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Important Safety Instructions The following precautions should be observed for safe use of the machine. Power Supply and AC Adapter WARNING Place the AC adapter and power cord in a safe location, where they will not be stepped on, while they are being both used and stored.
CAUTION Do not place objects around the power cord or block access to the power cord. Otherwise, the power cord cannot be unplugged in an emergency. IMPORTANT Take precautions when sharing the electrical outlet with other device. Avoid using the same electrical outlet used by chargers for portable phones or high-voltage devices such as copiers.
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Do not place large objects on the mat. Do not fold or stretch the mat with extreme force. If the mat is damaged, it may no longer be possible to cut, draw or scan. Do not use a damaged mat. Make sure that the edges of the mat do not become dirty.
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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION .......... 1 MEMORY FUNCTIONS ....... 50 IMPORTANT NOTICE ........1 Saving ..............50 Saving Patterns in the Computer ......51 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ..1 Recall from ScanNCutCanvas (Wireless network Symbols Used in This Document......1 models only) ............52 Important Safety Instructions.........
FEATURES Patterns (“Pattern” mode) Scanning (“Scan” mode) Select a pattern and edit it to create your own design. Scan an illustration, photo or your own drawing to By simply loading craft paper or fabric, you can create personalized cut designs. The design can then quickly create precision paper and fabric cutouts.
ScanNCutCanvas. For details, refer to “Wireless Network Setup Guide”. 3. Recalling/saving patterns: Patterns can be downloaded or uploaded with the touch of a button, without using a USB flash drive or USB cable. For details, see “Saving” on page 50 and “Recalling” on page 52. ScanNCutCanvas website: http://ScanNCutCanvas.Brother.com/...
Chapter 1 GETTING STARTED PARTS AND FUNCTIONS Unit Descriptions - Front Unit Descriptions - Rear a Operation Panel Allows you to control the unit and specify settings with a USB port (for a USB flash drive) the LCD panel and operating buttons. The angle of the Allows a USB flash drive to be connected for saving operation panel can be adjusted to one of three levels.
Unit Descriptions - Operation Panel a Power Button Turns the machine on/off. b Home Button Displays the home screen (starting screen for operating this machine). c Settings Button Displays the settings screen for specifying various settings. For details, see “Settings Screen” on page 30.
FIRST STEPS The following procedures describe basic operations, from preparing the material to performing trial cutting. Removing the Transport Packing Materials Before turning on the machine, remove the shipping tape and the cardboard shock-absorbing material. Note • Follow the instructions provided above to lower the panel.
Memo Turning On/Off the Machine • LCD panels commonly have bright spots (permanently lit dots) and dark spots (unlit Connect the power cord to the AC adapter, and dots). It may cause some unexpected luminous spots to appear and tiny picture elements to be then connect the AC adapter to the machine.
Mat and Material Combinations The recommended material thickness is 0.1 mm to 0.3 mm for paper and 0.2 mm to 1.5 mm for fabric. Refer to the following table for the appropriate mat and sheet for fabric cutting according to the material to be used for cutting or drawing.
Sheet for fabric cutting Use one of the following two sheets for fabric cutting when cutting fabric. Standard mat This is a mat with a high adhesive Iron-on fabric • Reinforces the fabric so that various patterns can be cut out. (purple and strength.
If any problems occur when testing attaching, use Attaching the material to the mat different material. After preparing the mat and sheet (when cutting fabric) appropriate for the material, attach the material to the mat. For the mat and sheet appropriate for the material, see “Mat and Material Combinations”...
■ Fabric (Other Than for Quilt Piecing) Firmly attach all of the material to the mat so that there are no wrinkles and no part can curl off. • Otherwise, curls in the material may become caught when the mat is inserted. a Standard mat (purple and turquoise) b Iron-on fabric appliqué...
Cut the iron-on fabric appliqué contact sheet to Peel off the backing from the contact sheet. a size 2 cm or more larger than the outline of Before peeling off the backing, allow all parts to cool. the pattern to be cut. a Contact sheet b Backing With the side of the fabric that the contact...
Peeling Off the Material (Fabric Other Note Than for Quilt Piecing) After cutting the material, use a spatula to peel off • Do not wash fabrics attached together with a the fabric together with the attached contact double-sided adhesive contact sheet. sheet.
