Test Cutting Recommended
Use the test feature in a lower hand corner of your surface before you proceed with your full cut.
Direct Cut Feature
Use the Direct cut "shape" feature to scan in your background and cut special elements from your surface in your favorite shape
Background Scan Feature
When placing your design on your mat, use the "Background Scan" icon to scan in your surface. This will place your cut exactly where you
would like on your surface. This can be used to safely place designs on surfaces that have already been cut from, simply scan your background
in and place your design on an area that has not be used… it is that simple!
Test Cutting Materials
If I'm using specialty paper or fabric, I always keep scrap paper so I can run through a test version first.
Positioning Materials on Mat
Make sure your paper/fabric is lined up evenly on the mat so your cuts will come out perfectly!
Keep all your attachments together in the box so you don't lose them, make good use of the little pouch!
Keep a Test Cut Journal
Create a cut journal as you work. As you test and use various mediums,
place a small testing piece of the specific material and document the settings you found to best cut it.
Loading the Mat
Always use two hands to feed in your mats--being sure both corners are touching the rollers, click the feed button and return your hand to the mat.
Feeding the mat evenly will keep jams to a minimum and prevent your mat from bending at the corners.
Saved Data Journal
Keep a file journal. If you have scanned in patterns or cut outs that are similar,
but hard to differentiate on the ScanNCut screen, always write down the file name and the description.
Adjusting the Blade Setting
When testing blade length and pressure for a new material, always begin with the blade at a number smaller than recommended.
You can always lengthen your blade, but you will preserve your mats by working the blade length up slowly.
Test Varies Materials
Since I tend to work with a lot of altered materials (painted papers and fabric) I found that it was helpful to test a variety of materials
and then create a list of test blade settings and keep this on hand as a "go to" for my different projects.
I love that fact that there are pre-loaded letters and designs in the machine and found it really
useful to use these simple options but kick it up by using unique materials like hand painted fabric and paper.
On-Screen Grid Feature
Since I like to use scraps and odd sizes of paper and fabric it was essential to make use of the on-screen grid to place those scraps.