If you find the cutting our part of quilting tedious and just want to get on with the sewing then a Brother ScanNCut machine could be just what you need! Did you know that you can use the ScanNCut for fabric? It’s not just for paper crafters. It comes in especially handy for tricky quilt block shapes and fiddly applique. Instead of spending hours cutting them out by hand you can simply scan an image or drawing and the machine will cut it for you. Alternatively, you can use the library of free designs that comes with each ScanNCut model, or purchase optional extra designs. The ScanNCut machine can even add your seam allowance for you too!
Plus if you are an English Paper Piecer you an use your ScanNCut to cut both the card templates and your fabric shapes, saving you so much time.
New Rotary Auto Blade
The good news for stitchers is cutting fabric on the Brother ScanNCut machines just became much easier! Previously you needed to stabilise your fabric with interfacing before cutting it. However, they have just introduced a new rotary auto blade kit which cuts fabric, felt, jersey, organza and lace without the need for any interfacing or stabiliser at all.
What’s more its auto pressure blade technology means you don’t have to adjust the pressure settings depending upon the type of fabric you are using. The rotary auto blade kit also comes with 63 new patterns and a project book as well. See the bottom of the page for stockists.
Free ScanNCut patterns for quilters and stitchers
As well as there being many free applique and quilt block designs with each ScanNCut model plus the option of scanning in your own designs you can also use third party SVG designs too. Luckily there are many freely available on the internet, I’ve listed a few below for you.
Sun Catcher Studio have hundreds of free patterns for the ScanNCut grouped by theme such as Christmas, dinosaurs, cats, stars etc perfect for applique.
Free SVG – Has a database of thousands of user generated SVG files, many of which you could incorporate into your textile projects.
Pixabay – You can download free SVG files from free stock sites like Pixabay. Just type in what you are looking for in the search box and change the dropdown on the right of the search box to ‘vector graphics’.
Brother USA – Have some free designs and projects for the ScanNCut on their blog.