The ScanNCut is a revolutionary new product with 300 DPI built-in scanning capability – a first for the arts-and-crafts, quilting, and DIY market

Brother International South Africa, a leading manufacturer in home sewing machines, has recently announced the launch of their new industry first: the ScanNCut machine – a revolutionary new home and hobby cutting machine with the magic and convenience of a 300 DPI built-in scanner.

The built-in scanner makes the ScanNCut machine the only home and hobby cutting machine that can turn scanned images into unique cutting designs and projects – without the need or the expense of a computer, software, or pricey cartridges. Users can create unique and personal scrapbooks, greeting cards, quilts, and stunning one-of-a-kind crafts.

“Combining our technology advancements in the sewing and imaging markets with research across the craft industry, we have been able to produce an industry first; a cutting machine that can keep up with the limitless creativity of scrapbookers and crafters, this is the machine they have been asking for” said Dale de Villiers, Marketing Manager, at Brother International South Africa. “For Brother, the ScanNCut is a natural progression in our ongoing commitment to promote creativity across the craft market with unique technology and “At your Side” philosophy”.

The new Brother ScanNCut home and hobby cutting machine allows consumers to:

  • See it – See it in a magazine? Online? In your mind? Have a favourite photo? Then pull it out, print it or sketch it
  • Scan it – Then, scan in those photos, printouts or sketches with the 300 DPI built-in scanner
  • Cut it – Choose your material – paper, fabric, vinyl – press a button, then cut it perfectly!
  • Create it – Showcase your beautifully cut designs throughout your favourite projects


Other exciting features you will admire about the ScanNCut include:

Variety of Built-In Designs, Quilt Patterns and Fonts. Basic shapes, intricate designs, borders, quilt patterns, fonts and more are all available on the easy-to-use colour LCD touch screen display. Simply select a design, and then have it cut out on your material of choice. For even more variety in your creations, combine built-in designs or scan an image to create a one-of-a-kind design.

Direct Cut. Single Pass…See it, Cut it! No more fussy cutting! Relax, and let the ScanNCut do the work for you. With just a few simple steps, the ScanNCut machine will scan your material, create the outline cuts, and allow you to select your design straight from the surface to cut out. This revolutionary feature will eliminate the hassle of hand-cutting designs from your favourite papers and fabrics!

Scan-to-Cut-Data. Scan and convert to cut data. Using the technology of the 300 DPI smart scanner, scan in your design and save it as a cut or draw file for use. The ScanNCut will create cut lines automatically, and then within minutes, hand drawn elements can grace the pages of your art work as a cut element or drawing with the assistance of the pen draw feature.

Fabric Cut. Yes, it can cut fabric, easily! Cut precise fabric shapes with ease! Pairing the erasable draw function with cutting, this machine offers the unique feature of drawing your seam allowance, and provides precise sewing guidelines – making sewing, quilting and appliqué projects easier to create.

Pen Draw. Creative Embellishment. Have you ever dreamt about adding custom drawings to your crafting projects? The ScanNCut gives you the ability to change your cut file – whether it’s from a previously scanned image or a built-in design, and replicate the design into a drawing in virtually seconds! With six drawing pens and two erasable pens, you can now take all your sewing and crafting projects to the next level.

The ScanNCut machine (CM550DX) includes a variety of accessories which crafters and home hobbyists will find indispensable for all of their projects. Consumables for the machine is available through a dealer network.

To see the ScanNCut machine in action click here. For more information about the extensive Brother Product range visit the Brother South Africa website (

Key Features of the ScanNCut:

  • 300 DPI built-in scanner. Scan virtually anything – a handmade drawing, a magazine clipping, cherished photos, and more – to create virtually endless cut designs and save to the machine’s memory.
  • No design cartridges or PC required. With over 600 built-in designs and the ability to scan virtually anything, your creative freedom is no longer limited!
  • Large 9.4cm colour LCD touch screen with on-screen editing capabilities such as rotating, welding, resizing and organising.
  • 29.5cm wide scanning and cutting area to accommodate large projects.
  • Easy to use right out of the box with a limited set up time and user-friendly interface.