Brother ScanNCut CM100DM Home and Hobby Cutting Machine with a Built-in Scanner

I’ve been hearing about this cutting machine for awhile from crafters.

At first I wasn’t understanding the significance of it . . . plus the price knocked me off my chair. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but you decide whether it is worth it to you. If it saves you time from fussy cutting and the cutting of your pieces without effort on your part, then it may be well worth it.

I’m warming up to it. It all depends upon how you want to use it. For me, if I have a printed out image of a printable I got online or purchased, I want to get going on my project instead of spending so much time cutting out. That’s why we purchased cutting machines or dies for die cutting machines. It’s a time saver — especially if we’re going to make several.

Yes, you can do the same thing on the Silhouette Cameo which I am doing . . . so why am I looking at the Brother ScanNCut machine?

I’m reviewing it for you . . . and if you haven’t bought a cutting machine, it is worth knowing about.

It is easy to use right out of the box. It’s easy to set up and has a user-friendly interface. It was originally designed with fabric cutting in mind . . . but paper crafters found it was a time saver for them as well.

You won’t need design cartridges or your personal computer. There are over 600 built-in designs plus you have the ability to scan anything. Many people stamp and color those stamped images and then use this machine to cut it out for them. So I can see the value of using this machine for stampers who are making dozens of cards.

I am interested in seeing what users of this machine have to say about it. I’m wavering a bit while reviewing this machine. I see the value for certain projects and the ease of getting your images scanned and cut out . . . It makes sense to me. Time is valuable and some people just don’t like fussy cutting . . . and at times I can’t blame them.

The reviews are mixed. I think some people have legitimate complaints while others haven’t taken the time to experiment with the machine . . . and there are positive comments where people haven’t even tried it out yet. So . . . all I can really say about this machine is to do your research . . . check out YouTube videos to see it in action and decide if this cutting machine is right for you and the projects you work on most.

I do like the ease of use. The mats are expensive and don’t retain their stickiness to hold the paper in place. Some have solved the problem by taping their paper on the mat with painters tape.

As with any cutting machine, you have to take the time to learn how to use it. Each machine has its pros and cons. Yes, and they all have quirks. The thing is, get a machine that is within your budget and works with the products you use the most. One person made a valid point when she said that she wanted a cutting machine that didn’t require more purchases in order to use the machine. Yet, if you’re a stamper, you’ll buy more stamps . . . and you’ll always want more designs of some sort to create new products . . . so, that it is bit of a stretch for me.

There are people who love their Silhouette Cameo, then there are the Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore Air people who love their machine . . . then the Cricut die cutters people and the Big Shot die cutters people . . . now there are the Brother ScanNCut people.

I’ve concluded that it isn’t necessarily the machine, but the people . . . those who take the time to learn the machine they’ve purchased . . . or return it, if it doesn’t work as they thought it would or should. And, there are defective machines . . . so get it checked out, if it isn’t working properly.

For me, I’m sticking with my Silhouette Cameo . . . yes, I’m one of those people. It does what the Brother ScanNCut does only differently. The Silhouette Cameo does have a bit more of a learning curve . . . but I have found it well worth it.

Let me know what you decide. I’m really not pushing any product. I’m here to check things out, tell you about them and allow you to make up your own mind. I know it does take time to decide. All machines cost money . . . even the Big Shot plus the die cuts or the Cricut with the cartridges . . . It is all an investment. Only you know what is best for your crafting and your budget.

Here are some links you may find helpful . . . it’s all part of your research:

I hope this review was helpful. I wish you all the best in your crafting endeavors.