IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Ok so I have thought long and hard about posting this video…but I’m going to do it. As you know, I love to help out other people with their ScanNCut, and am very community minded, and make videos in my free time to help others out as well as doing Facebook Lives for free.

It’s important that you all watch this short video https://youtu.be/XHmuoXfBa5U

I still have all my YouTube videos (I keep them backed up in several places) and am still deciding on the best place to re upload them to….so I’ll keep you updated on that.

I have several new tutorials coming out shortly, so I’ll keep you updated on those as well. As soon as I’ve decided on the appropriate platform (I still have full access to YouTube, so may upload them there), I’ll post links πŸ™‚

I’ve uploaded the video as Create and Craft are still misleading customers over the ScanNCut (Dean Wilson claimed on today’s weekender show the CM900 is still being updated when in fact the CM900 was discontinued by Brother in September 2020..if you want to check with Brother, I highly suggest you do that because as you know, I am passionate about making sure we all have the most accurate information..

I don’t like Create and Craft misleading customers, and getting my YouTube channel deleted just shows them in a very unpleasant light. This isn’t the only unpleasant thing they have done…they have attacked other people in the past – see this article..before anyone says it’s a coincidence…it isn’t….I’ve had to make crosswords for magazines in the past, and the software prevents any offensive or swear words from appearing in the article.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6826271/Sedate-world-crafts-rocked-apparent-crude-insult-rival-magazine-wordsearch.html

FREE ScanNCut Facebook live class tomorrow 25th August 2021!


A little heads up that Makers Superstore have a Bank Holiday special price on the SDX135 tomorrow – it’s normally Β£499 but the special Bank Holiday price will be Β£399 so Β£100 off! How amazing is that!


As I have the SDX135, I thought I could do a free class for everyone – as you know I don’t mind helping other people out and answering their questions on using the machine.



The SDX135 is the model above the SDX900 in the entire ScanNCut SDX range – it has a couple more fonts than the SDX900 AND has that all important large 5″ screen (I’ll attach a photo so you can see just what a difference the bigger screen makes), as well as the updated mat feed roller system.

I have a SDX135 (as well as my SDX2200) and I love it as I couldn’t do without that large 5″ screen!

It’s been a busy time but as I have some spare time now and my SDX135 is out on my desk and I have some projects to do so I thought I may as well do a FREE Facebook live class tomorrow at 1PM (UK BST)

Makers Superstore have very kindly agreed to let me take over their Facebook page again (so I don’t annoy my friends and family! lol) – hope you can join me!

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818

So hope you can join me, we could have a look at the machine and do some questions and answers and I also have a heat transfer vinyl design to cut out, so maybe I could go through that on the live as well. πŸ™‚

Hope to see you at 1pm tomorrow! (If you can’t make that time, then once the live stream has ended, it will be available to watch at anytime). πŸ™‚

Paper Piercing Facebook Live Class

Thanks to everyone who came to my Facebook live for Makers Superstore last night!

Here are some of the wonderful patterns I pierced out last night on my ScanNCut SDX2200D with the paper piercing kit, which I absolutely love for the beautiful texture it gives to projects!

I’ve had the kit since September 2019 and I have made so many lovely projects with it – it is my favourite add on kit πŸ˜€

It works on ALL models of the SDX ScanNCut family, so in the UK that’s model numbers SDX900, SDX135PRO, SDX1200 and SDX2200D.


It’s available to buy through the Makers Superstore website – http://www.makerssuperstore.com

If you missed out on the live, then it’s now available to watch at anytime at your convenience over on the Makers Superstore Facebook live page here –

https://www.facebook.com/104804484280818/videos/490886561935311

Hope you enjoyed my free class and happy piercing! πŸ™‚

Free Facebook live on paper piercing :-)

I’m taking over the Makers Superstore Facebook page again on SUNDAY 11th APRIL at 7pm UK time to do another FREE class in my own free time πŸ™‚ , this time on the paper piercing kit, and I will have LOTS of hints and tips for using it, as well as general hints and tips for getting the best out of your machine πŸ™‚

Join the class here – https://www.facebook.com/events/124820129608586

Don’t worry if it’s silly o’clock where you are, once the live stream has ended, it will be available to watch at your convenience!

You can use the designs in your projects either side depending on whether you want texture or not…you can also stitch the finished designs if you want to…gives a whole new element to ScanNCut projects which I love.

