WOW! LOOK AT WHAT THE ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER CAN DO Part1

The ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER is one amazing fun tool which adds SEW many creative possibilities & options to our sewing and crafting studio’s. We will offer a few posts on this topic as there is way too much to put in just one post. This is part 1 on the topic.

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The Artistic Edge 15 digital cutter offers:

  1. TWO 15 inch square cutting mats: 1 is high tac for fabric and other mediums & the other is low tac for paper and card stock, etc.
  2. Three different blades for different cutting projects
  3. Simple Cut software (worth approx. $500) which allows you many creative options for cutting, digitizing, drawing, making stencils, scrapbooking, card making and sew much more.
  4. Pen holder and 2 pens
  5. Tools for adjusting settings
  6. Power pack
  7. Cable to connect cutter to your computer although it also has WIRELESS CONNECTION.
Our Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter

Our Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter

So what exactly does this cutter do?

Celine from Montreal cut these snowflakes on the Artistic Edge Digital cutter. The cutting mats are 15 inch square so we can cut lovely BIG shapes.....this snowflake is made up of 2 separate cuts: one blue and 1 white which were then glued together for a very pleasing two tone look.

Celine from Montreal cut these big cardstock snowflakes on the Artistic Edge Digital cutter which we used for decorating our booth at the Creativ Festival in Toronto recently. The cutting mats are 15 inch square so we can cut lovely BIG shapes…..this snowflake is made up of 2 separate cuts: one blue and 1 white which were then glued together for a very pleasing two tone look.

The Simple Cut software which is included with the cutter takes all the hassle out of cutting a wide array of different materials: No more AccuCutters with a separate die for every different shape & size…… No more light boxes or taping things to windows (?) to trace intricate applique shapes……. No more fiddling around with X-acto knives and scissors………YES, we have entered the digital age where our SIMPLE Cut software and Digital cutter does it all for us:

  • Cut simple or very intricate applique shapes for any & all forms of applique on quilts, home decor projects, garments and more.
Just one of the many dozens of applique stitches which can be used for applique-in-the-hoop with Simple Cut software. I really like this one...looks a bit like lace.

Just one of the many 100’s of applique stitches which can be used for applique-in-the-hoop with Simple Cut software. I really like this one…looks a bit like lace. The Artistic Edge Digital cut my white star AND digitized the lovely lace applique stitch exactly the size I needed to stitch down the star in the hoop of my Janome embroidery machine.

  • Not only does it cut our applique fabric but it also digitizes the applique stitch to stitch down that cut applique in the hoop of your home embroidery machine. No more holding your tongue in the right spot in your cheek as you try to sew an applique stitch exactly on the edge of the fabric! No, it is 100% perfect when done as applique-in-the-hoop. And there are literally HUNDREDS of different applique stitches to choose from (see pic above for just ONE of them). NO more cutting of intricate applique shapes with trim-in-place applique.  Yes….applique bliss has certainly arrived!
  • You need never buy another quilt or other type of stencil ever again……cut stencils from card stock, stencil plastic and more using Simple Cut’s clever stencil bridge function. Absolutely no need for X-acto knives and labour intensive fuss. Then use your stencil for whatever you have in mind: marking quilting designs onto your quilt? painting words and/or shapes onto a banner or poster?
  • Similarly, you too can now make your own silk screen templates very easily. No fancy equipment needed: just use self adhesive vinyl and drapery sheers to create a myriad of patterns for silk screen printing;  fabric painting and inking.
  • Ever bought stamps for scrapbooking, card making and/or fabric embellishment? Did you nearly choke when you saw the price of these little things which you might only use a few times? Mmmmm……yes, well, now make your own from any shape & size you so desire. Cut craft foam with the Artistic Edge digital cutter, mount onto a base such a thick cardstock or a little (wood or plastic) block….Voila! you have a stamp ready to ink and go.
  • Cut all your paper and cardstock designs for Scrapbooking and card making
  • Cut decals, motifs and more for your home décor and seasonal projects – use paper, card stock or vinyl – whatever material you desire.IMG_4528
  • Cut fabric, paper or card stock for little people parties as well as for big people: 2nd birthday party? 30th? 50th? engagement party? baby showers? bridal showers? and more. Decorating for every occasion becomes not only fun but quick & easy.
  • Cut Heat Transfer vinyl for applying onto T-shirts, onesies; pillows, bags and more
  • Cut self-adhesive vinyl for window decals, decorations, boxes, tins, shoes, bags, etc.
  •  I used the negative space from self adhesive vinyl cut-outs to stick onto wine glasses and toothbrush jars, etc and then applied etching paste to the glass showing through the cut out. Wash off the paste & voila! you have a permanently etched wine glass……think wedding, Christmas, birthday parties and more.
  • Do BLING the super easy way…….gone, gone , gone is the tedious hot fix crystal wand with each crystal applied one at a time. Nooooooo…….our Simple cut software lets you create intricate crystal and rhinestone layouts for application  – attach ALL the crystals at the same time!

