Cutting Vinyl with a Scan N Cut DX Machine Using The Half Cut Feature

Scan N Cut Saturday Video Tutorial – Using The Half-Cut Settings To Cut Adhesive Vinyl

In this free tutorial I will share with you how to use the nifty half-cut settings in the DX models of the Scan N Cut to cut adhesive vinyl.

These settings take the guess work out of trying to achieve a “kiss cut” and automatically detect the thickness of the material and then adjust the cutting depth to only cut the vinyl, and not its carrier sheet – which is awesome!

Cutting vinyl for sentiments on cards has never been easier.

This technique also works well for heat transfer vinyl too but remember you will likely be cutting this from the back and so text will need reversing. Also, it’s likely to be thicker than regular vinyl so you might need to do a couple of test cuts.

Anyhoo, on with the show.

The video is approx 12 minutes long – just enough for a cuppa and a slice of cake – and will cover the following stages.

  • Designing the project in Canvas Workspace – recorded in real-time. This has the added advantage of allowing us to automatically apply a weeding box around the design.
  • Setting the machine up and cutting the vinyl – Edited, but all key points covered.
  • Transferring the vinyl to the project using transfer tape – Edited, but all key points covered.

By the way, if you do want guidance on the basic operations of the machine, please do check out my full “Brother Scan N Cut – Cut, Draw and Scan with Confidence” course on Udemy. It’s crammed with over 11 hours of information right from setting it up, all the way through the three key functions of cutting, drawing and scanning on both the CM and DX models and also covers using the Canvas Workspace software too!

Right, that’s enough of that. Ready for the video? Ok, just click play and enjoy :)



Hope you enjoyed that tutorial and will give it a go yourself. If you do, and would like to share your creations with me you can find all of my social media links at the top of this page.

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.

J :)

3 thoughts on “Scan N Cut Saturday Video Tutorial – Using The Half-Cut Settings To Cut Adhesive Vinyl

  1. Hi John, I came to one of your last round Britain courses , and remember fiddling with the cut depth, to cut the vinyl,. This machine certainly makes this a much easier job.
    Need to say, since the course my grandchildren have been wearing a lot of tee shirts that reflect their own hobbies and interests. Mermaids and unicorns for the grand-daughter and amphibians of many varieties for the grandson. Thanks from us all. Jan

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