I can’t tell you how many bits of card stock I have punched holes through πŸ™‚ It’s super addictive and I love the finished results! Here is one of the first projects I made…I have made so many with the paper piercing kit!

Paper piercing gives a beautiful texture to projects, the designs can be used on either side depending on whether you want more texture or not…..you can use the holes to stitch the designs…the kit allows you to create piercing patterns for any design you want…I use it a lot so would love to show you how it works.

It’s also fantastic for creating pierced edges along borders and pierced mats and layers!

To get the FREE downloads, you’ll need to have a Dropbox account – here is how it works:

Sign up for a FREE DropBox account https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/basic….

I’ll make sure a link is posted in the live so you can get the free files to download –

How to download a file or folder from Dropbox https://help.dropbox.com/…/sync…/download-entire-folders

Hope to see you all there for some making fun and giveaways! πŸ™‚

All things Vinyl Facebook Live!

I’m loving the ScanNCut vinyl autoblade! Hope you can all join me for my Facebook live tomorrow at 7pm UK time over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page! I’m taking over their Facebook page again πŸ™‚ for lots more ScanNCut crafty fun – I’m giving away some free svgs for the project, have lots of hints and tips for you as well on all things vinyl – both self adhesive and heat transfer vinyl (HTV for short) , so looking forward to seeing you there!

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Free ScanNCut Facebook live with a giveaway for everyone!

Hi all,

As you know, I love to help other people with their ScanNCut machine, so I’m planning on a FREE class on Facebook on Sunday 21st March at 2pm – covering ALL models of ScanNCut – so I’ll have all my machines out and ready – and I’ll also answer any questions you have about the SDX series models – I’ll also be doing a giveaway worth Β£15 to EVERY person who joins in for the session!

I’ll post more details nearer the time, but hope you can join me there and please private message me with any questions!

Can’t wait to see you there!

πŸ™‚

Makers Superstore Facebook Live – postponed :-(

Sorry everyone, sadly I’m going to have to postpone tonight’s Facebook live for Makers Superstore as I have a family issue I have to deal with….apologies but I will be rescheduling the live free class as soon as I can!

I will let you know the new date for the free class as soon as I can, it will be held over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page here –

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/live_videos/


The stream will be available to watch anytime once the livestream has ended, so no need to miss out if you’re in a different timezone! πŸ™‚

I’ll be covering how to get gorgeous CLEAN CUTS with your machine…lots of troubleshooting tips, tricks and machine demos to help you get the best cut possible from a variety of materials – this is a FREE CLASS for all models of ScanNCut!

I’ll do my best to help you all as much as I can!

ScanNCut face masks!

A big thank you to all the lovely crafters who joined me over on the Makers Superstore page yesterday for my Facebook live on using the ScanNCut to cut fabric for face masks!

If you missed it, or want to watch it again to see how to make the masks, then you can find the video here :

https://www.facebook.com/104804484280818/videos/283671089479289/

DISCLAIMER – This mask (or face mask) does not protect the person against coronavirus. The goal is to stop the spread of droplets to reduce the spread of the virus. Strictly follow all recommendations from the government and health organisations to keep you, your family and loved ones safe.

*** NOTE – at the moment – Makers Superstore are offering a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on all their fabrics (Please check their website for current offers) ***

You need basic sewing skills and a sewing machine to complete this project. A fancy sewing machine is very nice (!) but a basic model will do the job well.

You can use ANY ScanNCut in the CM series or the SDX series to do this – my preferred machine of choice is the SDX2200D, at the time of posting (June 2020) – this is the current TOP OF THE RANGE of the ScanNCut family πŸ™‚

If using SDX series – then use the BEIGE THIN FABRIC AUTOBLADE and your machine will take care of the settings!

If using CM series – use standard blade for quilting cotton and you will have to test cut – here are some cutting guidelines for you –

Brother have helpfully provided a guide on the basics of fabric cutting for both the CM and SDX series – this has suggested settings for the CM series and a troubleshooting guide:

https://download.brother.com/welcome/doch100985/SNC_DNC_fcb01en.pdf

Brother also have a basic guide to quilting which explains the difference between lengthwise, crosswise and bias grain – as this is a sewing project, we need to cut our fabric on the crosswise grain – see here for an explantion on grain lines, bias etc.

https://download.brother.com/welcome/doch100523/snc2_bqg02en.pdf


To make this facemask, I’ve used my ScanNCut SDX2200D (my preferred machine of choice!), sewing machine AND

FABRIC:

I’m making with these cotton fat quarter bundles from Makers Superstore -www.makerssuperstore.com

If you’re new to fabric, then a fat quarter is 1/4 of a yard/meter of fabric – made by cutting half a metre of the full fabric width and then cutting this piece in half vertically (cutting it by the width). Fat quarters allow you to get a better cut of the design rather than just a quarter of a meter/yard cut across the bolt of fabric horizontally.

