When I first started embroidering, one of the first things I found a market for was personalized key fobs. I found out very quickly that it was a pain (literally) to have to cut the vinyl by hand. I had purchased a Brother Scan n Cut when they first came out, but hadn’t used it for much.
I had embroidery software that would create an SVG file from an embroidery design, but I had trouble doing so with keyfobs because I generally ended up with a line separating the body from the tab. In addition, while the software claimed to inflate the design, it actually scaled it instead. “Inflate” means to add a margin all the way around the outside, like adding a seam allowance. “Scale” just means to enlarge, and doesn’t result in the shape you need.
In this drawing, the pink X has been scaled. As you can see, the margin isn’t even on all sides (because the original object wasn’t square) and the original black X doesn’t really fit inside the pink X. The white X is a hand drawing of what happens when you inflate. If I had drawn it perfectly, the margin between the black and white would be even all the way around. The black X fits right in the middle.
This is an example from the applique cutter in my embroidery software. As you can see, even though it claims to inflate the object, it really just scales. If I used the svg file generated to cut an applique, it would never fit over the placement stitch. (I realized you wouldn’t increase the size this much for an applique, but I wanted you to be able to see what it was doing.)
Canvas, the software Brother provides, is capable of scaling a design, but only if the svg file is created in such a way that the object doesn’t cross itself. When I try this with the “2” shown above, I get an error message that there is an intersecting path.
After quite a bit of experimentation and thought, I came up with a procedure that works pretty well for cutting vinyl for key fobs using the Brother Scan n Cut. It looks a lot more complicated than it is. I’ve made it a pdf so you can save it for future reference. Cutting Vinyl for Key Fobs
Here’s the first number of the Midnight Constellations Font.
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