Test attaching the material. Note Before attaching the material to the mat, use a corner of the adhesive side of the mat to test attaching it. If • Do not discard the protective sheet peeled off any problems occur when testing attaching, use the mat;...
Firmly move the spatula handle across the Note surface of the fabric to remove any wrinkles and firmly attach the fabric to the mat. • The support sheet may be unintentionally peeled off while you are removing the fabric from the mat under the following conditions: The adhesive between the mat and support sheet is becoming weak after repeated uses.
Adjusting the Blade Extension The appropriate blade extension differs depending on the material type and thickness. Before installing the holder in the carriage, turn the holder cap to adjust the blade extension, and then perform trial cutting. For details on trial cutting, see “Trial Cutting” on page 27. ■...
With the reference line on the holder facing Appropriate Blade Extension toward you, fully turn the cap to the right to Adjust the blade extension to slightly exceed the thickness of the material that will be cut. Use the extend the blade tip to its maximum. markings on the holder to make the adjustment.
Push down on the holder lock lever. Installing and Uninstalling the Holder Firmly push down until the holder is locked in place. After adjusting the blade extension, install the holder in the machine. For the blade extension appropriate for the material, see “Adjusting the Blade Extension” on page 24.
Touch the “Set” key. Trial Cutting Make sure that the blade extension is appropriate for the material. Using the same material to cut or draw on in your project, perform trial cutting. ■ Turning On the Machine Check the pattern arrangement, and then touch Press in the operation panel to turn on the machine.
Press the “Start/Stop” button to start cutting. When cutting is finished, the message “Finished cutting.” appears on the display. Touch the “OK” key to return to the draw/cut selection screen. The mat is fed in to complete the preparations for cutting.
Note Note • For instructions on how to peel off the material, • Be careful that the blade does not extend too see also “Mat and Material Combinations” on much. Otherwise, the blade may break. If there page 16. is too much of a blade extension, the material may not be cut cleanly and the mat will deteriorate quicker.
MACHINE SETTINGS b Mat size key (Touching the key switches Settings Screen between the mat size 12" × 12" (305 mm × 305 mm) and 12" × 24" (305 mm × 610 mm).) From the LCD panel, the settings for specific functions can be selected and settings can be adjusted.
■ Page 5 Buzzer Sound Select whether or not an operation sound is produced, for example, when a key is touched. Seam Allowance Specify the seam allowance. This is applied when drawing on fabric, then cutting it, for example, when making quilt pieces.
Auto Shutdown If the machine is not used for a specified length of time, it will automatically turn off. The length of time until the machine turns off can be specified in the settings screen. If the machine is automatically turned off after you reach the pattern layout screen, the stored information can be recalled when the machine is turned on again.
Chapter 2 BASIC OPERATIONS PATTERN CUTTING The following procedures use built-in patterns to Select the category for the pattern to be cut out describe the entire series of operations, from in the pattern category selection screen. selecting a pattern and editing it to cutting. For this example, select Tutorial 1 - Cutting Patterns a Touch to return to the previous screen.
■ Selecting and Editing the Second Check the pattern arrangement. Pattern The two patterns that will be cut out appear in the pattern layout screen. After checking the arrangement, Touch the “Add” key in the pattern layout touch the “OK” key. screen.
Adjust the cutting speed and pressure. Touch the pattern to be deleted in the screen. To delete multiple patterns, use the function for Before cutting the pattern, adjust the cutting speed and selecting multiple patterns. For details, see pressure. These adjustments can be made from the “Selecting Multiple Patterns”...
■ Selecting and Editing the First Edit the size of the entire pattern using the pattern sizing screen. Pattern Piece After editing is finished, touch the “OK” key. Select “Pattern” in the home screen. • For details on the pattern sizing screen, see “Pattern Sizing”...
Edit the pattern piece using the pattern piece Note editing screen. After editing is finished, touch the “Set” key. • Before continuing operation, make sure that • For details on the editing functions, see “Editing the patterns that will be cut out are arranged in the Pattern Piece”...
■ Editing and Cutting the Second Pattern Piece Select and edit the second pattern piece, and then touch the “OK” key. For details on editing the pattern, follow steps (page 36) in “Selecting and Editing the First Pattern Piece”. a Touch to return to the pattern category selection screen for selecting another pattern.