You need a GOOD QUALITY QUILTING COTTON – thin or loosely woven cottons are no good for making face masks!

Winnie the Pooh 5 fat quarter pack –

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Craft-Cotton-Company/DisneyTM-Winnie-the-Pooh-Woodland-Fat-Quarter-Pack-X-5/4H

Frozen 5 fat quarter pack –

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Craft-Cotton-Company/DisneyTM-Frozen-2-Watercolour-Fat-Quarter-Pack-X-5/3O


ITEMS NEEDED

Any ScanNCut plus sewing machine (could handsew if you really needed to)

High tack fabric support sheet (optional – can cut paper or doeflex templates (label doeflex with self adhesive vinyl)

The CM900 and SDX machines come with a high tack support sheet in the box – replacements can be found here –

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-4-X-High-Tack-Adhesive-Fabric-Support-Sheets-12-X-12/2V


Fabric – approximately 2/3rd of a fat quarter (see above for the fabric I used in my livestream)


NON WOVEN fusible interfacing – I use:
Vilene F220 standard iron on interfacing – it comes in both white and black – google around for the best prices.

Elastic, ribbon or cord.
Thread
80/12 sewing machine needle (I use Schemtz brand which are excellent quality)
Scissors
Sewing pins or clips.
Iron/ironing board or ironing pad.

Frixion Erasable Rollerball PenΒ  (ink vanishes when hit with a hot iron) – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frixion-Erasable-Rollerball-Assorted-Colours/dp/B005349ER8/ref=asc_df_B005349ER8/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309920235837&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18429344498370846850&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045025&hvtargid=pla-424440815957&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

NOSE BRIDGE STRIPS ARE A *MUST* TO ENSURE A GOOD SEAL ACROSS THE TOP OF YOUR FACE MASK – (if you wear glasses and they fog up while wearing the mask then you don’t have a seal)

These are the ones I use:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B087M6JMSW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Optional: I like to also sew and quilt, so to precut my fabric to go on the mat, I do use a rotary cutter, quilting ruler and self healing mat, but this is *entirely optional and not necessarily required* – this is the sort of items I use.

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/EZ-Quilting/Quilters-Tools-Essential-Kit/GF

PREP: Iron fabric (can lightly starch if you would like – I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press)

Pre cut fabric ON GRAIN – (fabric folded selvedge edge to selvedge edge) –

2 x 12″ WIDE by 8″ HIGH pieces of fabric (matching fabric – same fabric for both sides)


2 X 12″ WIDE by 8″ HIGH pieces of Vilene F220 fusible interfacing.


Create pattern – for my size (adult)

For the mask, you will need to cut TWO x Vilene F220 fusible interfacing and TWO x fabric pieces.

Select Basic Shapes – BA-A093 Perfect shape to create the style of face mask we’re going to make today!

Turn OFF aspect ratio – resize to 6.75″ high x 11.02″ wide (adult size – for other sizes, use fantastic resizing feature on ScanNCut then cut out of PAPER first to gauge size required)

Cut TWO x fusible interfacing on NEW LOW TACK MAT OR USED STANDARD TACK MAT – AND BEIGE THIN FABRIC AUTOBLADE.

*** DO NOT USE NEW STANDARD TACK MAT OR HIGH TACK SUPPORT SHEET TO CUT INTERFACING – IT WILL JUST STICK TO THE MAT AND CAN’T BE PULLED AWAY CLEANING (WILL SEPARATE)

** PLACE FUSIBLE INTERFACING GLUE (rough) side UP and SMOOTH SIDE DOWN ONTO MAT. (You don’t want to loose any fusible glue dots that might stick to your mat so do it this way)

Cutting fabric – you can either cut a paper or doeflex and cut the fabric the old fashioned way BUT I am going to show you how to cut fabric on the ScanNCut

Mat with high tack support sheet attached & BEIGE THIN FABRIC BLADE on SDX (standard turquoise blade for CM series)

