QuiltFusion loves digital cutters! So the title of this two part video series is a bit misleading, cause I don’t loooove digital cutters, but I do really really like them, but sometimes they really make me mad. So I’m going to walk through using digital cutters with QuiltFusion patterns, and give you some tips and tricks to try and make things go smoother. But be warned… eventually things will go south and you will say to yourself – I may as well go back to tracing and cutting!
In this video we will go over accessing the cutting files, opening with your cutter’s software and prepping shapes for cutting. In the next video we will go over prepping the fabric and cutting tips. I have posted some notes below to help you along with the information presented in the video.
First off, QuiltFusion patterns come with SVG cutting files. This format is compatible with Janome’s Artistic Edge. You can also use this file format to convert to other cutters like the Brother Scan n Cut. That’s not what this video is about, but if you are interested – Chatterbox quilts has a good blog post about how to convert to Scan n cut format.
So step one is get the cutting files. You may say to yourself – I only got a pdf pattern when I purchased my pattern or generated it from QuiltFusion. True. But within the PDF is a link to the files. It’s right after the materials lists.
Did you know all the free patterns on our site also come with cutting files?
Clicking this button will download a zip file containing all the cutting files. Usually this will download to your “downloads” folder. You will need to locate the zip file. And extract it’s contents. – find the file, right click and select extract here. You will now have a folder with the SVG files in there. You will see they are grouped and named using the fabric sku name. There may be more than one file per fabric if the pieces don’t all fit on a 12×24 cutting mat.
IMPORTANT – These cutting files are NOT reversed. Usually the tracing shapes are reversed because you are tracking on paper backed fusible. In this case, you will not be tracing, so these files are not reversed.
Now that we have the files, let’s open up your cutting software.
Janome’s SimpleCut Software
Make sure you have the latest and great – as of this video it is 7.1 Build 8648. If you have an older version, it may not be compatible with quiltfusion files. So grab the latest, to get it goto
http://www.artisticcreativeproducts.com/ and select software and choose your version.
Ok, software updated, open it and make a new design.
- Select Create New
- Next – you only want to create a cutting design, so be sure the others are not selected.
- We will import artwork from file and browse to your cutting files and open the first fabric (hopefully you saved them to your desktop.
- Select the cutting mat – I recommend 12×12 if possible.
- Select each shape and arrange them on the cutting mat.
- Be careful not to resize or skew the shapes, only rotate and move them.
- Arrange them in a way that maximizes use of the fabric.
- Select them all and note the size fabric you will need in order to cut them out. Write it down along with the fabric sku.
- While they are still selected go to cut settings, make sure they are set to cut, and use the cutter presets to select Fabric with Terial Magic.
- Export to the digital cutter… or go ahead and do the above steps for the rest of the other fabrics. And keep them in separate documents.
You are now ready to prep your fabric and cut! That’s part 2…