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Scan N Cut Techniques Class

Do you feel intimated by your Scan N Cut?  You will soon become confident in your ability to use it and be ready to experience all it has to offer….cutting fabric, embossing, creating stencils, glass etching, and more. And let’s not forget the world of vinyl - heat transfer vinyl (T shirts, garden flags, tote bags, pillows), removal vinyl (wall decorations), permanent vinyl (car window decals, signs, ornaments….) And did I mention bling?  Rhinestones!!!

For 2023, our class series will be offered in person at 2:00 pm.  All SNC models will be welcomed but some techniques may be geared more toward the DX models. 

Please be sure you have the latest update loaded on your cutter, when applicable.  Brother Scan N Cut owners, check for updates here.

Review our Scan N Cut Basics videos on our YouTube channel.


August - Glass Etching with your Scan N Cut

Now that you have mastered using your Scan N Cut for fabric projects, it’s time to expand the use of your SNC machine.  Learn the ins/outs of glass etching!  You will have a completed project by end of class.

Supplies for August:

Low Tack mat
Standard Blade (or for best results, the Vinyl Blade). 
Adhesive vinyl (removable or permanent) 12x12 inches,
Transfer tape 12x12 inches used to apply stencil,
glass object for etching (e.g. wine glass, plate, vase, clear glass container, etc.). 
Alcohol to clean glass item,
Etch All or Armour Etch cream for etching (available at craft stores or online.
Popsicle stick or small paint brush to apply etching cream. 
Disposable gloves.

This is a good project to use ANY color vinyl – e.g. colors you may have you don’t like or leftover scrap pieces large enough for the design).  Laptop/Canvas Workspace is not needed for this class.                                                                                                     

September - Adventures in Vinyl 


Discussion and samples of various types of vinyl – permanent, removable, heat transfer (HTV), glitter, glow in the dark, holographic, patterns
.  Learn the steps to create successful vinyl cut files, “weed” cut designs, apply designs using transfer tape or a heat press.  Use Canvas Workspace to import SVG (scalable vector graphic) and transfer by USB to SNC.

Supplies for September:

Standard Tack Mat,
Low Tack Mat,
Standard Blade or Vinyl Blade (for best cut).   
 Laptop with Canvas Workspace (download version) and USB stick for transferring designs from Canvas Workspace to SNC.  
Adhesive vinyl  (color of choice, 12x12 inch piece),
Transfer Tape for transferring design 12x12 inch piece). (Transfer tape is not needed for HTV. )
Blank cup/tumbler for “hands on” vinyl application.   
Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) (color of choice 12x12inch piece). 
Blank flat item for HTV application (e.g. shirt, bag, pillow cover, apron, etc.). 
Baby Wipes (fragrance/alcohol free) for cleaning mat,
Lint roller to prepare HTV item.  

Casserole Dish Hot Pads or Mini Wallhanging for Halloween

Whistlepig Creek Productions – Biggie Hots for Halloween Casserole Dish Hot Pads

Learn how to scan in and edit a purchased pattern using your Brother Scan N Cut.  10”x14” Hot Pad for casserole dishes or can be used as a mini holiday wallhanging.

Supplies for October:

Fabric Mat/Fabric Blade.
Laptop with Canvas Workspace (download version). 
Pattern available from Sew What. 
Fat quarter  --- Fabric 1 Background and Backing, 
Fabric 2  Border, 1/6 yd.
Fabric 3 Binding. 
Lightweight Fusible Webbing (Lt. Steam a Seam 2. 
Fat quarter or 1/3 yd Cotton Batting,
Fat quarter or 1/3 yd insulating batting. 
Additional fabric needed for appliques – see pattern. 
Sewing machine with matching threads.

November - Paper Piercing, Embossing and Calligraphy with Brother Scan N Cut


Brother Scan N Cut Kits – Embossing, Paper Piercing and Calligraphy

Using the SNC Paper Piercing Kit, cardstock and vellum create a personalized stationery set using designs included in the kit.  Emboss on metal using the SNC Embossing Kit.  Use the SNC Calligraphy Kit and no one will know you did not spend hours with pen in hand!
Class will demonstrate each kit and include “hands on” for those that have the kit(s) Don’t have the kit(s) listed? Come to class and learn what you are missing ….get inspired to take your SNC to a new level!!! 

Samples from all three kits will be available at Sew What! 


Supplies for November:

Paper Piercing Kit/ Embossing Kit/Calligraphy Kit. 
All SNC mats/blades and accessories. 
Laptop with Canvas Workspace (download version).
vellum paper,
Brother Embossing Metal Sheets,. 

This class will introduce you to the many resources available under the Canvas/Project tab of the Canvas Workspace software. Just in time for summer, we will applique a beach bag using the Hawaiian Quilt project.

Supplies:  SNC Machine and all accessories, Fabric Mat/Blade or Mat with High Tack Fabric Support Sheet. USB stick to transfer designs to your SNC. Cotton fabric – 3 colors, Iron-on adhesive sheet and a fabric bag.

If you wish to participate in class hands on, we recommend that you bring your cutter (and computer with Canvas Workspace for some projects) as well as the accessories that came with your machine, plus any extras you may have purchased along the way.  Each class will have a specific supply list detailed above.

Additionally, some helpful tools are:  Terial Magic (for working with fabric), a Non Stick pressing sheet (when working with fusible web), Clear Packing Tape (in case you cut through your mat), and a rolling tote to carry it all in!

