Unpacking the Brother ScanNCut

Unpacking new toys is so exciting – especially when you can share the experience! I’ve been using a Silhouette Cameo for the last few years, and I’m super happy to now add a Brother ScanNCut to the family.

The first thing to do is open the box! This is a ScanNCut C2 M650WX , it can be connected to a computer via a USB cable, but it is also “wireless network ready”. The thing the Brother ScanNCut has that the Silhouette Cameo doesn’t have is the ability to scan an area up to 24″ long.

Brother ScanNCut

2 cutting mats are included, a standard mat and a low tack adhesive mat:

Brother ScanNCut

When those have been removed from the box, you get your first glimpse of the machine:

Brother ScanNCut

The piece of card at the back of the box came out first. It has a little red bubble wrap sleeve taped to it – containing some tiny pens that can be used to draw:

Brother ScanNCut

Also tucked in the side of the box is a couple of sheets of Iron On Fabric Appliqué Contact Sheet. It’s taken me a while to figure out exactly what this stuff is! It’s designed to be ironed onto the back of a piece of appliqué fabric before it is cut so that you can stick to the appliqué shape to a background. Sounds a lot like fusible webbing to me. I read somewhere that it shouldn’t be washed – so I’m not going to be using it in a quilt any time soon.

Brother ScanNCut

Here’s the actual machine! A lot of care has been taken in packing this machine to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

Brother ScanNCut

On the top are a couple of cards to give you access to some “extras”:

Brother ScanNCut

The Quick Reference Guide is very handy, telling you which mat to use and when you need to use a High Tack Adhesive Fabric Support Sheet (more on that in a bit!):

Brother ScanNCut

The trouble shooting guide is handy too, especially if you’re a beginner:

Brother ScanNCut

Brother ScanNCut

Did I say that this machine comes with a lot of protective packaging? Now I’m down to the plastic coating and blue tape holding everything closed:

Brother ScanNCut

And now the ScanNCut2 in all its glory!

 

Brother ScanNCut

There’s still more stuff though! Underneath the machine in the big box is a smaller box:

Brother ScanNCut

The electrical cord is kind of important:

Brother ScanNCut

It plugs into the machine in the back left corner (if you’re looking at the machine from the front):

Brother ScanNCut

There’s a little plastic sleeve containing a cutting blade (the blue thing), a pen holder, a stylus to use on the machine’s screen, and a spatula to help get stuff off the cutting mat:

Brother ScanNCutThere’s also a wireless activation card with a quick setup guide:

Brother ScanNCut

And there’s a printed operation manual with a Basic Quilting Guide for Making a Quilt. Surprisingly, this little guide seems to be geared more to hand stitchers rather than machine stitchers.

Brother ScanNCut

It turns out there’s a spot on the back of the machine to hold the stylus – which is just as well as the style is kind of small and I can see it getting lost quite easily:

Brother ScanNCut

There’s also a spot to hold the spatula!

Brother ScanNCut

The blade had me a little confused in the beginning. There’s a protective cap to put over the blade when it’s not in used. This is the blade as it came out of the box – set to a depth of 6 – but no blade showing:

Brother ScanNCut

It turns out that the blade cover had been unscrewed – it took a couple of complete turns to get the #12 aligned and the blade showing to its maximum depth:

Brother ScanNCut

The piece on the end of the blade can be unscrewed completely, making it super easy to clean any lint and fluff off the blade:

Brother ScanNCut

This is the blade housing on the machine. Before you insert the blade, make sure the light grey tab is in the UP position:

Brother ScanNCut

Then drop the blade in:

Brother ScanNCut

Then pull the light grey tab down to lock the blade in place:

Brother ScanNCut

Now the machine is ready to cut. Next up is to get the wireless connection with my computer figured out.

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