WOW --- what a day! I accomplished so much, and I learned a TON. I bought my digital cutter (I have the Brother Scan and Cut -- the DX 225), which is discontinued. As with most tools, there's a learning curve, and I was either too afraid or too lazy to really dig into making that thing work.
With all the machine embroidery and other people interested in digital cutters, there's no time like NOW to get it out and learn. Remember, it now sits on a table in Studio B, so I don't have to dig it out.
I had a project that needed to get done, and I thought what better time than now to do it with the cutter.
I think I mentioned that I drew the design in EQ8 and printed out the template. The template got scanned and I loaded some fabric into the cutter and hit CUT.
Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed with the results. The cut wasn't smooth, and I basically had to cut the entire thing out with scissors.
|A BAD cut|
After walking the dogs (late because it had been raining), I decided to give this cutter another whirl. Perhaps the pressure isn't enough, although I have an auto sensor on my digital cutter.
Now, let me read those instructions (sh -- don't tell anyone that I hadn't read the instructions!). Hmm -- what's this reference chart on the back of the quick start guide? I have to DOWNLOAD the instructions, which I think I'll do later today. HEY -- if I'm going to use the cutter, I want to know EVERYTHING about the cutter. OH MY GOSH -- there are TWO blades, and if I'm cutting fabric, I need to use the BEIGE cover, not the black one.
Will that make a difference? You be the judge.
|An AMAZING cut|
NIGHT and DAY -- the difference was night and day. I was doing the happy dance around Studio B, to be sure. Yippee --- this cutter is fantastic, and it was so easy and fast once I knew what I was doing. I'm able to cut and delete extra stuff on the screen -- oh yes -- -I know enough to be dangerous now!!
Here's my squeegee that I bought -- one side is plastic, and one side is fuzzy, so it doesn't scratch your work or flatten textured paper? Anyway -- it works like a charm. Well worth the $8.
|The Singer Steam Press|
|Fusing the fusible to the wrong side of the fabric|
|My crappy mat|
|Fabric well adhered to the mat|
|Heat n Bond Lite|
|Will the cutter cut this tree?|
|The cutter is working|
|The cut is finished|
|Two small blips|
|Peeling the background away|
|The entire tree was cut in four minutes|
|Hmmm --- a double cut?|
|A double cut line -- now to figure out why.|
|Are the lines consistent enough?|
|My tree on a fabric background|
|Of course, I do!|
|Murphy sleeping in the new dog bed|
|Even Lexi sleeps in the bed|
Well, on that note, it's another crazy day, but no time for learning today.
Have a super day!!!