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Cleaning the LCD Display Screen
You can clean fingerprint marks off of your ScanNCut screen with a cleaning cloth meant for glasses. Much better than a tissue – it leaves no lint behind!
Storing the Stylus
Use the round hole behind the ScanNCut screen to hold your stylus. Store your spatula tool in the well behind the screen. This way you’ll always know where they both are!
Determine the Blade Depth
When getting started with your ScanNCut, make sure to start with a lower blade depth
than suggested until you get comfortable with your machine.
Test Cutting Recommended
Always create a test cut before cutting out your design. This will help ensure that
you have the right depth to proceed without cutting through your mat.
Working with Various Materials
When beginning, start by experimenting with different fabrics, papers and surfaces
to get a feel on how ScanNCut works for you and your needs.
Test Cut Journal
Take your experimental fabrics and keep your test cuts or cut designs in a journal
or file that you can always have on hand when you go to cut these materials again.
Remember to record blade depth, bladed pressure as well as blade speed in order
to create your cut perfectly each time.
Selecting the Appropriate Blade
If you are not sure what blade to start with, always be safe and start with the
blade in the blue blade holder. This is a standard cut blade. Test and work your
way up from there.
Adjusting the Blade Setting
When setting your blade depth to use on your surface, take your blade to the side
of your surface and measure the depth of the blade there. This helps to get an idea
especially if your blade is not cutting through your material. Measuring your blade
to the side of your surface allows you a good starting point for your blade depth
and may help to ensure that the blade does not cut through.
Selecting the Appropriate Mat
When getting started, remember that your blue mat will be for thinner materials
(tissue paper, vellum, computer paper, cellophane, vinyl, acetate...) and your purple
mat will be for more substantial materials (cardstock, patterned paper, glittered
cardstock, chipboard, cardboard, leather, wood veneer paper...) For a sturdy and
accurate cut of fabric, add the fabric support sheet to your purple mat to help
preserve the surface of your mat and also add that extra support for fabric to stick
to and cut accurate.
For cutting fabrics without iron on support, make sure to starch and iron your fabric
to a smooth surface. This will ensure that your fabric is even and will supply optimal
For additional information about cutting various materials and surfaces, as well
as expert tips and tricks. Make sure to watch our support and project videos.