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Thread: Brothers new "Scan & Cut" machine

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    Brothers new "Scan & Cut" machine

    Have you all seen Brothers new Scan & Cut machine yet? You can scan in any picture, drawing or whatnot & it will cut it for you from fabric, plastic, paper and the like. Have not seen it work yet, it was at the Sewing Machine store yesterday. If it does what is says, it will put the "GO" in the dust. It cost a bit more $449. but you don't have to spend the big bucks on all those cutting dies. I did see one on Amazon for $399 free shipping. So if your thinking of buying a "GO" check out this machine. I just might get one myself, down the road.

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    Just looked it up at http://www.brother-usa.com/scanNcut/

    Looks awesome. I like the flexibility of using it for many different mediums. I agree it will put the "GO" in the dust.
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    I've looked at this one, and the Silhouette Cameo. From what I understand, you can hook up the Silhouette to your PC to cut out pics. With the Brother you have to scan the pic first and run it through, or use a USB. That's the only difference I've seen. I'm waiting to hear more reviews on cutting fabric - most of the reviews for both of these are for cutting paper. But they both sure look interesting!!

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    I don't think so. It might be good for scrap booking. Can you cut more than 1 layer of fabric ? Can it cut long strips for binding or borders? It seems to me it is really slow. If it cuts only 1 layer it would take forever to cut enough patches for a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by char7439 View Post
    I don't think so. It might be good for scrap booking. Can you cut more than 1 layer of fabric ? Can it cut long strips for binding or borders? It seems to me it is really slow. If it cuts only 1 layer it would take forever to cut enough patches for a quilt.
    Char, I think that it's meant more for appliqué than quilt blocks. Also, if you're looking to cut long strips for borders, I don't know about the Brother, but Silhouette says they can cut up to 10 feet long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindi View Post
    Char, I think that it's meant more for appliqué than quilt blocks. Also, if you're looking to cut long strips for borders, I don't know about the Brother, but Silhouette says they can cut up to 10 feet long!
    I do think it is meant for applique type projects, how much fabric it can cut at a time, I don't know, just saw the product and it looked interesting. As for the Silhouette, I have not heard of that one at all. Guess I need to do some looking.

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    I have not seen it in real life, but it looks like all the other mechanized cutters on the market such as the Cameo, Pazzles etc. They have differences in how the image gets to the cutter, some you need to scan in, some you buy cartridges for, some you hook up to your PC. These machines work like a plotter, if you are familiar with that technology. Because the media that you are cutting moves back and forth under the blade, whatever you are cutting needs to be fairly stiff. Fabric is usually adhered to a slightly sticky cutting mat, so you can only cut one layer. Looks like the size of the cutting area is 12X12, so no strips. If someone liked using Inklingo to print and cut an entire quilt, this would be a great time saver as it will also cut the shape. For me it would be a great solution for intricate applique shapes, a whole quilt, not so much.
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    By the way I have the accu quilt go. I don't think the scan&cut will replace it for cutting out quilts. there are ways to cut squares,triangle. rectangles, diamonds etc. with just the strip dies. But as most people say,its good for scrapbooking and applique.

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    My cousin is thinking about buying this machine. She is a crafter and scrabooker not a quilter. She went to a demo of it and told me it would be very tedious to cut fabric for quilt blocks.
    Got fabric?

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    I am going to a demo for this next Friday. It is at a quilt shop. I will let you all know a little more about it. I have the go cutter and I don't think that this will compare to it.
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