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Alanda Craft Training Academy – Now Open



The Alanda Craft Training Academy is now open.

Our first training course is ‘Getting Started’ using your Brother ScanNCut.  This is a fully comprehensive course with over 25 downloadable videos and written instructions that can be downloaded in PDF format.

This is the first course in a series of four.

  • Getting Started
  • Mastering Your ScanNCut
  • All You Need to Know About Cutting Fabric
  • Mastering Brother Canvas Software.

I have to say that it has been a lot of work but it has been well worth it.  For those of you who follow us you know that we love our Brother ScanNCut and we have had so many emails from people who just aren’t getting the use from their machine that they should.

This first course is for those who have just bought a ScanNCut or have one sitting in a cupboard and are frustrated or daunted by it. We have demystified the Brother ScanNCut for you.

  • Peggy McCall says:

    I am so excited that you are offering this class with written instructions. I have had my scan n cut for 2 months and it was 7 weeks before I had a class. It was not worth the wait. I was ready to put it in the garage. I had no idea how to use it in regards to fabric. I did not know what the icons were, or how or when to use them. Scrapbooking is for 30 to 40 year olds mostly. I am a senior and have been sewing since I was a child, and I thought this would be an opportunity to share with my granddaughters. My age group did not learn by watching u tube. There were no step by step instructions. We learned by reading and doing. I passed your e-mail along to a couple of women who attended the scan n cut class and told them to pass it along.

    • Alanda says:

      We really wanted to cover all bases with the course. Paula prefers video tutorials and I, like you Peggy, prefer written instructions. Both mediums are important these days. We do have a fabric cutting course coming shortly but in the first two courses we want to make sure everyone is quite comfortable with cutting out paper and mastering their machine. When we teach courses to ladies who are really only interested in cutting fabric we still start them off with paper. It’s the easiest medium to use when starting out. Practicing with paper means you don’t waste your precious fabric while you are learning. Thank you for sharing the Alanda Craft Training Academy with your friends, we certainly appreciate it.

  • Christine says:

    I think you gals are the best!! I have a love/hate relationship with my 650 W. When it works well, it’s a dream come true. When it doesn’t I want to toss it out the window.
    Still, a question: what factors determine changing the cut speed and pressure? I chewed up my first mat, and am scared of doing it again. But sometimes deepening the blade depth doesn’t cut all the way through.
    Also when you do Course 2 about fabric, can you say if the fabric support sheet can be removed?? I have a 24 in mat, but don!t want to sacrifice it to fabric only.
    Also, any tips on scanning your own designs? This was the main reason I bought this machine, but scans are often “skippy ” and sometimes one part of the card will cut fine, but another part doesn’t. Aaaaaargh!!
    Thanks so. Christine on the East Coast of USA

    • Alanda says:

      We generally leave our cut speed at 4 and our cut pressure at zero for most applications. If we find that the blade isn’t cutting properly then we usually up the blade to a larger number. It’s rare that we will change the pressure setting but if you find that even when you up the blade it still isn’t cutting then I would start increasing the pressure. But I would be doing a test cut at each pressure setting increment before I would commit to a full cut. (It could also be that your blade needs be replaced.)

      In relation to the fabric sheet, yes it is removable however because the blade cuts through that fabric sheet it can make so many cuts that it breaks up the fabric sheet into little pieces. So when it comes to removing it, it can be extremely time consuming.

      Scanning can be an issue. The ScanNCut is not an industrial so it does have its limitations. Sometimes you can try scanning the image through a second time – we have found that each time we scan something different things will show up. You can also try outlining the image with a Sharpie to highlight the edges. Also consider cleaning the scanning glass – this is located under your ma

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