nice n early so you can play on my behalf.

    Can’t wait for the show!!!! Have fun playing.

    Best wishes and Happy Crafting Christmas

    Billie

    PS Totally unrelated but Sewing Bee is on Sunday night 7.40 BBC2 ;)

  35. 

    Sounds good, but since I have a Big Shot Pro, Grand Calibur, and a Cameo, I won’t be buying it, because it would be a lot of money for a machine which only does one thing more than my others (scan and cut my own images). Or have I got it wrong?

  36. 

    WOW WOW WOW Was going to get a silhouette but think i will try this one instead.

  37. 

    Thank you for letting us know about this product John. This seems right up my street. I am hopeless at cutting out stamps trying to leave a border as it looks very messy.

  38. 

    Looks an amazing piece of kit, like the fact that you don’t have to connect to a pc, I bet it has a nice price tag, maximum flexi-pay for this. I’ll keep doing the lotto :-)

  39. 

    I have been watching this machine on YouTube for a few weeks,i am going to ask everyone for money this Christmas, do you have any idea on price yet . Mary xx

  40. 

    Wow this looks great, i already have the Cricut expression and the Silhouette Portrait, which i must admit to using only once, but this looks like it will be easier to use. Can’t wait to see you and Mel demonstrating this. xxx

  41. 

    Hi John.
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I have been really looking forward to some more information since the photo went on the Create & Craft FB page, so your post today is amazing for me.I cant wait for it to be launched on C&C. What a great piece you have done. Thanks again.
    Nick

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