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  • Cut wood (like balsa wood) – simply stick it to the cutting mat, insert the correct of the 3 cutting blades & CUT. Use for decorations, models, card making and more
  • Cut metal to make jewellery, key rings, decals etc. Use thin sheets of silver, copper, brass , emboss or etch with our accessory tools & cut with the metal cutting blade on the cutter.
key fob with flower etched cut with the Artistic Edge Digital cutter.......YES - it cuts metal!

key fob with flower etched and cut with the Artistic Edge Digital cutter…….YES – it cuts metal!

We will be sharing more pics and information about the above techniques in a series of blog posts under the title: WOW! LOOK AT WHAT THE ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER CAN DO.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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44 Responses to WOW! LOOK AT WHAT THE ARTISTIC EDGE 15 DIGITAL CUTTER CAN DO Part1

  1. Susan Gregg says:

    Where could I obtain the blue Nativity Scene cut file above?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Susan

      I’m sorry, but this post was published quite some time back and I don’t remember the exact site we used fir this cutting file. Best I can suggest is you do a google search for Christmas Nativity cutting files.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Daniel says:

    I was wondering what thickness of plastic the edge can cut

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    • lizafrica says:

      Using the correct blade and number of passes + blade depth & pressure settings are important. But the plastic must be bale to freely fit under the rollers.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. is the this artistic edge 15 is MAC compatible?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Mary,
      No, the Simple Cut software which comes included with this cutter is Windows based but, as with all our Windows based software, it is possible to operate it on a mac if you have software which partitions the hard drive. You then install the software on that part of the notebook.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  4. adrienne davalos says:

    can the artistic edge use markers to paint on fabric?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, it sure does. The pen holder is an optional accessory for pens & markers + there is another pen holder for ball point type pens which comes standard with the cutter.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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      • Adrienne says:

        Thank you. What pens work best on fabric

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Adrienne,

        Permanent pens that will fit into the pen holder. I have experimented and dont know brands off the top of my head. Take the pen holder with you when you shop for pens to be sure they fit into it.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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  5. Lisa says:

    Hello! Is it possible to cut material longer than the cutting mat (if affixed to an appropriate stiffener / stabilizer?) If yes, is there a maximum length that the software will allow? Thank you!

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Lisa,

      The short answer is no. The blade has to press against the mat to cut. It cannot and won’t cut “off” the mat. There is a 15×30 inch mat available as an optional accessory to enlarge the cutting surface. Please ask your local janome/Artistic dealer about this.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  6. Jackie says:

    I have been trying to find what thickness the Edge with cut foam. I got one because I saw where it us suppose to cut foam but when I got the book today there is nothing about foam or what settings to use. Can someone help?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Jackie,

      Please refer to the chart in your Instruction manual where it lists settings for Heavy Weight materials (magnet sheets, foam, etc). In my manual it is page 8 but it may be different in yours as there have been additions to the manual. The settings are just recommendations. I have often adjusted these to suit my needs. For cutting foam: Blue cap blade; high tac mat, blade setting of 4-6 and pressure setting of 60-70. It is all listed there.
      I use only craft foam or Sulky puffy foam which is quite thin – approx 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick. It has to be able to feed under the rollers on the cutter.
      Please ask your Artistic or Janome dealer where you purchased your cutter to give you some lessons and/or refer to the many video’s on the Artistic You Tube channel as well as on Itunes. Also check out http://janomespecials.com/edge/ for more information.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  7. Yvonne Klatt says:

    I have a question, I recently bought the edge cutter and while looking at the software I clicked the sequence tray off. I can no longer find it? How do i get it back?

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  8. carol Davis says:

    Will the artistic edge 15 read SVG files?

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  9. Cyndi Crunk says:

    Do you have to use the mat to cut the vinyl for HTV? Thanks

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Cyndi

      HTV? not sure what this stands for? But yes, we use one of the 2 15×15 inch mats that come standard with the Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter to cut any medium: paper, vinyl, fabric, metal, wood, you name it?!

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  10. Cyndi Crunk says:

    I am so lost and overwhelmed with janome edge 15 cutter. I’m a newbie and trying launch a home based monogramming business. ive bought some downloads off of etsy and I’m not grasping all of the info. I’m doing htv only. I’ve seen numerous tutorials and I’m still lost. Help please. Thanks

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Cyndi,

      I really am not able to assist you in any detail on this comment forum. You certainly can do a search for all the many posts we have done on the Artistic Edge on this janomelife blog + watch the You Tube video’s or iTunes podcasts (all free). Also google Artistsic Edge 15 and Artistic Creative products. There is a lot of information out there to access for free. The Simple Cut software is actually quite easy to grasp once you spent a bit of time with it. Be very sure you have upgraded to Version 7.1.
      I am not sure where you are or where you bought your Artistic Edge cutter but hopefully you bought from an authorized dealer who can support you and answer your queries. We have been doing a series of Dealer and Consumer trainings since January across Canada so if you reside in Canada, our Janome or Elna dealers who also support the Artistic Edge should be able to help you with notes and exercises we made available to them. If you reside in another country, you would need to approach your dealer for similar information and programs.

