I’ve been meaning to do this little test for awhile. It’s simple: take a drawing of an applique shape and scan it on the ScanNCut for fabric cutting and scan it on the Dream Machine to create an applique embroidery file. Will the fabric piece and the embroidery design be the same size? If this experiment works, then I don’t need to use any additional software to create cut files and embroidery files for my applique.
So I started out with a cat outline from freequilt.com. I printed it out and scanned it on the ScanNCut to create a cut file that I saved on the machine.
I’m using a fusible adhesive (HeatNBond Lite) for this test so I don’t need any extra seam allowance for turning. If I did need a 1/4″ seam allowance, it’s easy to add on the ScanNCut. Just follow the sequence shown below. You’ll end up with two lines: a draw line (the stitching or turning line) shown in blue and the cut line shown in black.
I don’t need a seam allowance, so I just used my original cut file. I applied HeatNBond Lite to my fabric, leaving the paper backing on. I put the fabric on my mat (with fabric support sheet) fabric-side-down. I mirrored my cut file on the machine and proceeded to do test cuts until I established the correct blade depth. Here is the final cut cat!
I took the same piece of paper and scanned it on my Dream Machine using My Design Center. I used the “Line” button and let the machine scan the image. The cat outline needed some cleaning up before I could “Preview” the embroidery design. I used the eraser button to clean up a few little ticks in the outline. I also saved the cleaned-up scan into the machine’s memory as I needed to create two embroidery files from the same scan: one for the placement stitch and one for the satin stitch.
I used “Preview” twice from the same image scan. The first time I wanted a running stitch. The second time I wanted the widest zigzag stitch I could get which was 3mm. The machine created embroidery files which I saved in the machine’s memory.
First I loaded the placement line embroidery file saved in memory and stitched the placement line.
Then I matched up the cut fabric with the placement line. It matched! I fused the applique fabric to the background fabric. I then switched to the satin stitch embroidery file I had saved in memory. Using the fabric scan function of the Dream Machine, I scanned the hoop to make sure I had the satin stitch lined up exactly with the fused applique and then let the machine do its thing.
It all worked beautifully! I suppose I should have known this ahead of time. I figured that the ScanNCut was already precisely calibrated, but I wasn’t as sure of the Dream Machine. Turns out that its auto-generated embroidery file dimensions match up quite nicely with the dimensions on the scanned drawing.
So there you go! If all you have is a line drawing of a shape you’d like to turn into an applique embroidery design, you can use the same drawing with the ScanNCut and the Dream Machine to both cut your applique fabric and generate your applique embroidery files.