PATTERN SELECTION Four pattern selection functions are available in the Individually touch all the patterns you want to layout editing screen depending on your preference. select in the screen, and then touch the “OK” key. Touch in the pattern layout screen to use the pattern selection functions.
■ Specifying the Selection Area Touch in the layout editing screen for making multiple pattern selection. Touch for specifying an area to select the patterns. Touch and drag the area resizing keys to specify the area, and then touch the “OK” key. a Keys for specifying the area b Patterns to be selected Note...
Chapter 3 ADVANCED OPERATIONS CUTTING AND EDITING FUNCTIONS b Sizing (Width) Pattern Editing Functions Edit the pattern width while maintaining the aspect ratio. Touch to adjust the setting. Touch The pattern editing functions available may differ to edit only the width. depending on the pattern you select.
f Mirroring Pattern Editing Functions - Advanced Flip the pattern along a vertical axis. Patterns The pattern editing functions available may differ depending on the pattern you select. Follow the instructions in either this section or “Pattern Editing Functions” on page 41. ■...
Pattern Layout Screen Layout Editing Functions The arrangement of the patterns can be edited. The The layout editing functions are available when cutting/drawing area specified with the “Cut Area” is touched in the pattern layout screen. setting (page 30) in the settings screen is displayed in the preview screen.
d Moving f Unifying (Grouping Multiple Patterns) Incrementally move the selected patterns. Touch the When multiple patterns are selected in the layout arrow keys to adjust the position of the patterns. editing screen, those patterns can be unified together and edited as a single pattern. This is useful for increasing or reducing the size of multiple patterns at one time.
Select , and then touch the “OK” key. Welding (Merging the Outlines of • Two pattern selection functions are available Multiple Patterns) depending on your preference. For details on selecting multiple patterns, see When multiple patterns are selected in the layout “Selecting Multiple Patterns”...
Auto Layout Functions Note • This function welds the outermost outline of the The auto layout function is useful when you do not patterns. When welding certain types of patterns that have inside areas cut out, the cut- wish to waste the material attached to the mat. out areas are not used to create the outline.
Attach the material for the background to the Scanning a Background Image mat, and then press in the operation panel. In this example, we will use material with a cutout in For details on preparing the material and loading the its upper-left corner as a background image.
Touch Character Input Functions Characters can be selected, edited, cut out and drawn as a single pattern. Select the character type from the pattern category selection screen. The layout editing screen appears. Memo • The pattern can also be moved by touching and dragging it in the screen.
Type in the characters. Check the character arrangement. The keyboard is in the QWERTY layout. After entering To cut or draw, touch the “OK” key. the characters, touch the “OK” key. To save the characters as data, touch the “Save” key. For details on saving data, see “Saving”...
• USB flash drive is widely used, however some USB flash drive may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website “ http://support.brother.com ” for more details. Saving • The name of the saved file with the extension “.fcm”...
Saving Patterns in the Computer Note • The connectors on the USB cable can only be inserted into a port in one direction. If it is ■ Connecting Your Machine to the difficult to insert the connector, do not insert it with force.
Connect to a wireless network and register with Touch the “Saved Data” key to display the ScanNCutCanvas (http:// destination memory selection screen. ScanNCutCanvas.Brother.com/) for your machine. • For details, refer to “Wireless Network Setup Guide”. Use ScanNCutCanvas to transfer the pattern to be sent to the cutting machine.
Recalling from the Computer For Computers and Operating Systems and USB cable, see “Saving Patterns in the Computer” on page 51. Plug the USB cable connector into the Touch the pattern to be recalled and display a corresponding USB ports for the computer and preview of the pattern layout.
Touch the “Saved Data” key to display the Importing Designs destination memory selection screen. ■ Importable File Formats In addition to the FCM format, files in the following formats can be imported into the machine. • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics: vector image format for describing two-dimensional graphics) format.
5 of the settings screen. page 52.) Note • For details on .pes and .phc files, contact your authorized Brother dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service center. Preparing .pes or .phc Files Note • .pes and .phc files can be imported into the ■...
DRAWING FUNCTIONS With a pen and pen holder, you can draw patterns Remove the cap from the pen, and then insert on material. Using the seam allowance settings also the pen into the pen holder with the point allows you to draw patterns with seam allowances down.
