Until you get comfortable with ScanNCut, be sure to start with a lower blade depth than suggested.
Always create a test cut before cutting out your design. This will help ensure that you have the right depth without cutting through your mat.
If you cut through your mat, use a piece of duct tape on the back to help keep it together.
Start by experimenting with different fabrics, papers and surfaces to get a feel of how ScanNCut works for you and your needs.
Put your experimental fabrics, test cuts or cut designs in a journal or file that you can keep handy for when you want to cut these materials again. Record blade depth, blade pressure and blade speed to create your cut perfectly each time.
If you're not sure which blade to start with, play safe with the one in the blue blade holder. This is a standard cut blade. Test and work your way up from there.
When setting your blade depth, measure the depth of the blade to the side of your surface. This is especially helpful if your blade is not cutting through your material. It gives you a good starting point for your blade depth and can help ensure the blade does not cut through.
Remember that your blue mat is for thinner materials (tissue paper, vellum, computer paper, cellophane, vinyl, acetate) and the purple mat is for more substantial materials (cardstock, patterned paper, glittered cardstock, chipboard, cardboard, leather, wood-veneer paper). For sturdy and accurate fabric cutting, add the fabric support sheet to your purple mat. This protects the surface of your mat and adds extra support for fabric to stick to and for cutting accuracy.
For cutting fabrics without iron-on support, starch and iron your fabric on a smooth surface. This ensures your fabric is even and gives optimal cutting.
For more information about cutting different materials and surfaces, plus expert tips and tricks, be sure to watch our support and project videos.