      Liz
      Janome Canada

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  11. kileigh says:

    Thank you you have been lots of help appreciate it!! I jsut downloade the simple cut software adn selected embroidery file but It is only excepting .draw files to import my art work am I doing somthing wrong or how to I get it to accept other file types I want to bring in some clip art to turn into a applique . do I need special software to change a png file into .draw or other acceptable file format

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  12. Rita Gouthro says:

    Liz, 3 of us decided to buy the cutter to use together but it doesn’t seem to let all of download the CD to use at our own homes and then bring to the cutter. Is this right, and is there anyway of getting around it?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Rita,

      Most software packages are designed and intended for individual use and not to be shared by several people or groups of friends. This is why many software packages operate with a security device or dongle so that you may only open the software on one computer at a time. This Simple Cut software does not have a dongle but you are limited to installing the software on a maximum of 2 computers. For example: maybe I want the software on my desktop PC and on my laptop? I can certainly do this as I own the software and have a maximum of 2 software installs with my ownership.
      If you wish to uninstall the software on one computer – perhaps you buy an new computer? You may then call the Software helpline 1-800-631-0183 Ext 775 to have them deactivate the one computer to allow you to install the software on a new computer.

      But installing on 3 or more computers for multiple user use. No, sorry, not possible.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  13. kileigh says:

    can the software only read line drawings and outlines or can it digitize actual pictures for applique and embroidery .

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  14. Julia says:

    This looks like a amazing tool. I’m assuming I can still use it for regular appliqué as I don’t have a fancy embroidery machine, although they are looking very tempting!!!,

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Julia
      ABSOLUTELY, I have done many “regular” appliques using my sewing/quilting machine (not an embroidery machine) to applique stitch around the edge of my applique shape. That sample with the Christmas tree forest is one such project: I cut the triangular shaped trees with the Artistic Edge Digital cutter which was wonderful as I had to out many trees (I made 3 of these wall hangings hence needing many trees!). All the fabric had fusible web already fused to the back of my tree fabric so when it had been cut lickety-split fast with the cutter, I just peeled off the paper on the back & ironed my trees in place. Then I had a great deal of fun picking different applique and decorative stitches for stitching around my trees. It was a fun project.

      Liz
      JNAOME CANADA

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  15. kileigh says:

    can I create applique files that my can my brother pe770 can read and stich out directly from the simple cut software using my own designs, or would I need additional digitizing software?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Kileigh,

      I am not familiar with this brother model at all but I would assume the format for it is .pes? If so, the answer is yes. The Simple Cut software with the Artistic Edge 15 Digital cutter saves to more than 30 (34 I think) different embroidery formats. .pes is amongst these formats. The Simple Cut will read and save to .pes – onto a USB stick directly from Simple Cut software or send with whatever is your method of transferring a design to your Embroidery machine. It digitizes hundreds of different applique stitches for stitching around any applique you can dream up to cut with this Edge 15 Cutter. It is a wonderful & powerful software package and pretty impressive that it is included with our Artistic cutter!
      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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      • kileigh says:

        yes it is PES files awesome I cant wait to get mine sounds amazing. Do the graphics you bring into the software for applique have to be black outline or will it read coloreds pics and help to convert them to applique ? Also can you do embroidery only desings or is the stiching on the software mostly for the applique outlines

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      • lizafrica says:

        Hi Kileigh,

        Unfortunately, I am not able to address these kinds of detailed queries on this forum. We encourage you to contact your local Janome dealer or the Software helpline 1-800-631-0183 Ext 775. But very briefly: The software will open 15 different graphic formats and approx 30 different embroidery file formats. Yes, you can turn a coloured graphic into an applique. You can open embroidery designs + save them but this software will only digitize or create applique designs. I have taken embroidery designs and converted them to cutting files and applique designs.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA

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  16. njreaders says:

    Would i be able to cut wool fabric with this cutter?

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  17. Linda says:

    I have a Zing Air cutter can the Simple Cut Softwear digitize applique files and send them to my Zing to cut and then stitch out on my MC15000?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Yes, Linda, The Simple Cut software recognizes a bunch of different cutters. The Zing is one of them. And yes, transfer to the MC15000 with your preferred method and stitch out.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  18. Joy says:

    Thank you for writing about the Edge. It’s a wonderful product and tutorials for it are scarce. If you could do a how-to article for how to use the other tools (the creasing, punching, etching and grinding tool) that would be wonderful!

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