Hi guys...Just got a notification from a post I had been snarky on at the Brother Crafter facebook page. They said that the website to convert svg files into FCM(scanncut) files will go live mid-November. This had me breathing a huge sigh of frustrated relief. I've been messing with that machine for abouuuut....3 weeks to a month now and I'd like to share my experience thus far if anyone is bored and would like to read it.
First off....I need to say that I love Brother products. My office uses Brother Printers, i use 3 Brother embroidery machines and 1 sewing machine. I don't want anyone to think I'm some crotchety old biddy that has nothing better to do than whine and moan about something. What made me so mad is the amount of money I spent on this machine and the complete lack of thought that seemed to go into it. Now...apparently this machine scans certain things PERFECTLY that needs NO editing. Stamping whatnots and die cutting thingies etc etc. These people ADORE this machine. My situation...not so simple, which is why I chose to spend $500 dollars on this rather than the $250 for the Cameo. I assumed that $250 more would give me $250 more quality and control.
So...after my few days of explosions of frustration about the lack of PC connectivity I figured...if ya can't beat em join em. So I hefted my office printer over to my table and attempted to print out one of the designs I was so eager to use this machine for. This is when I experienced my second little meltdown because trying to print out of Embird and have the scanner read it and do what I wanted was NOT happening. It wasn't smooth enough. This is when the frustration at the little screen and the horrid built in editing feature was discovered. I had no idea what I was doing, and there is no 'undo' button so if you delete the wrong thing accidentally (because the screen is too small to be able to see what you are deleting alot of times) then you have to start all over.
This is when I purchased Make the Cut. After stumbling my way around that for a while I figured out a few things and THEN learned that I could export a file from Embird Studio as a SVG. Angels from heaven swooped down upon my shoulder and wept happy tears. I heard a choir singing. All was right in my world. The file printed out perfectly for the Scan N Cut to scan and I was in business.
The scanner is good. Too good. WAY TOO GOOD. Which brings me to my next and current issue. The sad little scan mats I got get boogered up, scratched up, debris stuck on them...and the scanner catches each.and.every.thing. SOOOOO....Here I have my perfect scan...along with about 50 other things that I'm going to have to delete. One at a time. Not only that...the machine ended up...connecting(?) one of the scratches to the actual image I scanned and I couldn't separate it to delete it. When it cut it actually cut these 2 scratches from the mat because it thought it was part of the image and ruined the cut. I ordered a self healing mat that won't fit in the machine and I also borrowed a Cameo mat from a friend of mine but the lines are too dark so the scanner reads every grid line as part of the design so your only option is delete about 150 things. My only option is to purchase more of these mats from Brother. I do not like this. The cutter also does not cut fabric very well for me. I'm sure I have a setting wrong...or a blade wrong...even though I followed the chart for the blade and pressure settings. It cuts straight lines great but any curve of a letter it ends up snagging.
I stopped using it last week because it's just...plain and simple...a headache. I'm not a stupid woman and while I may be new to the world of 'cutting' I've been around the craft and sewing and technology enough to know that I shouldn't have this much of a problem. I VERY WELL could have skipped over some easy remedies and shortcuts and instructions that would fix some of the problems I have had and I realize this. I'm sure some consultant or whatnot will be able to reply with an answer for every problem I just stated and that's awesome. This website going live and giving me the ability to do cleanup work on a PC screen with *hopefully* more editing options will probably make me fall in love with this machine. I'm hoping so. Anyhoo.....this has been my experience with this machine.