Ok, so I have had my Brother Scan N Cut Machine for less than a month and each time I have used it for one reason or another, it did not do what I intended it to do. My first disappointment was that it is very choosy which stamped images it will cut...it needs a closed line completely around the image. For that reason the above Shirley stamped image was cut by hand. I love to work my stamps into scenes with background, so this was a big deal to me. Another big deal is the poor quality of mats...they just don't enough even after I have cleaned them as instructed, I had to use blue painters tape! I was successful in using the "Canvas" online and getting free SVGs (translated into the format for the machine) to use in the machine as you can tell in the above card an SVG was used in the background and the sentiment was already in the machine. The "Canvas" doesn't need to be loaded into the computer, but it is a very basic program...I didn't think I needed a complicated one!
Here are a couple more cards using the SVGs and the "Canvas":
But when I got to this wonderful free SVG Easter Basket, the machine cut everything except the yellow lace trim! I did it over and over until it cut most of it and where it didn't, I placed some cute flower embellishments.
All during the process of trying to cut that yellow lace I cleaned and tried to re-cut the lace and now the machine refuses to cut anything! This was the final straw...I called the store and the machine is going back. I haven't totally decided whether to get another machine or be happy with my Cricut and my Gypsy die cut machines. I am looking into the "Silhouette Cameo," which a friend seems to be very pleased with. That machine needs to be hooked up to the computer for its program to work. I tried to not be on the computer so much with the Scan n Cut, but I kept running between the computer room and the art studio with my flash drive in hand anyway. I loved giving this adorable basket card to my grandson, but I need to decided if I want another machine to continue to do the cutting of SVGs and do I want my new computer to be hooked up all the time to another machine.
I will let you know what I decide!
I returned it today 4/28/2014.