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Brother scan n cut/Inkscape Tutorial

I have been seriously thinking about buying the Brother scan n cut machine, because as a Mac user my electronic cutting machine is not Mac compatible and therefore is not being used as much as it used to be.

I read that you can import your own SVG designs into the Brother online canvas software and then convert them into the format for the Brother to cut out.

So I thought I would test this out, I have been designing cards and shapes in Inkscape and saving them and trying to import them into the canvas software, some did import some didn’t. I realised the ones I was having the problems with were anything I created using fonts, so alphabet and number shaped designs. I could not get anything to import at all I spent days trying. I contacted Brother and they asked me to send them some of the design, they seem to think there is a bug and hopefully it will be rectified in their March 2024 update.

So not to be put off I carried on trying different variations of designing and saving and have found a solution that works consistently now for me.

I don’t know if anyone else has these problems or if it is something to do with the fact that I am using inkscape and Canvas on an Mac.

I have made a video of how I make it work for me and if you would like to try it out and see if it works for you, I would be happy to receive any feedback.

The video is on youtube here

This is what the finished shaped card should look like.


In the video I show you how to make a card in the shape of an ampersand but the same principles apply if you wanted to make a letter or number shaped card.

I’ve not been able to cut it as I don’t own the machine yet but it looks ok so am hopeful that it would work, if anyone owns the scan n cut and would like to try it for me please contact me.

Its my first video so hopefully you will be able to view and understand it.

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