Around two months ago, Brother invited me to attend a workshop telling me I’d be spending a few hours making some arts & crafts. I was intrigued when I arrived at the event and saw these cool looking printers laid out. I took my place beside Jackie of gojackiego.com who was to be my workshop partner, ready to get to know the new product called the Brother ScanNCut.
The Brother ScanNCut CM 700 is the world’s first home cutting machine with built-in scanner and wifi capabilities. It’s easy to use (you can watch YouTube tutorials if you’re bad at reading manuals like me) and great for DIY crafters, mixed media artists, sewers or fashion designers, and even for newbies/amateurs or even entrepreneurs.
At the workshop I learned we were going to make iron-on print outs for a canvas bag. They gave really cute travel related vectors, and we were to learn how to scan the paper, and then have the machine cut it.
Here I am learning how the product works, I’m setting up the scanning process so the machine sees what it will be cutting. The screen above the printer will show you the scanned area, and you can customize or select certain images to be cut.
Jackie asked me to look at her before pressing the cut button, this is my, “I’m about to press the cut button!!!!” face. Honestly, I was excited and amazed by what this product can do, and curious to see if it would actually work.
IT DID WORK! In the second photo, I’m using the spatula to peel off the cut designs so we could lay them out on our canvas bags ready to be ironed on.
Here’s my finished canvas bag design.
After the event, I felt my time with the product was cut too short, so when Brother asked me if I’d like to borrow the ScanNCut so I could try it out at home, I said sure! When I got home from Europe, they sent over the machine and I decided to play around with it. I was a little worried I’d have a hard time with the machine because the workshop was at least two months ago and I might’ve forgotten how to set it up and use it. But, the only problem I actually encountered was the kind of paper I used!
Here’s a close-up example of craft paper cutting out a pattern. When creating cutouts, you have to make sure you’re using thick smooth paper. I used thin colored paper (about 200 gsm only) and it ended up sticking to the cutting board.
I tried again with thicker paper (around 300 gsm), with a smoother finish and it lifted off the cutting board much better. For reference, the materials that you can cut are: paper, cardstock, fabric, and vinyl.
I wanted to explore the machine and what else it had to offer and saw that it actually comes with built-in designs and patterns for you to use in your projects. On the screen above you can find different themes and designs. I was mostly attracted to the gift tags and the food!
The Brother ScanNCut also has the ability to draw anything for you, with the wifi or USB feature, you can send over a design or pattern you want drawn out precisely and it’ll do just that! I found a pattern on Google and voila!
Drawn on precisely, and neatly. Another thing I’d like to note about the Brother ScanNCut is that it does the work with precision and speed. Drawing out this design took less than 2 minutes.
With the Brother ScanNCut, creating can be endless. You can create unique greeting cards, create sewing, quilting and applique projects (fashion majors will love this), make mixed media artworks, do scrapbooking, among many other things.
Currently, the Brother ScanNCut CM700 has an SRP of PHP 24,995 only. For more information on the Brother ScanNCut and other Brother prodcuts, you may visit them at brother.com.ph