Hallo you! Got a cool new cheat for you this week. You will love it, especially if you like using intricate, large complex or very ornate designs with lots of individual elements that make up the overall design.
Firstly I must acknowledge the source of this tip – even with my lengthy and thorough knowledge of using the Brother Scan N Cut, I do occasionally stumble across a tip or trick that I haven’t seen or heard of before – this tip came from Doreen O’Gorman in response to a question from June Worley.
So, before I start waffling on and forget to do so, I should say a big thank you to June and Doreen for allowing me to share their story in this post!
Ok, let me set the scene.
June, who owns a CM300 machine, was asking about an error message that she was getting on her machine when attempting to load a design. The message read, ‘The data could not be imported. There are too many patterns.‘
First, let’s take a look at why this message would appear.
As an example, I will use this design that I created.
You may or may not know that the Scan N Cut machine has a limit to the amount of ‘patterns’ that it can process in one operation. This limit is set at around 300 in the lower numbered – 300/600 – CM series machines and around 600 for the higher numbered – 700/900 – machines.
This obviously may cause you an issue when trying to load designs that have more than this limit. The machine simply says no, as June has experienced.
Using the design that I had selected, and the Count Shapes feature from the Project menu in Canvas Workspace online, I found out that my design is made up of 520 shapes/patterns.
This design would have prompted the error message on June’s machine for sure.
As a result of June’s query though, Doreen O’Gorman stepped up and suggested that, if you import the design into Canvas workspace first, then group it and export that group, that this would trick the machine into thinking the group was one ‘pattern’ or ‘shape’.
Oooh – interesting! I thought. So, I turned on Mr Lappy and my brain – a crucial step – and gave it a go.
Check out the video below to find out how I got on.
If you would like to see more from me in relation to the Brother Scan N Cut CM series of machines, please check out the following links:
– Blog Archive. A whole load of blog posts from the last 5 years working with this machine.
– Udemy Video Workshop – a full Scan N Cut series of ad free lectures that takes you right from getting it out of the box, through the key features of the machine and beyond.
– YouTube Playlist. A whole bunch of free videos.
– Digital Craft Emporium – my cutting file store.
If you don’t yet have a Scan N Cut and would like to get one, remember, the machine is exclusively sold by Create and Craft TV, in the UK. It may be available from other retailers overseas, of course.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!
Bye for now.