Single Line Machine Writable Alphabet (for writing with your machines!) – SVG, DXF and FCM Formats

March 30, 2016 — 6 Comments

I was asked a while ago about creating a single line machine writable alphabet for use with electronic cutting and plotting machines.

Well, it took a bit of wrangling but I have finally succeeded and am pleased to say that it is now ready to download.

***UPDATE 2019***

Please note that this set of files is included in the Massive Cutting File Bundle which can be found here.

Alternatively, I have now made this available as a single purchase for just £2. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please read through the post below and you will then find a payment link at the end.

Purchases are processed manually and sent via WeTransfer. As a result, please allow 24 to 48 hours before chasing your purchase.

What Am I On About?

Some of you may be wondering what a single line machine writable alphabet is and why you would want one.

Well, with traditional fonts you will always have an outline which is great if you are cutting your lettering out on your electronic cutting machines however if you wish to use a pen attachment and draw the letters/words/phrases you will always see them as an outline. Like this …

Single Line Font - Outline Example

This is because fonts are a vector based graphical display item. Sounds complicated, it’s basically an image that is plotted by points and therefore it needs a closed loop in which to display itself, much like an SVG image.

So, bla bla bla, why the single line thing?

Well, with this alphabet (available in SVG, DXF and FCM formats) you can now draw the letters/words/phrases and make it look like they were drawn using a biro (or whatever other pen you wish to use). Like this …

Single Line Font - Single Line Example

It’s important to note however that this is not a traditional font. I’ll explain more in a bit.

Tell Me More…

So, that’s the why. Now the what.

What is included in this set?

There are two styles of alphabet. A simple block printing style and a script style.

Single Line Font - Alphabet Style Examples

A full A-Z are available in both uppercase and lowercase. All numbers (0-9) are also included.

I have also included the punctuation marks as follows ! ? @ # ~ & 

What machines are they compatible with?

The file formats included in this set are SVG, DXF and FCM.

Here is a quick guide to the file types included within this set.

  • SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics. This is an image file type that can also be used by most home hobby cutting machines. Some machines will require the file to be converted in external software before it can be used for cutting.
  • DXF – A vector based file type that can be used be most home hobby cutting machines. In particular this file type can be used with the SILHOUETTE range of cutting machines in their free software. It can also be used in the majority of CAD software if you are super clever.
  • FCM – A  file type specifically compatible with the Brother Scan N Cut.

How do I use them?

As I mentioned, this is not a normal font. You won’t be able to ‘install’ it on your PC and type your words or phrases.

Instead, you will receive a file containing all the full alphabet, numbers and punctuation.

You will then build your phrase by using the appropriate functions in your software (i.e. Duplicate, Replicate or Copy/Paste).

To use this alphabet set you will need to use it in some form of software for your machine – I have tested it in the following:

  • Brother Scan N Cut – using the Scan N Cut Canvas online software.
  • Silhouette – using Silhouette Studio basic (free) edition.
  • Cricut – using the Cricut Design Space.

A brief overview of each is given in the notes that accompany the alphabet set. Please note that software is often updated and as this was written at a fixed point in time, may differ from the current process. You should check the help files for your software to make sure you know how to do this.

What do they look like?

I did some quick tests to give you an idea of how they turn out.

The phrase “With Love” was duplicated in sizes from 1/4″ up to 1″.

Whilst various pens were used, all tests were completed with a Brother Scan N Cut machine.

Unlike cutting, these font styles work better at smaller sizes which means they will be fabulous for labelling, journaling, creating scrapbook titles, writing unique sentiments and verses for card making or even writing up multiple price labels (around which you can cut the tag shape!) and so much more.

How Do You Get Them?

Simple. Just click on the PayPal button below and make your payment. As mentioned above, orders are processed manually and links are sent via WeTransfer so please allow between 24 to 48 hours for delivery.

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Payments are processed through my business account – James William Maurice Creative.

Ok, that’s me done on this post. Much more to do so I will crack on and leave you with it.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask before making your purchase, please feel free to use the comments section below.

See you soon!

J :)

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6 responses to Single Line Machine Writable Alphabet (for writing with your machines!) – SVG, DXF and FCM Formats


    Thank you John. Just what I needed. A lady on Scan N Cut Beginners Forum pointed me in your direction.

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    Thank you again John. this is what I have been unable to do.
    So now thanks to you we can all write our own verses.Jackie



    As usual you are so helpful john


    Maggie Barrett March 30, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Sounds brilliant, John, you are so talented! Just a pity that I’m no good at technology and although I can understand what you’ve written, I wouldn’t be able to do it. Maybe when you’re in Cleveland I could book a one to one with you on technology!?? xx



      Thank you so much for taking the time to work out this issue. It was so frustrating that Scan n Cut supplies a universal pen holder, but doesn’t offer an option to write using a single line font. This will give users an array of opportunities to customize projects.


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