Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2

Fast, flexible, lightweight, and portable, the Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2 is a “game changer” for crafters. Loaded with 631 built-in designs, including 100 quilt patterns and seven lettering fonts, it also scans in and cuts out images to produce anything imaginable. Better than a die cutter, this vinyl cutter saves time and money […]

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Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2

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Fast, flexible, lightweight, and portable, the Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2 is a “game changer” for crafters. Loaded with 631 built-in designs, including 100 quilt patterns and seven lettering fonts, it also scans in and cuts out images to produce anything imaginable. Better than a die cutter, this vinyl cutter saves time and money to pay for itself quickly with much use.

Sound good?

It’s versatile and can cut handmade paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabrics, and more. The machine has a German carbide blade that one user reports cut through more than 88 sheets of paper in one sitting. In addition to slicing through materials “like butter,” it also cuts intricate designs very well. For the most part, the machine cuts quickly and easily. The only criticism of its cutting quality we found is a less-than-“impressive” performance cutting through fabric, especially felt.

The Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2 also includes a 12” x 12” cutting mat. Pulling double duty, the cutting mat also serves as a scanning mat. Initially, the mat is sticky (too sticky for some) but quickly becomes loses its adhesiveness.

Sounds familiar?

Some reviewers feel that this cutter is easy to use while others concede that there is a “big learning curve.” ?Of course in addition to reading the manual, you may need to invest more time into studying how to operate this machine through YouTube tutorials as well as trial and error. Nonetheless, the effort is definitely worth it.

Here’s where the magic happens…

The Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2’s magic is in its name. With its 300 dots-per-inch scanner, you can scan in practically anything (e.g., a magazine clipping, photos, drawings, etc.), save it to the machine’s memory, and then cut out its image.

Note:

Just make sure your desired image has a heavy black outline in order for the scanner to “find” or “pick up” the edges.

Examples of scanned and cut designs include doll’s clothing, squiggly shapes ➿, little lightning bolts ⚡…all meticulously carved without an X-ACTO knife.

Attention sewers!

No, we don’t mean the drain pipe ?. We just want to point out the machine’s unique option of adding a seam allowance in 1/4" increments for sewing together fabric for quilts, clothing, and more.

But wait, there’s more

The Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2 has a 4.85-inch LCD touch screen for convenient on-screen editing.  You can see the scanned images on the screen and then make any adjustments. Just use the stylus to resize, reshape, reposition, rotate, and/or combine images before cutting.

The Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2’s design software is CanvasWorkspace, a free cloud-based web application that comes with a library of images, shapes, and fonts. While not requiring a subscription, this collection is sufficient for some but “basic” and not “robust” for others.

Have it both ways

The Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2 can function both as a stand-alone scanner and cutter as well as a creative tool that connects to the internet. Tablet-friendly, this cutter also is “wireless network ready” for convenient remote work.

Aye, here’s the rub

In order to activate the wireless/internet function, however, you need to pay an activation fee; users groused about the added expense.

Some people found customer support to be very helpful while others had very opposite experiences. ?

To learn more information about the Brother Electronic Cutting Machine CM350 ScanNCut2, watch this video for an introduction and demonstration.

Features

  • Carton dimensions: 23” x 10.25” x 10.5”
  • Carton weight: 12.8 pounds
  • Unit weight: 8.6 pounds
  • Includes 12” x 12” cutting mat, German carbide blade, 632 built-in designs, including seven fonts and 100 quilt patterns
  • Number of blade holder adjustment levels: 12
  • Number of cutting speed adjustment levels: 5
  • Manual
  • Warranty: One-year limited parts and labor, 2-year limited electronic components and printed circuit boards
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