Just place fabric square on the mat (BE AWARE OF THE GRAIN) and smooth it down with (I use the Brother brayer – does the job perfectly)

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/search?query=brayer

Scan in your fabric – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO LOOSE THREADS ON THE EDGES OF YOUR FABRIC THAT MAY GET TANGLED UP IN YOUR MACHINE’S ROLLERS

Position cut file over fabric – HAS TO BE ON GRAIN VERY IMPORTANT FOR SEWING PROJECTS – cannot rotate shape because otherwise you will be cutting on bias, which is stretchy, and your fabric will go out of shape, too much stretch is no good for a face mask!

CUT AND REPEAT


FUSE INTERFACING TO WRONG SIDE OF BOTH FABRIC PIECES – GLUE SIDE DOWN – (if you make mistake and get glue on your iron, then run it hot over a tumble dryer sheet and this will clean all the glue off – isn’t that magic?)


READY TO SEW!

I’m going to use my 1/4″ foot (if you don’t have one, use 1/4″ guide on bed of your sewing machine).

Right sides together, sew down both curved edges.

Rotate fabric to match seams. – TURN TOP SEAM TO THE LEFT, BOTTOM SEAM TO THE RIGHT TO NEST THE SEAMS – PIN IN PLACE

Turn piece upside down – nest/ match seams again – making sure seam is straight on both sides – PIN IN PLACE

CHECK WHICH END IS TOP OF YOUR FACEMASK IF YOU ARE USING A DIRECTIONAL PATTERN – AT THE TOP* – start sewing and backstitch about two and half inches in – backstitch at end.

Sew straight across the bottom.

TURN INSIDE OUT, ROLL SEAMS AND PRESS. PREPARE YOUR THE SEAM ALLOWANCE ON OPENING -FOLD IN RAW EDGES TO MATCH REST OF SEAM AND PRESS and PIN.


PREPARE TO INSERT NOSE BRIDGE STRIP – from seam – measure out and mark 1.75″ on both sides (nose bridge piece is 3.50 inches long).

INSERT NOSE BRIDGE STRIP – one pin across bottom, one pin across either end.

I like to use ZIPPER FOOT to top stitch – I use the edge of this as a guide.

Start TOP STITCHING at top right hand side – pivot and turn – BE VERY CAREFUL AS YOU APPROACH NOSE BRIDGE STRIP.

At start of nose bridge strip, (use needle wheel to test you are NOT going to hit the metal bridge strip – YOU WILL BREAK NEEDLE AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE THE TIMING ON YOUR MACHINE – YOU DON’T WANT ANY BROKEN NEEDLES FLYING INTO YOUR EYE) pivot and stitch DOWN four or five stitches

PIVOT AGAIN

MAKE SURE TOP OF NOSE BRIDGE STRIP IS FLUSH WITH TOP SEAM – run edge of zipper foot along the edge of the nose bridge piece until you reach next pin/mark – work out where end of nose bridge strip is – sew along to end –

PIVOT (use needle wheel to test you are NOT going to hit the metal bridge strip – YOU WILL BREAK NEEDLE AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE THE TIMING ON YOUR MACHINE – YOU DON’T WANT ANY BROKEN NEEDLES FLYING INTO YOUR EYE) pivot and stitch UP four or five stitches until you can get zipper foot to fit flush with edge of fabric again.

Continue to top stitch – go over beginning of stitches five or six stitches to secure.

Basic mask is done!

TIES/CORDS/ELASTIC.

More than one way to do this –

One way – decide which side of mask you want to be FRONT.

Insert elastic.

Turn over edges about 1/2″ inch – sew (backstitch at start and end) – again I use zipper foot.

Or can insert ribbon or cord – use pony beads to make adjustable.

Hope you found this useful! πŸ™‚

Face masks – ScanNCut style!

Let’s use our ScanNCut the full and make something we all need – face masks!

I wanted to do something different from the normal tutorials already out there I can offer you something different from Applelover53 to save repeating techniques that are already out there πŸ™‚

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So….This Thursday at 4pm UK time over on the Makers Superstore’s Facebook page, as I will be covering all about making facemasks and how to make them fun with the ScanNCut!


https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/

I have lots of tips and techniques to share – super easy and no fancy equipment required – just your ScanNCut, a basic sewing machine, cotton fabric, thread and elastic, cord or ribbon.


Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