Load the mat with the material for drawing Cutting Around Drawings (cutting) attached. • Lightly insert the mat into the feed slot, and press In this example, we will specify a seam allowance in the operation panel. for a built-in pattern and draw the pattern, then cut •...
Apply the seam allowance. Check the pattern arrangement, and then touch the “OK” key. Touch to apply the seam allowance. If When using fabric, the patterns may not be cleanly cut appears in gray, the seam allowance cannot be if they are arranged near the edge of the fabric. In this applied.
■ Drawing ■ Cutting Touch the “Draw” key. Touch the “Cut” key. A preview of the line to be drawn appears. A preview of the line to be cut appears. The “Start/Stop” button in the operation panel The “Start/Stop” button in the operation panel lights up.
Press the “Start/Stop” button to start cutting. When cutting is finished, the draw/cut selection screen appears. Press in the operation panel to feed out the mat. Peel the patterns off the mat. • For details, see “Unloading the Mat” on page 28.
Chapter 4 SCANNING FUNCTIONS SCANNING FOR CUTTING (Direct Cut) A printed image (paper/sticker), stamped paper or an Press to turn on the machine. original hand-drawn illustration can be scanned and • For details, see “Turning On/Off the Machine” on its outline can be cut out or drawn. This is useful for page 15.
Select the scanning mode according to the Memo material to be scanned. • The edges of illustrations in a color of the same • First, test with grayscale recognition mode. If the brightness as their background, as shown desired cutting data is not created, test with color below, cannot be detected.
While holding the mat level and lightly inserting it under the feed rollers on the left and right sides of the feed slot, press in the operation panel. • For details, see “Loading the Mat” on page 27. The “Start/Stop” button in the operation panel lights up.
Check the imported image in the image editing Touch the “Cut” key. screen. The created cutting data appears as black lines. The “Cut” key is highlighted, and the “Start/Stop” button in the operation panel lights up. a If the cutting lines were not correctly detected, Press the “Start/Stop”...
• With color recognition mode Touch • With grayscale recognition mode The settings screen appears. Select the shape of the cutting line. • With color recognition mode a Outlining The setting screen appears. Touch this key to create a cutting line that follows the outline of the scanned image.
CREATING CUTTING DATA (Scan to Cut Data) ■ Scanning A printed pattern or image or an original hand-drawn illustration can be scanned, converted to cutting Touch the “Scan” key in the home screen to lines for cutting/drawing with this machine, then select the scanning mode.
b Color recognition mode Attach the original to the mat, and then load The cutting data is created without converting the the mat into the feed slot. illustration to grayscale. • Lightly insert the mat into the feed slot, and press in Creating data in this mode may take some time.
■ Creating Cutting Data Difference in cutting lines depending on The procedure for creating cutting data differs detection standard depending on the mode. Example 1 Grayscale recognition mode a Outline b Region c Line detection detection detection Select the cutting line type in the image editing screen.
Color recognition mode Difference in cutting lines depending on detection standard In the image trim screen, use the touch pen to a Outline detection b Region detection drag to trim the image to the size to be imported. Memo • Trimming the image to the desired size can reduce the amount of time required to convert it to cutting data.
■ Saving Data ■ Recalling Cutting Data Saved cutting data can be recalled for cutting. Select the destination where the data will be Attach the material for cutting to the mat, and saved. then load the mat. Select the desired location. For this example, select the machine.
Memo • Small spots and unwanted lines created during scanning can be deleted after a scanned image is converted to cutting data. After recalling the cutting data into the pattern layout screen, use the editing functions for selecting the spots to delete. For details on the function, see “Specifying the Selection Area”...
Adjusting Image Detection Levels The output levels of the scanned image data can be adjusted. Available in the following screen →Tutorial 4; Step (page 68) Cutting line created Image editing screen or Step (page 69) in No cutting line created “Creating Cutting Data”...
SCANNING IMAGES (Scan to USB) A pattern printed on paper or fabric, an image, a Touch the “Scan” key in the home screen to pattern template or an original hand-drawn select the scanning mode. illustration can be scanned and saved as image data on a USB flash drive.
■ Scanning and Saving Select the size of the scanning area. From the list, touch the key for the size of the original Attach the original that will be scanned to the to be scanned. For this example, select the A4 size. mat.
