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ScanNCut Class #2

All about starching, using the fabric support sheet, and cutting for quilting.

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ScanNCut Collage

I’m so happy to have found an Advanced ScanNCut class being offered at Rocky Mountain Sew and Vac in Arvada, Colorado. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get that darn machine to do what you want in the vacuum of your own limited experience. Even though there is a multitude of YouTube videos and online blog posts about how to use the ScanNCut, nothing substitutes for some hands-on use with a knowledgeable instructor and a classroom full of eager students sitting in front of their own machines.

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ScanNCut Class #2

ScanNCut Class #2.

Fun and Games with a Brother ScanNCut (part 1)

ScanNCut Collage

I recently indulged myself in a Brother ScanNCut. It seemed like the perfect cutting machine: no computer connection required, will cut through both paper and fabric (and presumably vinyl), and no cartridges to purchase! The design possibilities are endless.

My initial attempts at using the machine were seemingly fraught with problems: mat not loading properly and paper coming off of the mat during the cutting process. I took a short hiatus from the machine and now have come back to try and do some fun stuff at the same time as debug some of the problems I was having before. (more…)

Celebrating a New Year

ChickenBags Collage

Had a wonderful New Years Day with my friends in Parker.  It snowed on and off.  We enjoyed some delicious sushi and watched Stanford lose to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl Game while playing a quick game of “Vegas” followed by “Expedition: Famous Explorers”.  Enjoyed conversation with my friends, their son, and nephew.  I’ve known them since the first days of Settlers of Catan when you had to order the board game from Germany.  That’s a long time!

Also shared some bag-sewing plans with my friend who now loves to sew!  It’s a funny thing, but she was never inspired by my initial bag-making efforts – a chicken purse.  But as soon as I started making iPad bags from custom-selected fabrics, she got all excited and decided that sewing might be a worthy hobby.  Now she sews bags and is constantly on the lookout for new patterns of the non-chicken variety.

As I think about the upcoming year, there’s certainly one thing that doesn’t have to change and that is my sewing hobby.  Sewing provides an endless stream of things to do.  So here’s to a New Year that is much like the last!

Chicken bag pattern: “Go Chickens” from Needlesongs by Carol Bruce
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