Janie’s Appliqués

One of my favorite things is when a customer takes the Klic-N-Kut outside the box… and I don’t mean just unpacking it! lol I’m referring to the proverbial box where a KNK is used to create something amazing and outside the boundaries anyone else has tried. And that’s the topic for today’s post.

Janie bought her KNK Groove-E back in February for the purpose of cutting fabric appliqués to be ironed onto petticoats, slips, robes, etc. She sent me an assortment of fabrics to test cut, along with some intricate designs. Upon seeing her expectations, I was a bit unsure that the KNK or any other digital die cutter could produce the results she wanted. But I gave it a try and my cuts turned out beautifully! I pressed the fabric onto ThermoWeb’s Heat ‘n Bond first and then removed the backing sheet before pressing to the mat. The adhesive from the Heat ‘n Bond against the Easy Tack adhesive on the mat created excellent stability for cutting. I used Accugraphic’s fabric blade, along with (depending on the fabric) 2 or 3 passes at a speed of 400 and a force setting of 120 – 140. Because of the angle of the fabric blade, I also change the Overcut and Trailing Blade settings to 30 and 40. Here are some photos from my own cuts of one of the thicker fabrics Janie sent to me:

So, Janie ordered her Groove-E and I provided her the free classes so that she could master the machine and learn how to use KNK Studio, as well as import EPS files and download/install TTF fonts, etc. She has since created such a unique assortment of items, that I asked for her permission to put the photos into my gallery so that the readers of this site could view her amazing work! Here’s the link:

Janie’s Appliqués

If you would like to see other items in Janie’s store:

Sarafina Dreams

Finally, I want to thank Janie for sharing her photos with us. Janie, I can’t wait to see more of your future creations! Good luck!

Quilting with a KNK


Ronnie Lewison is using her Klic-N-Kut Element to cut fabric for quilting. She found that using Heat and Bond extra hold fusible webbing, an extra-sticky mat and going over the fabric with a brayer to tack it down really well produced good results. She cut the fabric with the 60 degree blade, using a speed of 75 and a pressure of 230g. Here’s her FABULOUS quilt! Thanks so much, Ronnie, for allowing me to share your success at this blog. 🙂

Understanding the Blades and Accessories

Here’s a list of the various cap colors and which blade holders they apply to on a Klic-N-Kut:

The silver blade holder AND the Maxx blade holder uses these blades:

red capped 45 degree: vinyl, paper, cardstock

blue capped 60 degree OR blue capped Sliver 2 (replacement for previous 60 degree): heavy-textured cardstock, thin craft foam, thin clear rubber, thin chipboard

black capped Sliver blade: regular chipboard (up to ~1/16″), foam board, stiffened felt, Grungeboard

fabric blade: cut thin fabrics such as the cotton used for quilting

This blade holder is also used for:

green capped engraving/embossing tool

orange capped punch tool


The original black blade holder for the KNK uses:

yellow capped 45 degree

white capped 60 degree

These two blades are identical to the red and blue, however they will NOT fit into the silver blade holder due to a difference in the “barrel” diameter of the blade.

Cutting Samples with the Klic-N-Kut

Here are some photos of items I’ve cut with the Klic-N-Kut to show the intricacy possible with this cutter:

White Cardstock from Sam’s Club


Vinyl cutting: Note the smaller lettering is only 1/4″ in height


1/32″ thick Balsa Wood


1/16″ thick, flexible chipboard using the sliver blade


Clear Rubber for making your own Acrylic Stamps


Stiffened Craft Felt