Past projects:

January - New Owners Class/Refresher for Alumni

Over view of SNC for new owners or alumni who would like a “refresher”. After reviewing what the SNC has to offer, we will put our new skills to work creating a pattern for a dust cover for your machine, scan in the pattern, cut fabric and go over assembly details. Sewing of the dust cover will be completed at home so no need to bring a sewing machine to class

Supplies: paper, pencil, ¾ yard fabric, Scan N Cut Machine, all accessories with machine, Fabric Mat/Blade (or Mat with Fabric Adhesion Sheet)

February - Canvas Workspace

This class is an introduction to the free software that accompanies your Brother Scan and Cut Machine. We will be working with the “Downloaded” version (vs. Online Version which requires an internet connection). Canvas Workspace provides more detailed editing functions, imaging tracing and the ability to import SVG files. You will learn how to transfer a file from Canvas Workspace to your SNC to be cut.  We will also explore “Premium Functions”, how to activate them in Canvas Workspace, and where to find the additional designs that are included with those functions.

Supplies:SNC machine and all accessories, Laptop with Canvas Workspace download version installed and a USB stick to transfer designs to your machine. (

March - Scan N Cut DX Roll Feeder

This class will teach you how to install the Scan and Cut DX Roll Feeder.  Using the roll feeder you are able to cut up to 6 ft of vinyl (without a mat).  In addition to the designs that come with your roll feeder, there are two other design packs available for purchase from Sew What.  This is a great way to create large scale wall designs, banners, etc.

Supplies:  SNC Machine and all accessories including the DX Roll Feeder.
Laptop with Canvas Workspace download version, USB stick to transfer your design. Roll of
vinyl (permanent or removal adhesive vinyl) – available for purchase from SEW WHAT. Two
additional Premium Packs of designs are also available at Sew What as a

April - Scan N Cut Rotary Blade

Using the Rotary Blade/Kit see how to cut delicate materials such as tulle, sequin or velvet without fraying. Cut materials without backing—no need for iron on applique sheet with rotary blade. 63 cut files included in the kit along with a project book for plush lettering, stuffed animals and more!  Using a built in design students will complete a 3D Bouquet Applique.

Supplies: SNC Machine and all accessories, SNC Rotary Blade/Kit (Pre order from Sew What) , Laptop with Canvas Workspace, USB stick to transfer designs to your SNC.  To complete the project students will need 4 types of fabric, iron on double sided adhesive, 3 buttons and ribbon.

May - Scan N Cut Applique Pillow Cover

In this class we will cut an intricate applique pattern using a "built in" design in your Scan N Cut.  (Design  AR-P105 under Patterns)  Design size (and fabric needed) will depend on your finished pillow cover size.

SNC Machine and all accessories, 
Gold Fabric Mat and Gold Fabric Blade 
       (or Standard Mat with High Tack Fabric Support Sheet attached). 
Two pieces of cotton fabric (1 for wreath/1 for bird)
Heat and Bond Lite
Pre-made pillow cover (available for pre purchase at Sew What)
Design AR-P105  (This design is in your Scan N Cut under Patterns)
Pillow cover applique will be "finished" using a stitch of your choosing as your "homework".

June - Hawaiian Quilt Bag

July - Christmas in July!  Kringle No Sew Wreath featuring cork or faux leather

Supplies for July include

“Kringle” Wreath Pattern available for purchase from Sew What
Cork fabric or faux leather for leaves – 25”wide  1/3 yd
Contrast – cork fabric or faux leather for bow  25” – 1/8 yd
12” Grapevine or Straw Wreath for base
Jingle Bells for embellishment – 1 inch    
10-15 bells
Hot glue or permanent glue, scissors, chalk or removable pen

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: You must have completed new owner's class or have a good understanding of the use of your cutter. Scan N Cut Basic videos available on our You tube channel here:
Instructor: Teresa Holton
Models purchased from Sew What! inc. eligible for a discounted class rate of $29.99. Please call 302.397.8091 to enroll. If you enroll for the entire year, you can also get a discount. Call 302.397.8091 to enroll.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
To adequately prepare for classes and events, we ask that you please register at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  Your space in class will not be held withhout payment.  Each class has a minimum, and maximum, number of students and may fill, or be cancelled, prior to your payment.

If a
minimum number of students is not met, you will be notified, and your class fees refunded, at least 1 week prior to the class start date.  If you need to cancel cancel, please call the store at least 1 week prior to class for a full refund. No refunds of class or kit fees will be issued for cancellations under 1 week before the class start date. No shows will forfeit class and kit fees.

Upon registration you will be emailed a list of supplies needed for the class. All supplies should be purchased prior to class. Classes typically do not include time to purchase supplies. Unless otherwise noted, all supplies are available at Sew What! Inc.  Students will receive a 10% discount on all supplies listed.

We are diligent about enforcing copyright laws; if a book, pattern or embroidery design is required for a class, each student must purchase their own copy. There are no exceptions.

Students should bring their sewing machine with all of the appropriate parts (including the instruction manual, foot control and power cord). Students must be familiar with the basic operation (i.e. winding a bobbin and threading the machine) of their machine for creative classes, and the machine must be in good working condition. Alternatively, a student may pre-register to rent a sewing machine (when avail;able) for creative classes at a rental rate of $15 per class session.  Students who experiences great difficulty with their sewing machine during class may need to rent a machine.

Please be considerate of others. Do not bring children to class, wear heavy perfume or use cell phones during class. Please be prepared to start class on time.  Our doors typically open 30 minutes prior to your class start time to allow you to set up your sewing space. Classes begin and end promptly at the scheduled time.