ScanNCut DX Playbook review

Today I’m writing about the new ScanNCut DX Playbook!   In the UK, this is only available exclusively through Makers Superstore – their website is http://www.makerssuperstore.com

The gist of this review is –

This book is EXCELLENT and extremely informative and comprehensive –

NO – all the content CANNOT be found online or elsewhere – there is nothing else out there that covers the inbuilt functions as comprehensively as this book does….I’ve already been there, read the book, seen the YouTube videos, got the ScanNCut t shirt….sorry couldn’t help that joke!

YES it is DEFINITELY well worth the price point as it contains so much excellent content – the book plus pattern collection activation card plus usb with extra bonus content and tutorials….so with that said, here is more information for you 🙂

First of all, ignore the title “ScanNCut DX Innov-is Edition Playbook” – this book is for ALL DX series machines, so in the UK that would be ALL the SDX series – so the bottom range SDX900, through to the SDX135PRO, SDX1200 and the top of the range SDX2200D.

Looking at the online blurb, I originally thought the playbook contained just basic content and a bit about using .pes files on the ScanNCut but it’s not – it’s a really fantastic, well thought out manual designed to hold your hand and help you become best friends with your ScanNCut.

It landed on my doorstep yesterday, and I was really surprised – there is a lot more content in there than I thought there was!  And most of that content actually isn’t covered on the internet, or on YouTube, so I was really delighted about that!


It’s written by Cindy Hogan, a Brother Brand Ambassador based in the USA.  Cindy has been using Brother machines for many years, and is very well known in the embroidery world for her excellent manuals on PE Design, which is digitizing software for embroidery machines.   As Cindy normally writes manuals for software, this manual is very much focused on using the functions on the machine itself.


I’ve had a really good read through it – there is some fantastic content in the book, especially for new or users intermediate or those who wish to become more confident and comfortable when using their ScanNCut.

However, this book isn’t just for those of us who also use embroidery machines, far from it!  Yes, there are chapters on using embroidery machines and .pes functions etc, but the majority of the book is designed to help you learn your machine inside out, from the beginning, in steps you can take at your own pace.


The book has about 250 A4 size pages and is packed full with useful content.  You also get the PigPong Lettering Collection activation card (which normally costs £39.99) separately – and there are some projects in the book that you will create using the activation card, plus other projects, and the book takes you through those step by step.

Inside the book there is also a USB flash drive, which contains the videos and files for the projects inside the book, as well as a glossary – which I love as it isn’t just a description of various ScanNCut terms but this actually takes you through every single screen on the machine and explains both what the menus and options on the screen mean, and  what they do.  I am an experienced user but even I am going to print this extra bonus content out to put in a folder with the playbook. it’s a brilliant reference guide.

The only thing I had trouble with was working out how to open the usb (it’s a little card with a hinge), so here is a video I found helpful – once you know how to do it you’ll be fine!

Opening the flash drive usb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhU8VKxEocU

The book also helps you become more comfortable with using Canvas Workspace – there are step by step instructions on setting up your Canvas Workspace account, and how to connect your ScanNCut to your wireless internet.  There are also chapters on updating the machines firmware, and activating pattern collections and uaing the premium function settings.  All this information is step by step, and in depth, meaning you can’t go wrong as you have the book and pictures to follow while you get everything set up.

That’s only a small part of the book though!

A large part of the book is dedicated to all the amazing scanning features that are built in to the machine, again there are pages and pages of in depth, step by step instructions on how to expertly use all the various scanning features – there is a *lot more* you can do with the scan function rather than just dragging a cut file over to the right area of a piece of paper or card!  This section is *excellent* and so (here’s that word again!) in depth and informative.  It goes right through every single scanning function comprehensively so you can get the best results, and on top of that, there is more content about scanning on the actual USB for you to print out if you choose (and yes I will be doing that! as it’s so helpful!

The vast majority of the content in this book has been written to help you with all the machines inbuilt functions  and this isn’t covered in such great depth on the internet, online, on Youtube, or other instructional videos or demonstrations  –  the content in the book is *extremely* comprehensive. 


The playbook also gets you started on the basics of using Canvas Workspace in conjunction with your machine.  There is too much in the book to mention everything and it’s not something that you’re going to pick up and use once or twice, I genuinely think new and intermediate users will go to this book time and time again.

The playbook/pattern collection/bonus usb content really is *worth every penny of the price* – it’s written by someone who has extensive knowledge of producing instructional manuals for Brother and this book as I said covers much more than other instructional content – it goes places other ScanNCut instructors and demonstrators  haven’t been before, right to the heart of the machine (in detail!). 

I love it and it’s going to sit right next to my ScanNCut SDX2200D as a reference guide! 🙂

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