by gdsteliga 26 Jul 2018

I have very bad arthritis in my hands and find it very difficult to cut out appliques. I am considering purchasing a cutting machine but do not know a lot about them.

I would very much appreciate any advice Cuties with a machine could give me.
Thank you.


by pennifold 27 Jul 2018

Hi Doreen, I was wondering whether you could use battery operated scissors. I only suggest these as there wouldn't be as much pressure on your hands. The only other thing I can think of is to do really simple appliques with not a lot of fiddly cutting bits to do. Hope you can find something that will suit. Love Chris

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gdsteliga by gdsteliga 27 Jul 2018

Thank you. I do have those scissors but they aren't great in the small cuts, and naturally it is the small complicated cuts that we always want to do. LOL.

by sewist1 26 Jul 2018

There are a lot of youtube videos out there on cutters. You would be able to get an idea from those whether they would be something you would use.

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gdsteliga by gdsteliga 27 Jul 2018

Thank you. I will check it out.

by graceandham 26 Jul 2018

I bought the cutter just for this. However, it is a cumbersome process. You have to pull up your stitch file in computer, pull it into Brother's Scan n Cut site, convert to cut format, then send back to computer and over to scanner. I thought it was not worth the time taken unless you were going to cut that particular applique 8 or 10 times. Then, there's storing it on your computer where you can find it next time! Some few companies are now offering cut file formats with their machine format designs. Last I checked, Brother was the only one offering wireless download from computer to scanner on their newer scanners, which could be a step-saver. Basically you're taking a goose and trying to convert it into a duck.

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gdsteliga by gdsteliga 26 Jul 2018

Thank you for the info. I didn't realize it was so complicated.