Welcome to Day 15 of 40 Days of Machine Embroidered Appliqué Blessings!
Step #3 – Prepare & cut your appliqué shapes
Using an electronic cutting machine
Electronic cutting machines have revolutionized the cutting of appliqué shapes.
Electronic cutting machines, such as the Silhouette Cameo and the Brother Scan N Cut, use SVG files (provided with most, soon to be all, design collections from Sarah Vedeler Designs and Meaning of Life Designs by Sarah Vedeler) and allow you to cut your appliqué shapes very precisely – and reasonably fast too. As a designer, I love the flexibility of being able to provide electronic cutting files. I can design something today and you can be cutting it out tomorrow (OK, maybe in an ideal world!). No manufacturing lead times. Best of all, no limits to the complexity of the design.
Electronic cutting machines were originally introduced into the crafting world to cut paper, but they do an excellent job of cutting fabric too. To learn how to use SVG files with a Silhouette Cameo click here. To learn how to use SVG files with a Brother Scan N Cut click here. The Silhouette Cameo has an easy way to do fussy cutting which can be used to create all sorts of secondary designs in your appliqué. Click here to learn how. For some best practice tips on how to prepare your appliqué fabric for cutting with an electronic cutting machine, click here.
Which electronic cutting machine do you have in your sewing room – and what do you love about it?
Please leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve got any questions.
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