Selecting the Area to be Saved When saving a scanned image to a USB flash drive, the desired scanning area can be specified. Follow steps through in “Scan Settings” of “Tutorial 5- Scanning to USB” on page 73. Select “Custom”, and then touch the “OK” key. Using the touch pen, drag to select the scanning area, and then touch the “OK”...
Chapter 5 APPENDIX CONSUMABLES Replacement Criteria Replacing the Blade For the safe operation of this machine, replace the ■ Removing following consumables according to the replacement criteria. To purchase parts, contact the retailer who Twist off the holder cap to remove it. sold you this machine or the nearest authorized service center.
Pull up the holder to leave the blade in the Twist on the holder cap to attach it to the rubber area. holder. Fully tighten the cap until the blade extension reaches its maximum, and then loosen the cap until the blade is no longer visible.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE Cleaning Note • Do not use alcohol or water to clean the mat. • When the mat is not being used, clean it, and ■ Cleaning the Mat then store it with the protective sheet affixed. If the protective sheet is not affixed, the mat’s Cuttings and cut edges of patterns attached to the mat adhesive strength will decrease.
Using a commercially available brush, clean off Remove the holder from the carriage. cuttings, lint and dust. Specifically clean off lint and dust around the blade. If lint and dust accumulate between the blade and holder, the blade may no longer rotate or the cutting quality may become poor.
Store away the operation panel. Adjusting the Screen First raise the panel until it is vertical, and then lower and store it away. If the screen does not respond correctly when you touch a key (the machine does not perform the operation or performs a different operation), follow the steps below to make the proper adjustments.
Touch beside “Scanning/Cutting Position Adjusting the Scanning/Cutting Adjustment” in the settings screen. Position • This function is not available if a scanning function is being used. First quit the scanning function. In “Direct Cut” mode, the cutting position can be manually adjusted if it has shifted.
When the scan of the cut (left) appears, touch Note the arrow keys to align the red center of the circle with the center of the cut. • To perform the adjustment again or to return the settings to their defaults, touch the appropriate key below.
If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service. You can solve most problems by yourself. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http://support.brother.com ”.
Symptom Possible Causes (or Results) Solutions Reference The mat’s adhesive strength has Press the “Feed” button to feed out the page 28 decreased, or the material is not mat, and then replace the mat with a new page 76 The mat or the material secured.
Symptom Possible Causes (or Results) Solutions Reference Neither a high tack adhesive fabric Attach a high tack adhesive fabric support support sheet or iron-on fabric sheet to a mat or affix an iron-on fabric page 19 appliqué contact sheet is used for appliqué...
ERROR MESSAGES The following table lists some of the messages that may appear while the machine is operating as well as their corresponding solutions. Perform the necessary operation according to the instructions in the message or the solution described here. If the problem persists, contact the retailer who sold you this machine or the nearest authorized service center.
USB flash drive. For information about USB flash drive compatible with this machine, visit our website The data cannot be saved. “ http://support.brother.com ”. The message appears when an SVG file contains 301 or more patterns. In the software used to create the SVG file, reduce the number of patterns.
Error Messages Causes / Solutions A mat that cannot be recognized has been inserted. If a mat designed specifically for this machine is not being used, use the specially designed mat. The mat cannot be recognized. The mat will unload. Clean the dotted marks at the edge of the mat and their surrounding area.
UPDATING THE SOFTWARE Using a USB flash drive or a computer, the machine’s software can be updated. For update information, refer to details posted on the Brother Solutions Center (http://support.brother.com). If an upgrade file is posted, download the file, and then update the machine according to the following procedure.
Copy the upgrade file to “Removable Disk”. Touch the “Update” key to start the update. When updating is finished, the completion message appears. Unplug the USB cable, and turn the machine off and on again.
Part Name Part Code OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES Middle tack adhesive mat 12" × 12" CAMATM12 The following are available as optional accessories (305 mm × 305 mm) (pink and turquoise) to be purchased separately. Contact the retailer who sold you this machine or the nearest authorized service center.
INDEX Middle tack adhesive mat ..........17 Advanced pattern cutting ..........35 Auto shutdown .............30 Opening screen ............15 Operation panel ............13 Optional accessories ........... 91 Background ..............30 Outline distance ............64 Background scanning ..........47 Outlining and framing ..........65 Basic pattern cutting ...........33 Blade extension ............24 Buzzer sound ...............31 Parts and functions ............
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